Project Sidewalk Featured in Seattle Met Magazine

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 01, 2019

Project Sidewalk featured in the August issue of the Seattle Met in an article entitled "Can Project Sidewalk Use Crowdsourcing to Help Seattleites Get Around?". The article describes Project Sidewalk and includes perspectives from pedestrian activist Douglas MacDonald (a former WA State Transportation Secretary) and Ross McFarland, the SDOT Sidewalk Repair Program Manager. [read more]

Ondule Accepted to UIST 2019!

Liang He Jul 10, 2019

We were excited that our paper entitled "Ondulé: Designing and Controlling 3D Printable Springs" was accepted for publication at UIST'19. This work was led by UW CSE PhD student Liang He, and co-authored by Huaishu Peng (UMD CS), Michelle Lin (UW CSE Undergrad), Ravikanth Konjet (Microsoft), François Guimbretière (Cornell), and Jon Froehlich. [read more]

Amazon Catalyst Award for Interactive Tools for Urban Accessibility

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 09, 2019

We received an Amazon Catalyst award to fund Manaswi Saha's dissertation research on “Combining Computational and Visualization Techniques to Understand Urban Accessibility at Scale.” Congrats Manaswi! [read more]

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 Wins Facilitators' Choice Award on 2019 STEM Video Showcase

Jon E. Froehlich May 31, 2019

We are honored that our video for PrototypAR won the 2019 NSF STEM Video Showcase Facilitators' Award. Congrats team and particularly Seokbin Kang who led the PrototypAR project, including the video.

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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)
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