The overarching goal of this workshop is to gather researchers, students, and advocates who work at the intersection of accessibility, computer vision, and autonomous systems. We plan to use the workshop to identify challenges and pursue solutions for the current lack of shared and principled development tools for data-driven vision-based accessibility systems. For instance, there is a general lack of vision-based benchmarks and methods relevant to accessibility (e.g., people with disabilities and mobility aids are currently mostly absent from large-scale datasets in pedestrian detection). Our workshop will provide a unique opportunity for fostering a mutual discussion between accessibility, computer vision, and robotics researchers and practitioners.

Invited Speakers

Chandrika Jayant
Chandrika Jayant
Volkswagen Group of America, Principal Designer and Manager, Inclusive Mobility Team
Deva Ramanan
Carnegie Mellon University and Argo AI
Jon E. Froehlich
Jon E. Froehlich
University of Washington, Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility
James Coughlan
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Researcher in Computer Vision Technologies for Blind and Visually Impaired
Adrien Gaidon
Toyota Research Institute, Head of Machine Learning Research
Eli Peli
Harvard, Professor of Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School, Researcher in Disability, Rehabilitation, and Assistive Technologies for Low Vision
Laura Giarré
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, NTNU


Time Talk
13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks
13:05-13:30 Deva Ramanan, ``Recognizing rare classes for autonomous navigation’’ (In-Person)
13:35-14:00 Chandrika Jayant, ``Inclusive Mobility at Volkswagen Group of America’’
14:05-14:30 Jon E. Froehlich / Michael Saugstad, ``Project Sidewalk: Crowd+AI Tools to Map and Assess Sidewalk Accessibility’’
14:35-15:00 Adrien Gaidon, ``Principle-centric AI’’ (In-Person)
15:00-15:15 Challenge Results, 1-Minute Poster Highlights
15:15-15:35 Poster Session #1 + Break
15:35-15:55 Laura Giarré, ``Accessibility and Independent Navigation for People with Visual Impairments’’
16:00-16:25 Eli Peli, ``Pedestrian Collision with Homonymous Hemianopia’’
16:30-16:55 James Coughlan
16:55-17:20 Concluding Remarks + Poster Session #2

Accepted extended abstracts and posters: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QVva-x-qWklODQd8Pdp3bSYRlGT-lz_E?usp=sharing


Eshed Ohn-Bar
Eshed Ohn-Bar
Boston University
Danna Gurari
Danna Gurari
University of Colorado Boulder
Kris Kitani
Kris Kitani
Carnegie Mellon University
Kate Saenko
Kate Saenko
Boston University
Andreas Geiger
Andreas Geiger
University of Tübingen and the MPI for Intelligent Systems
Chieko Asakawa
Chieko Asakawa
Carnegie Mellon University and IBM
Jon E. Froehlich
Jon E. Froehlich
University of Washington
Chandrika Jayant
Chandrika Jayant
Volkswagen Group of America

Challenge Organization

Jimuyang Zhang
Jimuyang Zhang
Boston University
Zhongkai Shangguan
Zhongkai Shangguan
Boston University
Minglan Zheng
Minglan Zheng
Boston University


The challenge involves a synthetic instance segmentation benchmark incorporating use-cases of autonomous systems interacting with pedestrians with disabilities (see Zhang et al., X-World: Accessibility, Vision, and Autonomy Meet, ICCV 2021 bit.ly/2X8sYoX). The benchmark contains challenging accessibility-related person and object categories, such as `cane' and `wheelchair.' We aim to use the challenge to uncover research opportunities and spark the interest of computer vision and AI researchers working on more robust visual reasoning models for accessibility.

An example from the instance segmentation challenge for perceiving people with mobility aids.

The team with the top performing submission will be invited to give short talks during the workshop and will receive a financial award of $500 and an OAK—D camera (We thank the US Department of Transportation and Intel for their support for these awards)

To participate in the challenge and download the data please go to the challenge website.

Call for Papers

We encourage submission of relevant research (including work in progress, novel perspectives, formative studies, benchmarks, methods) as extended abstracts for the poster session and workshop discussion (up to 4 pages in CVPR format, not including references). CVPR Overleaf template can be found here. Latex/Word templates can be found here. Please send your extended abstracts to mobility@bu.edu. Note that submissions do not need to be anonymized. Extended abstracts of already published works can also be submitted. Accepted abstracts will be presented at the poster session, and will not be included in the printed proceedings of the workshop. Topics of interests by this workshop include, but are not limited to:
  1. AI for Accessibility
  2. Accessibility-Centered Computer Vision Tasks and Datasets
  3. Data-Driven Accessibility Tools, Metrics and Evaluation Frameworks
  4. Practical Challenges in Ability-Based Assistive Technologies
  5. Accessibility in Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles
  6. Long-Tail and Low-Shot Recognition of Accessibility-Based Tasks
  7. Accessible Homes, Hospitals, Cities, Infrastructure, Transportation
  8. Crowdsourcing and Annotation Tools for Vision and Accessibility
  9. Empirical Real-World Studies in Inclusive System Design
  10. Assistive Human-Robot Interaction
  11. Remote Accessibility Systems
  12. Multi-Modal (Audio, Visual, Inertial, Haptic) Learning and Interaction
  13. Accessible Mobile and Information Technologies
  14. Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality for Accessibility
  15. Novel Designs for Robotic, Wearable and Smartphone-Based Assistance
  16. Intelligent Assistive Embodied and Navigational Agents
  17. Socially Assistive Mobile Applications
  18. Human-in-the-Loop Machine Learning Techniques
  19. Accessible Tutoring and Education
  20. Personalization for Diverse Physical, Motor, and Cognitive Abilities
  21. Embedded Hardware-Optimized Assistive Systems
  22. Intelligent Robotic Wheelchairs
  23. Medical and Social and Cultural Models of Disability
  24. New Frameworks for Taxonomies and Terminology

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