See what we've been up to at the HCDE Open House June 1!
All are welcome to join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for our biggest community event of the year — the HCDE Open House. Meet current and future HCDE students, faculty, staff, friends, Corporate Affiliates Partners, and department alumni. See the Capstone projects from graduating bachelor’s and master’s students, and test interactive prototypes. Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award for best capstone project, and snap a photo in the HCDE Photo Booth. Refreshments will be provided.

HCDE Alternative Spring Break

Over the 2017 spring break, a team of HCDE undergrads traveled to the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, WA, where they ran a week-long course in Design Thinking for sixth through eighth graders. More »

2017 HCDE Master's Capstone Projects

HCDE students spend their final two quarters researching, designing, and engineering a solution to an identified problem as part of their Capstone project. Get a sneak peek of the 2017 Master's Capstone projects here, and see them for yourself at the HCDE Open House on June 1, 2017. More »

2017 WiUX Conference

The third annual Women in User Experience (WiUX) conference welcomed over 200 participants to the UW Seattle campus on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Organized by current UW students in UX-related majors, the conference connected students with industry professionals — offering skill-based workshops and opportunities for networking.  More »

VR Startup Founded by HCDE Alumnus to Partner with Children's Hospital 

Via Geekwire
Pear Med, the startup co-founded by HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery (MS, 2016), will partner with Seattle Children's Hospital to develop their virtual reality software for clinical use. More »


Food Photos Help Instagram Users with Healthy Eating

UW News
UW researchers including Christina Chung, Elena Agapie, and Sean Munson, looked at how Instagram helps people achieve their healthy eating goals. The team found that not only is Instagram valuable for people to visualize their food intake, the social network also provides a forum for receiving support and encouraging others in their goals.
Related coverage: King5 | Newsweek | Geekwire

Study Finds Period Tracking Apps Failing Users in Basic Ways

UW News
A new study by UW researchers including HCDE's Elena Agapie, Laura Pina, Julie Kientz, and Sean Munson, finds that smartphone apps to track menstrual cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, assumptions about sexual identity or partners, and an emphasis on pink and flowery form over function and customization.
Related coverage: The Atlantic | Bustle |

Parents who play ‘Pokémon GO’ with kids: ‘It wasn’t really about the Pokémon’

UW News
Together with researchers in the UW Information School, HCDE doctoral students Kiley Sobel, Arpita Bhattacharya, Alexis Hiniker, and Professor Julie Kientz researched how parents use Pokémon GO with their children. The researchers discovered that parents who played it with their children reported increased exercise, outdoor experiences, and family bonding.
Related coverage: Geekwire | Crosscut

Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem

Kate Starbird
HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird writes about what happened when her research into crisis informatics uncovered a vulnerable system susceptible to conspiracy theories, political propaganda, and disinformation.
Related coverage: The Seattle Times |  The Washington Post  |  NPR | BBC

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