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    John Rochford MS

    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
    465 Medford Street, Suite 500
    Charlestown MA 02129

        Academic Background.     

        • Northeastern University: Master of Science
          • Major: Applied Behavior Analysis
          • Minor: Transition & Systems Change
        • Bradford College, Bachelor of Arts
          • Major: Human Studies/Psychology
          • Minors: Spanish & Literature
        • Center for International Studies, Toledo, Spain
          • Graduate of the Spanish Studies Program of the Ortega y Gasset Foundation

        Current Appointments


        Professional and Research Interests

        • Information and communications technology (ICT) accessibility for people with disabilities
        • ICT accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities
        • Instructional design of online courses and learning-management systems
        • Improving the use of technology by people with intellectual disabilities
        • Application of information technology in human services

        Provider of Technology Services for Medical-School Managed Projects


        Recent Invited Presentations


        • Automated Web Text Simplification: Pilot Study & IBM Watson Supercomputer (2015)
        Cognitive & Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, W3C 
        British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), London, England


        • Cognitive Web Accessibility and Automated Text Simplification

        Tech Supports for Cognition and Learning: Everyday Apps and Emerging Trends (2017)

        Mercy College Campus, Dobbs Ferry, NY

        • Cognitive Web Accessibility: W3C Task Force & Future Research (2015)
        30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
        California State University, Northridge, San Diego, CA


        • Automated ICT Text Simplification for People with Cognitive Disabilities (2015)
        Boston Accessibility Group, IBM Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA

        Invited Presentations


        • Technology Development & Information and Referral for People with Disabilities (2012)
        University of Massachusetts Medical School, Waltham, MA


        • Task Force on Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism (2014)
        Spectrum Disorder, Mass. Joint Committee on Higher Education, Worcester, MA
        • Developing Online Courses & a Delivery Platform for People with Cognitive Disabilities (2012)
        Boston Accessibility Group, Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA


        • Work to Establish Cognitive Web Accessibility Guidelines by the World Wide Web (2014)
        Consortium & by the University of Massachusetts Medical School
        Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
        • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching, Learning, and Building a Community (2013)
        Using Technology to Meet Special Needs at College and Beyond Special Interest
        Group, University Business Technology / Vanishing Boundaries-Emerging
        Opportunities Conference, Orlando, FL

        selected publications
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        1. Djamasbi, S., Rochford, J., DaBoll-Lavoie, A., Greff, T., Lally, J., McAvoy, K. Fifteenth Pre-ICIS SIG-HCI Workshop. Text Simplification and Generation Y: an Eye Tracking Study. 2016.
        2. Rochford, J., Chen, P., Wu, F., Djamasbi, S., Shojaeizadeh, M., Fay, P. Automated ICT Text Simplification for People with Cognitive Disabilities: Update. 2016.
        3. Djamasbi, S., Rochford, J., DaBoll-Lavoie, A., Greff, T., Lally, J., & McAvoy, K. Text Simplification and User Experience. Foundations of Augmented Cognition: Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience. 2016.
        4. Wang, T., Chen, P., Rochford, J., & Qiang, J. Text Simplification Using Neural Machine Translation. Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16). Phoenix: AAAI. 2016.
        5. Rochford, J., Chen, P., & Wang, T. Automated ICT Text Simplification for People with Cognitive Disabilities. 2015.
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