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March 8, 2018 

Starbird Receives Grant to Study Disinformation Flows

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird has been awarded a research grant via John Carroll University to analyze social media data related to disinformation flows.

 

March 6, 2018 

Project EMAR Design Challenge Showcase is March 24

On March 24, 2018, students from seven area high schools are visiting UW to present robot prototypes they developed as part of the Social Robot Design Challenge for Project EMAR (Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot). This event is free and open to the public.

 

March 5, 2018 

Mark Haselkorn Discusses New CoSSaR Research

New research by HCDE's Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience examines congestion caused by major traffic incidents with the goal of improving mobility and reducing the regional impacts of catastrophic traffic incidents. HCDE Professor and CoSSaR Director Mark Haselkorn was interviewed by KIRO News about this work.

 

March 1, 2018 

Students at ConveyUX 2018

HCDE seniors Jason Chen and Bonnie Tran presented research projects on mindfulness and on menstrual health education at the 2018 Convey UX conference on March 1, 2018, in Seattle.

 

February 27, 2018 The Daily

The Daily Features EmComp Lab Disinformation Research

A study by researchers in Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Lab discovers twitter activity by Russian troll accounts within domestic conversations surrounding gun violence and race relations. The UW Daily reports.

 

February 9, 2018 UW Daily

Student Research Group Designs Website to Salvage Campus Food Waste

The UW Daily highlights recent work by an HCDE Directed Research Group led by lecturer and MS alumna Irini Spyridakis. The group has been working to design a website that can match UW dining hall leftovers with local nonprofits.

 

January 31, 2018 

Beth Kolko to Give Talk on Innovation to Impact at Pacific Science Center

On February 13, 2018, HCDE Professor Beth Kolko will discuss how she scaled an idea to global impact with her company, Shift Labs, in a free public lecture at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. Listen to a podcast about her upcoming talk, here.

 

January 29, 2018 

Menstrual Maze Student Project to Compete at CHI 2018

HCDE seniors Bonnie Tran and Leena Choi will present their project Menstrual Maze at the 2018 CHI conference, as part of the Student Design Competition. Menstrual Maze is an educational toy that engages parents, children, and educators in menstrual health and body literacy education. The project aims to address taboos around menstruation, by supporting dialogue on the topic between parents and children ages 4-9.

 

January 25, 2018 

2018 HCDE Network Night

Current and former Human Centered Design & Engineering students connected at the department's 10th annual Network Night on January 22, 2018. Alumni representing companies such as Amazon, Deloitte Digital, Expedia, Intel, Microsoft, and Salesforce, shared career pathways and job application tips with with HCDE students.

 

January 17, 2018 Interactions Magazine

Sean Munson on Rethinking Assumptions in the Design of Health Tracking Tools

In the current issue of Interactions Magazine, HCDE Assistant Professor Sean Munson discusses six common assumptions in the design of health tracking tools and provides insights about where designers and researchers should go from here.

 

December 29, 2017 

HCDE Students Travel to Premier Conferences in 2017

HCDE students Kristin Dew (PhD), Tsewone Melaku (BS), Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang (PhD), and Himanshu Zade (PhD) describe their experiences participating in several conferences and workshops across the globe in autumn 2017.

 

December 20, 2017 

HCDE Professor Leverages Technology to Pair Mothers in Academia to Lighten Holiday Burden

This holiday season, HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz used a variety of online tools to organize a giving match between mothers working in academia. She asked academic mothers who are struggling to make ends meet what would help their families, and she matched them with academic mothers who have more than they need and who wanted to help. In all, over 240 gifts purchased for struggling families from women working in academia around the world.

 

December 19, 2017 

HCDE Research Group Explores Bioluminescence for Displays

In Autumn 2017, Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty members Brock Craft and Tyler Fox launched a new Directed Research Group to give students hands-on experience creating displays using living organisms.

 

December 7, 2017 

Beth Kolko Gives Lecture for Global Innovation Week

HCDE Professor Beth Kolko delivered a talk in Washington, DC, for the 2017 Global Innovation Week, about how her company Shift Labs uses human-centered design to improve medical devices.

 

December 1, 2017 Science Magazine

Scott Miles on Earthquake Early Warning Systems

HCDE Research Scientist Scott Miles recently returned from Mexico where he studied how local residents perceived and used their earthquake early warning system. Miles and his research team summarized their recommendations in an editorial for the December 2017 issue of Science Magazine.

 

November 27, 2017 

Kate Starbird Presents at Engineering Lecture Series

Recent public debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of online misinformation. This complex problem lies at the intersection of technology, human cognition and human behavior — and may make us unwitting accomplices to the spread of incorrect facts and misleading communication. Hear from Kate Starbird, whose research investigates online rumors to explore what conspiracy theories reveal about political propaganda.

 

November 22, 2017 

Rosner and Team Receive Seattle Design Foundation Grant

A team of designers including HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner has received the 2017 Seattle Design Foundation grant for a proposed project addressing the question, "How can we better design for future dialogues across generations and demographics?"

 

November 17, 2017 

David McDonald Presents Work at Virginia Tech

On November 10, 2017, HCDE Professor and Chair David McDonald visited Virginia Tech University's department of Computer Science to give a lecture about his research on the gender gap in Wikipedia.

 

November 9, 2017 

HCDE Recognizes Veteran Tyler Fox

In honor of Veterans Day, HCDE recognizes army veteran and HCDE faculty member: artist, technologist, and educator Dr. Tyler Fox. Fox’s background encompasses research and art in areas as broad as posthumanism and physical computing, and he attributes his career to the freedoms allowed by his service in the United States Army.

 

November 3, 2017 

Starbird to Study how People Adapt after Earthquakes

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird is embarking on a research project to study how people adapt to power outages and water shortages immediately following a natural disaster, to help policymakers, businesses and individuals better prepare for the future. The team will use earthquakes in Los Angeles as a case study.

 

October 5, 2017 

NBC News Interviews Cecilia Aragon on Latinas in Engineering

NBC News interviews HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon, the first Latina full professor in the College of Engineering, on her experience in the field and becoming a role model and mentor to younger Latinas.

 

October 4, 2017 

Remembering Mike Sinkula

HCDE mourns the loss of dedicated alumnus and affiliate faculty member Mike Sinkula. Mike graduated with his Master's in HCDE in 2014 and has been an instructor of HCDE's user-centered web design course ever since. He passed away in his home on Friday, September 27, 2017.

 

September 28, 2017 

Kolko Receives Global Health Innovators Award

Shift Labs, the medical device company started by HCDE Professor Beth Kolko, has received the Global Health Innovator Award at the 2017 MedTech Conference for their work developing DripAssist, a low-cost, intuitively-designed portable infusion rate monitor.

 

September 26, 2017 

Andrew Davidson to Partner on CoE Strategic Instruction Initiative

HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson is on a team of multidisciplinary University of Washington faculty members selected to receive a College of Engineering award to fund work on Arduino project-based learning in early engineering education.

 

September 18, 2017 

Nadya Peek to Join HCDE Faculty

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Nadya Peek will join the department’s faculty as an assistant professor, beginning February 2018. Peek will bring a wealth of knowledge in machines and digital fabrication to HCDE’s interdisciplinary faculty.

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