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Short Professional Bio

Matt Huenerfauth is a Professor and the Director of the iSchool (School of Information) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He studies the design of technology to benefit people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or who have low written-language literacy, and his team of research students operates bilingually in English and American Sign Language (ASL). He has secured $5.1 million in external research funding since 2007, including a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, including at top venues in human-computer interaction and computing accessibility. He is a five-time recipient of the Best Paper Award at the top computing research conference in the field of computing accessibility, the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS), which is more than any other individual in the conference history. In 2021, he was elected Chair of the ACM SIGACCESS special interest group on accessible computing for a three-year term, and in 2019, he completed a maximum six-year term as editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) journal. In 2018, RIT awarded him the Trustees Scholarship Award, the university’s highest honor for faculty research.

Medium Professional Bio

Matt Huenerfauth is a Professor and the Director of the iSchool (School of Information) in the Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). His research focuses on the design of computing technology to benefit people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) or who have low levels of written-language literacy, and his team of research students operates bilingually in English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Since 2007, Huenerfauth has secured over $5.1 million in external research funding, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, including at top conferences in the field of human-computer interaction and computing accessibility. Huenerfauth has won the Best Paper Award at the top research conference in the field of computer accessibility, the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS) five times - more than any other individual in the history of the conference. He has previously served as the general chair (2012) and program chair (2016) for ASSETS.

In 2017, the Association for Computing Machinery recognized him as an ACM Distinguished Member for his contributions to the field of computing. In 2021, he was elected Chair of the ACM SIGACCESS special interest group on accessible computing for a three-year term, having previously served as Vice Chair since 2015. He served as editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, the major journal in the field of computer accessibility for people with disabilities, for a maximum six-year term from 2013 to 2019, and he continues to serve as an associate editor for the journal.

In 2018, RIT awarded him the Trustees Scholarship Award, the university’s highest honor for a faculty member in recognition of research achievements. Huenerfauth has taught courses on human computer interaction, accessibility technology for people with disabilities, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and other topics in computing and linguistics. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006.

Long Professional Bio

Matt Huenerfauth is a Professor and the Director of the iSchool (School of Information) in the Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). His research focuses on the design of computing technology to benefit people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) or who have low levels of written-language literacy, and his team of research students operates bilingually in English and American Sign Language (ASL).

In 2018, RIT awarded him the Trustees Scholarship Award, the university’s highest honor for a faculty member in recognition of research achievements, as well as the NTID Partner Award, for his collaborative work with researchers at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He is a founding director of the RIT Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research and a founding member of the RIT Center for Human-Aware Artificial Intelligence.

Since 2007, Huenerfauth has secured over $5.1 million in external research funding, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, including at top conferences in the field of human-computer interaction and computing accessibility. Huenerfauth has won the Best Paper Award at the top research conference in the field of computer accessibility, the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS) five times - more than any other individual in the history of the conference. He has previously served as the general chair (2012) and program chair (2016) for ASSETS.

In 2017, the Association for Computing Machinery recognized him as an ACM Distinguished Member for his contributions to the field of computing. In 2021, he was elected Chair of the ACM SIGACCESS special interest group on accessible computing for a three-year term, having previously served as Vice Chair since 2015. He served as. editor-in-chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, the major journal in the field of computer accessibility for people with disabilities, for a maximum six-year term from 2013 to 2019, and he continues to serve as an associate editor for the journal.

His current research projects investigate mobile applications using automatic speech recognition to support live conversations between DHH and hearing colleagues, reading-assistance technologies for simplifying English text for DHH technology workers, evaluating the usability of captions for online video and live television programming, supporting search within video-based ASL dictionaries, ASL-based interaction with personal-assistant smart-speaker technologies, and other topics on the use of intelligent technologies to create useful applications for DHH users.

Huenerfauth has taught courses on human computer interaction, accessibility technology for people with disabilities, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and other topics in computing and linguistics. Prior to joining RIT in 2014, he was a tenured associate professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), where he was a member of the doctoral faculty in both Computer Science and Linguistics and the Associate Dean for Mathematical and Natural Sciences at CUNY Queens College. He received a Ph.D. (2006) and M.S.E. (2004) in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, M.Sci. (2002) in Computer Science from the University College Dublin, and M.S. (2001) and Honors B.S. (2001) in Computer and Information Science from the University of Delaware.