Project Sidewalk Listed on Citizenscience.gov
Published Feb 09, 2017
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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"
We’re going to Galway, Ireland! The Makeability Lab has two full papers and three posters at ASSETS’18.
UMD PhD student Lee Stearns led a project entitled Design of an Augmented Reality Magnification Aid for Low Vision Users and explores augmented reality solutions for magnifying text for low-vision users. Lee also had a poster paper accepted entitled Applying Transfer Learning to Recognize Clothing Patterns Using a Finger-Mounted Camera. Both projects are in collaboration with UW HCDE professor Leah Findlater.
UW CSE PhD student Dhruv Jain led a project entitled Towards Accessible Conversations in a Mobile Context for People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and examines real-time captioning solutions for people who are DHH and on-the-move. This work is a collaboration among UW CSE (Dhruv Jain, Jon Froehlich), UW HCDE (Rachel Franz, Leah Findlater) and Gallaudet University in DC (Raja Kushalnagar).
The Project Sidewalk team also got two posters in: A Feasibility Study of Using Google Street View and Computer Vision to Track the Evolution of Urban Accessibility , which was based on Ladan Najafizdeh's MS thesis work and Interactively Modeling and Visualizing Neighborhood Accessibility at Scale: An Initial Study of Washington DC , which was led by undergrad extraordinaire Anthony Li along with Manaswi Saha).
Our research group is investigating new methods and tools for urban accessibility data collection and analysis. For Summer 2017, we are looking for talented, creative, and self-motivated undergrad research assistants with strong programming skills, technical background and an interest in urban accessibility to work on novel tools and applications for people with mobility impairments.If you're interested, please follow the instructions here.