Augmented Reality STEM Projects Funded by UW Reality Lab

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 19, 2019

The UW Reality Lab just announced that they are funding our work in augmented reality (AR) and STEM for elementary school learners. Our most recent project in this area, PrototypAR, was just accepted to IDC'19:

Kang, S., Norooz, L., Bonsignore, E., Byrne, V., Clegg, T. L., Froehlich, J. E. (2019). PrototypAR: Prototyping and Simulating Complex Systems With Paper Craft and Augmented Reality Proceedings of IDC 2019. 14 pages. To Appear. [read more]

Two Best Paper Awards at CHI'19

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 15, 2019

We are honored and excited that the Makeability Lab received two 'Best Paper Awards' at CHI'19, which are given to the top 2% of all submissions at the conference.

Anchored Audio Sampling: A Seamless Method for Exploring Children’s Thoughts During Deployment Studies by Alexis Hiniker, Jon Froehlich, Mingrui Ray Zhang, Erin Beneteau

Project Sidewalk: A Web-based Crowdsourcing Tool for Collecting Sidewalk Accessibility Data At Scale by Manaswi Saha, Michael Saugstad, Hanuma Teja Maddali, Aileen Zeng, Ryan Holland, Steven Bower, Aditya Dash, Sage Chen, Anthony Li, Kotaro Hara, Jon Froehlich [read more]

Aileen Zeng Awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 13, 2019

Congratulations to ugrad researcher extraordinaire, Aileen Zeng, for being awarded the Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her work on Project Sidewalk. From the website:

"Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. We hope that with research scholarships, students may focus more attention and time, deeping their inquiry into a discipline or project..."
Congrats Aileen on this well-deserved recognition! [read more]

PrototypAR Accepted Into IDC'19

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 12, 2019

Our paper on PrototypAR, an interactive tangible prototyping system that allows children to rapidly build, test, and iterate on their designs using augmented reality (AR) was accepted to the 2019 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference. PrototypAR combines lo-fidelity prototyping to facilitate iterative design, real-time AR feedback to scaffold learning, and a virtual simulation environment to support personalized experiments.

This is a large, collaborative project led by UMD PhD student Seokbin Kang along with Leyla Norooz, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Virginia Byrne, and Tammy Clegg!

See you in Boise, Idaho in June!

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Ather Sharif featured in "CAREERS and the disABLED" magazine

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 05, 2019

PhD student Ather Sharif is featured in the Winter edition of “CAREERS and the disABLED” magazine. The piece was written just as Ather joined UW and describes his work at Comcast, the importance of open-source development, and background on his education, interests, and disability.

Ather currently works with Professors Katharina Reinecke, Jon Froehlich, and Jacob Wobbrock. [read more]

Venkatesh receives Google Lime Scholarship

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 01, 2019

Congrats to Venkatesh Potluri for receiving the 2019-2020 Google Lime Scholarship. Venkatesh is the third Makeability Lab member to receive this prestigious award--Dhruv Jain and Ather Sharif are past recipients.

Venkatesh is co-advised by Jen Mankoff and Jon Froehlich. [read more]

Graduation! Congrats Drs. Stearns and Mauriello!

Jon E. Froehlich Dec 19, 2018

Congratulations to newly minted PhDs Matt Mauriello, now a post-doc at Stanford, and Lee Stearns, now at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

It was an honor to celebrate with Lee and his family and participate in the hooding ceremony at graduation (we celebrated with Matt in spirit as he was unable to travel). I was also honored to hood Meethu Malu, on behalf of Professor Leah Findlater (who was also unable to travel).

Working with students is *the* best part of my job. It was wonderful to celebrate their successes last night. [read more]

Seokbin Kang Passes his PhD Preliminary Exam

Jon E. Froehlich Dec 19, 2018

Congratulations to Seokbin Kang who successfully defended his PhD proposal on "Augmented Reality Systems to Engage Children in Everyday STEM Experiences." Thank you to Professors Tammy Clegg and David Jacobs for serving on the committee and providing thoughtful feedback. [read more]

Five Papers Conditionally Accepted to CHI'19!

Jon E. Froehlich Dec 10, 2018

The Makeability Lab had five papers conditionally accepted to CHI'19. We'll see you in Glasgow!

Stay tuned for more information. Hoping to post pre-prints in January! [read more]

Venkatesh and Dhruv win Security TGIF

Jon E. Froehlich Nov 09, 2018

At TGIF today, the security students hosted with the theme "Would you rather..." Attendees could brainstorm and submit questions that had a "would you rather..." scenario with two choices. The most popular submission was given an award.

Makeability Lab students Dhruv Jain and Venkatesh Potluri submitted: "Would you rather have a camera look at you or a microphone listen to you all the time?"

This ended up being a very provocative question with the TGIF attendees having mixed opinions. [read more]