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]

Augmented Reality STEM Projects Funded by UW Reality Lab

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 19, 2019

The UW Reality Lab just announced that they are funding our work in augmented reality (AR) and STEM for elementary school learners. Our most recent project in this area, PrototypAR, was just accepted to IDC'19:

Kang, S., Norooz, L., Bonsignore, E., Byrne, V., Clegg, T. L., Froehlich, J. E. (2019). PrototypAR: Prototyping and Simulating Complex Systems With Paper Craft and Augmented Reality Proceedings of IDC 2019. 14 pages. To Appear. [read more]

Two Best Paper Awards at CHI'19

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 15, 2019

We are honored and excited that the Makeability Lab received two 'Best Paper Awards' at CHI'19, which are given to the top 2% of all submissions at the conference.

Anchored Audio Sampling: A Seamless Method for Exploring Children’s Thoughts During Deployment Studies by Alexis Hiniker, Jon Froehlich, Mingrui Ray Zhang, Erin Beneteau

Project Sidewalk: A Web-based Crowdsourcing Tool for Collecting Sidewalk Accessibility Data At Scale by Manaswi Saha, Michael Saugstad, Hanuma Teja Maddali, Aileen Zeng, Ryan Holland, Steven Bower, Aditya Dash, Sage Chen, Anthony Li, Kotaro Hara, Jon Froehlich [read more]

Aileen Zeng Awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 13, 2019

Congratulations to ugrad researcher extraordinaire, Aileen Zeng, for being awarded the Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her work on Project Sidewalk. From the website:

"Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in research guided by faculty. We hope that with research scholarships, students may focus more attention and time, deeping their inquiry into a discipline or project..."
Congrats Aileen on this well-deserved recognition! [read more]

PrototypAR Accepted Into IDC'19

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 12, 2019

Our paper on PrototypAR, an interactive tangible prototyping system that allows children to rapidly build, test, and iterate on their designs using augmented reality (AR) was accepted to the 2019 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference. PrototypAR combines lo-fidelity prototyping to facilitate iterative design, real-time AR feedback to scaffold learning, and a virtual simulation environment to support personalized experiments.

This is a large, collaborative project led by UMD PhD student Seokbin Kang along with Leyla Norooz, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Virginia Byrne, and Tammy Clegg!

See you in Boise, Idaho in June!

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Ather Sharif featured in "CAREERS and the disABLED" magazine

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 05, 2019

PhD student Ather Sharif is featured in the Winter edition of “CAREERS and the disABLED” magazine. The piece was written just as Ather joined UW and describes his work at Comcast, the importance of open-source development, and background on his education, interests, and disability.

Ather currently works with Professors Katharina Reinecke, Jon Froehlich, and Jacob Wobbrock. [read more]

Venkatesh receives Google Lime Scholarship

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 01, 2019

Congrats to Venkatesh Potluri for receiving the 2019-2020 Google Lime Scholarship. Venkatesh is the third Makeability Lab member to receive this prestigious award--Dhruv Jain and Ather Sharif are past recipients.

Venkatesh is co-advised by Jen Mankoff and Jon Froehlich. [read more]