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Shiri Azenkot

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

human-computer interaction, accessibility


Shiri Azenkot is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell TechCornell University, and a field member in the Information Science Department. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the Technion--Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in accessibility and interaction on new platforms. Shiri frequently publishes at top HCI and accessibility conferences, including CHI, ASSETS, UIST, and UbiComp. Currently, her research is funded by the NSF, AOL, Verizon, and Facebook. Before arriving at Cornell Tech, she was a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she was advised by Richard Ladner and Jacob Wobbrock. Shiri has received the UW graduate medal (awarded to just one PhD candidate at the university each year), a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and an AT&T Labs Graduate Fellowship. 

Currently, Shiri’s research focuses on the following areas:

• Understanding & designing for low vision
• Facilitating social engagement for people with vision impairments
• Designing learning technologies for inclusive classrooms


Yuhang Zhao, Shafeka Hashash, Michele Hu, and Shiri Azenkot. Understanding Low Vision People’s Visual Perception on Commercial Augmented Reality Glasses. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17). To Appear. [pdf]

Sarit Szpiro, Shafeka Hashash, Yuhang Zhao, and Shiri Azenkot. How People with Low Vision Access Computing Devices: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities. The 18th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility (ASSETS '16).  ACM, New York, NY, USA, 171-180. [pdf] *Best Paper Finalist*

Lei Shi, Ross McLachlan, Yuhang Zhao, and Shiri Azenkot. Magic Touch: Interacting with 3D Printed Graphics. In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility  ASSETS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 329-330. [pdf]

Danielle Bragg, Shiri Azenkot, and Adam Kalai. Reading and Learning Smartfonts. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology (UIST '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 391-402. [pdf]

Sarit Szpiro, Yuhang Zhao, and Shiri Azenkot. Finding a Store, Searching for a Product: A Study of Daily Challenges of Low Vision People. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp '16). [pdf].

For a full publications list, please visit here.