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CoMotion MakerSpace Spring Workshops

HCDE Blog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:27

The following information is from UW’s CoMotion Makerspace:

Need help learning how to 3D print?  Want to meet other people working on Arduinos?  Looking for tips on how to complete your sewing project?  We’re announcing the following group work sessions, recurring weekly: 

Spring Quarter Group Work Sessions Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 2:30–5:30 3D Printing Laser Cutter Sewing Laser Cutter Arduino 5:30–8:30 Arduino Sewing Laser Cutter 3D Printing Networking

Although the space is also open for general drop-in use on any of the equipment during these hours, during these group work sessions we normally have a staff specialist on the designated equipment (e.g. 3D printers) available to help users, and it is likewise a time for users with common interests in that equipment to gather and share tips, collaborate on projects, and learn from each other.

This schedule is also available for reference on the CoMotion MakerSpace home page — see:

Free talk: “Collaborative Analysis of Large, Multi-modal, Multi-channel Datasets,” by David Socha

HCDE Blog - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:38

The following information is from the department of Computing and Software Systems, UW-Bothell:

Collaborative Analysis of Large, Multi-modal, Multi-channel Datasets
David Socha, Computing and Software Systems, UW Bothell Monday, May 04, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
CELT (Engineering Annex, Room 232)

*** Please RSVP so that we can plan for seating and refreshments and notify you of changes in venue:

Abstract: This informal talk describes my research team’s inquiry into how professional software developers collaborate “in the wild” and how it is informing ways to study other physical-cyber-social systems. In February 2014, I used nine GoPro cameras and six high-quality Zoom H2n audio recorders running concurrently to collect six terabytes of video (380 hours; 981 files), audio, full-room time-lapse imagery, screen capture (292 hours), photographs (thousands), field notes, and interviews of a professional industrial software development team in action over 11 days (see Figs 1–5, attached). This BeamCoffer dataset allows researchers to observe collaboration and cognition creating, and being created by, the multi-model interactions between the people and their surrounding materials, artifacts, tools, and environment. Multiple data recorders used concurrently for each modality provide a wider “field of view” than normal, enabling researchers to pursue a wide range of research questions over different temporal and special scales and using a variety of units of analysis, such as an individual, a task, a type of work (e.g., triage), a location in the room (e.g., one workstation), a time of day, or a practice (e.g., standup meetings). This contextually-rich, qualitative data affords a level of analysis that has largely not been possible before, revealing fine-grain details and context of how individuals and teams collaborate. In addition, I have institutional review board (human subjects) approval and consents from the organization and individuals recorded to grant access to vetted other researchers.
This dataset is an example of the type of large, multi-modal, multi-channel datasets that are increasingly easy to gather given recent advances in sensor technology. They could enable research in a variety of domains of action, such as healthcare workers caring for infants in a neonatal intensive care unit, mechanical engineering students doing group projects in a makerspace, or nuclear engineers collaborating to control a nuclear power plant.
Their size and complexity, however, quickly make these datasets problematic for researchers to navigate, understand, and analyze. To address this, we are using this dataset as a proof of concept around which to build an ecosystem of software tools to help individual researchers, and communities of researchers, collaboratively navigate, browse, understand, analyze, and contribute back into such datasets. This will help prepare for larger datasets with more modalities, more channels, collected over longer temporal and spatial time scales.

Bio: David Socha is an Assistant Professor in Computing and Software Systems at University of Washington Bothell, where he teaches and researches about the human side of creating and evolving cyber-human systems. Before UW Bothell, David spent 19 years working in a variety of software organizations as a programmer, architect, manager, teacher, ScrumMaster, product designer, change agent, and agile coach. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington Seattle in 1991, after completing a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Call for Proposals: UW eScience Institute Incubation Program

HCDE Blog - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:34

The following information is fromthe UW eScience Institute.

Call for Proposals - UW eScience Institute’s Incubation Program: Data Science for Social Good 

University of Washington’s eScience Institute will be running the third offering of its Data Science Incubation Program this summer, the focus of which will be Data Science for Social Good.

We invite short proposals (1–2 pages) for 10-week exploratory data-intensive science projects requiring collaboration in scalable data management, scalable machine learning, open source software development, cloud and cluster computing, and/or visualization.

We are trying a new experiment this session: We are inviting proposals that have an applied “social good” dimension and converge around the theme of “Urban Science and Analytics.”  This incubator session is modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech. The successful projects on those websites may be useful as inspiration.

The goal is to provide greater opportunity for interaction and collaboration between the participants in the program by attracting participants with overlapping interests while still allowing for interdisciplinary breadth.

As always, we accept proposals in any area, but we hope to solicit proposals from researchers working broadly in sociology, education, policy, information, and politics in an urban context.  We welcome proposals submitted by academic researchers, public agencies, non-profit entities, and companies with focus on policy-relevant projects.

This incubator session is sponsored in part by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and an emerging campus-wide initiative at UW called Urban@UW (details to follow).

Important dates:

  • Apr 21: 1-hour information session, 10:00 am — 11:00 am, Data Science Studio
  • May 4: Applications due
  • May 18: Notification
  • Jun 15: Kickoff meeting

Each project will involve one or more project leads who will come and join us in the Data Science Studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer from June 15th to August 21st.

Each project lead will “own” their project (and its results) and be responsible for its successful completion, with the eScience team providing guidance on methods, technologies, and best practices in extracting knowledge from large, noisy, and/or heterogeneous datasets as well as general software engineering.

In addition to working closely with eScience mentors, each project lead will work with a team of four students assigned to assist with their project. These students will be selected, paid, and supervised by the eScience Institute. The project team may also include external mentors and stakeholders.

In reviewing the proposals, we will be looking for high-risk, high-reward science that this program can help push in a new direction.  In addition, we hope to select a set of projects with shared requirements; we find that participants are most successful when they interact with each other as well as with our group.

A link to the application can be found here:

Capstone Spotlight: Reimagining an Autism Research Website

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:38
Autism Research with a Heart: Reimagining an Autism Research Website.

An HCDE Master’s Capstone Project by Diane Conrad and Muna Haddadin. This project was sponsored by the UW’s Research in Early Autism Detection And Intervention (READi) Lab.


See this and all of the 2015 Capstone Projects at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2015, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle Campus.


User Experience Research Intern: Mercedes-Benz

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 09:49
Internship at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
User Experience Research Intern

MBRDNA’s Customer Research Center is looking for an intern interested in transportation UX research. The position will be located at MBRDNA’s Portland, Oregon office. We work closely with Daimler Trucks in performing customer research and user-centered design, working primarily with commercial vehicles.

Work will include statistical analysis, advanced in-vehicle integrated systems development, and optimization of the driving environment.

The internship will begin in June, 2015 and continue until December 2015.


  • Knowledge of human factors methodology, questionnaire development, in-the-field interviewing, and usability testing
  • Ability to work in a team but also work independently
  • Proficiency with standard Windows applications
  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours)

Education: Human factors (or similar) undergraduate or graduate student

To Apply: To apply, go to

If you have any questions, please email:

HCDE STC Student Chapter Discussion

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:28

Join a Discussion about Forming an HCDE Student STC Chapter! Thursday, April 23, 2015
4:30 — 5:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) offers students a wealth of benefits and resources that can enrich their education, expand their skills, help them start networking for jobs, and prepare them for real-world careers in technical communication.

Some of the many benefits include:

  • Heavily discounted dues
  • Membership in the Academic Special interest group (SIG) and one additional SIG
  • 14-day advance to the STC Job Bank
  • Member discount program on software, products, and services
  • STC’s Salary Database so you know where the jobs are and the average salaries in the field
  • Access to 140 on-demand seminars
  • And much more

Come join us for a discussion about forming a UW HCDE Student STC chapter. Light refreshments will be available!

For more information contact Sandy Bartell,

Free screening of Ex Machina

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:09

Information about the following opportunity was sent by A24.

Members of the HCDE community are invited to an advance screening of the upcoming film EX MACHINA on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at Regal Meridian.

Advance (free) registration is required:



Synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

USAID Open Data Hackathon

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:14

The following information is from the USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Team.

USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean
Open Data Hackathon 2015
April 30th & May 1st 2015
OpenGov Hub in Washington DC,  and online via virtual participation Register Here »

How can we tackle crime and violence in Mexico and Central America?
Can data from project evaluations in the 1980s shed new light on projects in the region today?

These are the types of questions we are looking to answer; that’s why we at USAID are hosting a Latin America Open Data Hackathon. The LACHack, as we affectionately call it, will explore these challenging questions.

As you may be aware, Central America is one of the most violent regions in the world; Honduras and El Salvador have the highest murder rates compared to any other country. The region’s ongoing crisis requires attention from the foreign assistance community. USAID’s LACHack is your chance to help shape these efforts!
Join us in exploring and creating tools that can help USAID, regional governments, and other stakeholders refine our understanding of crime and violence in Mexico and Central America.

This is your opportunity to influence foreign assistance programming by using open data to generate new regional insight.

Additional Questions?
Contact Alana Marsili, Open Data Specialist,

E-Portfolio Workshops

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:09

The following information is from the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD). 

Are you working on an e-portfolio this spring, or interested in getting started on one? Join the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity for any or all of these sessions to get tips, tools, feedback, and connect with other students working on e-portfolios. Need to give yourself some deadlines for completing critical pieces of your e-portfolio? These workshop dates could be helpful for that and would allow you to dedicate time toward completing those pieces. Bring your laptop!

  • Peer Interviews: Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 173R
    • Develop content for your e-portfolio by engaging in relaxed and conversational interviews with your peers to identify key learning experiences, strengths and abilities gained from those experiences.
  • Artifacts/Examples of Work: Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 173R
    • How do you select relevant, appropriate, engaging, and demonstrative papers, photos, videos, art pieces, and other examples of your work to share through your e-portfolio? Who is your audience and what do you want to show them to tell your story? Brainstorm and get feedback from peers and facilitators.
  • Open Work Session: Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 173R
    • Drop in to work on your e-portfolio, get feedback on it from peers and facilitators, or just make sure you dedicate time to getting it done!
  • Presentation Practice Session: Friday, May 8, 2015, 12:30–1:50pm, MGH 171E
    • Will you be presenting your e-portfolio later this spring? Come practice with us and get critical feedback from peers and facilitators! Bring even a rough draft of your portfolio and presentation ideas to try out; it doesn’t need to be complete or polished. This is an opportunity to get feedback on your ideas while you still have time to edit before your final presentation.
RSVP for any session at

Capstone Spotlight: UW Athletix

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 16:14
UW Athletix: An app to help Husky fans connect with their teams and to improve the Husky gameday experience.

An HCDE Master’s Capstone Project by Katelyn Barrows, Allie Choy, and Laurel Stone. This project was sponsored by HCDE Alumnus Erik Jones, Chief Technology Officer at UW Intercollegiate Athletics.


See this and all of the 2015 Capstone Projects at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2015, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle Campus.


UX Interviewing Workshop

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:56

 The HCDE Graduate Student Association invites current HCDE students to:

UX Interviewing Workshop Saturday, April 18th from 2 — 5 PM HUB Rm 250 REGISTER HERE FB Event // WordPress


Details: Learn how to improve your interview skills with UX professionals! We’ll start off with two speakers on their UX interview process, one from a UX Research hiring perspective, and another from the UX Design perspective.  After that we’ll break off into small groups to do several interactive workshops lead by various UX leaders, including whiteboarding and roleplaying exercises.



2:00 — 3:00 : Talks on interviewing, one on UX Research by UX Research Manager, Miki Konos, from Microsoft and one on UX Design (TBA)

// 15 minute break //

3:15 — 3:45 : Two 20 minute each small group interactive workshop sessions with UX leaders in the field

// 15 minute break //

4:00 — 4:40 : Two 20 minute each small group interactive workshop sessions with UX leaders in the field

// 20 minutes socializing //


Volunteers Needed for Engineering Discovery Days

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:24

The following information was sent from the HCDE Student Association:

On Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, the College of Engineering is hosting it’s 100th annual Engineering Discovery Days event!

Local K-12 students will have the opportunity to meet current engineering students, learn about on going projects, and participate in hands-on activities. The idea around the event is to get these young ones excited about engineering!

HCDE will be hosting an outdoor exhibit with four main demos/activities:

  •  Smart Watch Design Station
  •  Demo of the Hummingbird Cane and the Fit Shirt projects created by some of our very own undergraduate students
  •  A chance to try out the Osmo educational gaming system. ( )
  •  A demo of “Magikolor”, a project created by some of our own HCI+D students!

We’re really excited for this outreach opportunity and encourage you all to volunteer to help out at our booth. Shifts are an hour long, and you can feel free to sign up for one or more!


Please sign up here »

Teaching and Learning Symposium

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:33

The following information is from the UW’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium
Tuesday, April 14, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
HUB Ballroom

Many at UW are actively engaged in examining how teaching affects student learning – the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research. Each spring the Center for Teaching and Learning hosts the annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium to provide a forum where all who share this interest can learn of their colleagues’ work and engage in discussion. The event includes a keynote talk and two poster sessions. Posters presented each year range from classroom/action research to published SoTL research.

Cindy Atman, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and Director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), will give the Keynote presentation:  “Using Reflection to Support Student Learning.”

The symposium is open to the entire University, and no reservations are required.

Details, including poster titles, presenters and abstracts are posted online »

Intel Labs Hiring Designer

HCDE Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:07
Intel Labs

You will work with colleagues in Intel Labs to invent new user experiences on devices that may not yet exist. Your primary responsibility will be to work with research colleagues to identify key questions about a potential new technology or experience, and invent prototypes to test with users to help us get answers to these questions. You will be responsible for designing novel user experiences, to provide information structures and navigation, task flows, and wireframes with view descriptions specifying the detailed content and behavior. We will also need you to group user, systems functions and information into a cohesive structure.


We are looking for candidates with a minimum Bachelor of Arts in a design-related discipline, and real-world experience in designing hands-on, visual experiences across a number of computing platforms.

The most important skill you will need is the ability to translate open-ended questions about new technologies or user experiences into a prototyping and user testing work plan — and then be able to execute on that plan. Skills to perform this job should include a deep level of familiarity with interaction design, visual presentation and software prototyping. We are primarily looking for software prototyping skills but will consider hardware prototyping abilities to be a strong plus.

Business Group Intel Labs is the company’s world-class, industry leading research organization, responsible for driving Intel’s technology pipeline and creating new opportunities. The mission of Intel Labs is to deliver breakthrough technologies to fuel Intel’s growth. This includes identifying and exploring compelling new technologies and high risk opportunities ahead of business unit investment and demonstrating first-to-market technologies and innovative new usages for computing technology. Intel Labs engages the leading thinkers in academia and industry in addition to partnering closely with Intel business units. The User Experience Innovations Lab in Intel Labs is the place where new technologies meet new user experiences. Our team consists of anthropologists, psychologists, designers, engineers and others coming together to identify and bring to life new possibilities in computing.

To apply, visit Intel Labs Career page and search for job #757938 »

Internship: UX Researcher at NBC Universal

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:13

The following internship was first posted in the HCDE Internship Database.

UX Researcher Internship

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.


The NBCUniversal News Technology Internship Program is a ten-week paid summer program where students see firsthand how one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world operates. As an intern with NBCUniversal News Technology, you will:

  • Begin your internship with a 2-day immersion experience in New York City, which introduces you to NBCUniversal.
  • Be placed on an assignment (matched from your skillset and interest), which provides you with hands-on experience, allowing you to apply your classroom knowledge to practical situations.
  • Participate in a Speaker Series program where you learn about different aspects of the organization from senior management in small group settings.
  • Compete in a challenging real-world team project among your fellow interns, including a presentation to key stakeholders.
  • Develop skills and a NBCUniversal network, placing you in favorable position for competitive entry-level positions and rotational programs.

Required Skills:

  • Must have some basic web development skills (HTML, CSS, Javascript), preferably in a MS program in cognitive psychology, HCI/HCDE, or library sciences, must be practiced in current user research methodologies including user interviews, usability testing, survey design, card sorting, etc.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Previous internship or work experience

Desired Characteristics:

  • Passionate about staying current with technology changes
  • Strong interpersonal skills; must be able to work effectively as part of a project/program team and foster team cooperation
  • Proven self-awareness in a variety of work environments
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Previous work experience in an office environment
  • Previous media industry experience is a plus
  • Demonstrated technical/analytical skills and sharp business acumen
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

** Please note: NBCUniversal prohibits interns from participating in any other internship programs while employed by NBCUniversal without written permission from the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and the Vice President, Talent Integration and Pipeline Programs.


Please submit your resume to the appropriate internship opening at:

Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until May 08, 2015
Pay Range: $10-$15/hour
Contact: Kyle Clark,

Capstone Spotlight: Toolio

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 09:24

Stimulating children’s creativity and introducing them to 3D printing.

An HCDE Master’s Capstone Project by Kelly Campbell, Margaret Quin Lyons, and Chris Peloquin.

Toolio is an innovative, holographic game that will allow kids to tap into their creativity. With age-appropriate features such as collaboration and gamification, Toolio lets kids exercise innovation while simultaneously learning about 3D printing.


See this and all of the 2015 Capstone Projects at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2015, in the HUB Ballroom on the UW Seattle Campus.


Register for HCDE Mentor Night

HCDE Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:37

HCDE’s 2015 Mentor Night (sponsored by Boeing) will take place on Tuesday, May 5 from 6–8 p.m. in Sieg 233. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with professionals from industry and talk to HCDE alumni who are currently working in UX and related fields.

Students must register here before Monday, April 27 » 

Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Call for Submissions

HCDE Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:01






The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE conference for presenting, discussing, and developing technological solutions to global humanitarian challenges. GHTC invites presenters and attendees who work to meet the needs of populations affected by poverty, disaster, conflict, environmental change, and other impacts resulting in their needs being unmet or underserved.

A call for abstract submissions (in the form of a paper, poster, or workshop sessions), and hackathon challenge statements, has been extended to April 14, 2015.

Learn more and submit today »


Research Takes Off Conference

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:34
Research Takes Off
Thursday April 23, 2015
The Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

The Puget Sound Research Forum presents Research Takes Off, a one-day conference about research on April 23, 2015.

Find HCDE Senior Lecturer Liz Sanocki with Jason Levine of Amazon and John Dirks of Blink UX discussing usability research during one of the afternoon’s breakout sessions.

$50 Early Bird student registration special ends this Thursday, April 9.

Learn more and register here »

AIGA Seattle Student Design Exchange

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:51

The following details are from AIGA SEATTLE.

AIGA 2015 SSDX: Seattle Student Design Exchange
April 17–25, 2015

The Seattle Student Design Exchange (SSDX) is AIGA Seattle’s first annual 360° experience created specifically for students and emerging designers. Experience a full week of panel discussions, workshops, studio talks, portfolio reviews, and an After Party! We have a jam-packed schedule planned that’s sure to enlighten and inspire.


Jumpstart — April 17th, 6PM-9PM
JumpStart is a panel discussion that marks the start of SSDX. Join a diverse panel of design professionals who will share valuable insights on the interview process, various career paths within the design industry, what design businesses look for in portfolios as well as future employees, and also offer useful tips for getting a job. Our stellar panel includes design leaders from REI, Shore, Urban Influence, Pacific Market International and Substantial.

Workshops — April 18th, 9:30AM-2:30PM
SSDX Workshops will play a tremendous role in each of the attendee’s design education. There are four topics to choose from. Students will gain invaluable exposure to key skills that will help them enter into the wild world of being a professional designer. Topics range from production skills, to writing cover letters, to concepting, and presenting your work. Each workshop will provide a lecture component and a hands-on exercise.

Studio Talks — April 20th — 24th
SSDX Studio Talks are a chance for students and emerging designers to experience and see where designers work and what kind of design they practice. Hear what it’s like to be a designer in the real world from teams at Tag Creative, Graphiti, Digital Kitchen + Methodologie and Substantial.

Reality Check — April 25th, 8:30AM-12:30PM
Reality Check is a lot like musical chairs, but with portfolios. Every 15 minutes students will rotate to another one of our volunteer professional designers to present their portfolio, make connections, network, and receive feedback.

After Party — April 25th, 6PM — 8PM
Come a celebrate the closing of the first SSDX at Markers Space in Belltown. Chat about your experience, rub elbows with fellow students and meet professionals from around the town. We will provide light snacks and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options. Don’t miss out on this party!



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