Our dear colleague and friend Art is gone. Arthur I. Karshmer (vita) passed away on November 11, 2015.
We lose an outstanding teacher in Computer Science and a researcher in the field of Assistive Technologies and Accessibility for people with disabilities. We will miss a dear colleague and friend. Art was active and a leader in many domains, to name only a few examples:
- He acted as General Chair, program committee member and editor of ICCHP since 1994. In 2014 he received the ICCHP Roland Wagner Award for his outstanding contributions to better access to mathematics for people with disabilities.
- He was member of the Advisory Council and Program Chair of the California State University (CSUN) Conference on Technology and Disability, one of the world largest and leading meetings in our field.
- He was the founder and center of gravity of the International Group on Universal Mathematics Accessibility (IGUMA), an informal group of researchers, developers and industry focusing on better access to STEM subjects for disabled people.
- He supported and co-operated with the Infty Project working on solutions for better access to math and science.
- Art Karshmer retired from University of San Francisco, his last base from where he supported the work on a better quality of life for people with disabilities
Our thoughts are with his wife Judy and his children Elana and Avi in having to realize this incredible loss.