Extended Abstract: “Adaptive Accessible AR/VR Systems”

Pradipta Biswas (CPDM Indian Institute of Science, India); Pilar Orero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain); Manohar Swaminathan (Microsoft Research, India); Kavita Krishnaswamy (Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States); Peter Robinson (Department of computer science and technology University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)


Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies offer new ways of interacting with digital media. However, such technologies are not well explored for people with different ranges of abilities beyond a few specific navigation and gaming applications. While new standardization activities are investigating accessibility issues with existing AR/VR systems, commercial systems are still confined to specialized hardware and software limiting their widespread adoption among people with disabilities as well as seniors. This proposal takes a novel approach by exploring the application of user model-based personalization for AR/VR systems to improve accessibility. The workshop will be organized by experienced researchers in the field of human-computer interaction, robotics control, assistive technology, and AR/VR systems, and will consist of peer-reviewed papers and hands-on demonstrations. Keynote speeches and demonstrations will cover the latest accessibility research at Microsoft, Google, Verizon, and leading universities.

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