Dr. Ravi Kuber



Photo of Ravi Kuber at Niagara Falls

Associate Professor

Human-Centered Computing

Department of Information Systems




Short Biography

Ravi Kuber's research examines the ways that touch-based (haptic) technologies can be used to support interaction with an interface, when the user's visual channel is blocked or restricted. He has designed haptic and multimodal interfaces to support individuals who are blind and older adults to overcome the barriers faced when accessing graphical user interfaces. He has also examined ways to develop tactile feedback to augment the mobile interaction experience and to heighten levels of situational awareness. Other areas of interest include applying non-visual technologies to address the trade-offs associated with authentication and using BCI and gestures to support communication. He received his Ph.D. from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from University College London, UK.









Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  1. Said, K., Kuber, R. & Murphy, E. 2015: AudioAuth: Exploring the Design and Usability of a Sound-Based Authentication System. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, 7(4), 16-34.
  2. Qian, H., Kuber, R., Sears, A. & Stanwyck, E. 2014: Determining the Efficacy of Multi-Parameter Tactons in the Presence of Real-world and Simulated Audio Distractors. Interacting with Computers 26 (6), 572-594.
  3. Kuber, R. & Wright, F.P. 2013: Augmenting the Instant Messaging Experience through the Use of Brain Computer Interface and Gestural Technologies. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 29 (3), 178-191.
  4. Zhu, S., Kuber, R., Tretter, M. & O'Modhrain, M.S. 2011: Identifying the Effectiveness of Using Three Different Haptic Devices for Providing Non-visual Access to the Web Interacting with Computers 23, 565-581.
  5. Qian, H., Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2011: Towards Developing Perceivable Tactile Feedback for Mobile Devices. International Journal of Human Computer Studies 69, 705-719.
  6. Qian, H., Kuber, R., Sears, A. & Murphy, E. 2011: Maintaining and Modifying Pace through Tactile and Multimodal Feedback. Interacting with Computers, 23 (3), 214-225.
  7. Kuber, R., Yu, W. & O'Modhrain, M.S. 2011: Evaluation of Haptic HTML Mappings Derived from a Novel Methodology. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 3 (4), Article 12.
  8. Kuber, R. & Yu, W. 2010: Feasibility Study of Tactile-based Authentication. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68, 158-181.
  9. Murphy, E., Kuber, R., McAllister, G., Strain, P. & Yu, W. 2008: An Empirical Investigation into the Difficulties Experienced by Visually Impaired Internet Users. Universal Access in the Information Society, 7(1), 79-91.
  10. Yu, W., Kuber, R., Murphy, E., Strain, P. & McAllister, G. 2006: A Novel Multimodal Interface for Improving Visually Impaired People's Web Accessibility. Journal of Virtual Reality, 9, 2 (Jan 2006), 133-148.

Other Publications

  1. Saulynas, S.A. & Kuber, R. 2015: Going Beyond "Beyond Being There": An Inquiry into the Use of Brain-Computer Interface Technologies and Intelligent Machine Agents to Facilitate Inconspicuous Communication. In Proceedings of Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS'15), Atlanta, USA, 454-459.
  2. Feldman, P. & Kuber, R. 2015: Tangibly Enhancing Haptics. In Extended Abstracts of TEI'15, Stanford, USA, 563-568.
  3. Wolf, F. & Kuber, R. 2014: Developing Tactile Feedback for Wearable Presentation: Observations from using a Participatory Approach. In Extended Abstracts of Mobile HCI'14, Toronto, Canada, 543-548.
  4. Said, K., Kuber, R. & Murphy, E. 2014: Towards the Development of AudioAuth: An Auditory Authentication System. In proceedings of Irish HCI'14, Dublin, Ireland, 48-55, ISBN 978-1-873769-27-0.
  5. Kuber, R., Zhu, S., Arber, Y., Norman, K. & Magnusson, C. 2014: Augmenting the Non-Visual Web Browsing Process using the Geomagic Touch Haptic Device. In SIGACCESS Newsletter, 109 (June 2014), 4-10.
  6. Qian, H., Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2014: Supporting the Mobile Notification Process through Tactile Cues Selected using a Paired Comparison Task. In Extended Abstracts of CHI'14, Toronto, Canada, 1741-1746.
  7. Wolf, F., Feldman, P. & Kuber, R. 2014: Towards Supporting Situational Awareness using Tactile Feedback. In proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on 3DUI, Minneapolis, USA, 131-132.
  8. Norman, K., Arber, Y. & Kuber, R. 2013: How Accessible is the Process of Web Interface Design? In proceedings of ASSETS'13, Bellevue, USA, Article No: 51.
  9. Qian, H., Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2013: Designing Tactile Feedback to Support Mobile Users when Situationally Impaired. In proceedings of ASSETS'13, Bellevue, USA, Article No: 47.
  10. Wheeler, M., Wolf, F. & Kuber, R. 2013: Supporting Augmented and Alternative Communication using a Low-Cost Gestural Device. In proceedings of ASSETS'13, Bellevue, USA, Article No: 67.
  11. Qian, H., Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2013: Tactile Notifications for Ambulatory Users. In Extended Abstracts of CHI'13, Paris, France, 1569-1574.
  12. Anthony, L., Prasad, S., Hurst, A. & Kuber, R. 2012: A Participatory Design Workshop on Accessible Apps and Games with Students with Learning Differences. In proceedings of ASSETS'12, Boulder, USA, 253-254.
  13. Krishnaswamy, K. & Kuber, R. 2012: Toward the Development of a BCI and Gestural Interface to Support Individuals with Physical Disabilities. In proceedings of ASSETS'12, Boulder, USA, 229-230.
  14. Brunschwyler, C. & Kuber, R. 2012: Determining the Accessibility of Social Networking Sites. In proceedings of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Computing'12, Baltimore, USA.
  15. Carrington, P., Kuber, R., Anthony, L., Hurst, A. & Prasad, S. 2012: Developing an Interface to Support Procedural Memory Training using a Participatory-Based Approach. In proceedings of BCS HCI'12, Birmingham, UK, 333-338.
  16. Kuber, R., Hastings, A., Tretter, M. & Fitzpatrick, D. 2012: Determining the Accessibility of Mobile Screen Readers for Blind Users. In proceedings of IASTED HCI'12, Baltimore, USA, 182-189.
  17. Kuber, R. & Sharma, S. 2012: Developing an Extension to an Existing Tactile Authentication Mechanism to Support Non-Visual Interaction. In proceedings of IASTED HCI'12, Baltimore, USA, 190-198.
  18. Kuber, R., Tretter, M. & Murphy, E. 2011: Developing and Evaluating a Non-Visual Memory Game. In proceedings of INTERACT'11 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6947), Lisbon, Portugal, 541-553.
  19. Qian, H., Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2011: A Longitudinal Pilot Study to Evaluate Non-Visual Icons in a Mobile Exertion Application. In proceedings of INTERACT'11 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6949), Lisbon, Portugal, 458-461.
  20. Kuber, R. & Sharma, S. 2010: Toward Tactile Authentication for Blind Users. In proceedings of ASSETS'10, Orlando, USA, 289-290.
  21. Kuber, R., Yu, W. & O'Modhrain, M.S. 2010: Tactile Web Browsing for Blind Users In proceedings of Haptic Audio Interaction Design'10 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6306), Copenhagen, Denmark, 75-84.
  22. Kuber, R. & Yu, W. 2010: Tactile vs Graphical Authentication. In proceedings of Eurohaptics'10 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6191), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 314-319.
  23. Qian, H.,Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2010: Maintaining Levels of Activity using a Haptic Personal Training Application. In Extended Abstracts of CHI'10, Atlanta, USA, 3217-3222.
  24. Qian, H., Kuber, R. & Sears, A. 2009: Towards Identifying Distinguishable Tactons for Use with Mobile Devices. In proceedings of ASSETS'09, Pittsburgh, USA, 257-258.
  25. Kuber, R., Yu, W. & McAllister, G. 2007: A Non-Visual Approach to Improving Collaboration between Blind and Sighted Internet Users. In proceedings of Human Computer Interaction International'07 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4556), 913-922.
  26. Kuber, R., Yu, W. & McAllister, G. 2007: Towards Developing Assistive Haptic Feedback for Visually Impaired Internet Users. In proceedings of CHI'07, San Jose, USA, 1525-1534.
  27. Murphy, E., Kuber, R., Strain, P., McAllister, G. & Yu, W. 2007: Developing Sounds for a Multimodal Interface: Conveying Spatial Information to Visually Impaired Web Users. In proceedings of ICAD'07, Montreal, Canada, 348-355.
  28. Strain, P., McAllister, G., Murphy, E., Kuber, R. & Yu, W. 2007: A Grid-Based Extension to an Assistive Multimodal Interface. In Extended Abstracts of CHI'07, San Jose, USA, 2675-2680.
  29. Kuber, R., Sulaiman, S. & Blandford, A. 2006: Investigating the Communication of Emotions through Multimodal Technologies and Gestures. In proceedings of BCS HCI'06 Volume 2, London, UK, 205-207.
  30. Kuber, R. & Yu, W. 2006: Authentication using Tactile Feedback. In proceedings of BCS HCI'06 Volume 2, London, UK, 141-145.
  31. Kuber, R. 2006: Developing an Assistive Haptic Framework for Improving Non-Visual Access to the Web. In SIGACCESS Newsletter, 86 (September 2006), 16-19. (From ACM ASSETS'06 Doctoral Consortium, Portland, USA)
  32. Kuber, R., Yu, W., Murphy, E., Strain, P. & McAllister, G. 2005: Assistive Multimodal Interfaces for Improving Web Accessibility. In Hands on Haptics Workshop, CHI'05, Portland, USA.
  33. Murphy, E., McAllister, G., Strain, P., Kuber, R. & Yu, W. 2005: Audio for a Multimodal Assistive Interface. In Combining Speech and Sound in the Interface Workshop, ICAD'05, Limerick, Ireland.
  34. Yu, W., McAllister, G., Kuber, R., Murphy, E. & Strain, P. 2005: Improving Web Accessibility using Content-Aware Plug-ins. In Extended Abstracts of CHI'05, Portland, USA, 1893-1896.







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