People and technology should work together...

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing (HCC) at UMBC, where I am advised by Dr. Amy Hurst. I study accessibility problems, wearable technology, and build assistive technologies. As an accessibility and human-computer interaction researcher, I explore how technology can be used to support empowerment and independence. My dissertation research aims to understand the needs and practices of wheelchair users in order to design technology systems that enhance and leverage the full potential of users with diverse abilities. While I spend a majority of my time on assistive devices, I am also interested in web development, mobile app design, and physical computing.

I believe that well designed technology and user experiences can have profound potential to enhance and improve people's lives. The experience someone has while using a device is paramount to their perception of its usefulness. I prefer to work closely with users during the design process to ensure that their needs are addressed. I encounter this in both my accessibility research and in more general user experience research. Thus, the focus of my work has been understanding the real world challenges associated with using and designing technology for particular groups of people.

Every day I get the opportunity to work with amazing people and amazing technology. At UMBC, I work with great students and researchers in the Prototyping and Design Lab (The PAD) on awesome projects. The PAD is part of the Interactive Systems Research Center (ISRC) which has a broader purview considering many HCC topics.

Selected Publications

A majority of my publications can be found in the ACM Digital Library or on Google Scholar. For a full list of my publications check out my Curriculum Vitae.

Chairable Computing

  1. Carrington, P., Hurst, A., and Kane, S.K. (2014) Wearables and Chairables: Inclusive Design of Mobile Input and Output Techniques for Power Wheelchair Users. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014). ACM. Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%)

  2. Carrington, P., Hurst, A., and Kane, S.K. (2014) The Gest-Rest: A Pressure-Sensitive Chairable Input Pad for Power Wheelchair Armrests. Proceedings of the 16th international ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2014). ACM.

Accessible Wearables for Adaptive Sports

  1. Carrington, P., Chang, K., Mentis, H., and Hurst, A. (2015) "But I don't take steps": Examining the Inaccessibility of Fitness devices for Wheelchair Athletes. Proceedings of the 17th international ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. (ASSETS 2015). ACM.

Other Projects and Publications

  1. Carrington, P., Hosmer, S., Yeh, T., Hurst, A., and Kane, S.K. (2015) "Like This, But Better": Supporting Novices' Design and Fabrication of 3D Models Using Existing Objects. Proceedings of iConference 2015.

  2. Carrington, P., Kuber, R., Anthony, L., Hurst, A., and Prasad, S. (2012) Developing an interface to support procedural memory training using a participatory-based approach. In Proceedings of the 26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers (BCS-HCI '12). British Computer Society, Swinton, UK, UK, 333-338.

  3. Anthony, L., Carrington, P., Chu, P., Kidd, C., Lai, J., and Sears, A. (2011) Gesture Dynamics: Features Sensitive to Task Difficulty and Correlated with Physiological Sensors. In Proceedings of ICMI MMCogEmS 2011.

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