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On Tuesday, October 15, Sy Saulynas (Assistant Professor of Information Systems) will give a research talk at the United States Naval Academy entitled, “Towards SaulynasDeveloping Guidelines for Addressing Situationally Induced Impairments and Disabilities (SIID) and Severely Constraining Situational Impairments (SCSI)”. The introduction of commercially-viable mobile information appliances has revolutionized the way humans consume information. The mobile aspect of mobile interaction, however, often places users in less than ideal ambient conditions where environmental variability can negatively affect the completion of a desired mobile interaction (e.g. trying to read a text message while outside in bright sunlight).

This phenomena has been dubbed “Situationally Induced Impairments and Disabilities (SIID)” or simply “situational impairments”.

Further, the rapid adoption and omnipresent use of mobile devices seems to have produced a new complexity by-product termed “Severely Constraining Situational Impairments (SCSI)” where workarounds to a transaction issue are not available or easily obtained, or where a technological solution was found that only led to the introduction of new situational impairments. These phenomenon represent an accessibility challenge for effective mobile device use on the go, and the effects of these challenges can be dangerous.

Sy’s research arc addresses situational impairments from a novel perspective. Little research to date has attempted to examine the SIID phenomenon from a general classification standpoint. Nor has there been much research attempted to explore the secondary impact of amplified complexity that the increase in usage and functionality offered by mobile technology is producing.

Professor Saulynas' research aims to achieve a richer understanding of the variety and complexity of situational impairment events. The culmination of this research will provide recommendations for fostering specific guidelines so that the design of mobile human-computer interaction can: 1) better recognize the new complexity of the diverse facets that are present during mobile interaction and 2) properly and effectively account for the presence of SIID and SCSI in the design of mobile device interaction.

For more info contact Sy Saulynas,

Dr. Byron Henry joins the BSOBL faculty this fall as an Associate Professor in Accounting. Prior to his current appointment, he was an Associate Professor and the Acting Chair in the Department of Accounting in the School of Business at Howard University. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Bowie State University (2009-2016), Howard University (1997-2009) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont (1996-1997). He has published articles in the areas of state and local taxation and accounting education and presented numerous papers on a wide array of accounting topics. His research interests include accounting and reporting issues affecting nonprofit organizations as well as the ethical practices and perceptions of accountants.

Byron has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in accounting through both face-to-face and online delivery systems. He strongly believes that learning is best achieved by doing and emphasizes problem-based learning in his courses to strengthen the development of critical thinking skills among his students.

Byron holds degrees in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, George Washington University and Texas A&M University.  He is licensed to practice as a certified public accountant (CPA) in Texas and Maryland.  He held professional positions with Ernst & Whinney, the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas State Auditor’s Office and has professional and community affiliations with the Texas and Maryland Societies of CPAs, the American Accounting Association, and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).  Byron currently serves on the Trustee Board of the First Baptist Church of Guilford (Columbia, MD) and officiates high school football in the local area.  

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