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.


September 29, 2016 

HCDE Student Associations

Announcing the 2016-2017 HCDE undergraduate and graduate student association officers and meeting times.


September 28, 2016 

David Ribes to study salmon data

HCDE Associate Professor David Ribes is launching a multi-year ethnographic investigation of how data are integrated across heterogeneous stakeholders concerned with Alaskan salmon in order to understand the challenges, benefits, and costs of data integration and sharing.


September 23, 2016 

Spyridakis receives Rigo Award

Dr. Jan Spyridakis, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is the recipient of the Rigo Award for lifetime contribution to the field of communication design, from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC).


September 13, 2016 

Graduate Education in Clean Energy due for Big Data Overhaul

Cecilia Aragon, professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is a co-principal investigator on a five-year NSF project to bring big data to graduate education in clean energy research at the UW. Known as DIRECT — or Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies — this traineeship will include practical, data-driven research projects for HCDE graduate students.


September 8, 2016 

Life after Fitbit

HCDE Professor Sean Munson is studying people's post-Fitbit feelings to discover how different design approaches may support people who have lapsed their Fitbit use.


September 7, 2016 

Participatory design mobile research space

Looking at the challenge of housing, homelessness and artist displacement, HCDE alumnus Justin Hamacher and a multidisciplinary group of UW students are using participatory design to empower community members in civic discussions.


August 26, 2016 

Gary Hsieh Whole U Spotlight

The University of Washington's Whole U sits down with HCDE Assistant Professor Gary Hsieh for a Faculty Friday spotlight. "It’s more than technology for technology’s sake. I want to be able to help people do things that are better for themselves, and also better for society as a whole.”


July 14, 2016 

Social Media in a time of crises

As people increasingly engage with crisis events in real time over social media, HCDE Professor Kate Starbird sees many new questions for researchers—including discovering the mental health effects of repeated social-media exposure to tragedy and crisis.


June 30, 2016 

Haselkorn, Mays bring humanitarian response research to Europe

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn and PhD candidate Robin Mays are bringing their research in emergency response and humanitarian information systems to Europe this summer, with presentations at the European Research Center for Information Systems and the Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences.


June 28, 2016 

HCDE PhD student Sarah Fox receives best paper award

Fox's research looks at the design strategies and commitments necessary to develop a social justice oriented design practice. She was awarded a Best Paper award at the 2016 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems.