$1.2m NSF Grant Awarded on Sound Sensing and Visualization for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 23, 2018

Our $1.2m NSF grant on "Wearable Sound Sensing and Feedback Techniques for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing" was just officially awarded. This is research started by Dhruv Jain, Leah Findlater, and Jon Froehlich in the summer of 2014 when Dhruv was between ugrad and MIT. Dhruv is now a PhD student in the Allen School and a member of the Makeability Lab.

The award officially starts Aug 1, 2018 and runs through July 31, 2022. Leah Findlater is the PI along with Co-PIs Froehlich (UW), Ramani Duraiswami (UMD), and Raja Kushalnagar (Gallaudet University).

This is the third award for this work following the initial two (a Google Faculty Award and the recent UW Reality Lab funding)--both which helped provide seed funding for the NSF effort. [read more]

BodyVis in Baltimore Sun

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 18, 2018

The Baltimore Sun recently covered our BodyVis project with quotes from Professor Clegg and graduate student Virginia Byrne. Read the article here! [read more]

Two Papers and Three Posters at ASSETS’18!

Dhruv Jain Jul 13, 2018

We’re going to Galway, Ireland! The Makeability Lab has two full papers and three posters at ASSETS’18.

UMD PhD student Lee Stearns led a project entitled Design of an Augmented Reality Magnification Aid for Low Vision Users and explores augmented reality solutions for magnifying text for low-vision users. Lee also had a poster paper accepted entitled Applying Transfer Learning to Recognize Clothing Patterns Using a Finger-Mounted Camera. Both projects are in collaboration with UW HCDE professor Leah Findlater.

UW CSE PhD student Dhruv Jain led a project entitled Towards Accessible Conversations in a Mobile Context for People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and examines real-time captioning solutions for people who are DHH and on-the-move. This work is a collaboration among UW CSE (Dhruv Jain, Jon Froehlich), UW HCDE (Rachel Franz, Leah Findlater) and Gallaudet University in DC (Raja Kushalnagar).

The Project Sidewalk team also got two posters in: A Feasibility Study of Using Google Street View and Computer Vision to Track the Evolution of Urban Accessibility , which was based on Ladan Najafizdeh's MS thesis work and Interactively Modeling and Visualizing Neighborhood Accessibility at Scale: An Initial Study of Washington DC , which was led by undergrad extraordinaire Anthony Li along with Manaswi Saha).

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Travel award for Tapia Celebration

Dhruv Jain Jun 26, 2018

Makeability lab member Dhruv Jain receives travel award from UW Paul G Allen School of Computer Science to attend Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in September 2018.

The Tapia conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing. Congratulations Dhruv!

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Poster at ACM DIS 2018!

Dhruv Jain Jun 09, 2018

Our CSE PhD Student Dhruv Jain presented a poster at ACM DIS 2018 in Hong Kong!

The poster is entitled Exploring Augmented Reality Approaches to Real-Time Captioning: A Preliminary Autoethnographic Study and examines Dhruv’s experiences with using real-time captioning on HoloLens in lectures and group meetings. This work is a collaboration among UW CSE (Dhruv Jain, Jon Froehlich), UW HCDE (Bonnie Chinh, Leah Findlater) and Gallaudet University (Raja Kushalnagar).

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Makeability Lab Summer 2018 Interns!

Dhruv Jain Jun 01, 2018

We’re so excited to be here for the summer! This is a great opportunity for all of us to gain new experience, collaborate with others on projects, and learn more about impactful research in human-computer interaction.

Here’s a little more about us:

Aileen: Hello! I’m going to be a rising sophomore studying computer science at University of Washington. I’m working part-time on the Makeability Lab website and on Project Sidewalk with Mikey. Being part of the Makeability Lab has been such a inspiring, fun, and eye-opening experience. Outside of lab, I also like to run, bike, and jump into lakes.

Angela: Hi everyone! I’m Angela, a rising Freshman at UPenn pursuing a dual degree in business and engineering. I’m currently working on a project developing ambient sound sensing and awareness for deaf and hard of hearing individuals with Dhruv Jain. In addition to being a big film and tech enthusiast, I enjoy spending time outdoors, running, and playing the piano!

Johnson: Shiven: Hey, I’m Shiven, a rising senior at Redmond High. Currently working on the Makelab website. Working in the lab is awesome - I learned a lot. In my free time, I like to play the piano.

Sonika: Hey there! I’m a rising senior at Tesla STEM High School, currently working on a project in assistive technology. I’ve always been interested in computer science, and being an intern at the lab has taught me so much. In my spare time, I love to listen to music, write poetry, and bike on scenic trails.

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Mikey moves to San Diego.

Dhruv Jain Jun 01, 2018

Mikey Saugstad graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters in Computer Science, moved to San Diego, and began remotely working in the Makeability Lab full time as a research scientist.

We'll miss seeing you in person Mikey!

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UW Reality Lab Funding for Increasing Sound Awareness for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing via Augmented Reality

Jon E. Froehlich Mar 16, 2018

Our research on augmented reality approaches to increase sound awareness for people who are deaf or hard of hearing just received funding from the UW Reality Lab. As part of this, lead graduate student, Dhruv Jain, was selected as a Reality Lab Facebook Fellow. Read more about the UW Reality Lab 2018 Research Proposal Competition here. [read more]

Travel Award from AccessComputing

Dhruv Jain Feb 20, 2018

Makeability lab member Dhruv Jain receives travel award from AccessComputing to attend two conferences in San Diego!

AccessComputing helps students with disabilities who are pursuing computing related degrees with networking, travel, professional, and mentoring opportunities. Dhruv was selected to attend two conferences in March 2018: CSUN 2018, the largest conference on Assistive Technology in the world, and 2018 CRA Grad Cohort Workshop for Underrepresented Minorities + Persons with Disabilities.

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