January 24, 2012 Berkman Center

Professor Beth Kolko speaks at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

HCDE Professor Beth Kolko spoke on Tuesday at Harvard University in a talk titled "Hackademia: Leveraging the Conflict Between Expertise and Innovation to Create Disruptive Technologies." A video and audio recording of her talk is available on the Berkman Center website.


January 17, 2012 

Improving the Traceability of Coffee

HCDE student Julius Magsino recently reported on the first 521 seminar lecture by HCDE alumnus Stephen Vick on the traceability systems for coffee farmers.


January 6, 2012 

CSC Lab Honored by CSCW 2012

Two papers from the Computer Supported Collaboration (CSC) Lab, directed by Professor Charlotte Lee, have been nominated for the Best Paper Competition of CSCW 2012. Congratulations to Professor Lee and her lab!


January 3, 2012 

Professor Jennifer Turns Research Featured in Prism Magazine

HCDE Professor Jennifer Turns and CQUniversity Australia senior research project officer Matt Eliot recently had a paper they published in the Journal of Engineering Education featured in Prism, a publication of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).


December 15, 2011 

UPA 2012 Conference

HCDE PhD student Robert Racadio and HCDE alumna Dr. Emma Rose will be running a workshop on conducting field studies at the UPA 2012 conference in Las Vegas. Their workshop abstract is: "Hear stories from a project that took prototypes, both in paper and in development, out to the field to meet users where they were. We provide guidelines for conducting field studies on mobile and web, share findings, and demo our materials." Congratulations to Robert and Emma for their acceptance to the conference!


December 5, 2011 

BECC Conference

HCDE PhD student Daniel Perry gave a popular talk on using Mechanical Turk to gather energy use information at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference in Washington, DC, on December 1. Alan Meier, senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, stated that Perry gave an excellent presentation and had "unquestionably the best paper in the session."


November 30, 2011 UW Today

Professor Judy Ramey Profiled in UW Today

The article covers her career (which began in medieval studies), her trek from South Texas to Seattle, and her passion for food—including her troop of Thanksgiving volunteers!


November 30, 2011 

2011 Scholar Donor Recognition Luncheon

The 2011 Scholar-Donor Recognition Luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 16, to honor the generous donors who fund tuition and the students they support. The luncheon was an opportunity for donors to connect with scholarship recipients in the College of Engineering, including four undergraduate students from HCDE.


November 22, 2011 

Students Research CAP Member Proposals

This Autumn, students in Professor Julie Kientz's User-Centered Design class (HCDE 518) were able to choose research topics that Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) members proposed. Both Microsoft and General UI had winning proposals that student teams selected.


November 21, 2011 

Students and CAP Members Benefit from Info Sessions

It's been a busy Autumn for Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) students and Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) members alike, with several CAP members holding information sessions and other workshops for HCDE students.


November 14, 2011 

HCDE and Microsoft Host World Usability Day

World Usability Day occurs every year on the second Thursday in November. This year, the Puget Sound World Usability Day event was held on November 10, 2011, at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, co-hosted by the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE).


November 14, 2011 

PhD Student Doug Divine Attends ACM SIGDOC

PhD student Doug Divine attended ACM SIGDOC in Italy this October. Read about his experience!


November 4, 2011 

Cecilia Aragon Receives NSF Grant

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon has received an NSF grant for her project, Collaborative Games for Bioinformatics Education. The grant, which began this October, will run through September 2013.


October 31, 2011 

Sieg Hall Celebrates Halloween as a Goth

HCDE faculty, staff, and students were astounded Monday morning to find that Sieg Hall had dressed up in Collegiate Gothic style for Halloween.


October 29, 2011 

HCDE Research in USA Today

An article in USA Today quotes PhD student Alex Thayer on research conducted by Thayer and Professor Charlotte Lee on e-reader use.


October 17, 2011 

HCDE Has Strong Showing at Infocamp 2011

Infocamp 2011 was well-attended by HCDE students and alumni, and three presentations were led by HCDE students or alumni. HCDE Master's student Chris Lam led a session on design brainstorming based on his experience as a UX designer at Intuit. HCDE PhD Candidate Jonathan T. Morgan gave a presentation on the Living Voters Guide, and HCDE MS alumni Chad Driesbach and Elly Searle gave a presentation on how to build a successful UX web portfolio.


October 17, 2011 

An Interview with Professor Judy Ramey

HCDE Professor Judy Ramey is receiving the 2011 Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education and the Best Paper Award this week at the 2011 International Professional Communication (IPCC) Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, by the IEEE Professional Communication Society. We recently sat down with Professor Ramey to interview her about her research, how she became interested in usability, and her passion for food!


October 7, 2011 

Computational Cosmology Research

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon developed technology used by her colleague at UC-Berkeley, 2011 Nobel Prize of Physics Laureate Saul Perlmutter, in his computational cosmology research. According to an article just published in Scientific Computing, Sunfall, developed by Aragon and collaborators at UC-Berkeley, has "eliminated 90% of the human labor from the supernova search and follow-up workflow, and its statistical algorithms reduced the number of false-positive supernovae candidates by a factor of 10." Sunfall was part of the research for which Aragon received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).


September 24, 2011 

Mark Haselkorn Presents at The 9 11 Conference

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn presented at The 9/11 Conference on September 9, which looked at the 9/11 attacks ten years later. Slate Gordon, who served on the 9/11 Commission, commented that Haselkorn's presentation was "very substantive," complementing other speakers' presentations well. The conference was covered by The Seattle Times in an article that references Haselkorn's panel on cybersecurity.


September 4, 2011 

Lee and Thayer Research in Pittsburgh Newspaper

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette referenced research conducted by PhD student Alex Thayer and HCDE Professor Charlotte Lee on e-reader use.


September 3, 2011 

The Role of Coordinating Centers in Collaborative Cancer Epidemiology Studies

Human Centered Design & Engineering PhD student Betsy Rolland and Professor Charlotte Lee have received an award in the amount of $185,866 from the National Institutes of Health for their proposal "The Role of Coordinating Centers in Collaborative Cancer-Epidemiology Studies."


August 22, 2011 

Perry and Aragon Published in the Journal of Usability Studies

PhD student Daniel Perry published an article, "Making Energy Savings Easier: Usability Metrics for Thermostats," in the August issue of the Journal of Usability Studies. HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon co-authored the article, which reported on the results of a usability study conducted on five commercially available programmable thermometers (PTs) and the development of four new metrics suitable for use in evaluating thermostat usability.


August 22, 2011 

HCDE Welcomes Jaime Luce

Please join us in welcoming Jaime Luce to the department as the new Assistant to the Chair!


August 16, 2011 

The Globe and Mail References Research by Lee and Thayer

The Globe and Mail re-printed an article that mentions research conducted by HCDE Professor Charlotte Lee and graduate student Alex Thayer on e-reader use in a news brief.


August 10, 2011 

Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security

HCDE graduate student Michael Brooks traveled to Pittsburgh this past July to attend the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2011 conference. He recently reported on the conference.