CSCW2020 Paper on "Urban Accessibility as a Socio-Political Problem" Accepted!

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 04, 2020

CSCW2020 June submission results were just released (link), and we were incredibly excited to find out that our paper entitled "Urban Accessibility as a Socio-Political Problem: A Multi-Stakeholder Analysis" was accepted with minor revisions. Of the 593 submissions, only 47 were chosen for 'Minor Revision' (7.9%) and 273 for 'Major Revisions' (46.0%).  Through semi-structured interviews with five stakeholder groups, we examine the socio-political challenges surrounding accessible infrastructure development. The paper has some important findings around policy making, gentrification, and urban development tensions related to accessibility and extends and complements our broader research in this area (e.g., Project Sidewalk). Congrats to lead PhD student Manaswi Saha and the rest of the team! [read more]

ISWC 2020 Paper on "Field Study of a Tactile Device" Accepted!

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 04, 2020

We just heard that our paper on "Field Study of a Tactile Sound Awareness Device for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users" was accepted as a 2-page ISWC Brief! This work was a collaboration between Makeabilty Lab and DJ's previous school MIT Media Lab, and reports on important findings related to use of wearable tactile technology for 'experiential' sound awareness, self-awareness, the impact on presence, and long-term behavior. [read more]

Liang He Accepted into UIST2020 Doctoral Symposium

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 29, 2020

PhD student Liang He was just accepted into the UIST2020 Doctoral Symposium for his dissertation work entitled "Designing, Controlling, and Fabricating On-Demand Structures." Congrats Liang! [read more]

SoundWatch and Navigating Grad School with a Disability Accepted to ASSETS'20

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 22, 2020

We just received news that two of Dhruv Jain's first-authored submissions were accepted to ASSETS'20—an amazing accomplishment. Importantly, the work itself is impactful and diverse. Congrats DJ and all collaborators! The papers are linked below: Jain, D., Potluri, V., Sharif, A. (2020). Navigating Graduate School with a Disability: A Trio-Ethnography. Proceedings of ASSETS 2020. 17 pages. To Appear. Jain, D., Ngo, H., Patel, P., Goodman, S., Findlater, L., Froehlich, J. E. (2020). SoundWatch: Exploring Smartwatch-based Deep Learning Approaches to Support Sound Awareness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users. Proceedings of ASSETS 2020. 16 pages. To Appear. [read more]

Four Makeability Lab Ugrads Accepted to BS/MS Program

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 15, 2020

We just received some wonderful news: four Makeability Lab undergraduate research assistants were accepted into the Allen School's BS/MS program. Congratulations to Hung Ngo, who is working on our SoundWatch project; Greg Guo and Robin Yang, who are working on advancing augmented reality for deaf and hard of hearing users; and Aileen Zeng who has been a major contributor to the Project Sidewalk initative.  [read more]

High School Research Assistant Naomi Bashkansky Named Coolidge Senator

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 22, 2020

Makeability Lab high school research assistant extraordinaire Naomi Bashkansky named Coolidge Senator—a tremendous honor: only 100 of 3,400 applicants received this award. Coolidge Senators receive a one-time $1,000 college scholarship and are invited to take part in an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual Coolidge Senators Summit in Washington, D.C.  [read more]

The Makeability Lab Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 02, 2020

We are experiencing a historic moment: a worldwide pandemic, record-breaking unemployment rates, glaringly anti-education and anti-immigration rhetoric and policies from the White House (link), and now, protests and rightful anger about the unjust death of George Floyd and the systemic racism that plagues the US. The Makeability Lab stands with the Black and African-American communities. We must all work together to combat the hate and racism and the social and economic injustices in our society. We must hold each other accountable—from our friends to our family members to our institutions. We must do more. As an educator, as a father, and as a human, I am morally obligated and emotionally bound to proactively fight for a better future and help positively shape society. I will use my privilege to fight.  Jon [read more]

CREATE Center Launches!

Jon E. Froehlich May 28, 2020

We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE), which is fueled by a generous $2.5 million investment from Microsoft and helps amplify and unite UW's strength and leadership in accessibility research, education, and translation. The Makeability Lab is a co-founding member and Professor Froehlich is co-founding associate director.  Read more here. [read more]

Congrats Liang on DUB DC Acceptance

Jon E. Froehlich May 15, 2020

Congratulations to Liang on being accepted to the DUB DC! [read more]

Liang Participates in PPE Fabrication for Covid-19 Pandemic

Jon E. Froehlich May 05, 2020

Liang He has joined an interdisciplinary team comprised of faculty, students, and staff from UW Medicine, UW College of Engineering, Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Design that Matters, and the Global Innovation Exchange to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for the UW Medicine hospital system.  Liang has been taking shifts to ensure that the 3D printers run 24x7. Read more here. This is an amazing, important effort. [read more]