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UW CSE’s Annie Ross excels in ACM Student Research Competition

Annie Ross onstage at the Grace Hopper CelebrationUW CSE Ph.D. student Annie Ross earned second place in the graduate student category of the ACM Student Research Competition at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing last week. In her poster titled “Enhancing the Accessibility of Mobile Apps,” Ross presented research aimed at enabling third parties to repair and enhance accessibility of mobile applications.

While Ross’ work focuses primarily on mobile apps for people who are blind or low-vision, it involves techniques that can be applied more broadly to improve accessibility for a variety of users. Ross undertook the project in collaboration with fellow Ph.D. student Xiaoyi ZhangAnat Caspi of UW CSE’s Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, CSE professor James Fogarty, and iSchool professor Jacob Wobbrock.

Ross was recognized for her achievement in front of thousands of GHC participants assembled at the Toyota Center arena in Houston, Texas. An estimated 15,000 people attended this year’s conference, which is the largest gathering of women in computing in the world. The ACM Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for students to present original research at ACM-sponsored conferences.

Way to go, Annie!