People at the LATLab

The LATLAB Research Team in 2009-2011

Faculty

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Matt Huenerfauth

Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Department of Information Sciences and Technologies
  Matt Huenerfauth's Website
  matt (dot) huenerfauth (at) rit.edu
  Assistive technology and accessible computing, natural language processing, sign language computational linguistics, virtual human animation, user-based evaluation of assistive technology.

Graduate Students

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Sedeeq Al-khazraji

PhD Student, Computing and Information Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Sedeeq's Website
   sha6709 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Human Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Motion Capture Data Analysis, Modeling American Sign Language, Game Engine Programming.

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Khaled Alomari

PhD Student, Computing and Information Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Khaled's LinkedIn
   kla3145 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Software Engineering Requirements, Networking and Security, Accessibility, Usability Testing, Human-Computer Interaction, Technologies for People who are Visually Impaired.

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Larwan Berke

Ph.D. Student, Computing and Information Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Larwan's DBLP
   larwan.berke (at) rit (dot) edu
 Human Computer Interaction, Animation Technologies, Accessibility for People who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

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Harshad Golwalkar

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Harshad's LinkedIn
   hg3583 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Game engine programming and 3D animation technologies for producing virtual human animations of American Sign Language (ASL).

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Hernisa Kacorri

Currently: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University
Previously: Ph.D. Student, Computer Science, CUNY Graduate Center
  Nisa's Website
  hkacorri (at) gmail (dot) com
 Linguistically accurate and realistic facial expression in animations of American Sign Language, experimental evaluation of accessibility technologies with users with disabilities.

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Sushant Kafle

Ph.D. Student, Computing and Information Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Sushant's Website
   sxk5664 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Human Computer Interaction, Computational Linguistics, Accessibility for People who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

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Abhishek Suhas Mhatre

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Abhishek's LinkedIn
   asm1610 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Analyzing human behavior and use of computer systems using eye-tracking.

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Ashley Miller

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Ashley's LinkedIn
   abm5673 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Software testing, Accessibility, Evaluation of the efficacy of instructional methods for promoting accessibility awareness among computing bachelors degree students.

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Aditya Padhye

Masters Student, Information Science and Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Aditya's LinkedIn
   ap8631 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Studying the user experience of linguistic contributors and designing a new interface for ASL animation software.

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Nidhi Palan

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Nidhi's LinkedIn
   nxp4195 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Evaluation of the efficacy of instructional methods for promoting accessibility awareness among computing bachelors degree students.

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Kasmira Patel

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Kasmira's LinkedIn
  kxp3157 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Experiments involving deaf and hard-of-hearing research participants; experimental user study design and conduct.

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Sree Pillutla

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Sree's LinkedIn
  sp6252 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Human Computer Interaction, Accessibility, Prototyping, Usability Testing, User Experience.

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Utsav Shah

Masters Student, Human Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Utsav's LinkedIn
  ups9461 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Game engine programming, 3D Animation Technology, Accessibility.

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Tomomi Takeuchi

Masters Student, Human-Computer Interaction
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Tomomi's LinkedIn
   txt7205 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Human-Computer Interaction, Global Communication, International Design, Language Accessibility

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Mackenzie Willard

Masters Student, Information Sciences and Technologies
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Mackenzie's LinkedIn
  mtw2935 (at) rit (dot) edu
 American Sign Language linguistic analyst, coordination of researchers conducting the linguistic annotation of ASL video data.

Undergraduate Students

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Christopher Caulfield

Undergraduate Student, Information Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Christopher's LinkedIn
   cxc4115 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Human Computer Interaction, Accessibility for People who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.

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Jason Durek

Undergraduate Student, Computer Science
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Jason's LinkedIn
   jad8251 (at) rit (dot) edu
 American Sign Language linguistic analyst, Automatic Speech Recognition Technologies, Sign Language Technologies.

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Erin Ireland

Undergraduate Student, ASL English Interpretation
Rochester Institute of Technology
   exi9428 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Linguistically analyzing videos to identify and match key grammatical features both on the hands and on the face.

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Afifi Ishak

Undergraduate Student
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Afifi's LinkedIn
   mbi1316 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Designing American Sign Language (ASL) animation for stimuli in experimental studies with ASL signers.

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Anmol Kaur

Undergraduate Student, Laboratory Science Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Anmol's LinkedIn
   ak7336 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Gathering requirements for educational software for students learning American Sign Language (ASL); evaluation studies and video recording sessions involving ASL students.

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Aiko Resendiz

Undergraduate Student, ASL English Interpretation
Rochester Institute of Technology
   ar6915 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Linguistically analyzing videos to identify and match key grammatical features both on the hands and on the face.

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Jeremy Sheffield

Undergraduate Student, ASL English Interpretation
Rochester Institute of Technology
   jts4568 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Analyzing videos of ASL for language variations, gender differences, and occurrences of epenthesis and deletion in signs

Alumni of the Lab

Research Team during Summer 2011

Allen Harper
Graduated Summer 2015: Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Email: avrharper (at) gmail (dot) com
Interests: User-interface design, use of eye-tracking technologies in usability experiments, predicting task performance based on user eye-tracking data.

Pengfei Lu
Graduated Fall 2013: Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Email: pengfeilv (at) gmail (dot) com
Interests: Motion-capture data analysis and the computational linguistics of sign languages, animation technology for sign language, experimental evaluation of accessibility technologies with users with disabilities.

Jigar Gohel
Masters Student, Information Sciences and Technologies
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Jigar's LinkedIn
   jg2252 (at) rit (dot) edu
 Machine learning, Motion Capture Data Analysis, Modeling American Sign Language.

Evans Seraphin
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Rochester Institute of Technology
Interests: Conducting surveys with deaf and hard-of-hearing participants, American Sign Language linguistic analyst, design of ASL signs for animation software.
Videos: High School Students Video 2012.
Spring 2015
Formerly a high school student researcher, Summers 2012 and 2013, Lexington School for the Deaf.

Kellie Menzies
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Rochester Institute of Technology
Interests: Conducting surveys with deaf and hard-of-hearing participants.
Spring 2015 to Spring 2016

Abigail Spring
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Interests: Usability Testing of Captioning Technologies
Summer 2016

Daniel Saavedra
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Interests: Research on Understandability of Captioning Technologies
Summer 2016

Paul Bayruns
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Rowan University
Interests: Experimental Stimuli for Evaluation of Captioning Technologies
Summer 2016

Kevin Rathbun
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
University at Buffalo
Interests: Eye-Tracking Research on Captioning Technologies
Summer 2016

Saish Vaniyamparambath
Masters Student, HCI
Rochester Institute of Technology
Fall 2016

Jonathan Lamberton
Research Assistant
Research Foundation of CUNY
Project Staff 2008-2014, Interests: Collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data, experiments involving Deaf research subjects, and educational outreach activities.

Jennifer Marfino
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Interests: Design and creation of of experimental stimuli, analysis of video and motion data.
Summer 2013

Fang Zhou Yang
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Gallaudet University
Interests: Designing animations of sign language for experiments, analysis of video and motion data..
Summer 2013

Meredith Turtletaub
Research Consultant / Linguistic Analyst
Teacher's College - Columbia University Graduate School of Education
Interests: Collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data; elicitation of ASL corpora; design of linguistic annotation procedures.
Summer 2011, Summer 2010
Formerly an undergraduate student researcher (NSF REU), Summer 2010, visiting from University of Pennsylvania

Wesley Clarke
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Interests: Laboratory coordination, management of American Sign Language linguistic analysis team, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Summer 2012 and 2011
Videos: Wesley's Research Experience Video Blog, Lab Tour 2009, Lab Equipment 2009.
Formerly a high school student researcher, Summer 2009 and 2010, Lexington School for the Deaf.

Christine Singh
Undergraduate Student Researcher (NSF REU)
Formerly a high school student researcher (Forest Hills High School)
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, design of ASL signs for animation software.
Videos: High School Students Video 2012.
Summer 2016, Summer 2012 and 2013

Giovanni Moriarty
High school student researcher
P.S. 47 ASL and English Secondary School
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data, design of ASL signs for animation software.
Videos: Gio's Research Experience Video Blog, High-Speed Campus and Lab Tour, Equipment and Software 2011.
Summer 2011, Summer 2012

Sarah Ebling
Spring 2015: Visiting Ph.D. Student
University of Zurich
Sarah's Website
Email: ebling (at) cl.uzh.ch
Interests: Sign language machine translation technologies.

Josh Waxman
Graduated Summer 2014: Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Email: joshwaxman (at) gmail (dot) com
Interests: Computational linguistic techniques for low-density languages, techniques for bridging natural language processing tools and resources from high-density languages to related low-density languages.

Lijun Feng
Graduated Summer 2010: Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Email: lijun7 (dot) feng (at) gmail (dot) com
Interests: natural language processing (NLP), in particular readability, text comprehension and text simplification, and machine learning.

Dhananjai ("Jai") Hariharan

Masters Student, HCI
Rochester Institute of Technology
Jai's Website
Interests: Use of eye-tracking technologies in usability experiments; analysis of data from eye-tracking, motion-capture, and other human sensors.

Brian Penly

Masters Student, HCI
Rochester Institute of Technology
Brian's LinkedIn
Interests: Gathering requirements for educational software for students learning American Sign Language (ASL); evaluation studies and video recording sessions involving ASL students.

Jackson Yeh
Graduated Spring 2010: M.A. Student, Computer Science
CUNY Queens College
Email: jackson.yeh (at) qc (dot) cuny (dot) edu 
Interests: Virtual human animation programming, arm movement planning for sign language.

Caleb Van Der Werf
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Rochester Institute of Technology
Interests: Game engine programming and 3D animation technologies for producing virtual human animations of American Sign Language (ASL).
Spring 2016

Priscilla Diaz
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Queens College
Interests: Collection, indexing, and organization of data from experimental studies.
Spring 2014

Miriam Morrow
Research Assistant
Research Foundation of CUNY
Project Staff 2013-2014, Interests: Designing animations of sign language for use in experiments.

Molly Sachs
Research Consultant / Linguistic Analyst
Gallaudet University
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, annotation of ASL motion-capture data and video.
Project Staff 2013-2014, Formerly an undergraduate student researcher (NSF REU), Summer 2012, visiting from Gallaudet University.

Adrienne Howad
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Rochester Institute of Technology
Interests: Linguistically analyzing videos and motion-data of American Sign Language (ASL).
Spring 2016

Rea Bhasin
Undergraduate student researcher
Queens College
Interests: Accessibility, experiment design.
Fall 2010

Amanda Krieger
Undergraduate student researcher (NSF REU)
Gallaudet University
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Video: Lab Tour 2009.
Summer 2009

Fatimah Mohammed
High school student researcher
Murry Bergtraum High School
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, design of ASL signs for animation software.
Videos: High School Students Video 2012.
Summer 2012

Kaushik Pillapakkam
High school student researcher
Lexington School for the Deaf
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, design of ASL signs for animation software.
Summer 2013

Raymond Ramirez
High school student researcher
Blind Brook High School
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Videos: Ray's Research Experience Video Blog, High-Speed Campus and Lab Tour, Equipment and Software 2011.
Summer 2011

Kenya Bryant
High school student researcher
Murry Bergtraum High School
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Videos: Kenya's Research Experience Video Blog, High-Speed Campus and Lab Tour, Equipment and Software 2011.
Summer 2011

Jaime Penzellna
High school student researcher
Lexington School for the Deaf
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Video: Jaime's Research Experience Video Blog.
Summer 2010

Kelsey Gallagher
High school student researcher
Oyster Bay High School
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Videos: Kelsey's Research Experience Video Blog, Lab Tour 2009, Lab Equipment 2009.
Summer 2009

Aaron Pagan
High school student researcher
Middle College High School
Interests: American Sign Language linguistic analyst, collection and annotation of ASL motion-capture data.
Summer 2009

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