Dr. Karen Alkoby joined the Gallaudet faculty in January 2009 and is currently teaching in Information Technology (ITS) . Teaching has always been her passion and makes it possible for her to share knowledge of her computer fields through communication in her preferred language -- ASL -- to educate and empower students.
Dr. Alkoby grew up along the stunning shoreline of Lake Michigan in Chicago. She was co-founder of the DePaul ASL project. The project combines computer technology with linguistic studies with an idea of creating a digital system that translates spoken English into ASL. Her dissertation focused on building a technique to predict patterns of human perception of physical stimuli. This has application in ASL phonology. She developed an analytic model of handshape similarity that computes a relationship of human perception and the physical positioning of hand joints in space. Her research interest use technology to create and explore visual simulations of ASL.
She also has been a traditional IT full-time employee including as technical consultant, technical analyst and programmer analyst for over 15 years. After receiving her Ph.D. in Computer Science, she returns to Gallaudet to follow her passions in teaching.