Trace Research & Development Center

Director: Gregg C. Vanderheiden

The Trace Research & Development Center, founded in 1971 by a group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability, known for high-impact research and development. The center applies engineering, computer science, disability studies, public policy, and information science to reduce barriers experienced by populations with disabilities to current and emerging technologies and to create new solutions.  The Trace Center became a part of the iSchool in 2016.

Our mission is to capitalize on the potential that technologies hold for people experiencing barriers due to disability, aging, or digital literacy, and to prevent emerging technologies from creating new barriers for these individuals. In doing this, we bring together disciplines such as information science, computer science, engineering, disability studies, law, and public policy. We engage in research, development, tech transfer, education, policy, and advocacy. 

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Trace Research & Development Center News

Gregg Vanderheiden delivers Keynote at International Human Computer Interface Conference

  • iSchool News

    Gregg Vanderheiden proposes an alternate approach to accessibility and extended usability for next-next generation UI/UX.

Maryland Today: Pushing for Access, featuring Paul Jaeger

  • Chris Carroll

    Dr. Paul Jaeger describes how 30 years after its passing, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has opened many doors for students and faculty with disabilities at UMD.

UMD TRACE Center is Leading the Way in Researching and Designing Tools for Digital Accessibility During COVID-19

  • Hayleigh Moore

    The UMD iSchool Trace Research and Development Center is taking up the challenge of accessibility work during the pandemic.