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Dr. S.S. Iyengar

Dr. S.S. Iyengar is currently a Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of Discovery Lab at Florida International University. The Discovery Lab is a research infrastructure funded by various agencies focused on providing students (undergraduate/graduate) at FIU with a research experience into a wide variety of computer science domains. He served as the Director and was a Distinguished Ryder Professor of Computer Science at the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), Miami between 2011 and 2020. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Iyengar was the Roy Paul Daniel’s Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Computer Science department for over 20 years at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Brygg Ullmer

Brygg Ullmer is Chair of the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Division and Professor within the School of Computing at Clemson University, where he also leads the Tangible Visualization group. Ullmer completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Laboratory (Tangible Media group) in 2002, where his research focused on tangible user interfaces. He served as an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University, jointly within the CCT and Computer Science. Prior to that, he held a postdoctoral position in the visualization department of the Zuse Institute Berlin, internships at Interval Research (Palo Alto) and Sony CSL (Tokyo), and has been a visiting lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic‘s School of Design. His research interests include tangible interfaces, computational genomics (and more broadly, interactive computational STEAM), visualization, and rapid physical and electronic prototyping. He also has a strong interest in computationally-mediated art, craft, and design, rooted in the traditions and material expressions of specific regions and cultures.

Dr. Jonathan Lazar

Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lazar joined the iSchool in 2019, after 19 years as a professor of computer and information sciences at Towson University, where he served as director of the information systems program for 14 years. Dr. Lazar has authored or edited 13 books, including Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (2nd edition, co-authored with Heidi Feng and Harry Hochheiser), Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy (co-authored with Dan Goldstein and Anne Taylor), Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology (co-edited with Michael Stein), Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations, and Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach. His 14th book, Accessible Technology and the Developing World, will be published by Oxford University Press in mid-2021. He has published over 150 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, edited books, and magazines, and has been granted two US patents for his work on accessible web-based security features for blind users. He frequently serves as an adviser to government agencies and regularly provides testimony at federal and state levels, and multiple US federal regulations cite his research publications. He has been on the executive Board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped since 2009, was co-chair of the Cambridge University Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) from 2012-2020, and has been on the program committee of the ACM Conference on Accessible Computing (ASSETS) most years since 2006. Dr. Lazar is the general chair of the ASSETS 2021 conference. Dr. Lazar is the associate director of the Trace Center and is a faculty member in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab