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Development and Evaluation of Two Prototypes for Providing Weather Map Data to Blind Users Through Sonification

Jonathan Lazar, Suranjan Chakraborty, Dustin Carroll, Robert Weir, Bryan Sizemore, and Haley Henderson

Journal of Usability Studies, Volume 8, Issue 4, August 2013, pp. 93 - 110

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About the Authors

Jonathan Lazar

Jonathan Lazar

Dr. Lazar is a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences and Director of the Universal Usability Laboratory at Towson University and is the Shutzer fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, researching societal discrimination against people with disabilities that results from inaccessible websites.

 

Suranjan Chakraborty 

Suranjan Chakraborty

Dr. Chakrabortyis an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University. His primary research area relates to requirements engineering processes. His interest in accessibility research stems from his work related to the development of non-functional requirements for Information Systems.

 

Dustin Carroll 

Dustin Carroll

Mr. Carroll earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2007. He then completed his Master's Degree at Towson University in 2012. He was involved in research related to developing visualizations for the blind during his graduate project work. Currently, he is a Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman.

 

Robert Weir 

Robert Weir

Mr. Weir graduated from Towson University with a BS in Information Systems. He is currently at Northrop Grumman as a User Experience Specialist. He is also working towards a Master's degree in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

 

Bryan Sizemore 

Bryan Sizemore

Mr. Sizemore graduated from Towson University with a BS in Information Systems in 2011. He was a member of the Towson University Cyber Defense Team which placed 4th in the National Competition. He is currently employed at SAIC as a Software Engineer and Systems Administrator.

 

Haley Henderson 

Haley Henderson

Ms. Henderson graduated with a BS in Information Systems from Towson University in 2011 with honors. While at Towson she focused on business side of IS and also on usability and accessibility related topics. She is currently working toward a MS in AIT from Towson University.