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CSE’s Shiri Azenkot wins 2014 UW Graduate School Medal

shiriShiri Azenkot, a UW CSE Ph.D. student who is completing her studies with CSE professor Richard Ladner and iSchool professor (and CSE Adjunct professor) Jake Wobbrock, has been selected to receive the 2014 University of Washington Graduate School Medal.

The Graduate School awards the Medal “to recognize Ph.D. candidates whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the University and its larger community.”

Shiri’s research concerns eyes-free text input on mainstream mobile devices using gestures and speech. Her goal is to enable blind people to use mainstream mobile devices as effectively and efficiently as sighted people. As a secondary pursuit, she explores how mainstream technology can enable blind and deaf-blind people to travel more independently.

Shiri is the fourth CSE Ph.D. student to receive the Graduate School Medal.  CSE’s Yaw Anokwa received the 2011 Graduate School Medal.  CSE’s Anna Cavender received the 2010 Graduate School Medal.  CSE’s Vibha Sazawal received the 2004 Graduate School Medal.

Congratulations Shiri!  Learn more about her work here.

April 21, 2014