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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Students in the HCDE master's program 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.
2017 HCDE MS Capstone Projects
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Monday, April 10, 2017
The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is pleased to announce the promotion of faculty member Dr. Gary Hsieh to Associate Professor with Tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017
HCDE graduate student Jihoon Suh shares his experience presenting his work at the 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions, TEI 2017, held in Yokohama, Japan.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird’s research into crisis informatics uncovered a vulnerable system susceptible to conspiracy theories, political propaganda, and disinformation.
The War on Information
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Monday, April 3, 2017
HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery works at the University of Washington's CoMotion Labs for Pear Med, a virtual reality healthcare startup for doctor and patient education that he co-founded. Watch a video of Laughery and the Pear Med team by King 5 News.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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 “Pokemon GO” with their children reported increased exercise, outdoor experiences, and family bonding.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2017/03/28/parents-who-play-pokemon-go-with-kids-it-wasnt-really-about-the-pokemon/
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The Seattle Times reports on HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's discoveries into the emerging phenomena of the spread of "fake news" and alternative narratives. Starbird will present her paper, "Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through the Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter," at the International Conference on Web and Social Media in May.
Kate Starbird in the Seattle Times
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/uw-professor-the-information-war-is-real-and-were-losing-it/
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Join HCDE on April 14 as we celebrate the third in an annual series of comics books released by HCDE students. See art from the book, talk to the students involved, and pick up your own copy. Refreshments will be provided.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Students and faculty from across the UW's Design, Use, Build (DUB) community came together at the 2017 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Portland, Oregon.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the United States presidential executive order 9066, the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates our building's namesake, University of Washington President Lee Paul Sieg, a leader who demonstrated compassion for the University’s Japanese American students during World War II.
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Monday, February 13, 2017
HCDE seniors Runyuan (Jason) Chen, Aaron Joya, Leena Choi, and ShinYoung (Lucia) Choi will present their project “An Exploration of Self-Transcendence Through Solo-Travel” at the CHI 2017 Conference Student Research Competition.
HCDE Student Project at CHI 2017
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
On January 31, 2017, HCDE welcomed representatives from Google Sprint Master Academy for a Google Design Sprint workshop for HCDE students. The goal of the event was to provide HCDE students with the tools necessary to conduct Design Sprints in the future to make sure they are building the right thing for the right person.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
HCDE Senior Lecturer was recently interviewed by ParentMap.com about the importance of computer science in K-12 education. Davidson stresses that college graduates will need to know how to create software if they want to survive in today's job market. Read the full story on Parentmap.
https://www.parentmap.com/article/stem-computer-science-coding-classes
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
AccessMap, a trip-planning app offering safe solutions for people who need accessible or pedestrian friendly routes, recently launched from the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology. HCDE graduate student Veronika Sipeeva collaborated on this project with a cross-disciplinary team of students from UW's Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Urban@UW.
HCDE Student Builds Accessible Map
http://www.washington.edu/news/2017/02/01/new-route-finding-map-lets-seattle-pedestrians-avoid-hills-construction-accessibility-barriers/
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Kate Starbird recently sat down with KING 5's New Day Northwest to discuss "fake news" and our current information climate. In Starbird's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Lab, HCDE researchers study online rumoring during disaster events. On how consumers should navigate today's news cycle, Starbird advises a little skepticism. "Learn to say 'hey, let me double check something before I pass this along, and before I absorb this information.'"
Professor Starbird on Fake News
http://www.king5.com/entertainment/television/programs/new-day-northwest/the-truth-behind-fake-news/392086854
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
HCDE Professor Dr. Cecilia Aragon is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship award from the U.S. Department of State. The award will send Dr. Aragon to the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaiso, Chile, where she will teach visual analytics in 2018.
Dr. Aragon Receives Fulbright Award
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Friday, January 6, 2017
Partnering with UW's Pipeline Project, a group of HCDE undergraduate students will participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience to work with middle school students in rural Washington State to address a community need with the human-centered design process. The HCDE team is starting the project in a Winter 2017 Directed Research Group to work with community leaders to identify a problem that can be addressed with the user-centered design process, develop and pilot the workshop curriculum, and learn the essentials of engaging with students in their local community.
HCDE Offering Alt. Spring Break
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Masters students in HCDE 539, Physical Computing and Prototyping, during the Autumn 2016 quarter completed final projects on the theme of the smart home and smart city. They developed interactive prototypes of their concepts and exhibited them in a final open house on December 5, 2016. View a gallery of the student work here.
Physical Computing Prototypes
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Monday, December 12, 2016
In Autumn 2016, student researchers from the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering presented their latest work to the community at the HCDE Research Showcase. Visitors to the HCDE Research Showcase were able to talk with PhD students and representatives from Directed Research Groups about their latest discoveries in the areas of human-centered data science, crisis informatics, technologies for health and wellness, and many more.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016
HCDE Professor Kate Starbird and students Ahmer Arif, Conrad Nied, and Leo Stewart are researching the spread of fake news, also called "alternative narratives." Starbird tells KIRO 7 news that this spread of misinformation creates dangers of becoming a more disinformed and divided society.
Starbird on Spread of Fake News
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Thursday, November 3, 2016
HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn and PhD candidate Robin Mays were recently interviewed by Devex for their work using human-centered design in the global development field. “In the humanitarian world, developing human-centered, stakeholder-centered and community-centered solutions makes the difference between night and day,” Haselkorn said. “Without co creation, you end up with a lot of waste — wasted time, wasted effort, wasted money, you name it.”
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Friday, October 28, 2016
Current and former students from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering connected at HCDE's annual Mentor Night, sponsored by Boeing, on October 25, 2016. This year's event introduced students to alumni who work at companies such as Amazon, Blink UX, Boeing, Disney, Vertafore, West Monroe Partners, and more.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
HCDE Professor Kate Starbird researches how rumors and misinformation spread on social media. Starbird tells BuzzFeed News that Facebook's decision to rely on an algorithm to filter trending topics, instead of human editors, may be a mistake.
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Friday, October 21, 2016
On October 17, 2016, the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering hosted its inaugural networking event for department graduates living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Friday, October 21, 2016
​Shift Labs, the medical device company started by HCDE Professor Dr. Beth Kolko, is recognized with a “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science for their innovative infusion rate monitor, DripAssist.
"Best of What's New" Award
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