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Wed, 08/01/2018

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.

Wed, 07/25/2018

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.

Tue, 07/17/2018

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.

Thu, 07/05/2018 | 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.

Tue, 06/26/2018

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.

Fri, 06/22/2018

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.

Tue, 06/19/2018

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.

Tue, 06/05/2018

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.

Thu, 05/17/2018

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.

Wed, 05/16/2018 | 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.

Thu, 05/10/2018

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.

Fri, 05/04/2018

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.

Wed, 05/02/2018 | 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.

Tue, 05/01/2018 | 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.

Tue, 04/24/2018

Kaitlyn Zhou receives academic excellence medal from Engineering dean

Kaitlyn Zhou, a senior in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2018 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence from the UW College of Engineering. Zhou has the distinction of being the first student studying Human Centered Design & Engineering to receive this honor.

Tue, 04/10/2018

Five HCDE students recognized in Husky 100

HCDE students Samantha Gil Vargas, Sharon Heung, Melissa Medsker, Tsewone Melaku, and Burren Peil have been named to the 2018 cohort of the Husky 100. The Husky 100 recognizes UW students across all three campus who are making the most of their time at UW—both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Thu, 04/05/2018

Kate Starbird receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award from the National Science Foundation to support her research into why and how disinformation—or false information created intentionally to mislead and/or confuse—spreads online.

Wed, 04/04/2018

Professor Aragon brings UCD Charette to Chile

While on a Fulbright Award to teach and research in Chile, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon is introducing computer science students to the user-centered design process with curriculum from back home in HCDE.

Tue, 04/03/2018

HCDE welcomes Dianne Hendricks to the faculty

As a lecturer in HCDE, Dr. Dianne Hendricks will lead the Engineering Communication Program for the College of Engineering. Dr. Hendricks brings an interdisciplinary science and engineering background and extensive experience leading teams and teaching writing-intensive engineering courses.

Fri, 03/23/2018

Reimagining the visitor experience at the new Burke Museum

Led by HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox, students in a winter-quarter Directed Research Group used human-centered design to develop concepts for visitor engagement opportunities within the new Burke Museum. Students in the course presented their concepts to Burke staff and the HCDE community on March 5, 2018.

Thu, 03/22/2018

Julie Kientz receives Google Research Award to study inclusive media engagement for children

HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz has received a Google Faculty Research Award to study how technology can foster engagement between children with and without disabilities. The research team includes HCDE PhD student Kiley Sobel and iSchool Assistant Professor Jason Yip.

Thu, 03/22/2018 | College of Engineering

A robot confidant

The University of Washington College of Engineering features Project EMAR, a social robot being developed by UW researchers to better understand teen stress and emotional well-being.

Thu, 03/08/2018

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. 

Wed, 02/28/2018 | 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.