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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HandSight on Big Ten Network

Lee Stearns Oct 18, 2017

Lee Stearns and the HandSight project were featured in the Big Ten Network's news site, in an article titled "How Maryland researchers are improving reading for the visually impaired: BTN LiveBIG". [read more]

Congratulations to Majeed K., MS!

Jon E. Froehlich Aug 10, 2017

Congratulations to Majeed Kazemitabaar who successfully defended his MS thesis entitled "MakerWear: A Tangible Construction Kit for Young Children to Create Interactive Wearables" on Aug 4, 2017 and just submitted the final thesis today. Woohoo! Majeed now plans to return to Iran and work at a startup. We wish him all the best! [read more]

Congratulations Matt Mauriello on Ubicomp Submissions

Jon E. Froehlich Jul 03, 2017

Excited to announce that Matt Mauriello and his team had their temporal thermography poster accepted to this year's ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2017). In addition to the poster, Matt also had his work accepted into the Doctoral Colloquium. Congratulations and keep up the good work! [read more]

Makeability Lab Moving to UW

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 28, 2017

After five wonderful years at the University of Maryland, I have decided to (re)join the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering as an Associate Professor. This was not an easy decision. I feel extremely fortunate to have started my faculty career at UMD. I felt great support from the CS department to pursue high-risk, cross-disciplinary projects, benefited greatly from the advice and mentorship of senior faculty, and enjoyed many collaborations. The HCIL--which was a tremendous draw for me originally--provided a wonderfully creative space and supportive colleagues across disciplines to grow and foster my research agenda and students. I will look back at this time fondly. [read more]

Introducing Assistant Professor Kotaro Hara!

Jon E. Froehlich Jun 19, 2017

We are super happy and excited to announce that the Makeability Lab's first PhD student, Dr. Kotaro Hara, has an accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University starting Fall 2017. Congratulations Professor Hara! [read more]