April 6, 2017 

HCDE Professor Starbird is uncovering a war on information

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird’s research into crisis informatics uncovered a vulnerable system susceptible to conspiracy theories, political propaganda, and disinformation.


April 3, 2017 

HCDE alumnus startup featured on King 5 News

HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery works at the University of Washington's CoMotion Labs for Pear Med, a virtual reality healthcare startup for doctor and patient education that he co-founded. Watch a video of Laughery and the Pear Med team by King 5 News.


March 29, 2017 

Pokemon GO for Parents and Kids

Together with researchers in the UW Information School, HCDE doctoral students Kiley Sobel, Arpita Bhattacharya, Alexis Hiniker, and Professor Julie Kientz, researched how parents use Pokémon GO with their children. The researchers discovered that parents who played “Pokemon GO” with their children reported increased exercise, outdoor experiences, and family bonding.


March 29, 2017 

Seattle Times Interviews Kate Starbird on Alternative Media

The Seattle Times reports on HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's discoveries into the emerging phenomena of the spread of "fake news" and alternative narratives. Starbird will present her paper, "Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through the Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter," at the International Conference on Web and Social Media in May.


March 23, 2017 

HCDE Comics book release party

Join HCDE on April 14 as we celebrate the third in an annual series of comics books released by HCDE students. See art from the book, talk to the students involved, and pick up your own copy. Refreshments will be provided.


March 21, 2017 

HCDE at CSCW 2017

Students and faculty from across the UW's Design, Use, Build (DUB) community came together at the 2017 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Portland, Oregon.


February 21, 2017 

Remembering Lee Paul Sieg

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the United States presidential executive order 9066, the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates our building's namesake, University of Washington President Lee Paul Sieg, a leader who demonstrated compassion for the University’s Japanese American students during World War II.


February 13, 2017 

HCDE student project to compete at CHI 2017

HCDE seniors Runyuan (Jason) Chen, Aaron Joya, Leena Choi, and ShinYoung (Lucia) Choi will present their project “An Exploration of Self-Transcendence Through Solo-Travel” at the CHI 2017 Conference Student Research Competition.


February 7, 2017 

Google brings design sprint workshop to HCDE

On January 31, 2017, HCDE welcomed representatives from Google Sprint Master Academy for a Google Design Sprint workshop for HCDE students. The goal of the event was to provide HCDE students with the tools necessary to conduct Design Sprints in the future to make sure they are building the right thing for the right person.


February 2, 2017 ParentMap

Andrew Davidson Discusses K-12 Engineering Education

HCDE Senior Lecturer was recently interviewed by about the importance of computer science in K-12 education. Davidson stresses that college graduates will need to know how to create software if they want to survive in today's job market. Read the full story on Parentmap.


February 2, 2017 

HCDE Graduate Student Develops Accessible Map App

AccessMap, a trip-planning app offering safe solutions for people who need accessible or pedestrian friendly routes, recently launched from the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology. HCDE graduate student Veronika Sipeeva collaborated on this project with a cross-disciplinary team of students from UW's Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Urban@UW.


January 24, 2017 

Professor Starbird on Fighting Fake News

Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Kate Starbird recently sat down with KING 5's New Day Northwest to discuss "fake news" and our current information climate. In Starbird's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Lab, HCDE researchers study online rumoring during disaster events. On how consumers should navigate today's news cycle, Starbird advises a little skepticism. "Learn to say 'hey, let me double check something before I pass this along, and before I absorb this information.'"


January 11, 2017 

Cecilia Aragon receives Fulbright award to research and teach in Chile

HCDE Professor Dr. Cecilia Aragon is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship award from the U.S. Department of State. The award will send Dr. Aragon to the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaiso, Chile, where she will teach visual analytics in 2018.


January 6, 2017 

HCDE to offer alternative spring break

Partnering with UW's Pipeline Project, a group of HCDE undergraduate students will participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience to work with middle school students in rural Washington State to address a community need with the human-centered design process. The HCDE team is starting the project in a Winter 2017 Directed Research Group to work with community leaders to identify a problem that can be addressed with the user-centered design process, develop and pilot the workshop curriculum, and learn the essentials of engaging with students in their local community.


January 4, 2017 

HCDE smart home and smart city concepts

Masters students in HCDE 539, Physical Computing and Prototyping, during the Autumn 2016 quarter completed final projects on the theme of the smart home and smart city. They developed interactive prototypes of their concepts and exhibited them in a final open house on December 5, 2016. View a gallery of the student work here.


December 12, 2016 

2016 HCDE Research Showcase

In Autumn 2016, student researchers from the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering presented their latest work to the community at the HCDE Research Showcase. Visitors to the HCDE Research Showcase were able to talk with PhD students and representatives from Directed Research Groups about their latest discoveries in the areas of human-centered data science, crisis informatics, technologies for health and wellness, and many more.


December 8, 2016 

Kate Starbird and students discuss dangers of fake news

HCDE Professor Kate Starbird and students Ahmer Arif, Conrad Nied, and Leo Stewart are researching the spread of fake news, also called "alternative narratives." Starbird tells KIRO 7 news that this spread of misinformation creates dangers of becoming a more disinformed and divided society.


November 3, 2016 Devex

Haselkorn and Mays on HCDE for Global Development

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn and PhD candidate Robin Mays were recently interviewed by Devex for their work using human-centered design in the global development field. “In the humanitarian world, developing human-centered, stakeholder-centered and community-centered solutions makes the difference between night and day,” Haselkorn said. “Without co creation, you end up with a lot of waste — wasted time, wasted effort, wasted money, you name it.”


October 28, 2016 

Autumn 2016 Mentor Night

Current and former students from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering connected at HCDE's annual Mentor Night, sponsored by Boeing, on October 25, 2016. This year's event introduced students to alumni who work at companies such as Amazon, Blink UX, Boeing, Disney, Vertafore, West Monroe Partners, and more.


October 27, 2016 

Kate Starbird on facebook trending algorithm

HCDE Professor Kate Starbird researches how rumors and misinformation spread on social media. Starbird tells BuzzFeed News that Facebook's decision to rely on an algorithm to filter trending topics, instead of human editors, may be a mistake.


October 21, 2016 

HCDE Bay Area Alumni Mixer

On October 17, 2016, the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering hosted its inaugural networking event for department graduates living in the San Francisco Bay Area.


October 21, 2016 

Professor Beth Kolko receives Popular Science award

​Shift Labs, the medical device company started by HCDE Professor Dr. Beth Kolko, is recognized with a “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science for their innovative infusion rate monitor, DripAssist.


October 10, 2016 

Brock Craft at Seattle Interactive Conference

Dr. Brock Craft, Senior Lecturer of Human Centered Design & Engineering, will join industry leaders for a panel presentation at the 2016 Seattle Interactive conference, happening October 18-19 in downtown Seattle.


October 5, 2016 

Disaster response research facility coming to UW

Dr. Scott Miles, senior research scientist in HCDE's Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR), is Co-Principal Investigator on a new NSF award to host the United States’ first post-disaster, rapid response research facility at University of Washington.


October 3, 2016 

David Ribes and Geoffrey Bowker to study the institutions of data science

HCDE Associate Professor David Ribes and his collaborator Geoffrey Bowker of UC Irvine are launching an ethnographic and archival NSF-funded study of the emerging activities and operations within and across the Big Data Innovation Hubs and their funded Spoke projects.