Project Sidewalk in "8 Principles of Sidewalks"
Published Apr 18, 2017
Congratulations to Liang He and Jaewook Lee for presenting work at UIST'22 in Bend, Oregon—the premier publication venue in technical HCI and systems-driven HCI work. Liang presented on Kinergy, an interactive design tool for creating self-propelled motion by harniessing the energy stored in 3D printable springs, which represents ~2 years of research and development (and builds on our prior work Ondule). He, L., Su, X., Peng, H., Lipton, J. I., Froehlich, J. E. (2022). Kinergy: Creating 3D Printable Motion using Embedded Kinetic Energy. Proceedings of UIST 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3526113.3545636 Jae presented RemoteLab, a VR toolkit for Unity designed to facilitate the preparation of remote experiments by providing a set of tools that synchronize experiment state across multiple computers, record and collect data from various multimedia sources, and replay the accumulated data for analysis. Jaewook Lee, Raahul Natarrajan, Sebastian S. Rodriguez, Payod Panda, and Eyal Ofek. 2022. RemoteLab: A VR Remote Study Toolkit. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 51, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1145/3526113.3545679
Daniel Campos Zamora presented our early work on sPrintr, a mobile 3D printer to enable in-situ fabrication with consumer-grade hardware and fabrication tools, at the 7th Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication. Congrats Daniel and team!
We just completed the first-ever hybrid ASSETS with over 300 participants (virtual and in-person) for which I (Jon Froehlich) was General Chair. I'm so grateful to the record-breaking number of organizing committee members and student volunteers who tirelessly planned the conference for more than a year. Though we are always improving as a community, I am particularly proud of starting a new workshop track this year (led by Kyle Montague and Sowmya Somanath), of creating an inclusive, accessibility-first hybrid experience (led by Christian Vogler with incredible assistance from Kelly Mack, Emma McDonnell, and Laurianne Sitbon), of hosting both Haben Girma and Clatyon Lewis for fantastic keynotes, of initiating new efforts for outreach centered on global participation and increased involvement of educators, particularly for non-R1 institutions, and in celebrating our time together in historic Athens with incredible on-site activities.
We had a wonderful virtual workshop on the Future of Urban Accessibility—hopefully, the first of many. Thanks to the lead organizers Maryam Hosseini, Yochai Eisenberg, and Fabio Miranda, the entire organizing committee, and all of the authors and participants. We had a wonderful set of talks and discussions about the future of human mobility, urban design, and accessibility. Thanks also to ASSETS'22 for launching its first-ever workshop track in conference history and supporting our workshop.
Daniel presents the recent work of the Makeability Lab at the Ability/LEAP Accessibility Research Night. Congrats to the successful talk! Here's a copy of the presentation.
At the 2022 PacTrans Region 10 Transportation Conference, Professor Froehlich received the PacTrans Outstanding Researcher Award for "outstanding research with significant outcomes, incorporating meaningful student contributions, and robust community service/leadership involvement."
Professor Froehlich said "this is really a collective award recognizing the work of PhD students Manaswi Saha, Chu Li, research scientist Michael Saugstad, and our collaborators and partners across the world, including UIC's Institute on Disability and Human Development, WorldEnabled.org, Liga Peatonal, and Gemeente Amsterdam."
Congratulations to Maryam Hosseini on their successful PhD defense on semi-automatic sidewalk assessments. Wonderful work. Terrific presentation. Beautiful slides.
Our work together played but a small role in this incredibly impactful research:
Hosseini, M., Saugstad, M., Miranda, F., Sevtsuk, A., Silva, C. T., Froehlich, J. E. (2022). Towards Global-Scale Crowd+AI Techniques to Map and Assess Sidewalks for People with Disabilities. CVPR2020 Workshop: Accessibility, Vision, and Autonomy (AVA). DOI: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2206.13677
Together with Professor Fabior Miranda from the University of Illinois, Chicago and Maryam Hosseini from Rutgers/NYU, we ran a mini-symposium session on the The Future of Global-Scale Spatial Data Collection and Analyses on Urban (in)Accessibility for People with Disabilities at the 2nd Spatial Data Science Symposium 2021.
In our session, we brought together experts in disability, human mobility, urban planning, and computer science to discuss state-of-the-art methods for measuring the quality, condition, and accessibility of urban infrastructure, how these methods may enable new types of geospatial analysis and visualization, and the possibilities for data-driven policy change and accessible urban development. Our overarching goal was to identify open challenges, share current work across disciplines, and spur new collaborations.
We had over 50 participants join and a set of lightning talks from Anat Caspi and Nick Bolten from UW, Roberto M. Cesar Jr. and Eric K. Tokuda, from the University of São Paulo, Holger Dieterich and Sebastian Felix Zappe from Sozialhelden, Victor Pineda from the Inclusive Cities Lab and Worldenabled.org, Yochai Eisenberg from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Andres Sevtsuk from UW.
Froehlich, J. E., Miranda, F., Hosseini, M., Bolten, N., Caspi, A., Cesar Jr., R. M., Dieterich, H., Eisenberg, Y., Pineda, V., Saha, M., Saugstad, M., Sevtsuk, A., Silva, C. T., Tokuda, E. K., Zappe, S. F. (2021). The Future of Global-Scale Spatial Data Collection and Analyses on Urban (in)Accessibility for People with Disabilities. Spatial Data Science Symposium 2021.