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Martez Edward Mott
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Ability Group, Microsoft Research
Redmond, WA 98052 USA
mamott |at| microsoft |dot| com


I am a Senior Researcher in the Ability Group at Microsoft Research where I conduct research in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI) and accessible computing. I design, develop, and evaluate intelligent interaction techniques that improve the accessibility of computing devices for people with diverse motor and sensory abilities. My current research explores methods for improving the accessibility of virtual and augmented reality systems for people with limited mobility.

I received my Ph.D. in Information Science from the Information School at the University of Washington where I was advised by Dr. Jacob Wobbrock. For my dissertation, I created and evaluated algorithms to improve the accuracy of touch input for people with upper-body motor impairments. My dissertation was supported by a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and a UW GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship. To learn more about my dissertation work, check out this UW feature story or listen to my radio interview with Seattle's KOMO News . Prior to attending UW, I received my B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University.

I am passionate about improving the diversity of the CS and HCI communities. I was an inaugural teaching fellow at the iSchool Inclusion Institute where I also served as a research advisor. I co-chaired the CHIMe 2020 Workshop and am serving on the steering committee for CHIMe 2021. I recently wrote a blog post for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's series: Voices on the Future of Childhood: Diversity, Belonging, and Racial Justice.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, I'm a fan of all things Detroit. I love football, horror movies, and books on world history (especially books by Barbara Tuchman).

Recent Publications

“I just went into it assuming that I wouldn’t be able to have the full experience”: Understanding the accessibility of virtual reality for people with limited mobility
Martez E. Mott, John Tang, Shaun Kane, Edward Cutrell, and Meredith Ringel Morris
ASSETS 2020 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

Accessible by design: An opportunity for virtual reality
Martez E. Mott, Edward Cutrell, Mar Gonzalez Franco, Christian Holz, Eyal Ofek, Richard Stoakley, and Meredith Ringel Morris
ISMAR 2019 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

Cluster Touch: Improving touch accuracy on smartphones for people with motor and situational impairments
Martez E. Mott and Jacob O. Wobbrock
CHI 2019 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

Understanding the accessibility of smartphone photography for people with motor impairments
Martez E. Mott, Jane E., Cynthia L. Bennett, Edward Cutrell, and Meredith Ringel Morris
CHI 2018 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

How teens with visual impairments take, edit, and share photos on social media
Cynthia L. Bennett, Jane E., Martez E. Mott, Edward Cutrell, and Meredith Ringel Morris
CHI 2018 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

Towards more robust speech interactions for deaf and hard of hearing users
Raymond Fok, Harmanpreet Kaur, Skanda Palani, Martez E. Mott, and Walter S. Lasecki
ASSETS 2018 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

Improving dwell-based gaze typing with dynamic, cascading dwell times
Martez E. Mott, Shane Williams, Jacob O. Wobbrock, and Meredith Ringel Morris
CHI 2017 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI

Smart Touch: Improving touch accuracy for people with motor impairments with template matching
Martez E. Mott, Radu-Daniel Vatavu, Shaun K. Kane, and Jacob O. Wobbrock
CHI 2016 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI | UW feature on Smart Touch
Best Paper Award (Top 1% of all submissions)

Beating the bubble: Using kinematic triggering in the bubble lens for acquiring small dense targets
Martez E. Mott and Jacob O. Wobbrock
CHI 2014 | PDF | BibTeX | DOI