Project Sidewalk in "8 Principles of Sidewalks"

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 18, 2017

Project Sidewalk is featured in "8 Principles of Sidewalks"--a report by WRI Brasil that will launch next Tuesday (April 25) during a national event for mayors in Brazil. [read more]

Join Project Sidewalk for Summer 2017

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 12, 2017

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. [read more]

Froehlich Named Sloan Fellow

Jon E. Froehlich Feb 21, 2017

I am deeply honored to be named a Sloan Research Fellow along with my CS colleague Tom Goldstein (that's me and Tom in the picture during the CS department's Sloan celebration). While the Sloan is awarded individually, I truly believe the recognition should be shared more broadly: particularly with my students, collaborators, and mentors who have helped inspire, enable, and enrich my work.

I am also thankful for the support and mentorship from the UMD CS Department and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. I now feel doubly motivated to live up to the esteem of the award (which I will do just as soon as my paternity leave ends)!

Read more at the CS and UMIACS news releases [read more]

MakerWear Honored with Best Paper at CHI2017

Jon E. Froehlich Feb 17, 2017

We were just notified that MakerWear received the Best Paper award at CHI2017 (top 1% of all submissions at CHI). The conference received over 2400 submissions and 24 were chosen for Best paper (97 were chosen for Honorable Mention). Congrats to lead student Majeed Kazemitibaar and the whole MakerWear team!

This is the first full research publication from Froehlich's NSF CAREER award. [read more]

Google Faculty Award on GlassEar

Jon E. Froehlich Feb 15, 2017

Dr. Leah Findlater and I were just awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for our work on wearable sound awareness support for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. This project, codenamed GlassEar, began as a collaboration back in 2014 with Dhruv Jain, then a visiting researcher and now an incoming PhD student. [read more]


Jon E. Froehlich Feb 14, 2017

I'm excited to announce that our group just received an NSF CAREER Award to develop and study new interfaces, techniques, and tools to enable young children (ages 5-10) to program, build, and use their own interactive wearables. I've been working on this project since about the time I arrived at UMD, and I'm so happy that it is now funded. Lab member (and MS student) Majeed Kazemitabaar has been absolutely critical in the past few years to making this project what it is today. Our first paper on this work will be published at CHI2017. Hope to see you there!

See also this UMIACS news release. [read more]

Project Sidewalk Listed on

Jon E. Froehlich Feb 09, 2017

Project Sidewalk is now listed on (direct link). is "an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government." Check it out! [read more]

Project Sidewalk presents at WalkHackNight II

Manaswi Saha Feb 08, 2017

Transportation Techies DC had hosted their second WalkHackNight in Crystal City. Project Sidewalk team was honored to be invited to give a talk at this event. It is the second time for Project Sidewalk to be presenting at this event. [read more]

Majeed Kazemitabaar visiting UC Berkeley

Majeed Kazemitabaar Feb 03, 2017

Majeed Kazemitabaar will be a visiting student researcher this semester at UC Berkeley's Institute of Design (BiD Lab) to work with Prof. Bjoern Hartmann. He will be researching on tangible machine learning for children as part of his ongoing work with MakerWear. [read more]

Project Sidewalk Featured on UMD Homepage

Jon E. Froehlich Jan 05, 2017

Project Sidewalk is currently featured on the UMD homepage. This is some nice recognition at the university level about our work.

Link to the article: Clear The Way: UMD Computer Scientists Seek Public Help Mapping Sidewalk Accessibility

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