Two Papers Accepted to ASSETS'19

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 28, 2019

We were honored that both of our papers submitted to ASSETS'19 were accepted for publication:

  • Autoethnography of a Hard of Hearing Traveler led by UW CSE PhD student, Dhruv Jain, and co-authored by Jain, Audrey Desjardins (School of Art + Art History + Design), Leah Findlater (HCDE), and Jon Froehlich
  • Deep Learning for Automatically Detecting Sidewalk Accessibility Problems Using Streetscape Imagery led by UW CSE PhD students, Galen Weld and Esther Jang, and co-authored by Weld, Jang, Anthony Li (UMD ugrad), Aileen Zeng (UW CSE ugrad), Kurtis Heimerl (UW CSE prof), and Jon Froehlich.

Congrats also to Manaswi Saha for having her first-authored paper from her MSR internship accepted as well. [read more]

Aileen Awarded National SWE Scholarship

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 11, 2019

In recognition of her scholastic achievements, service, and research, Aileen Zeng was just awarded the highly competitive Motorola Solutions Foundation Engineering Scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Congratulations Aileen!! [read more]

High School Interns Earn Direct Admission Into Allen School

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 01, 2019

Congrats to Summer 2018 interns Johnson Kuang and Shiven Bhatt from Inglemoor High School and Redmond High School, respectively, for earning direct admission into the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Last year, Johnson worked on developing this Makeability Lab website while Shiven worked on Project Sidewalk. We are incredibly fortunate to have both Johnson and Shiven back in the Makeability Lab this year. Johnson is working on the AccessVis team while Shiven is working on Urban Accessibility Evolution [read more]

PrototypAR is Now On the NSF Video Showcase

Jon E. Froehlich May 13, 2019

Today, our video on PrototypAR entitled "PrototypAR: Learning through AR Design and Experimentation" just launched on the NSF video showcase. Please check it out and explore the site for more inspirational "Innovations in STEM Education" videos. [read more]

Liang Wins the T-Shirt Design Contest for CHI 2019

Liang He May 03, 2019

PhD student Liang He's t-shirt design was selected for the ACM CHI student volunteers (SV). This is the second time that Liang has won the CHI t-shirt design contest (the first time was at CHI'14). CHI is the premier conference in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, which will be in Glasgow, UK this year.

Liang's t-shirt design is based on a Unicorn, Scotland's national animal (front), and a map of Glasgow (back).

Congratulations Liang! [read more]

Project Sidewalk in the Local News!

Manaswi Saha Apr 30, 2019

With the recent Seattle and Newberg launch of Project Sidewalk, we have been getting a lot of media attention. Here are a few articles so far (many more to come!):

Newberg streets second in nation to be studied with new accessibility metric (The Newberg Graphic, April 2019)
Seattle's got terrible sidewalks. You can help fix them. (Crosscut, April 2019)
[read more]

Ather Sharif Gives Invited Keynote Address

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 25, 2019

Makeability Lab member Ather Sharif gives the Keynote Address at the 2019 Evergreen International Conference in Pennsylvania (link). The Evergreen Project develops an open source ILS (integrated library system) used by more than 2,000 libraries around the world. They recognized Ather for his work to improve web accessibility through his startup EvoXLabs. [read more]

UW News Covers Project Sidewalk

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 18, 2019

In recognition of our Best Paper Award at CHI'19 and to help highlight our new deployments in Seattle, WA and Newberg, OR, Project Sidewalk was featured on the College of Engineering webpage and UW News. [read more]

Aileen Zeng Presents at Women's Research Day

Jon E. Froehlich Apr 17, 2019

Our rock star ugrad researcher, Aileen Zeng, presented a poster on our successful Washington DC deployment of Project Sidewalk at the Allen School's Women’s Research Day.

It's exciting times for crowdsourcing sidewalk accessibility, we just deployed into two more cities--both in the Pacific Northwest: Newberg, OR and Seattle, WA. [read more]

High Schoolers Visit the Makeability Lab

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 26, 2019

The Makeability Lab and the UbiComp Lab hosted students from Northwest High School. The high school students were all taking an Internet of Things (IoT course), which focuses not just on building IoT technology but the societal implications. For example, students are asked to consider: How can this technology help us achieve a more just and equitable world? How will we be able to ensure that these devices improve our quality of life without imprisoning us? What ethics or code of conduct should guide the IoT?

Venkatesh spoke about his research supporting blind programmers, Manaswi spoke about Project Sidewalk and urban accessibility visualizations, and Dhruv spoke about his work on sound awareness tools for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. [read more]