The 1st ASSETS'22 workshop on
The Future of Urban Accessibility

Welcome 👋,

This is the webpage for our workshop entitled "The Future of Urban Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Data Collection, Analytics, Policy, and Tools", which will be held virtually via Zoom on Mon, Oct 17th as part of the ASSETS'22 conference. You can read more about all five of the accepted ASSETS'22 workshops here.

With this workshop, our goal is to bring together leading experts in human mobility, urban design, disability, and accessible computing to discuss pressing urban access challenges across the world and brainstorm solutions. We invite contributions from practitioners, transit officials, disability advocates, and researchers.

See our Call for Participation below. Have a question? Please email us at

On behalf of all UrbanAccess'22 organizers,

Jon E. Froehlich, Computer Science, University of Washington
Yochai Eisenberg, Disability & Human Development, University of Illinois, Chicago
Maryam Hosseini, Urban Systems, Rutgers/NYU
Fabio Miranda, Computer Science, University of Illinois, Chicago

Call for Participation

We welcome your contributions!

There is widespread lack of accessibility in built environments, from roads and housing to public building and spaces. Such inaccessible urban infrastructure not only contributes to and further reinforces systemic exclusion of people with disabilities but also impacts public health, physical activity, and quality of life for all. To improve the design of our cities and to enable new accessibility-infused analytic tools and interactive maps, we need new data collection techniques, data standards, policies, and planning tools focused on the quality and accessibility of pathways, transit ecosystems, and buildings.

The goal of our “The Future of Urban Accessibility” workshop is to bring together a community of scholars and practitioners across disciplines, disability identities, cultures, and geographies to discuss the state of urban accessibility and the role of interactive technologies therein. We invite short papers, including experience reports, position papers, vision pieces, demonstrations, pictorials, or research summaries up to 2,000 words on this topic (references excluded). Papers should not be anonymized and, in addition to their primary content, should include a bio of each author and rationale for attending the workshop. Papers will be reviewed and selected by the co-organizers to balance topics, geographies, and communities of focus. Accepted authors will be required to register and virtually attend the workshop via Zoom on Mon, Oct 17th

Please submit your papers/artifacts here by Thu, Sep 1 at 11:59PM AoE. We are using Microsoft's Conference Management Toolkit to handle submissions.

Our overarching goal is to identify open challenges, share current work across disciplines, and spur new collaborations. As a secondary goal, we aim to synthesize and publish our discussions together in a jointly authored report perhaps to the SIGACCESS Newsletter or beyond.

Please join us. We welcome your contributions! Email questions to:

Ten Questions

“Space is a place of intersecting struggles/oppression/opportunities. How we move or not move through it
 shapes everything we do and big parts of who we are.” ⁠–Makani Themba

How do we design equitable, accessible cities? What is the role of interactive technology in supporting such diverse tasks as urban planning, accessibility-aware urban navigation, and government accountability? How can we ensure the participation and empowerment of people with disabilities not just in designing accessible cities but also in the ecosystem of interactive tools from accessible transit and restaurant recommendation apps to maps of urban access.

Below, we pose ten questions about the “future of urban accessibility” to drive discussion and provide example areas of interest for our workshop. The questions are intended to be a start, not an end. Throughout, we confront the very definition of “urban accessibility”: this is a function not just of the design of the built environment and transportation infrastructure but also our sensory, physical, and cognitive abilities.

See our workshop proposal for expanded details/context around each question.

  1. How do we ensure diverse, empowered multi-stakeholder perspectives?
  2. What data to collect and how to format it?
  3. Who does the data collection?
  4. How is the data collected, validated, and maintained?
  5. What is the role of AI in assessing urban accessibility?
  6. What is the role of data collection and transparency tools in enforcing policy and ensuring government accountability?
  7. How can we create personalizable, interactive models of urban accessibility?
  8. What are the differences in urban accessibility needs across the globe?
  9. How do climate justice and disability justice intersect in cities?
  10. How can we create effectively synthesized reports and visualizations to support new policy and urban planning?


Important dates for the workshop


You must apply and be accepted to our workshop to register. See CFP above. The registration prices are set by ASSETS'22 and include accessibility services and staffing support.

ASSETS is an ACM conference. ACM stands for the the Association for Computing Machinery and is the largest scientific and educational computing society in the world. If you are not yet an ACM member, but publish at ACM venues, it often makes financial sense to become one. See ACM’s membership options here.

ACM/SIG Member Non-member Student
Cost $30 $35 $20
We also encourage you to also register for the full ASSETS'22 conference!

Lead Workshop Organizers

Jon Froehlich is a white man with brown hair wearing a purple Makeability Lab t-shirt and a gray sports coat

Jon E. Froehlich

Associate Professor
Computer Science
University of Washington

Yochai Eisenberg is standing in front of a podium giving a talk. He has brown hair, a beard, and is wearing a purple shirt

Yochai Eisenberg

Assistant Professor
Disability & Human Development
University of Illinois, Chicago

Maryam Hosseini is standing in front of a beautiful urban scene with a river and skyline. She has brown hair and eyes and is wearing a hijab.

Maryam Hosseini

PhD Candidate
Urban Systems

Fabio Miranda is smiling directly at the camera with brown eyes, hair, and glasses.

Fabio Miranda

Assistant Professor
Computer Science
University of Illinois, Chicago

All Organizers

Given the diversity of our topic and its inherent interdisciplinarity, we have intentionally assembled a large set of co-authors/co-organizers across six countries with different disciplinary backgrounds, professions, and focus areas. Though admittedly expansive, our diverse list of co-organizers brings complementary perspectives and allows us to advertise and engage communities who are not typically part of ASSETS. Our hope is that this will further broaden and enrich the ASSETS community at large and that, perhaps, some of our workshop participants will choose to submit to the main track at ASSETS in future years. The list below is organized alphabetically.
Person Position Discipline Affiliation Country Area of Interest
Marc Adams Professor Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology ASU US Interaction between walkability and interventions for physical activity
Anat Caspi Principal Scientist Computer Science UW US Data equity in transportation through data standardization, automated collection, performance metrics and analytic tools. Co-founder of OpenSidewalks and
Holger Dieterich NGO Activism Sozialhelden e.V Germany Accessibility, inclusion, geodata, standards, disability mainstreaming. Co-founder of
Heather Feldner Professor Rehabilitation Medicine UW US Mobility rights, access and environments of use for pediatric mobility technology, geospatial mapping for children and families who use mobility tech
Jon E. Froehlich Professor Computer Science UW US Urban accessibility data collection, analytics, and visualization. Sidewalk equity. Mobility rights. Co-founder of Project Sidewalk.
Aldo GonzĂĄlez Barrera NGO Urban Planning Liga Peatonal Mexico Architect, urban planner, activist. Participatory design for public spaces
Claudina de Gyves NGO Activism/Urban Planning Liga Peatonal Mexico Urban planning, mobility, pedestrian rights, citizen advocacy
Joy Hammel Professor Disability and Human Development; Rehabilitation Sciences UIC US Accessibility, participation, equity and inclusion, environmental interventions, disparities analyses
Maryam Hosseini PhD Candidate Urban Systems Rutgers/NYU US Computer vision, pedestrian infrastructure assessment, accessibility, walkability, active design
Reuben Kirkham Professor Human-Centered Computing Monash Univ. Australia Navigation around barriers; documentation of barriers; disability human rights considerations
Melanie Kneisel Engineer Computer Science Microsoft US Accessibility, inclusive navigation, spatial audio
Delphine Labbé Professor Disability and Human Development UIC US Urban planning and policy for disability inclusive cities, lived experience and usability of technology
Fabio Miranda Professor Computer Science UIC US Visualization, urban analytics
Stephen J. Mooney Professor Epidemiology UW US Social and contextual influences on physical activity and injury
Victor Pineda Activist/Scholar Urban Planning World Enabled US Disability rights expert, urbanist, founder of
ClĂĄudia Fonseca PinhĂŁo City Government User Experience Design Gemeeente Amsterdam Netherlands Equitable urban planning, walkable/rollable sustainable cities
Ana RodrĂ­guez NGO Activism Liga Peatonal Mexico Participation, implementation, walkability
Manaswi Saha PhD Candidate Computer Science UW US Urban scale decision-making, data visualization, advocacy, tech for non-technical users
Michael Saugstad Research Scientist Computer Science UW US Urban accessibility, data collection, tool building
Judy Shanley NGO Disability and Human Services Easterseals US Urban accessibility, data collection, tool building
Ather Sharif PhD Student Computer Science UW US Mapping accessibility of urban rail transit
Qing Shen Professor Urban Design and Planning UW US Efficient, equitable, and environmentally responsible urban transportation
ClĂĄudio T. Silva Professor Computer Science UW US Urban sensing, analytics, and visualization. Co-founder of the Center for Data Science (CDS) and the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
Maarten Sukel City Government AI Gemeeente Amsterdam Netherlands Crowd+AI tools for urban assessments, equitable urban planning
Eric K. Tokuda Postdoc Math Institute Oxford UK Urban mobility, graphs, computer vision
Sebastian Felix Zappe NGO Activism Sozialhelden e.V Germany Open accessibility data, public transit, routing
Anna Zivarts NGO Activism Disability Rights Washington US Disability rights, Director of the Disability Mobility Initiative