We are involved with organizations and faculty members from universities around the world carrying out research and software and hardware development work in the areas of Computer Image Processing, Human Computer Interaction, Assistive Technologies, Wearable Computing and Bioinformatics. Listed below are some selected publications that were a result of our collaborative research efforts.

Visual and Infrared Sensor Data-Based Obstacle Detection for the Visually Impaired Using the Google Project Tango Tablet Development Kit and the Unity Engine

Rabia Jafri, Rodrigo Louzada Campos, Syed Abid Ali and Hamid R. Arabnia, IEEE Access, IEEE Computer Society, 2017 (accepted and to appear).

A Tangible User Interface-Based Application Utilizing 3D-Printed Manipulatives for Teaching Tactual Shape Perception and Spatial Awareness Sub-Concepts to Visually Impaired Children

Rabia Jafri, Asmaa Mohammed Aljuhani and Syed Abid Ali, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Elsevier, 2017, Volume 11, pp. 3-11.

A GPU-Accelerated Real-Time Contextual Awareness Application for the Visually Impaired on Google’s Project Tango Device

Rabia Jafri, The Journal of Supercomputing, Springer, 2017, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp. 887-899.

Utilizing 3D Printing to Assist the Blind

Rabia Jafri and Syed Abid Ali, Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Health Informatics and Medical Systems (HIMS’15), July 27-30, Las Vegas, USA, pp. 55-61, 2015.

A Tangible Interface-based Application for Teaching Tactual Shape Perception and Spatial Awareness Sub-Concepts to Visually Impaired Children

Rabia Jafri, Asmaa Mohammed Aljuhani and Syed Abid Ali, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015), July 26-30, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Elsevier ScienceDirect Procedia, Volume 3, pp. 5562-5569,2015.

Computer Vision-based Object Recognition for the Visually Impaired in an Indoors Environment: a Survey

Rabia Jafri, Syed Abid Ali, Hamid R. Arabnia and Shameem Fatima. The Visual Computer, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2014. ISSN: 1432-2315. DOI: 10.1007/s00371-013-0886-1, Volume 30, Issue 11, pp. 1197-1222 (Published online: October 15, 2013).

Exploring the Potential of Eyewear-Based Wearable Display Devices for Use by the Visually Impaired

Rabia Jafri and Syed Abid Ali, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on User Science and Engineering (i-USEr 2014), September 2-5, Shah Alam, Malaysia, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 119-124, 2014.

Electronic Braille Blocks: A Tangible Interface-based Application for Teaching Braille Letter Recognition to Very Young Blind Children

Rabia Jafri, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2014), July 9-11, Paris, France, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Volume 8548, pp. 551-558, 2014.

A Multimodal Tablet–based Application for the Visually Impaired for Detecting and Recognizing Objects in a Home Environment

Rabia Jafri and Syed Abid Ali. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2014), July 9-11, Paris, France, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Volume 8547, pp. 356-359, 2014.

A GPS-based Personalized Pedestrian Route Recording Smartphone Application for the Blind

Rabia Jafri and Syed Abid Ali. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2014) – Posters’ Extended Abstracts, June 22-27, Crete, Greece, Springer International Publishing, Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Volume 435, pp. 232-237, 2014.

Computer Vision-based Object Recognition for the Visually Impaired Using Visual Tags

Rabia Jafri, Syed Abid Ali and Hamid R. Arabnia, Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition (IPCV ’13), July 22-25, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, pp. 400-406, 2013.

Face Recognition for the Visually Impaired

Rabia Jafri, Syed Abid Ali and Hamid R. Arabnia. Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Information and Knowledge (IKE ’13), July 22-25, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, pp. 153-159, 2013.

Selected Presentations of Our Work

Utilizing 3D Printing to Assist the Blind

Presented, along with Syed Abid Ali, at The 2015 International Conference on Health Informatics and Medical Systems (HIMS’15) Las Vegas, USA, (July 29, 2015).

A Tangible Interface-based Application for Teaching Tactual Shape Perception and Spatial Awareness Sub-Concepts to Visually Impaired Children

Presented at The 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (July 29, 2015).

Electronic Braille Blocks: A Tangible Interface-based Application for Teaching Braille Letter Recognition to Very Young Blind Children

Presented at the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2014), July 9-11, 2014, Paris, France.

A Multimodal Tablet–based Application for the Visually Impaired for Detecting and Recognizing Objects in a Home Environment

Presented at the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2014), July 9-11, 2014, Paris, France.

Computer Vision-based Object Recognition for the Visually Impaired Using Visual Tags

Presented at The 2013 International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition (IPCV ’13) Las Vegas, NV, USA (July 2013).

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