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Anna C.

Cavender
Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98125
Email: cavender@cs.washington.edu
WWW: http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/cavender/

RESEARCH INTERESTS_______________________________________________________________________

Within Human-Computer Interaction, I am specifically interested in accessible technology for people with
disabilities. I am currently working on technology for better access to university-level classrooms for Deaf and
hard of hearing students.

EDUCATION________________________________________________________________________________

Ph.D. Computer Science & Engineering, 2010


University of Washington
Advised by Richard Ladner
Explored technological solutions to encourage access to and participation of Deaf and hard of hearing
students in mainstream, university-level classrooms.

M.S. Computer Science & Engineering, 2006


University of Washington
Advised by Richard Ladner and Eve Riskin
Developed video compression metrics specific to sign language communication over low-bandwidth
networks (such as cell phone networks). Conducted usability studies to inform and validate video
compression schemes.

B.S. Computer and Information Science, 2004


University of Oregon
Advised by Anthony Hornof and Mary Flanagan
Developed EyeDraw, a program that uses an eyetracker to allow children with mobility impairments to
draw with their eyes. Studied usability of using eyes as program input.
Constructed web-based educational game for middle school girls called Josie True.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES_________________________________________________________________

Cavender, A., Vanam, R., Barney, D.K., Ladner, R.E., and Riskin, E.A. (2007) MobileASL: Intelligibility
of sign language video over mobile phones. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. London:
Taylor and Francis, pp. 1-13.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS_________________________________________________________

Kushalnagar, R.S., Cavender, A.C., Pâris, J.F. (2010) Multiple View Perspectives: Improving
Inclusiveness and Video Compression in Mainstream Classroom Recordings. Proceedings of ACM
SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2010), New York: ACM, to appear.
[31% acceptance rate]

Cavender, A.C., Otero, D.S., Bigham, J.P. and Ladner, R.E. (2010) ASL-STEM Forum: Enabling Sign
Language to Grow Through Online Collaboration. Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010: Conference on Human
Factors in Computing Systems, New York: ACM, 2075-2078. [22% acceptance rate]

Cavender, A.C., Bigham, J.P. and Ladner, R.E. (2009) ClassInFocus: Enabling Improved Visual
Attention Strategies for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS Conference
on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2009), New York: ACM, 67-74. Winner of Best Student
Technical Paper Award [31% acceptance rate]

Bigham, J.P. and Cavender, A.C. (2009). Evaluating Existing Audio CAPTCHAs and an Interface
Optimized for Non-Visual Use. Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009: Conference on Human Factors in
Computing Systems, New York: ACM, 1829-1838. [24.5% acceptance rate]
Cavender, A.C., Roth, R.I., and Ladner, R.E. (2009). The Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and
Hard of Hearing in Computing. Proceedings of ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science
Education (SIGCSE 2009), New York: ACM, 514-518. [33% acceptance rate]

Trewin, S.M., Hanson V.L., Laff, M.R., and Cavender, A.C. (2008) PowerUp: An Accessible Virtual
World. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2008), New
York: ACM, 177-184. [37% acceptance rate]

Brudvik, J.T., Bigham, J.P., Cavender, A.C., Ladner, R.E. (2008) Hunting for Headings: Sighted
Labelers vs. Automatic Classification of Headings. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS Conference on
Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2008), New York: ACM, pp. 201-208. [37% acceptance rate]

Trewin, S.M., Laff, M.R., Cavender, A.C., and Vicki L. Hanson (2008) Accessibility in virtual worlds. CHI
2008 Extended Abstracts: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York: ACM, pp.
2727-2732. [38% acceptance rate]

Bigham, J.P., Cavender, A.C., Kaminsky, R.S., Prince, C.M. and Robison, T.S. (2008) Transcendence:
Enabling a Personal View of the Deep Web (2008). Proceedings of the International Conference on
Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 08), New York: ACM, pp. 169-178. [15% acceptance rate]

Bigham, J.P., Cavender, A.C., Brudvik, J.T., Wobbrock, J.O., and Ladner, R.E. (2007) WebinSitu: A
Comparative Analysis of Blind and Sighted Browsing Behavior. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS
Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2007), New York: ACM, pp. 51-58. [31%
acceptance rate]

Cherniavsky, N., Cavender, A.C., Riskin, E.A., and Ladner, R.E. (2007) Variable Frame Rate for Low
Power Mobile Sign Language Communication. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS Conference on
Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2007), New York: ACM, pp. 163-170. [31% acceptance rate]

Cavender, A., Ladner, R.E., and Riskin, E.A. (2006) MobileASL: Intelligibility of Sign Language Video as
Constrained by Mobile Phone Technology. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers
and Accessibility (ASSETS 2006), New York: ACM, pp. 71-78. Winner of Best Student Technical Paper
Award [33% acceptance rate]

Hornof, A.J., and Cavender, A. (2005) EyeDraw: Enabling children with severe motor impairments to
draw with their eyes. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI
2005), New York: ACM, 161-170. [25% acceptance rate]

Hornof, A.J., Cavender, A., and Hoselton, R., (2004) EyeDraw: A system for drawing pictures with eye
movements. Proceedings of ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS
2004), New York: ACM, 86-93. [50% acceptance rate]

Hornof, A.J., Cavender, A., and Hoselton, R. (2004) EyeDraw: A system for drawing pictures with the
eyes. Extended Abstracts of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2004), New
York: ACM, 1251-1254. [29% acceptance rate]

BOOK CHAPTER_____________________________________________________________________________

Cavender, A.C., Ladner, R.E. (2008) Hearing Impairments. Chapter 3 in Harper and Yesilada (eds.),
Web Accessibility: A Foundation for Research. New York: Springer, pp. 25-36.

PATENT___________________________________________________________________________________

Cavender, A.C., Laff, M.R., Trewin, S.M. (2008) System and Method for Optimizing Natural Language
Descriptions of Objects in a Virtual Environment. Application pending.

POSTERS__________________________________________________________________________________

Bigham, J.P., Cavender, A.C., DeWitt, J.N., Otero, D., and Ladner, R.E. (2008) ASL-STEM Forum: A
Bottom-Up Approach to Enabling American Sign Language to Grow in STEM Fields. Proceedings of the
International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2008).
Cavender, A.C., Ladner, R.E. (2008) A Consolidated Platform to Promote Accessibility in Mainstream
Classrooms. Technology and Deaf Education: An International Symposium. National Technical Institute
for the Deaf, Rochester, NY, June 2008.

Ladner, R.E., Otero, D., Dewitt, J.N., Cavender, A.C. (2008) ASL-STEM Forum. Technology and Deaf
Education: An International Symposium. National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY, June
2008.

WORKSHOPS_______________________________________________________________________________

Cavender, A.C. (2007) Using Networked Multimedia to Improve Educational Access for Deaf and Hard
of Hearing Students. Doctoral Consortium of ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computing and
Accessibility (ASSETS 2007). [40% acceptance rate]

Ciaramello, F., Cavender, A., Hemami, S., Riskin, E., and Ladner, R. (2006) Predicting Intelligibility of
Compressed American Sign Language Video With Objective Quality Metrics. International Workshop on
Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics, Scottsdale, AZ, January 2006.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS_______________________________________________________________________

Cavender, A., Trewin, S. and Hanson, V. (2008) General writing guidelines for technology and people
with disabilities. ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Issue 92 (September 2008), pages 17-
22, ACM Press. http://www.sigaccess.org/community/writing_guidelines/

TEACHING EXPERIENCE______________________________________________________________________

Teaching Assistant, University of Washington (Summer 2005, Winter 2007)


Introduction to Computer Programming (CSE 142)
Taught study sections, graded, and supported students. Used Classroom Presenter (a TabletPC-based
educational technology developed at UW) in study sections.

Tutor, University of Washington (Summer 2007, Summer 2008)


Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Taught, tutored, and supported nine Deaf and hard of hearing students in Introduction to Computer
Programming (CSE 142 and CSE 110).

STUDENT SUPERVISION______________________________________________________________________

Jessica DeWitt, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, (Summer-Fall 2006)


Katie Sullivan, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, (Summer 2009)

INVITED PRESENTATIONS____________________________________________________________________

Internal:
TC 521: Technical Communications Seminar, University of Washington: 2007.
INFO 498b: Input and Interaction, Lecture on Eye Tracking as Input, University of Washington, 2009.

External:
Tech Talk Series, University of Puget Sound, Washington: 2008.
Brown Bag Presentations, National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID): 2009.

HONORS AND AWARDS______________________________________________________________________

University of Washington Graduate School Medal (2010)


The Graduate School Medal recognizes the “scholar-citizen” whose academic expertise and social
awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates active civic engagement and a capacity to
promote political, cultural and social change.

Best Student Paper, ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS
2009)
Paper entitled, “ClassInFocus: Enabling Improved Visual Attention Strategies for Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Students.”
IBM Ph.D. Scholarship (2008)

Best Student Paper, ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS
2006)
Paper entitled, “MobileASL: Intelligibility of Sign Language Video as Constrained by Mobile Phone
Technology.”

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2005-2008)

Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award (2004)


Award for undergraduate research on projects EyeDraw and Josie True.

Max E. Gellert Scholarship (2004)


Awarded for Academic Excellence

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society (2003)

Erwin & Gertrude Juilfs Academic Scholarship (2002)


Awarded for Academic Excellence

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE_____________________________________________________________________

Reviewing
ASSETS: ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 2009, 2010.
AT: Assistive Technology Journal, 2009.
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
IUI: Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, 2008.
TACCESS: Transactions on Accessible Computing, 2009, 2010.
UbiComp: ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2010.
W4A: International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility, 2010.

Special Issue Editor


Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS) 2010.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE______________________________________________________________________

Intern in Research, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY (Fall 2007)
Mentor: Vicki Hanson, Advisors: Mark Laff and Shari Trewin
Tasked with developing design guidelines, suggestions, and recommendations for accessibility of 3D
virtual worlds, specifically a 3D educational game intended for grade school children.

Database Administrator, University of Oregon (3/2003-9/2004)


Supervisors: Star Holmberg, Michal Young
Created an inventory database and web-based user interface. Established a database of student
academic information for administrative use. Provided prospective students with web page front end to
check application status to the graduate program.

RELATED ACTIVITIES________________________________________________________________________

Volunteer, Pacific Science Center (11/2009-6/2010)


Created an all-ages appropriate activity based on my research for use on the exhibit floor of the Pacific
Science Center in Seattle.

Mentor, ACM ASSETS Technical Paper Author Mentor Program (3/2-5/11/2009)


Mentored authors on submissions to ASSETS technical paper program.

Volunteer, National Federation of the Blind Junior Science Academy (7/23-7/25/2008)


Led two Computer Science “Unplugged” activities with 38 blind elementary students.

Volunteer, ADWAS (Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services) Auction (11/17/2007)


Volunteer, DO-IT (7/17-7/21/2006)
Disability Opportunities – Internetworking and Technology : Game of Life Workshop

updated June 2010