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Tue, 04/16/2019

Julie Kientz receives College of Engineering award for teaching

Awarded annually to one faculty member in the College of Engineering, the Faculty Award for Teaching recognizes Kientz for her innovative contributions to engineering education and her advocacy for and engagement with students both in and outside of the classroom.

Mon, 04/15/2019

HCDE research at CHI 2019 conference

HCDE students, alumni, and faculty will present their research in May at the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Two papers authored by HCDE researchers have earned Best Paper Award (representing the top 1% of submissions), and three have earned Honorable Mention distinctions (representing the top 5% of submissions).

Mon, 04/15/2019

Senior Oorja Chowdhary named to the Husky 100

Oorja Chowdhary, a senior in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, has been named to this year's cohort of the Husky 100. "The UW provided me the opportunity to learn UX design, a field that gives me the skills to connect with and understand the perspectives of widely diverse groups," Chowdhary said. "I'm looking forward to continuing my design experience by identifying sociotechnical problems in the world and designing tools to solve them."

Thu, 04/11/2019

Students use new display technology to highlight hidden stories of early women in game design

In a week-long Directed Research Group over the 2019 spring break, UW students explored the hidden stories of the Atari Women and used new technologies to design artifacts that highlighted their narratives.

Mon, 04/08/2019

Gary Hsieh receives Fulbright award to research and teach in Taiwan

Gary Hsieh, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, will visit the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan for the 2019-2020 academic year on a Fulbright Scholar grant.

Fri, 03/15/2019

Mark Zachry named as ATTW Fellow

HCDE Professor Mark Zachry has been named an ATTW Fellow by the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. This honor recognizes Dr. Zachry for his scholarly productivity, leadership, and service.

Tue, 03/05/2019

Retiring Professor Jan Spyridakis is leaving a lasting legacy on HCDE

Dr. Jan Spyridakis, Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and renowned leader in the field, will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. We look back at Dr. Spyridakis' forty-year career with the department.

Tue, 02/26/2019

HCDE student Os Keyes testifies as expert witness in support of regulating facial recognition technology

The application of facial recognition technology is becoming commonplace in modern life, but research by HCDE PhD student Os Keyes concludes that the technology carries deep risks for vulnerable communities—risks made more likely by a lack of regulation. Keyes recently testified to the Washington State House of Representatives as an expert witness in support of a proposed bill to prohibit state and local government from using facial recognition technology.

Tue, 01/22/2019

Announcing new HCDE study abroad opportunity in London

Join Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty members Drs. Brock Craft and Tyler Fox on an international exploration of issues and current topics in human-centered design. The program is open to students across UW, and dates of instruction are Sept. 1-22, 2019.

Thu, 01/17/2019

HCDE PhD student Os Keyes receives inaugural Ada Lovelace Fellowship from Microsoft Research

Os Keyes receives inaugural Ada Lovelace Fellowship from Microsoft Research

Thu, 01/10/2019

Professors Starbird and Kolko discuss social media networks on KUOW

HCDE Professors Beth Kolko and Kate Starbird believe online social networks have potential to bring people together for the greater social good, if our platforms are designed with the user’s best interests in mind.

Wed, 12/19/2018 | Columns Magazine

Engineering a helpful future

Samantha Gil Vargas (BS '18) knew she wanted to help others. At the UW she learned that helping begins with listening.

Fri, 12/14/2018

Meal Matchup Video

Tue, 12/04/2018

Student Madisen Arurang on engineering scholarship impact

Receiving a scholarship enabled HCDE student Madisen Arurang to make the most of her UW Engineering experience. Watch Madisen and Chemical Engineering student David Juergens describe how donors have made an impact on their education in a new video by the UW College of Engineering.

Wed, 11/21/2018

Human-Centered Design Charettes for K-12 Outreach

A new article about HCDE's K-12 outreach program, co-authored by HCDE PhD student Elena Agapie and Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson, is published in the November-December 2018 issue of Interactions magazine.

Sat, 11/17/2018 | UW Civil Engineering

Data base

HCDE research scientist Scott Miles is on an interdisciplinary team aimed at collecting, assessing, and archiving high-quality perishable data in the aftermath of disasters, to inform the development of resilient communities. Story via UW Civil Engineering.

Thu, 11/08/2018

Cynthia Bennett awarded Best Student Paper at ASSETTS 2018

HCDE PhD student Cynthia Bennett received the Best Student Paper Award at the 20th International Conference on Computers and Accessibility for her paper, "Interdependence as a Frame for Assistive Technology Research and Design."

Wed, 11/07/2018

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.

Tue, 10/09/2018 | 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.

Tue, 08/21/2018 | 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.

Tue, 08/14/2018

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.

Wed, 08/08/2018

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.

Mon, 08/06/2018 | 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.

Fri, 08/03/2018

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."