News & Events



October 20, 2018 

Video: HCDE alumnus Alex Thayer presents at DUB Seminar

Human Centered Design & Engineering three-time alumnus Alex Thayer (PhD, '12; MS, '04; BS '00), Chief Experience Architect and Director of the Immersive Experiences Lab at HP, returned to campus in October 2018 to deliver a talk for the UW DUB community.


October 9, 2018 UW Engineering

Dissecting disinformation

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird analyzes how false information spreads online. In a new interview with the College of Engineering, Starbird describes what it’s like to study information that’s disseminated to mislead, how it affects all of us, and how to be a savvier consumer of online content.


October 2, 2018 

Lucas Colusso reports on Designing Interactive Systems conference

In June 2018, HCDE PhD student Lucas Colusso attended the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) conference in Hong Kong, thanks to support from HCDE and the UW Graduate School. Colusso reflects on his experience here.


September 26, 2018 

2018 HCDE Research Mixer

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering hosted a research mixer on September 24, 2018, which featured lightning style talks by UW faculty and industry partners about the latest research and trends in human-centered design.


September 21, 2018 

Os Keyes to give talk on trans erasure and algorithmic bias

On October 4, 2018, HCDE PhD student Os Keyes will deliver a talk, "Encoding Gender: Bodies, Data & Identity in the Age of AI," as part of the Seattle University Mathematics Colloquium.


September 6, 2018

Mashable features Cecilia Aragon for work helping young Latinas pursue STEM

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon said she felt like she was "not smart enough" while she was completing her PhD. Now she's working to encourage her own students. "Often it only takes one voice," she says in this article.


September 2, 2018 

Wendy Roldan shares experience at 2018 Doctoral Engineering Research Showcase

HCDE strives to enrich the education of our students by supporting travel to conferences and workshops. In 2018, HCDE supported PhD student Wendy Roldan as she participated in the GEM-ASEE Doctoral Engineering Research Showcase. Wendy shares her experience and reflections here.


August 31, 2018 

Taryn Bipat presents Wikipedia research at OpenSym conference

HCDE strives to enrich the education of our students by supporting travel to conferences and workshops. HCDE recently supported PhD student Taryn Bipat as she attended the 2018 International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym) in Paris. Taryn shares her experience here.


August 21, 2018 College of Engineering

Meal Matchup

The College of Engineering highlights Meal Matchup, a project co-led by HCDE student Madison Holbrook (BS '18) and Lecturer Irini Spyridakis (MS '10) to pair excess food from UW dining halls with community agencies in need. The Meal Matchup pilot rolled out in May 2018. "The best part of this project is knowing you can dream up an idea, communicate it, find interested people, and develop something that will actually make a difference," Holbrook said.


August 14, 2018 

Leah Findlater receives Mozilla Research Grant

HCDE Assistant Professor ​Leah Findlater has been selected to receive a Mozilla Research Grant for her project "Task-Appropriate Synthesized Speech." Thanks to this award, Findlater will work with UW students to study the design of devices and interfaces that use voice interaction.


August 8, 2018 

Leah Findlater receives NSF award to develop wearable sound sensing technologies

HCDE Assistant Professor Leah Findlater has received an NSF grant to advance wearable sound awareness technologies for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Findlater and her collaborators will be developing and evaluating new wearable devices to sense, localize, and identify sounds.


August 6, 2018 UW News

Study on children and voice-activated devices

An interdisciplinary team of researchers including HCDE alumna Alexis Hiniker (PhD '17) and Master's student Sijin Chen published a study about how children respond to voice-activated technologies. The researchers believe voice-activated devices could be designed to help better engage with children.


August 3, 2018 

Doug Divine and Mark Zachry receive best paper award

HCDE PhD student Doug Divine and Professor Mark Zachry received a best paper award at the 2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference for the paper, "Reflecting on Work in Project Based Organizations: Leveraging Email to Construct Activity System Models for Project Work."


August 1, 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.


July 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.


July 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.


July 12, 2018 

HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox to serve as interim MS and UCD program director

HCDE Lecturer Dr. Tyler Fox will serve as the Interim Director for the HCDE Master's and User-Centered Design Certificate program for the 2018-2019 academic year.


July 5, 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.


June 29, 2018 

CHI 2018 student reflections

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering strives to enrich the education of our students by supporting travel to conferences and workshops. In late April 2018, several HCDE students received department awards to travel to Montréal, Canada to attend and present at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Students Leena Choi & Bonnie Tran, Kristin Dew, Sam Kolovson, Kai Lukoff, and Jasper O'Leary reflect on their experiences.


June 27, 2018 

HCDE 2018 Open House

HCDE welcomed students, future students, alumni, Corporate Affiliates Program members, and friends for our annual Open House on May 29, 2018. View the recipients of HCDE's annual Capstone awards and photos from the event here.


June 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.


June 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.


June 20, 2018 

HCDE students experiment with innovative tools for data visualization

Thanks to resources offered by a partnership with the University of California at Berkeley and the West Big Data Innovation Hub, UW faculty are able to take an innovative new approach to teaching Data Science and Information Visualization. UW courses now have expanded access to Jupyter, an open-source web application that allows students to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative.


June 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.


June 6, 2018 

Graduating HCDE students on the meaning of HCDE

What is HCDE? The answer can be different depending on who you talk to. In this video produced by the HCDE Undergraduate Student Association and presented at our 2018 graduation ceremony, HCDE seniors reflect on their major.