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milnel2@cs.washington.edu

185 Stevens Way AC 101
Paul G. Allen Center
Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98185-2350

I'm an NSF fellow expecting to get my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in June 2018 from the University of Washington, where I work with Richard Ladner. My dissertation topic is on exploring touchscreen accessibility for children who are blind or have low vision. I graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2008 with a B.A. in Physics, and spent three years working as a personal care assistant to a young man with a disability and one year working as a "Mad Scientist", doing outreach events to get elementary school children excited about science.

I am interested broadly in making STEM education and computer science more accessible for underrepresented groups. My research has focused on designing accessible programming tools such as Blocks4All and StructJumper, and I have participated in a number of outreach events, including teaching the Processing to Deaf and hard-of-hearing high schoolers at the Saturday Computing Experience and volunteering at the Empowering Blind Students in Science and Engineering workshop.

I hope to continue broadening participation in computer science through teaching. In Winter 2016, I taught CS111: Introduction to Computer Science and CS252: Algorithms at Carleton College. In Summer 2015, I taught CSE373: Data Structures and Algorithms at the University of Washington. I have tutored for a number of computer science courses including CSE440: Introduction to Human Computer Interaction, CSE333: Systems Programming, and CSE490D: Introduction to Accessible Technology and Participatory Design.

Outside of school, I enjoying hiking, biking, skijoring (cross country skiing with dogs), triathlons and roller derby.

Projects


Publications


  • Catherine M. Baker, Lauren R. Milne, Jeffrey Scofield, Cynthia L. Bennett, and Richard E. Ladner. 2016. Tactile Graphics with a Voice. In ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing. 8, 1 Article 3 (January 2016). ACM, New York, NY, USA. 22 pages.
  • Kyle Rector, Lauren R. Milne, Richard E. Ladner, Batya Friedman, Julie A. Kientz. 2015. Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges with Exercise Technologies for People who are Bind or Low-Vision. In Proc. ASSETS ’15. ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Catherine M. Baker, Lauren R. Milne, and Richard E. Ladner. 2015. StructJumper: A Tool to Help Blind Programmers Navigate and Understand the Structure of Code. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI ‘15). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Lauren R. Milne, Cynthia L. Bennett, Shiri Azenkot, and Richard E. Ladner. 2014. BraillePlay: Educational Smartphone Games for Blind Children. In Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Best Student Paper: Catherine M. Baker, Lauren R. Milne, Jeffrey Scofield, Cynthia L. Bennett, and Richard E. Ladner. 2014. Tactile Graphics with a Voice: Using QR Codes to Access Text in Tactile Graphics. In Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Lauren R. Milne, Cynthia L. Bennett, and Richard E. Ladner. 2014. The Accessibility of Mobile Health Sensors for Blind Users. In 29th Annual International & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN ’14).

Conference Posters (with Short Papers)

  • Lauren R. Milne, Catherine M. Baker, Richard E. Ladner. 2017. Blocks4All Demonstration: a Blocks-Based Programming Environment for Blind Children. In Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA. (to appear)
  • Annuska Zolyomi, Anne Ross, Arpita Bhattacharya, Lauren R. Milne and Sean Munson. 2017. Value Sensitive Design for Neurodiverse Teams in Higher Education. In Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA. (to appear)
  • Lauren R. Milne. 2017. Blocks4All: Making Block Programming Languages Accessible for Blind Children. SIGACCESS Access. Comput. 117 (February 2017), 26-29.
  • Catherine M. Baker, Lauren R. Milne, Jeffrey Scofield, Cynthia L. Bennett, and Richard E. Ladner. 2014. Tactile Graphics with a Voice Demonstration. In Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Lauren R. Milne, Cynthia L. Bennett, and Richard E. Ladner. 2013. VBGhost: a Braille-Based Educational Smartphone Game for Children. In Proceedings of the 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 75, 2 pages.

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