A white-on-black line drawing of Oliver's face with his hand near his chin

Oliver Alonzo

PhD Student at the Rochester Institute of Technology

I am a PhD student in the Computing and Information Sciences program at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I am part of the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR) Lab and I am advised by Matt Huenerfauth. My work focuses on Computing Accessibility and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

My previous experiences include an internship at Facebook as a UX Researcher during the summer of 2020, and an internship at Adobe Research as an HCI Research Intern during the summer of 2021.

Check out my full CV for more details.

research

My research includes the application of automatic text simplification tools to assist online reading by people who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, as well as tools to assist American Sign Language learners. I focus on the user-centric design and evaluation of such tools, as well as the evaluation metrics of the performance of underlying technologies that power them.

fun facts

I play a few instruments, including guitar and piano, and I also sing. I have also performed in a few musical theatre productions, and short films. Off the spotlight, I enjoy doing black & white photography.

I am fluent in Spanish and English, and I am in the process of learning Portuguese and American Sign Language.

selected publications

See publications for a full list.
  1. CHI
    Comparison of Methods for Evaluating Complexity of Simplified Texts among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults at Different Literacy Levels
    Alonzo, Oliver, Trussell, Jessica, Dingman, Becca, and Huenerfauth, Matt
    In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021
  2. CHI
    Automatic Text Simplification Tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults: Benefits of Lexical Simplification and Providing Users with Autonomy
    Alonzo, Oliver, Seita, Matthew, Glasser, Abraham, and Huenerfauth, Matt
    In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020
  3. ASSETS
    Effect of Automatic Sign Recognition Performance on the Usability of Video-Based Search Interfaces for Sign Language Dictionaries
    Alonzo, Oliver, Glasser, Abraham, and Huenerfauth, Matt
    In The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2019
  4. ASSETS
    Reading Experiences and Interest in Reading-Assistance Tools Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Computing Professionals
    Alonzo, Oliver, Elliot, Lisa, Dingman, Becca, and Huenerfauth, Matt
    In The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2020

news

Jul 14, 2021 I was selected to participate in the ASSETS’21 Doctoral Consortium!
Jun 15, 2021 The extension of our ASSETS’19 paper, led by Saad Hassan this time, was accepted into TACCESS 🎉
May 24, 2021 I joined Adobe Research as an HCI Research Intern for the summer, where I will be working with Ding Li!