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August 14, 2018 

Leah Findlater receives Mozilla Research Grant

HCDE Assistant Professor ​Leah Findlater has been selected to receive a Mozilla Research Grant for her project "Task-Appropriate Synthesized Speech." Thanks to this award, Findlater will work with UW students to study the design of devices and interfaces that use voice interaction.

 

August 8, 2018 

Leah Findlater receives NSF award to develop wearable sound sensing technologies

HCDE Assistant Professor Leah Findlater has received an NSF grant to advance wearable sound awareness technologies for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Findlater and her collaborators will be developing and evaluating new wearable devices to sense, localize, and identify sounds.

 

August 6, 2018 UW News

Study on children and voice-activated devices

An interdisciplinary team of researchers including HCDE alumna Alexis Hiniker (PhD '17) and Master's student Sijin Chen published a study about how children respond to voice-activated technologies. The researchers believe voice-activated devices could be designed to help better engage with children.

 

August 3, 2018 

Doug Divine and Mark Zachry receive best paper award

HCDE PhD student Doug Divine and Professor Mark Zachry received a best paper award at the 2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference for the paper, "Reflecting on Work in Project Based Organizations: Leveraging Email to Construct Activity System Models for Project Work."

 

August 1, 2018 

HCDE welcomes visiting professor Pernille Bjørn

Bjørn, Professor of Human Centered Computing at the University of Copenhagen, is the recipient of a Fulbright Award to support her research on makerspace methodologies. She will join the department as a visiting professor in the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

July 25, 2018 

Tyler Fox authors chapter on speculative design for book on HCI methods

HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox has authored a chapter in a new textbook about contemporary third wave human-computer interaction. In the chapter, “Problematic Milieus: Individuating Speculative Designs,” Fox provides an overview of speculative design and describes its value as a theoretical tool for exploring how things come to be in the world.

 

July 17, 2018 

Mary Colleen Jenkins receives excellence in teaching award

Mary-Colleen Jenkins, a lecturer in the College of Engineering's Engineering Communication Program, is recognized by UW Professional & Continuing Education for excellence in teaching.

 

July 12, 2018 

HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox to serve as interim MS and UCD program director

HCDE Lecturer Dr. Tyler Fox will serve as the Interim Director for the HCDE Master's and User-Centered Design Certificate program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

July 5, 2018 UW News

UW News features new book by Professor Rosner

University of Washington News catches up with HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner to hear about her new book, Critical Fabulations. Rosner's book explores how uncovering design stories from the past can shape how we design more inclusive technology today.

 

June 29, 2018 

CHI 2018 student reflections

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering strives to enrich the education of our students by supporting travel to conferences and workshops. In late April 2018, several HCDE students received department awards to travel to Montréal, Canada to attend and present at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Students Leena Choi & Bonnie Tran, Kristin Dew, Sam Kolovson, Kai Lukoff, and Jasper O'Leary reflect on their experiences.

 

June 27, 2018 

HCDE 2018 Open House

HCDE welcomed students, future students, alumni, Corporate Affiliates Program members, and friends for our annual Open House on May 29, 2018. View the recipients of HCDE's annual Capstone awards and photos from the event here.

 

June 26, 2018 

Critical Fabulations by Daniela Rosner

"Whose stories underpin design? And what methods might be possible if designers tell those stories differently?" HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner explores these questions in her new book, Critical Fabulations, published by MIT Press.

 

June 22, 2018 

2018 Graduation and Awards Ceremony

HCDE held its 2018 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 5. Guest speaker Sara Zewde presented the graduation address, and for the first year representatives from the undergraduate and graduate student body delivered speeches. See the 2018 HCDE Award of Excellence recipients and a full list of graduates here.

 

June 20, 2018 

HCDE students experiment with innovative tools for data visualization

Thanks to resources offered by a partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and the West Big Data Innovation Hub, UW faculty are able to take an innovative new approach to teaching Data Science and Information Visualization. UW courses now have expanded access to Jupyter, an open-source web application that allows students to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative.

 

June 19, 2018 

Cynthia Bennett receives Microsoft dissertation grant

Cynthia Bennett, a PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, has received a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant to support her dissertation on disability-informed human-centered design.

 

June 6, 2018 

Graduating HCDE students on the meaning of HCDE

What is HCDE? The answer can be different depending on who you talk to. In this video produced by the HCDE Undergraduate Student Association and presented at our 2018 graduation ceremony, HCDE seniors reflect on their major.

 

June 5, 2018 

Cynthia Bennett receives Dennis Lang Disability Studies Award

HCDE PhD candidate Cynthia Bennett has received the Dennis Lang Student Award from the University of Washington's Disability Studies Program. The Dennis Lang Student Award is given annually to two undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence in areas related to Disability Studies and commitment to issues of social justice as they relate to people with disabilities.

 

June 5, 2018 

2018 Designing Up

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering presents volume six of the annual Designing Up publication. Designing Up features departmental news highlights from the past year, including activities and research conducted by HCDE faculty, students, and alumni.

 

May 25, 2018 

Shift Labs and Professor Beth Kolko receive funding to improve maternal and child health

Shift Labs, the medical technology company founded by Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Beth Kolko, has received funding from Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development to support the development of their DripAssist device to improve maternal and child health.

 

May 17, 2018 

Video: APL, CoSSaR initiative to mitigate impacts of traffic incidents

With the help of researchers from HCDE's CoSSaR center, law enforcement and transportation agencies are joining forces to mitigate the traffic congestion resulting from major incidents on I-5 through Seattle. In a new video, HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn (CoSSaR director) and Research Scientist Sonia Savelli describe the initiative aimed at making Seattle and surrounding areas a safer, more resilient place for people, businesses, and the services they rely on.

 

May 16, 2018 The Daily

Annual WiUX Conference

The HCDE student-run Women in User Experience (WiUX) conference was held May 12, 2018. This year’s theme was Breaking Barriers, and the talks provided insight from current professionals who navigate these challenges and have developed confidence in their skills. The UW Daily reports on the 2018 event.

 

May 10, 2018 

New study examines what smartphone users find meaningful or meaningless

Today’s smartphones offer great benefits to society. Apps to gather information, increase productivity, and interact with loved ones are at our fingertips. At the same time, smartphones can be tools of meaningless consumption and distraction. As a result, many people feel conflicted about how they spend time on their phone, and fall into patterns of behavior that they wish they could change.

 

May 4, 2018 

Video of Kate Starbird disinformation lecture

Watch HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's lecture delivered as part of the UW Provost's Office lecture series on confronting fake news and misinformation.

 

May 2, 2018 UW News

HCDE researchers compare crowdsourced exercise plans to personal trainers

A team of researchers led by HCDE PhD student Elena Agapie is studying how exercise plans developed by non experts compare to those developed by personal trainers. The team developed CrowdFit, a platform for exercise planning that relies on crowdsourcing from nonexperts to create workout plans that meet national exercise recommendations and individual user's schedules and interests. The researchers found that nonexperts could create exercise plans as effective as experts under certain conditions. In addition, CrowdFit improved the quality of exercise plans created by nonexperts.

 

May 1, 2018 UW News

Apps for children should emphasize parent and child choice

UW News reports on recent research by iSchool Assistant Professor Alexis Hiniker (HCDE PhD, 2017) and HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz. The researchers found that parents don't need to fear their child playing with new technology devices, but that thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions facilitated the same kind of play and development as analog toys.

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