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XR Access Research Network

The XR Access Research Network fosters a diverse community of researchers pursuing academic-style research across fields and disciplines which have a shared interest in making XR technologies accessible, enabling innovative research, new collaborations, resource-sharing, and translational impact.

The XR Access Research Network aims to foster academic-style research across fields and disciplines, with a shared interest in making XR technologies accessible, enabling innovative research, new collaborations, resource-sharing, and translational impact.

The Research Network holds regular seminars and conversations, supports emerging researchers at the undergraduate and graduate levels, creates networking and collaboration opportunities among research groups and between academia and industry.

Research Network Seminars take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 12pm ET.

If you’d like to participate as a partner in the Research Network, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in touch with us via email at shiri@xraccess.org.

Research Network Seminars

All are welcome to register for the XR Access Research Network’s Seminar Series. Stay tuned for an announcement of the next seminar.

Past Seminars

All are welcome to register for the XR Access Research Network’s Seminar Series. Stay tuned for an announcement of the next seminar.

Designing Technologies to Make Virtual Reality Accessible for People with Visual Impairments | Dr. Yuhang Zhao

November 19, 2021

Today, VR mainly relies on realistic visual feedback to provide an immersive experience that is only accessible to sighted people. Most VR applications are not accessible for people with visual impairments (including people who are blind and people with low vision), preventing them from benefiting from this important class of emerging technology. In this talk, I’ll describe my research collaborations with Microsoft, which focused on designing technologies to make VR accessible for people with visual impairments, as well as discussing design guidelines for accessible VR. (more…)

XR Access Research Seminar | Dr. Brian Smith

September 29, 2021

We often think of AI as giving computers new abilities, but there is tremendous potential for AI to give people new abilities as well. In this talk, entitled “AI and New Abilities: Video Games for Blind Players”, Brian shows how AI can be used to power assistive technologies — specifically, how to make it possible for people who are blind to play video games, including evaluating and navigating virtual worlds.

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