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Tue, 04/14/2020 | UW News

How families can use technology to juggle childcare and remote life

HCDE researchers Julie Kientz, Sean Munson, and Rebecca Michelson, with UW iSchool professors Alexis Hiniker and Jason Yip, are conducting a national study to help families discover technology to navigate home-based learning and combat social isolation.

Tue, 04/14/2020

Surviving the Coronavirus Infodemic discussion with HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird

HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird, together with researchers from University of Washington and Washington State University, held a virtual panel to discuss the rampant spread of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the full video here.

Fri, 04/10/2020

Master's student Elisabeth Dunn wins 2020 IDXA Student Design Charrette

HCDE Master's student Elisabeth Dunn and her teammates at the IXDA Student Design Charrette develop a winning solution for a voice technology product to help families and caregivers care for neurodiverse children during meltdowns.

Thu, 04/09/2020

Alumni Leadership Board sponsored “The Loop” virtual panel to help HCDE student prepare for job interviews

On April 17, the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board welcomed industry veterans and newly graduated alumni for a panel discussion about the latest industry hiring practices for UX roles.

Wed, 04/08/2020 | The Daily

Professor Cecilia Aragon’s memoir talks about her life as a Latina pilot on the US aerobatics team

Cecilia Aragon is typically found reading a pile of books in her Sieg Hall office, but 35 years ago, the HCDE professor was flying upside down in an aerobatic aircraft. The Daily UW catches up with Professor Aragon about her new memoir, Flying Free.

Mon, 04/06/2020

HCDE students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

HCDE PhD student Steven Goodman and BS alumna Sharon Heung were recently awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Burren Peil and Andrew Beers, both HCDE PhD students, were also honored with Honorable Mentions.

Mon, 04/06/2020

Julie Kientz named HCDE Department Chair

Julie A. Kientz, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, has been named the next Department Chair by Nancy Allbritton, Dean of the College of Engineering, through March 2025.

Thu, 04/02/2020

HCDE students Jeff Matarrese and Eliza Li at MIT Hackathon

HCDE Master’s students Jeff Matarrese and Eliza Li recently joined developers, coders, builders, and technology enthusiasts for an elite competition to advance the potential of virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Mon, 03/30/2020

HCDE Professors Leah Findlater and Sean Munson receive Google Research Awards

Leah Findlater and Sean Munson, both associate professors in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, have received Google Faculty Research Awards for their work in human-computer interaction.

Thu, 03/26/2020

Dianne Hendricks and Elena Agapie receive the College of Engineering awards for teaching

Engineering Dean Nancy Allbritton announced that two HCDE instructors received the 2020 College of Engineering Awards for teaching: Lecturer Dianne Hendricks received the faculty award and PhD student Elena Agapie received the student award.

Thu, 03/26/2020 | The Daily

DRGs bridge the gap of research experience for students

Directed Research Groups (DRGs) offer an incredibly unique hands-on research opportunity for UW students and faculty through the human centered design and engineering (HCDE) program. The UW Daily newspaper highlights several of HCDE's current research groups.

Wed, 03/18/2020

PCMag features Q&A with Elin Björling about Project EMAR

A new article in PCMag, "This Robot Wants to Help Stressed-Out Teens" features a Q&A with Dr. Elin Björling, senior research scientist in Human Centered Design & Engineering, about her work on Project EMAR (Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot).

Tue, 03/10/2020

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon on overcoming fears, becoming an aerobatic pilot, and her forthcoming memoir

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon, Director of the Human-Centered Data Science Lab, is also a record-holding aerobatic pilot who has flown with the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team. Dr. Aragon sits down with KUOW's Bill Radke to discuss her forthcoming memoir, and how she overcame her fears to become one of the best pilots in the world.

Tue, 03/10/2020

HCDE hosts XR Day to explore the future of XR technology and design

On March 3, 2020, HCDE hosted XR Day, a day-long symposium exploring the evolving potential in XR design and technologies. The event was presented by STMicroelectronics, a strategic partner member of HCDE's Corporate Affiliates Program. Review highlights and photos from the event here.

Fri, 03/06/2020 | UW News

Navigating the potential pitfalls of tracking college athletes

Sam Kolovson, a doctoral student in HCDE, together with study co-authors Calvin Liang, Sean Munson, and Kate Starbird, recently published a study about how collecting data from college athletes might encroach on their autonomy.

Tue, 02/18/2020

Meal Matchup is bringing human centered design to food recovery: working at the nexus of health, the environment, and underserved communities

Three years in, Meal Matchup has rescued 1,300 pounds of food from UW dining halls and delivered roughly 1,500 meals to local shelters in need since its first regular deliveries in fall quarter 2018.

Wed, 01/29/2020

HCDE research at CHI 2020

Several faculty and PhD students from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering are selected to present their latest research at this year's ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020). Find our accepted papers and abstracts here.

Wed, 12/11/2019

Professor Cynthia Atman invited to publish paper in 40th anniversary of Design Studies journal

HCDE Professor Cynthia Atman published “Design timelines: Concrete and sticky representations of design process expertise,” in November 2019 issue of Design Studies. Atman's article overviews her 25 years of research on design processes. 

Sat, 12/07/2019 | UW iSchool

UW and WSU team up to launch Center for an Informed Public

The Center for an Informed Public officially launched on Dec. 3, 2019, with more than 400 people attending an event on the UW campus. The launch event featured the announcement of a partnership between the UW and Washington State University to join together to battle misinformation.

Tue, 11/26/2019

HCDE students explore XR for good

In a half-day Design Jam sponsored by STMicroelectronics, HCDE students brainstorm, design, and prototype new applications for using XR to solve real-world problems.

Mon, 10/28/2019

HCDE + Microsoft Mentor program: Bridging the gap from academia to industry

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Microsoft are in the second year of a new partnership designed to pair students with a professional mentor to ease the transition from school to the workforce.

Wed, 10/16/2019

Jing de Jong Chen establishes a future computing and science endowed fund for HCDE

Jing de Jong-Chen, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has established an endowed fund to support HCDE in developing new programs related to human-centered security and privacy. 

Tue, 10/15/2019

HCDE at CSCW 2019

The annual Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) brings together top researchers and practitioners who study technologies that support collaboration and new ways of living and working together. Several HCDE students, alumni, and faculty are presenting their latest research and discoveries at CSCW 2019 – learn more about these projects here.

Thu, 10/10/2019

Announcing our five year strategic plan

The HCDE strategic plan was developed over the past year and a half by a committee of HCDE faculty, staff, and students, with broad input from the community. Our goals represent our commitment to expanding awareness of our research and academic programs, advancing diversity and equity across our work and communities, and ensuring that we maintain a world-class educational experience.

Thu, 10/10/2019

HCDE Study Abroad in London

In September 2019, a team of UW students and faculty took a deep dive into experience design in one of the world's most vibrant design capitals, with the Human Centered Design & Engineering Study Abroad in London program. View our recap of the experience here.