HandSight on Big Ten Network
Lee Stearns and the HandSight project were featured in the Big Ten Network's news site, in an article titled "How Maryland researchers are improving reading for the visually impaired: BTN LiveBIG". [read more]
Congratulations to Majeed K., MS!
Congratulations to Majeed Kazemitabaar who successfully defended his MS thesis entitled "MakerWear: A Tangible Construction Kit for Young Children to Create Interactive Wearables" on Aug 4, 2017 and just submitted the final thesis today. Woohoo! Majeed now plans to return to Iran and work at a startup. We wish him all the best! [read more]
Congratulations Matt Mauriello on Ubicomp Submissions
Excited to announce that Matt Mauriello and his team had their temporal thermography poster accepted to this year's ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2017). In addition to the poster, Matt also had his work accepted into the Doctoral Colloquium. Congratulations and keep up the good work! [read more]
Makeability Lab Moving to UW
After five wonderful years at the University of Maryland, I have decided to (re)join the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering as an Associate Professor. This was not an easy decision. I feel extremely fortunate to have started my faculty career at UMD. I felt great support from the CS department to pursue high-risk, cross-disciplinary projects, benefited greatly from the advice and mentorship of senior faculty, and enjoyed many collaborations. The HCIL--which was a tremendous draw for me originally--provided a wonderfully creative space and supportive colleagues across disciplines to grow and foster my research agenda and students. I will look back at this time fondly. [read more]
Introducing Assistant Professor Kotaro Hara!
We are super happy and excited to announce that the Makeability Lab's first PhD student, Dr. Kotaro Hara, has an accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University starting Fall 2017. Congratulations Professor Hara! [read more]
Liang He presenting at SCF 17 and attending SIGCHI summer school on Computational Fabrication and Smart Matter at MIT
Liang He will present his research projects on fabrication at ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication and attend the first SIGCHI Summer School Computational Fabrication and Smart Matter. He will share his previous work and recent research with computational fabrication community. He will be granted ACM SIGCHI Travel Fund for attending the summer school. [read more]
HandSight on WUSA9
Our local CBS affiliate in Washington DC, WUSA9, just ran a nice news story on the HandSight project. Check it out here. Wait for the end where the news anchor team says "Those Terps are just doing genius things" and "I'm not surprised that's from UMD" and "Shreddin' it. I love it!" :-) [read more]
HandSight Covered in Terp Magazine
There is a nice writeup on Lee Stearns' PhD dissertation topic, HandSight, in Terp Magazine this month (link). The article is entitled A New Way With Words and describes our work in enabling blind or severely low vision people read printed text with a wearable finger-worn camera and co-located haptics. [read more]
Makeability Lab at CHI2017
The Makeability Lab had five full papers at CHI2017, including MakerWear which received a best paper award and is the first longform paper on my NSF CAREER work. MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children by Majeed Kazemitabaar, Jason McPeak, Alexander Jiao, Liang He, Thomas Outing, Jon E. Froehlich Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study by Matthew L Mauriello, Manaswi Saha, Erica Brown, & Jon E. Froehlich Live Physiological Sensing and Visualization Ecosystems: An Activity Theory Analysis by Tamara Clegg, Leyla Norooz, Seokbin Kang, Virginia Byrne, Monica Katzen, Angelisa Plane, Vanessa Oguamanam, Thomas Outing, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Jason Yip, Jon E. Froehlich Comparing Touchscreen and Mouse Input Performance by People With and Without Upper Body Motor Impairments by Leah Findlater, Karyn Moffatt, Jon E. Froehlich, Meethu Malu, Joan Zhang Differences in Crowdsourced vs. Lab-Based Mobile and Desktop Input Performance Data by Leah Findlater, Joan Zhang, Jon E. Froehlich, Karyn Moffatt [read more]
Matt Mauriello Selected as All-S.T.A.R. Fellow!
Congratulations to Matt Mauriello who was just selected as an All-S.T.A.R Fellow for his work on scalable thermography--one of sixteen across the entire Graduate School at UMD. The Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. Read more about the award here. [read more]