Makeability Lab Welcomes Four New Members

Jon E. Froehlich Sep 29, 2021

We are excited to welcome four new PhD students to the Makeability Lab: Katherine Juarez, Lisa Orii, Daniel Campos Zamora, and Xia Su.

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Dhruv Jain Receives Microsoft Dissertation Grant

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 18, 2021

Congratulations to Dhruv Jain who was selected for the prestigious Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant for his work on “Sound Sensing and Feedback Techniques for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users.” The MSR Dissertationg Grant aims to "increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students who are underrepresented in the field of computing."

Read more on the Allen School news page.



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Dhruv Jain Selected for Google-CMD-IT LEAP Alliance Fellowship

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 05, 2021

Congratulations to Dhruv Jain who was selected for the Google-CMD-IT LEAP Alliance Fellowship. CMD-IT stands for the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT and is dedicated to "promoting innovation that enriches, enhances, and enables our target communities, such that more equitable and sustainable contributions are possible by all communities."

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Liang He Receives Bob Bandes Memorial Honorable Mention Teaching Award

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 14, 2021

Congratulations to Liang He for receiving the Bob Bandes Memorial Teaching Award (Honorable Mention). The award page provides excerpts from my nomination letter (repeated below):

I strongly recommend Liang He for the Bob Bandes Memorial Teaching Award. He has TA'd for me twice during the pandemic — both for studio-based courses that traditionally require specialized hardware and equipment. These are not typical CSE courses and are extraordinarily difficult to teach and TA for. Liang has worked tirelessly to adapt our physically-oriented lectures and coursework to online. He helped solder, prepare, and package over 50 hardware kits and worked with CSE staff to deliver them to students. This is a HUGE atypical effort for a CSE TA, especially given the short turnaround time of the quarters. Liang maintains a spirit of positivity and creative encouragement for the students and graciously shares his expertise and time.

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Froehlich Selected for Outstanding Faculty Award

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 07, 2021

I am honored and humbled to receive the 2021 College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award. It is truly a recognition of my students for their resilience, adaptability, and mutual support throughout the pandemic, of my spouse who is a wonderful co-parent and provides constant support (including building a teaching studio in our basement), of the UW CSE staff who provide the amazing infrastructure and services to teach our students, and of my Allen School, MHCID, College of Engineering, and UW DUB colleagues (staff and faculty) who all helped get through this unprecedented year. I am grateful to you all. 

The Allen School did a nice writeup here.

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Manaswi Saha Passes General Exam

Jon E. Froehlich May 28, 2021

Congratulations to Manaswi Saha for successfully passing her General Exam on "Designing Interactive Computational Tools for Understanding Urban Accessibility at Scale." Thanks to committee members Bill Howe, Jeff Heer, Bo Zhao, and Anat Caspi.

More pictures here.

A picture of Manaswi Saha's General Exam showing a slide that reads 'People and Infrastructure Problem: Socio-political Environmental Analysis' and states a research question: 'How do stakeholders assess urban accessibility and how do they make decisions?'

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Dhruv Jain Receives Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

Jon E. Froehlich May 24, 2021

Congratulations to Makeability Lab PhD student Dhruv Jain on receiving the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant for his PhD work on designing and studying sound sensing and feedback techniques for people who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing.

I also want to explicitly acknowledge and thank Microsoft and Microsoft Research, more specifically, for running a program to support those "who are underrepresented in the field of computing."

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Virtual Lab Hangout with!

Jon E. Froehlich Jan 21, 2021

Playing with the lab. Thanks Jesse for setting it up!

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Liang He Passes General Exam

Jon E. Froehlich Dec 18, 2020

Announcing Liang He, PhD Candidate! Liang He successfully passed his General Exam entitled Interactive Design Tools and Techniques for Augmented 3D Printable Behaviors. His talk and accompanying slides were beautifully designed and thoughtfully captured his vision for enabling designers and DIY makers to more easily prototype and fabricate interactive 3D printable forms.

Congrats Liang!

A screenshot of one of Liang He's general exam slides that says "My Research: Making 3D Printable Mechanical Behaviors" and enumerates benefits of his approach


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Dhruv Jain Passes General Exam

Jon E. Froehlich Dec 11, 2020

It's my pleasure to announce that Dhruv Jain passed his General Exam entitled Sound Sensing & Feedback Techniques for d/Deaf & Hard of Hearing Users: A Dissertation Proposal. His dissertation work was thoughtfully presented, well rehearsed, and even included two live demos (of HomeSound and of SoundWatch). Congrats DJ!

Thanks also to the wonderful committee, including co-chair Professor Findlater and fellow committee members Professors Mankoff, Ladner, Wobbrock, and Bigham—literally an all-star cast of HCI+accessibility experts.

You can download the slides here or watch the whole thing on YouTube!

A few screenshots of the talk (all but the presenter + interpreters had video off):

An image showing the introductory screen to the HomeSound demo

Image shows DJ holding an Android watch running the SoundWatch app, which has inferred that speech is inferring around him and shows this on the display


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