Hi, I’m Frank Elavsky
I research, design, engineer, contribute to standards, and talk about things at the intersection of data work and accessibility. I consider myself a maker and a builder before anything else, but I like to think I also do this work critically.
I’m a PhD student and researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, some mix of contractor/intern doing data interaction research at Apple , and senior research scientist at Fizz Studio.
At CMU, I am advised by Dominik Moritz and Patrick Carrington and a member of the Data Interaction Group and AXLE Lab. I am also a W3C invited expert in data visualization in the ARIA Working Group and volunteer my time with other efforts.
- Pittsburgh, PA
Before embarking on a PhD I was a staff design systems engineer at Visa on their Data Experience team and lead contributor to the accessibility efforts of their first open source library, Visa Chart Components. We were able to do some pretty extraordinary things together and I am fortunate to have worked alongside such world-class folks.
Prior to Visa I had a high-octane 2 years at Northwestern University working for Research Computing Services providing data visualization support to over two dozen research projects across a wide range of disciplines. Several of my projects won awards and have been featured in over 60 research publications (including the privilege of being uncredited in the 2017 Nobel Lecture on Physics), 100+ web articles, 4 PhD theses, 4 graduate courses, and 9 textbooks.
In my early career (before Northwestern), I worked in federal policy analyzing large, complex medicare/medicaid datasets and building visualization tools for lawyers and policymakers.
Data Navigator is a system for creating accessible data structures that can be navigated with a variety of assistive technologies.
Chartability is a set of principles and heuristics for evaluating the accessibility of data experiences.
Visa Chart Components
Visa Chart Components is an accessibility focused, framework agnostic set of data experience design systems components for the web.
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- We hosted Aimen Gaba (PhD at UMass) here for two weeks for intensive ideation at the intersection of accessibility and visualization. Exciting things to come…
- Our paper was accepted for IEEE VIS 23! Melbourne, here I come.
- I was a student volunteer at DIS 23. What a blast!
- Visualizing Knowledge 23 was outstanding. Helsinki is now one of my favorite cities.
- I was at CHI in person! I saw so many wonderful folks. I look forward to the next time we can meet.
- I passed my quals! (Research communication requirement)
- We released the Chartability Workbook, v2.
- I started working at Apple.
- I became a W3C Invited Expert as a member of the ARIA Working Group.
- I started my PhD at Carnegie Mellon University.
|in the future||Presenting Work, IEEE VIS, Melbourne, Australia|
|in the future||Invited Speaker, NACIS, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Jul 9–14, '23||Student Volunteer, DIS, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Jun 16–17, '23||Invited Speaker, Visualizing Knowledge, Helsinki, Finland|
|Apr 29–May 2, '23||Vacation, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Apr 23–29, '23||In-person, CHI, Hamburg, Germany|
|Apr 17, '23||Panel Member, arXiv|
|Apr 12, '23||Panel Member, DataViz DC Meetup|
|Mar 2, '23||Panel Member, IRE-NICAR|
|Jan 26, '23||Guest Lecture, Northwestern University|