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Sushant Kafle

sushant @
PhD Student,
Computing and Information Science,
I am a third year Ph.D. student in Computing and Information Science at the Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) under the advisement of Prof. Matt Huenerfauth. Motivated in harnessing the learning capabilities of computers to empower people, my current research aims to inform the design and the evaluation of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology for use in captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). I am also interested in applying machine learning concepts to build accessbility tools for humans, that are validated through real-world studies and observations. Currently, my work explores the modeling of the understandability of spoken message for the various user-group (hearing and DHH users), in the presence of recognition errors from ASR systems.

Research Interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Accessiblity, Speech Processing, Natural Language Processing.

Some research projects I'm associated with..

Spring 2016
Sushant Kafle, Matt Huenerfauth. 2017. "Evaluating the Usability of Automatically Generated Captions for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." Proceedings of the 19th Annual SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS'17), Baltimore, Maryland. ACM, New York, NY, USA. [26% paper-acceptance rate]
Conference Award: Best Paper Nominee
Fall 2015
Sushant Kafle, Matt Huenerfauth. 2016. "Effect of Speech Recognition Errors on Text Understandability for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing." Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT), INTERSPEECH 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA.


September, 2017 Announced the creation of our Corpus of Word Importance Annotations.
July, 2017 ASSETS 2017 paper nominated for a Best Paper Award.
June, 2017 Submission to ASSETS 2017 conference was accepted.
May, 2017 Helped to facilitate the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at our lab.
October, 2016 Participant and presented at ASSETS Doctoral Consortium 2016.
September, 2016 Presented my work at the SLPAT 2016 event.
July, 2016 Submission to SLPAT 2016 was accepted.
July, 2016 Submission to ASSETS Doctoral Consortium 2016 Program was accepted.
May, 2016 Sucessfullly defended the PhD Research Potential Assesment.
August, 2015 Started working as a reserach assistant at CAIR Lab.
August, 2015 Joined RIT for doctoral studies in Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Past projects I'm associated with..

Academic Projects

Interest Rate Prediction of Banksinterest rate predicting tool that uses financial informations and non-financial informations (eg. socio-economic trent via news) to make future predicions. [report | paper]
Particle Viewera real world particle and container simulator plus analyzer under E&T Nepal.
3D Chessa 3D game with both single player (with AI) and multiplayer (via network) support.
3D Maze Simulatora 2D to 3D renderer with its own geometric drawing, rendering and transformation handles.
Movie Recomendation Systema collaborative filtering based recomendation system using matrix factorization and served via django server.

Non-Academic Projects

Rubik's Cubea 3d rubik's cube simulator and solver.
BusyNotean android app that lets you send appropriate automatic replies for people trying to contact you when you are busy.
Perlin Noise Implemetationan implementation of Perlin Noise Algorithm that lets you create perlin-noise textures.
Kabachan android app for social cause again women voilence. Product of VAW hackathon 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Easy Yatraa web+mobile app to know the whereabouts of public vehicles. production of Startup weekend Nepal, 2013.
Marching Squarea quick implementation of Marching Square algorithm.
Quick Hulla instructive graphical implementaion of quick hull 2D.
Decision Treea dynamic canvas based decision tree generator.
Parikshyaan online mock exam prep tool. Product of Startup Weekend 2012 (Winner).
Find Outa canvas based game to teach people about who ethics and integrity. Product of Integrity Hackathon 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal (Winner).
Triplet Extraction From Sentencesubject-verb-object extraction from sentence.