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Tue, 01/26/2021 | UW Graduate School

How two design graduate students launched Uplift Locally to support Black-owned restaurants

HCDE master's student Devin Ajimine and @MHCI+D grad Marisa Chentakul teamed up to create Uplift Locally, a website to find local, Black-owned businesses through an interactive map. What began as a Washington-based directory now shares more than 3,000 Black-owned restaurants in 39 states. Read how their education in human-centered design helped them go about this project.

Tue, 01/12/2021

HCDE alumni and faculty present work at the IEEE 10th Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

Presented by HCDE alumni Ashley Boone and Monica Posluszny, with Assistant Teaching Professor Irini Spyridakis, one HCDE project explored STEM outreach with underrepresented communities through play, creativity, and movement, and the other explored VR to promote sustainability, behavior, and climate change understanding among college students.

Mon, 01/11/2021

PhD student Keri Mallari receives Twitch Fellowship

As a Twitch Research Fellow, HCDE PhD student Keri Mallari will receive a $10,000 award and a mentorship connection with a scientist at Twitch to help support her independent academic research. 

Wed, 12/16/2020

HCDE Chair Julie Kientz named ACM Distinguished Member

Julie Kientz, HCDE professor and chair, has been named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals. The Distinguished Member honor recognizes individuals who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

Fri, 12/04/2020

Master’s student Della Sigrest is a finalist in the IxDA Student Design Charette

Over the next two months, HCDE Master's student Della Sigrest and fellow finalists in the IxDA's Student Design Charette will work to address the challenge: "How might we achieve greater collective wellbeing through the power of our individual data?"

Wed, 12/02/2020

Introducing Chair's Student Advisory Board members

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes the members of our Chair's Student Advisory Board: Jessica Douma, Sourojit Ghosh, Vijayalaxmi MP, Nisha Rastogi, Dena Sabha, Tiffany Truong, Melinda Haughey, and Josephine Hoy. The Board provides feedback to department leadership on issues affecting students and provides input on strategic decisions.

Sun, 11/22/2020

Video: HCDE Today webinar for alumni

On November 19, 2020, HCDE hosted a webinar about the state of HCDE today—what our operations look like during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how HCDE researchers have pivoted to pandemic-responsive research. In a conversation moderated by HCDE Teaching Professor Brock Craft, hear from HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz about how families are using technology at home during the pandemic; Associate Professor Charlotte P. Lee about how employees and employers are adapting to remote work; and Associate Professor Kate Starbird about how misinformation and disinformation related to the pandemic is spreading online.

Fri, 11/13/2020

Nadya Peek, collaborator Joshua Smith receive NSF award to develop customizable robotics for scientists

A new grant will support HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek and Joshua Smith, Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the development of open-source, customizable co-bots to enable experts to develop their own automated processes and experiments.

Fri, 11/06/2020

HCDE, UW CREATE researchers honored with top awards at ASSETS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater, PhD students Lotus Zhang and Steven Goodman, PhD alumna Cynthia L. Bennett received awards at ASSETS 2020, the International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility.

Wed, 10/28/2020 | UW News

SoundWatch – New smartwatch app alerts Deaf and hard–of–hearing users to nearby sounds

A team of researchers including HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater and PhD student Steven Goodman have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app that alerts people who are d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing to nearby sounds. The team is presenting this work this week at the ACM conference on computing and accessibility.

Wed, 10/21/2020

HCDE Professor Nadya Peek on new project to develop distributed chemical manufacturing using synthetic biology

HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek is on an interdisciplinary team of chemical engineers and chemists to create and demonstrate modular bioreactor technologies that can allow biorefineries and fermentation facilities to repurpose infrastructure and resources for distributed bio-manufacturing.

Thu, 10/15/2020

HCDE researchers recognized with CSCW Awards

HCDE PhD students Caitlin Lustig, Andrew Neang, Will Sutherland, Michael Beach, and Associate Professor Charlotte Lee are recognized with paper awards at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW).

Wed, 10/07/2020

Autumn 2020 message from HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz

HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz welcomes HCDE’s returning and incoming students, and shares opportunities for alumni and friends to connect with the Department in the coming months.

Thu, 10/01/2020

UW researchers driving around Seattle to track COVID-19 response over time

HCDE Senior Research Scientist Scott Miles is on an interdisciplinary project to track the pandemic's impact on Seattle. The researchers are capturing images all over the city to document recovery and better understand resiliency.

Tue, 09/29/2020

Q&A with HCDE new Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Coppola

HCDE welcomes its newest faculty member, Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Coppola. Dr. Coppola came to HCDE from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was a Human Factors Engineering postdoctoral fellow. In this Q & A, Dr. Coppola talks more about her background and what she is looking forward to in her new role at the University of Washington.

Mon, 09/28/2020

HCDE Professor Kristin Dew, collaborators working with Duwamish River communities on grassroots science network

HCDE Assistant Teaching Professor Kristin Dew is a co-Principal Investigator on a project to support a community-science network among residents of Seattle’s Lower Duwamish River area.

Tue, 09/15/2020

HCDE researchers named Computing Innovation Fellows

HCDE PhD candidate Rafal Kocielnik and incoming postdoctoral researcher Abigale Stangl have received Computing Innovation Fellowships from the Computing Research Association and its Computing Community Consortium. These fellowships were created with support from the National Science Foundation to connect recent (or soon-to-be) PhD graduates in computing disciplines with postdoctoral research positions at other academic institutions.

Sat, 09/05/2020

Nadya Peek, collaborator Jennifer Jacobs receive NSF award to research digital fabrication tools for low–volume manufacturing

Nadya Peek, assistant professor in HCDE, and her collaborator Jennifer Jacobs, assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara, have received a new grant from the National Science Foundation to research digital fabrication tools for low-volume manufacturing.

Fri, 08/28/2020

Sonia Savelli receives NOAA award to study probabilistic risk communication in tornado forecasting

HCDE Research Scientist Sonia Savelli is the principal investigator on a new grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study how people interpret and use evolving tornado forecast information and how forecast communication can be improved.

Tue, 08/25/2020

Cecilia Aragon, DO–IT collaborators awarded $1 million to further advancement of women with disabilities in STEM Careers

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon is co-principal investigator on AccessADVANCE, a new project awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation and advancement of women with disabilities in academic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

Tue, 08/25/2020

Welcoming second cohort of the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board

The HCDE Alumni Leadership Board welcomes nine new members: Daniel Aldridge, Ankur Agrawal, Josh Baker, R. Jill DeMarco, Alex Fromm, Sarah Kepa, Hannah Nursalim, Rigo Ordaz, and Veronika Sipeeva. The new members join inaugural Board members Sharla Akers (Board President), Gary J. Anderson, Kendall Avery, Michael Berg, Nathan Bilbao, Hasani C.M. Burns, Matthew Carthum, Paula Chuchro, and Matt Reynolds in service to the Department as they continue to plan events, continuing education opportunities, and publish observations from the field on the ALB Blog. Meet our new board members here.

Thu, 08/20/2020

Nadya Peek receives Sloan Foundation award to research testing in distributed manufacturing

HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to research methods for testing and verification in distributed production. Support from the award enables Peek and students in her research lab, Machine Agency, to research what quality control could look like for production with widespread and distributed digital fabrication equipment. Peek asks, “If open source hardware designs can easily be widely shared, how do we ensure that they can also safely be widely produced?”

Thu, 08/20/2020 | Columbia University Press Blog

Affiliate professor Zakiya Hanafi on translating works of philosophy

Dr. Zakiya Hanafi, an affiliate faculty member in HCDE, has spent the last decade of her career translating works of philosophy from Italian and French into English. In a new blog post on the Columbia University Press Blog, Dr. Hanafi shares the observations that inspired her to become a translator and discusses why translation is so important today.