स्वरूप जोशी

स्वरूप जोशी

Assistant Professor

CS & IS, BITS Pilani, Goa

I am a Researcher and Educator interested in a range of topics in Computing Education, Software Engineering, and Accessibility. Check out my Projects for more details.

I am one of the Principal Investigators (PI) at the Human-Centered Future Computing lab at BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus.

Latest updates: Two of our papers accepted for ICSE'24 (Core A$\star$) SEET Track, and more!

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Interests
  • Computing Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Accessibility
  • Mobile Apps Development
Education
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering

    The Ohio State University

  • M.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering

    IIT Bombay, India

  • B.E. in Computer Engineering

    NITK Surathkal, India

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Computer Science and Information Systems, BITS Pilani--KK Birla Goa Campus
Assistant Professor
February 2021 – Present Goa India
 
 
 
 
 
School of Computing, University of Utah
Assistant Professor, Lecturer
August 2019 – December 2020 Salt Lake City UT USA
 
 
 
 
 
Computer Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University
Senior Lecturer
January 2017 – July 2019 Columbus OH USA

Recent Publications

Exploring the Need of Accessibility Education in the Software Industry: Insights from a Survey of Software Professionals in India

A UserWay study in 2021 indicates that an annual global e-commerce revenue loss of approximately $16 billion can be attributed to inaccessible websites and applications. According to the 2023 WebAIM study, only 3.7% of the world’s top one million website homepages are fully accessible. This shows that many software developers use poor coding practices that don’t adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This research centers on software professionals and their role in addressing accessibility. This work seeks to understand (a) who within the software development community actively practices accessibility, (b) when and how accessibility is considered in the software development lifecycle, (c) the various challenges encountered in building accessible software, and (d) the resources required by software professionals to enhance product accessibility. Our survey of 269 software professionals from India sheds light on the pressing need for accessibility education within the software industry. A substantial majority (69.9%, N=269) of respondents express the need for training materials, workshops, and bootcamps to enhance their accessibility skills. We present a list of actionable recommendations that can be implemented within the industry to promote accessibility awareness and skills. We also open source our raw data for further research, encouraging continued exploration in this domain.

Teaching Digital Accessibility to Industry Professionals using the Community of Practice Framework: An Experience Report

Despite recent initiatives aimed at improving accessibility, the field of digital accessibility remains markedly behind contemporary advancements in the software industry as a large number of real world software and web applications continue to fall short of accessibility requirements. A persisting skills deficit within the existing technology workforce has been an enduring impediment, hindering organizations from delivering truly accessible software products. This, in turn, elevates the risk of isolating and excluding a substantial portion of potential users. In this paper, we report lessons learned from a training program for teaching digital accessibility using the Communities of Practice (CoP) framework to industry professionals. We recruited 66 participants from a large multi-national software company and assigned them to two groups: one participating in a CoP and the other using self-paced learning. We report experiences from designing the training program, conducting the actual training, and assessing the efficiency of the two approaches. Based on these findings, we provide recommendations for practitioners in Learning and Development teams and educators in designing accessibility courses for industry professionals.

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