It was my pleasure to help host the CS department's first distinguished lecturer of the year: Dr. Bjoern Hartmann from UC Berkeley. Bjoern is a dynamo and polymath in HCI--a leader in digital-physical fabrication tools, crowdsourcing, and creative design tools. Bjoern gave a great talk on Interactive Design Tools for the Maker Movement that covered research in and envisionments of a 21st century workshop. Watch the talk here.
Of great relevance to us with the construction of our brand new CS building (the Iribe Center, which will have two large Makerspaces), Bjoern is the faculty director of the new Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and co-founder of the CITRIS Invention Lab at Berkeley. He has extensive experience designing, building, and using (for research and teaching) state-of-the-art Makerspaces. [read more]
Our research group (the Makeability Lab in the HCIL) is investigating new, scalable methods and tools for thermographic data collection and analysis. We are looking for talented, creative, and self-motivated undergraduate research assistants with strong technical backgrounds and an interest in environmental sustainability to work on a new, easily deployable thermographic sensor.
We are specifically looking for student volunteers interested in developing valuable hardware and software skills over the course of the academic year while supporting an ongoing research project. Interested students should have one or more of the following skills and a keen interest in expanding their abilities in some of the other areas:
For best consideration, please read this page about undergraduate research and then send your CV and unofficial transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com by September 21st. We will contact a subset of qualified candidates to setup interviews and request other materials. Full details are available on our announcement webpage.
Please feel free to forward this announcement. [read more]
We're excited to announce the beta launch of Project Sidewalk, a transformative new tool that empowers anyone—from motivated citizens and caretakers to government workers and urban enthusiasts—to remotely and quickly label accessibility problems by virtually walking through city streets. Our vision is to fundamentally change the way accessibility information about the built environment is collected and visualized. Imagine, for example, maps that show the accessibility of our cities at-a-glance or a navigation app on your smartphone that provides accessible routes for people with mobility impairments. Join us! Visit http://sidewalk.umiacs.umd.edu to get started! Click “Participate” and complete a few short missions! In private beta testing, 126 users mapped the accessibility of over 245 miles of DC streets--that’s nearly 25% of all streets in the city (and greater than the distance from DC to New York!). With just 10-15 minutes, you can make a difference! DC is just the beginning. Our long-term vision is to deploy Project Sidewalk in every city in the world that has Google Street View! Be a part of this revolution! Help us make the world a better place for everyone! [read more]
I am pleased to announce that Kotaro Hara passed his PhD defense this afternoon on "Scalable Methods to Collect and Visualize Sidewalk Accessibility Data for People with Mobility Impairments." It was a true pleasure advising Kotaro, my first PhD student. I will miss his generous spirit, creativity, and his passion for research with a social impact. This fall, Kotaro joins CMU as a post-doc with Jeff Bigham and Aaron Steinfeld. [read more]
We are excited to announce that our research video BodyVis: Advancing New Science Learning and Inquiry Experiences received special recognition as Facilitator’s Choice in 2016 NSF Video Showcase : Advancing Stem for All. The event was held online May 17-23, 2016 to showcase cutting-edge NSF work related to improving teaching and learning. Over 23,500 visitors from 144 countries participated in this event to discuss their work, offer ideas to others, and disseminate innovative ideas [read more]
I’m happy to announce that our CHI’16 Late Breaking Work entitled ReWear: Early Explorations of a Modular Wearable Construction Kit for Young Children was just honored with a Best Paper Award given to only four of the 647 submissions (0.6%). This was a terrific team effort involving contributions from five students, including two undergraduates and one high school student and led by Majeed Kazimitabaar. [read more]
I am excited to announce that I will be spending my summer at Adobe Research in San Jose, CA. I will be working in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) in the BigData Experience Lab. Broadly, the project will look into mobility, how it relates to IoT and how can IoT be used to create seamless consumer experiences. Looking forward to an exciting summer playing with IoT gadgets in sunny California! Fun! [read more]
I have been awarded ACM-W Scholarship for attending ACM CHI 2016 in May! It’s a brilliant scholarship for women in CS when they are starting out in their research career. It gives an excellent platform for young women researchers to attend the conference, network with top researchers even if they don’t have a paper. Finally, the icing on the cake is that we get a mentor for the conference who is a rockstar in our field of interest. My mentor for the conference will be Prof. Yvonne Rogers (UCL)! So excited! :D [read more]
Our project got featured on Technica.ly after giving a presentation at Transportation Tech in Baltimore. See the article here: How this UMD researcher is using Google Street View to make the physical world more accessible. [read more]