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]

AR captioning wins the People's Choice Award in Allen School Annual Research Day

Dhruv Jain Nov 02, 2018

We're proud to announce that UW PhD Student and Makeability Lab Member Dhruv Jain's poster titled "Exploring Augmented Reality Approaches to Real-Time Captioning: An Autoethnographic Study" won the people's choice award in UW Allen School Annual Research Day yesterday! This is part of our larger research agenda on AR Captions

Dhruv shares this award with HCDE student Bonnie Chinh, HCDE professor Leah Findlater, Gallaudet University Professor Raja Kushalnagar and CSE professor Jon Froehlich.

Read the GeekWire new story here.

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Makeability Lab goes to Ireland for ASSETS!

Dhruv Jain Oct 29, 2018

We had a strong representation at ASSETS 2018 in Galway, Ireland- we presented three posters and two full papers.

In pictures, see Dhruv Jain presenting his paper on Augmented Reality Captioning in Mobile Context, Lee Stearns presenting "Design of an Augmented Reality Magnification Aid for Low Vision Users" and Jon Froehlich with his poster "How does Urban Accessibility Change over Time"

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DUB Retreat 2018

Jon E. Froehlich Oct 20, 2018

Manaswi co-organized the PhD workshop at the DUB Retreat this year and Jon co-organized the retreat itself. Read Andy Ko's writeup about the event here with links to slides.

DUB is our grassroots, cross-campus alliance of students, faculty, and industry partners interested in HCI and Design at UW. The DUB Retreat has become an annual event aimed at bringing us together to reflect on our community, share fresh ideas, and hang out. Last year, we had over 150 attendees. This year RSVPs were at 180+. [read more]

10-Year Impact Award for UbiFit

Jon E. Froehlich Oct 02, 2018

Our UbiComp 2008 paper entitled "Flowers or a Robot Army?: Encouraging Awareness & Activity with Personal, Mobile Displays" was just honored with a 10-Year Impact Award at the UbiComp 2018 conference. Congratulations to my co-authors!

It was a tremendous privilege (and humbling experience) working at Intel Research in the mid-2000s. I benefited tremendously from the mentorship of Mike Y. Chen, Ian Smith, and particularly Sunny Consolvo and James Landay. [read more]

Introducing FabGalaxy

Liang He Oct 02, 2018

Excited to announce that FabGalaxy, a new online interactive visualization tool for searching fabrication research in HCI and Graphics, is live under Personal Fabrication Research in HCI and Graphics: An Overview of Related Work.

Thank you to the support from HCI Engineering Group, MIT CSAIL, which is led by Prof. Stefanie Mueller. [read more]

Congratulations to Drs. Mauriello and Stearns

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 01, 2018

Please join me in congratulating Drs. Matt Mauriello and Lee Stearns who successfully passed their PhD defenses today. One of the true joys of being a professor is seeing students develop into independent scholars like Matt and Lee. Matt is now off to a post-doc at Stanford and Lee will join APL at Johns Hopkins.

Thanks to the fantastic committee members as well who spanned from multiple disciplines, universities, and parts of the US! :)

Matt's dissertation is entitled " Designing and Evaluating Next-generation Thermographic Systems to Support Residential Energy Audits" and available for download here and Lee's dissertation is entitled "Handsight: A Touch-based Wearable System to Increase Information Accessibility for People With Visual Impairments" and available here. [read more]