Michele in dress suit with pink blazer and black skirt using mobile phone and stylus


I’m a recent PhD in Human-Centered Computing in the Information Systems Department at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County).

My academic and professional careers have narrowed from computer science to software engineering to human-computer interaction and accessible technology.

My PhD research addressed the needs of people with vision impairments in 2 primary areas: accessible fashion – using wearable computing and social collaboration to translate the visual medium of fashion; and blind pedestrian navigation – conducting studies to inform the design of mobile navigation technology.

My dissertation topic is “Answering Subjective and Open-Ended Visual Questions from People with Vision Impairments”.

I often collaborate with members of the Interactive Systems Research Center (ISRC), particularly those who frequent the pad, and I have 2 wonderful advisors – Dr. Amy Hurst and Dr. Shaun K. Kane!

Email:  mawilliams [at] umbc [dot] edu
(Please note the name change from Michele A. Burton to Michele A. Williams)

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