William Caruso

MIT EECS Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Lalana Kagal
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Areas of Research: Computer Systems
Years: 2016-2017

Accessibility of Mobile Apps

Handheld devices have replaced desktops and laptops as the primary communication and computation platform for many individuals. With almost one billion people with disabilities in the world ensuring that apps for these handheld devices are accessible by people with disabilities is important and becomes highly critical during emergency situations when dissemination of evacuation information and coordination of relief efforts are essential. Though mobile apps are mostly covered by the same accessibility standards as web applications there aren't sufficient tools for developers who want to build accessible mobile apps. This project aims to design and develop relevant libraries and toolkits to enable the development of accessible mobile apps.

I am excited to commit to a year-long research project. I am also excited about my research: I have a nation for mobile apps.