Research

Julie Kientz Research Group

Spring 2017

Game Accessibility Metadata

Led by HCDE PhD candidate John Porter

This DRG is being offered as a collaboration between HCDE's CHiLL Lab and the iSchool's GAMER Lab. We are looking for up to 4 students this quarter to help with designing and conducting a survey and series of interviews exploring issues surrounding game accessibility to players with motor impairments. This project seeks to better understand and catalog which mechanics and interactions factor into determining a game's accessibility or inaccessibility to a diverse range of motor impaired users. This information will be used to expand the Video Game Metadata Schema (developed by the iSchool's GAMER Lab) to capture a broad set of descriptive qualities, enabling one to make informed predictions about a given game's accessibility based on individual needs.

Activities for this research group will include the opportunity to participate in the design of a survey instrument and of a semistructured interview protocol, working with the research team to conduct interviews of gamers with motor impairments to learn about their experiences, and data analysis. Priority will be given to HCDE and iSchool students who have completed HCDE 417/517, or who have comparable coursework or other experience with user research methods.

Participating students will register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596, and should expect to commit up to 9 hours per week (depending on project needs in a given week) on this DRG between meetings, group collaboration, and independent work.

This research group will be led by HCDE PhD candidate John Porter, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE) and Associate Professor Jinha Lee (iSchool).

If you are interested, please fill out the following survey by March 22, 2017: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/jrporter/325763

 

Winter 2017

Directed Research Group on Technology for Inclusive Play

Led by PhD student Kiley Sobel

We are looking for two students this Winter Quarter to help with the design and development of an interactive cooperative iPad application for inclusive play (or play among children with and without disabilities). This application will be used in a two-month design intervention in an inclusive kindergarten classroom during Spring Quarter. (To learn more about this application and research project, see the following paper: https://www.hcde.washington.edu/files/news/Incloodle.pdf.)

Specifically, we are looking for motivated students who have either (1) visual / graphic design skills, and/or (2) programming skills and experience with (or a willingness to quickly learn) Swift / iOS development.

We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596.

This research group will be led by PhD student Kiley Sobel, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz (HCDE).

If you are interested, please fill out the following survey: https://goo.gl/forms/M4EAllk1IU49ApbE2.


Winter 2017

Designing for Family Health Informatics

Led by Research Associate Laura Pina

We are looking for 4 students for Winter Quarter to help with us with building, testing, deploying, and evaluating technologies for family health. Our work focuses on family health. There is rich work around how to design for personal health but less on how to design in the family context — where the health of every family member depends on one another.  You have the opportunity to help us understand this space.

Activities of this research group will include working with the research team to prototype and build health data tracking tools to enable family members to think about their health together. This DRG will require you to have design skills, technical programming skills, and deploy and interview in family homes. We are looking for students with web development: such as python, javascript and visualization libraries, such as D3, C3, and others. Alternatively, students who have completed HCDE 318/418/518 and/or HCDE 417/517 or have relevant experience will be given priority.

We expect students to register for 3 credits of HCDE 496/596.

This research group will be led by Research Associate Laura Pina, with guidance from Associate Professor Julie Kientz.

Interested? Please complete the following survey by December 12, 2016. After that time, you will be contacted to have a quick meeting depending on the match, and given an add code to register. Students that complete the survey after the deadline will be added to a waitlist. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBAjw8c0Cs-8gM87uzTX9OWHPqtBZ2uVjzABDx2BSExYZaag/viewform

 


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