Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Volunteers Needed to Complete a Computer Security - Accessibility Survey

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED



Two researchers from the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at Towson University are seeking individuals with upper-body motor impairments to participate in a survey. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain completely confidential and anonymous.

The purpose of the survey is to gain insight into the computing behaviors of individuals with upper-body motor impairments. We expect that the results will help researchers and system developers create more effective access control techniques to meet the special needs of this user population. The results should also assist employers in providing improved technical and procedural support to computer users that have difficulties using standard input devices.

If you would like to take the online survey, please go to the following link:

http://www.towson.edu/cosc/securitysurvey

If you prefer a paper version of the survey, please send us an e-mail that contains your mailing address and we will send the survey to you.

Contact information:
John D'Arcy, Ph.D.
Jinjuan Feng, Ph.D.
Department of Computer & Information Sciences
Towson University
7800 York Road
Towson, MD 21252 U.S.A.

About the Researchers:
Dr. John D'Arcy teaches and conducts research in the area of information assurance and security, with particular emphasis on end user security-related behaviors. His research is acknowledged in academic journals such as Communications of the ACM and Computers & Security, as well as in numerous refereed conference proceedings. For more information on Dr. D'Arcy, please go to:
http://pages.towson.edu/jdarcy/.

Dr. Jinjuan Feng conducts research in the area of universal accessibility with specific focus on improving input devices for computer users with spinal cord injuries. She has published numerous papers in academic journals. She is currently leading a research project to develop a hands-free speech-based system for users with spinal cord injuries. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. For more information on Dr. Feng, please go to: http://pages.towson.edu/jfeng/.