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Eve Riskin

Eve Riskin

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Signal and Image Processing
230 EE/CSE Bldg.
Box 352500
University of WA
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 685-2313

Stanford University, Electrical Engineering 1990 Ph.D.
Stanford University, Operations Research 1986 M.S.
Stanford University, Electrical Engineering 1985 M.S.
M.I.T., Electrical Engineering 1984 B.S.


Eve A. Riskin is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change and has been on the faculty since 1990. Her research group is working in image and video compression. In collaboration with Professor Richard Ladner of Computer Science and
Engineering and Jake Wobbrock of the Information School, they are compressing video of American Sign Language using H.264 in their MobileASL project.  They are also conducting a field study with MobileASL in the Seattle area.


IEEE Fellow, 2009
University of Washington David B. Thorud Leadership Award 2007
Hewlett Packard/Harriet B. Rigas Award, 2006
Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network University Change Agent Award, 2006
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship 1994
National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award 1992
National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award 1991

Research Interests

Video compression, Human-Computer Interaction, Higher Education, Diversity in STEM

Data Compression Lab:

Selected Publications

Alexander E. Mohr, Eve A. Riskin, and Richard E. Ladner, "Unequal Loss Protection: Graceful Degradation of Image Quality Over Packet Erasure Channels through Forward Error Correction.'' IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications Special Issue on Error-Resilient Image and Video Transmission, 18(6): 819-828, June 2000.

Neva Cherniavsky, Gidon Shavit, Michael F. Ringenburg, Richard E. Ladner, and Eve A. Riskin, MultiStage: A MINMAX Bit Allocation Algorithm for Video." IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, January 2007, pp. 59-67.

Anna Cavender, Dane K. Barney, Rahul Vanam, Richard E. Ladner, and Eve A. Riskin. MobileASL: Intelligibility of sign language video over mobile phones." Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technologies, June 2007, pages 1-13.

Kate Quinn, Joyce W. Yen, Eve A. Riskin, and Sheila Edwards Lange, A National Leadership Development Workshop for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Department Chairs." Change, Volume 39 Number 4, July/August, pages 42-47.

Joyce Yen, Kate Quinn, Coleen Carrigan, Elizabeth Litzler, and Eve A. Riskin, The ADVANCE Mentoring-for-Leadership Lunch Series for Women Faculty in STEM at the University of Washing- ton. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Volume 13, Number 3, 2007, pages 191-206.

C. Phillips, J. Parr, and E. A. Riskin, "Signals, Systems, and Transforms," Prentice-Hall, 2008.

Recent Conference Papers

R. Vanam, E. Riskin, S. Hemami, R. Ladner, "Distortion-Complexity Optimization of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Encoder using the GBFOS Algorithm," Proceedings of the IEEE Data Compression Conference, Snowbird, UT, March 2007, pp. 303-312.

R. Vanam, E. Riskin, R. Ladner, "H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoder parameter selection algorithms for complexity distortion tradeoff," IEEE Data Compression Conference, Snowbird, UT, March 2009.

R. Vanam, F. Ciaramello, E. Riskin, S. Hemami and R. Ladner, "Joint Rate-Intelligibility-Complexity Optimization of an H.264 Video Encoder for American Sign Language," Western New York Image Processing Workshop (WNYIP), Rochester, NY, September 2009. Awarded Best Student Paper.

N. Cherniavsky, J. Chon, J. Wobbrock, R. Ladner, and E. Riskin, "Activity Analysis Enabling Real-Time Video Communication on Mobile Phones for Deaf Users," Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '09), Victoria, British Columbia, October 2009.

J. Chon, N. Cherniavsky, E. Riskin, and R. Ladner, "Enabling Access Through Real-Time Sign Language Communication Over Cell Phones," 43rd Annual Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, November 2009. (Invited)

F. Ciaramello, R. Vanam, J. Chon, S. Hemami, E. Riskin, and R. Ladner," Rate-distortion-complexity optimization of an H.264/AVC encoder for real-time videoconferencing on a mobile device," 5th International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics (VPQM 2010), Scottsdale, AZ, January 2010.


Vaughn Iverson and Eve A. Riskin, "Method and Apparatus for Combining Palettes of Color Quantized Images.'' OTT Disclosure No. 05-93-78, May 1993. US patent #5,459,486, issued October 17, 1995.

Active Grants

National Science Foundation S-STEM, "Engineering the Husky Promise" (with Scott Winter, Ed Lazowska, and Jennifer Turns). September 2010 - August 2014.

National Science Foundation, HCC-Small: Mobile ASL: Providing Mobile Video Communications to the Deaf Community Through User-Centered Design and Deployment"  (with Richard Ladner and Jake Wobbrock).  September 2008 - August 2011.

National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, On Ramps into Academia" (with Ana Mari Cauce, Joyce Yen, Suzanne Brainard, and Matt O'Donnell). September 2008 - August 2011.

National Science Foundation, Transforming Engineering Through PEERS: Building a Better Experience for Underrepresented Students" (with Phyllis Wise, Joyce Yen, Sapna Cheryan, and Sheryl Burgstahler). April 2009 - March 2014.

Graduate Students

Ren-Yuh Wang, Ph.D. in EE, July 1994.  "Organization of Vector Quantization Codebooks."

M. Y. Jaisimha, Ph.D. in EE, December 1996.  "Compound Document Retrieval in Noisy Environments."

B. S. Srinivas, Ph.D. in EE, February 1997.  "Progressive Image Transmission with Error Concealment on Burst Error Channels and Lossy Packet Networks."

Jill Goldschneider, Ph.D. in EE, May, 1997.  "Lossy Compression of Scientific Data."

Mary Holland Johnson, Ph.D. in EE, June 1999.  "Data Compression for Low Bit Rate Transmission of Marine Imagery."

Agnieszka C. Miguel, Ph.D. in EE, December 2001.  "Image Compression Using Overcomplete Wavelet Representations for Multiple Description Coding."

Jue Wang, Electrical Engineering. Ph.D. in EE, December 2007. "Foreground Segmentation in Images and Video: Methods, Systems and Applications."

Neva Cherniavsky (with Richard Ladner), Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, March 2009.  "Activity Analysis of Sign Language Video."

Rahul Vanam (with Richard Ladner), Ph.D. in EE June 2010. "Rate-Distortion-Complexity Optimization of Video Encoders with Applications to Sign Language Video Compression."

Jaehong Chon, Ph.D. in EE expected in 2011 (with Richard Ladner)

Jessica Tran, Ph.D. in EE expected in 2013 (with Jake Wobbrock and Richard Ladner)

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