NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Making Augmented and Virtual Reality Accessible
Summer 2021 | New York City, NY
This NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program brought students to the (virtual) campuses of Cornell Tech and Columbia University in NYC to participate in projects that make XR more accessible to people with disabilities.
You’re invited to view final presentations from the REU project groups on Friday, July 30th at 3pm ET. Students will provide background on their projects and demonstrate the technologies they’ve created that advance accessible XR. Please join us in congratulating our hard-working students on their successes during this program!
Presentations will take place on Zoom. To receive a Zoom link, please complete the form at right. The link will be emailed to you.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
About the Program
Augmented and virtual reality (XR) technologies have become popular consumer products. But the devices, development and authoring tools, and content that make up the XR ecosystem pose barriers for people with disabilities. How can you present a 3D virtual environment to a person with a visual impairment? How should you provide captions in 3D to someone who is hard-of-hearing? How can a person with a motor control disability navigate a 3D world?
This REU site is led by Shiri Azenkot at Cornell Tech and Brian Smith at Columbia University, both experts in accessibility, along with Steven Feiner, an augmented reality and 3D interaction pioneer. They are recruiting students interested in XR accessibility who are looking to gain experience in the research process—from ideation to presentations—and who would like to join a community of scholars and practitioners who will provide career advice and mentorship.