Jinjuan Feng


Contact Info

YR 477


Ph.D., Information Systems, UMBC

Areas of Expertise

Human-Computer Interaction, Universal Accessibility, Health-informatics, Usable and Accessible Security


Dr. Jinjuan Heidi Feng is a professor at the Computer and Information Sciences Department at Towson University. She conducts research in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Accessible Computing and Health-informatics. She works with national and local communities to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through information technology. Her current research projects focus on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities, mobile applications for healthcare related services, and accessible security techniques for individuals with visual or cognitive disabilities. Dr. Feng has served as the program co-chair for the 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS21) and the general chair for ASSETS16.  She is associate editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing. As the Director of the School of Emerging Technologies at Towson University from 2015 to 2021, she promoted interdisciplinary research and curriculum development through collaboration both within and beyond Towson University.

Dr. Heidi Feng welcomes both graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in Human-Computer Interaction, information technology for people with special needs, Health-informatics, and usable/accessible security and privacy to join her research projects.

Courses Taught


  • CIS211 Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • CIS328 Introduction to Data Analytics
  • CIS379 Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS435 Human-Computer Interaction
  • CIS440 Systems Development for E-Commerce
  • CIS475 IS Capstone


  • COSC605 Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction

Research Projects (since 2016):

  • Improving health data accessibility for people with Down Syndrome
  • Improving medication management for the elderly population through mobile technology
  • Comprehensive Autism Resource Environment (CARE): Optimizing Telemedicine for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families
  • ARMStrokes: Using mobile technology to support everyday stroke rehabilitation  
  • Understanding and improving Social Media usage related to cognitive disabilities in the Arab region
  • Improving the usability and accessibility of user authentication through the Authentication of Choice approach
  • Improving web accessibility implementation in non-profit websites
  • Understanding visual information processing of people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Understanding the impact of cultural factors on visual information processing of American vs. Saudi Arabian Users
  • Developing a multimodal communication solution for young children with severe physical disabilities such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • An ambient intelligence based context-aware assistive system to support independent living of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Selected Publications (since 2019):

Bhatia, B., Arinde, O.,Tang, Z., Feng, J., and Lawson, S. (2022), Visualization and Qualitative Analysis of Rehabilitation Exercises Based on a Mobile App, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI) 22. June 2022.

Yin, Y., Alqahtani, Y., Feng, J., Chakraborty, J. and McGuire, M. (2021) Classification of Eye Tracking Data in Visual Information Processing Tasks Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Feature Engineering. SN Computer Science (2021) 2:59. January 2021.

Yin, Y., Alqahtani, Y., Feng, J., Chakraborty, J., and McGuire, P. (2021) Deep Learning Methods for the Prediction of Information Display Type Using Eye Tracking Sequences, Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA). December 2021.

Alshenaifi, R. and Feng, J. (2020) Investigating the use of social media in supporting children with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers from Saudi Arabia. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM International Conference on Accessible Computing. 429-430. October 2020. Article No.: 74, 1–4.

Oluwafemi, A. and Feng, J. (2020) How Users Perceive Authentication of Choice on Mobile Devices. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions. November 2020. 345-351.

Washington, B and Feng, J. (2019) Investigating factors that affect Web accessibility implementation in non-profit websites. Proceedings of the 3rd ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium, November 2019, 103-111.

Alqahtani, Y., Chakraborty, J., McGuire, M., and Feng, J. (2019) Understanding Visual information processing for American vs. Saudi Arabian Users. In: Di Bucchianico G. (eds) Advances in Design for Inclusion. AHFE 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 954. Springer, Cham, July 2019


Feng, J. (April 2022) Understanding Social Media Usage related to Cognitive Disabilities in the Arab Region, the Human Computer Interaction Lab Brownbag Speaker Series. University of Maryland.

Feng, J. (January 2021) ARMStrokes: Using mobile technology to support everyday stroke rehabilitation, Computational Media Graduate Seminar, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Feng, J. (November 2020) ARMStrokes: Using mobile technology to support everyday stroke rehabilitation. Human-Computer Interaction Lab Speaker Series, University of Maryland, College Park.


  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • AIS (Association for Information Systems)

Professional Service:

Program Co-chair, The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS2021), 2021

Associate Editor: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, April 2017 to present

Associate Editor: ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, October 2019 to present

Editorial board member:

  • ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, September 2010 to present
  • Universal Access in the Information Society, December 2018 to present

Secretary and Treasurer, ACM SIGACCESS, July 2015 – June 2021

General conference chair, The 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 2016

Doctoral consortium co-chair, The 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Rochester, NY, October 2014

Poster and Demo chair, The 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Bellevue, Washington, October 2013

Treasurer and registration chair, The 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Dundee, UK, 2011

Dr. Feng has also served on numerous conference program committees, NSF grant proposal review panels, as well as workshop and other planning committees.