April 23, 2018 UW DUB

HCDE and DUB Research at CHI 2018

Researchers from UW's human-computer interaction and design community are convening at the annual ACM CHI conference in Montréal, Canada, between April 21-26, 2018. UW authors contributed to 62 papers this year, drawing from more than 12 university departments and programs. Review the published papers on the DUB website.


April 10, 2018 

Five HCDE students recognized in Husky 100

HCDE students Samantha Gil Vargas, Sharon Heung, Melissa Medsker, Tsewone Melaku, and Burren Peil have been named to the 2018 cohort of the Husky 100. The Husky 100 recognizes UW students across all three campus who are making the most of their time at UW—both inside and outside of the classroom.


April 10, 2018 CoSSaR

Mark Haselkorn selected to lead new Seattle interagency mobility partnership

Thanks to the research done by HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn with the Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience, six agencies have joined forces to design and implement a regional strategy for enhancing mobility when a major incident drastically reduces capacity along the Seattle I-5 corridor. Haselkorn will lead the new interagency group to define a regional framework for joint operations, information sharing, shared technology, and policies that enable an expanded response to major incidents.


April 6, 2018 

Laura Pina receives postdoc mentoring award

Dr. Laura Pina, a postdoctoral researcher in HCDE, has received the 2018 Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Trainees from the UW Graduate School, recognizing her dedication to mentoring students.


April 5, 2018 

Kate Starbird receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award from the National Science Foundation to support her research into why and how disinformation—or false information created intentionally to mislead and/or confuse—spreads online.


April 4, 2018 

Professor Aragon brings UCD Charette to Chile

While on a Fulbright Award to teach and research in Chile, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon is introducing computer science students to the user-centered design process with curriculum from back home in HCDE.


April 2, 2018 

HCDE welcomes Dianne Hendricks to the faculty

As a lecturer in HCDE, Dr. Dianne Hendricks will lead the Engineering Communication Program for the College of Engineering. Dr. Hendricks brings an interdisciplinary science and engineering background and extensive experience leading teams and teaching writing-intensive engineering courses.


April 2, 2018 

Sean Munson promoted to associate professor

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of faculty member Dr. Sean Munson to Associate Professor with Tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.


April 2, 2018 

HCDE at Teaching and Learning Symposium

Researchers from Human Centered Design & Engineering will represent the department through six projects at the 14th annual UW Teaching & Learning Symposium on April 17, 2018.


March 23, 2018 

Reimagining the visitor experience at the new Burke Museum

Led by HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox, students in a winter-quarter Directed Research Group used human-centered design to develop concepts for visitor engagement opportunities within the new Burke Museum. Students in the course presented their concepts to Burke staff and the HCDE community on March 5, 2018.


March 22, 2018 

Julie Kientz receives Google Research Award to study inclusive media engagement for children

HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz has received a Google Faculty Research Award to study how technology can foster engagement between children with and without disabilities. The research team includes HCDE PhD student Kiley Sobel and iSchool Assistant Professor Jason Yip.


March 21, 2018 College of Engineering

A robot confidant

The University of Washington College of Engineering features Project EMAR, a social robot being developed by UW researchers to better understand teen stress and emotional well-being.


March 13, 2018 USAID on Medium

USAID Features HCDE Professor Beth Kolko

US Agency for International Development (USAID) features HCDE Professor Beth Kolko and her company Shift Labs as part of their series on Grand Challenge female innovators. USAID supported Shift Labs's DripAssist as one of 14 promising innovations in 2015. Today, the low-cost medical device is used in 19 developing countries and US hospitals.


March 8, 2018 

Starbird receives grant to study disinformation flows

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird has been awarded a research grant via John Carroll University to analyze social media data related to disinformation flows.


March 6, 2018 

Project EMAR Design Challenge Showcase is March 24

On March 24, 2018, students from seven area high schools are visiting UW to present robot prototypes they developed as part of the Social Robot Design Challenge for Project EMAR (Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot). This event is free and open to the public.


March 5, 2018 

Mark Haselkorn discusses new CoSSaR research

New research by HCDE's Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience examines congestion caused by major traffic incidents with the goal of improving mobility and reducing the regional impacts of catastrophic traffic incidents. HCDE Professor and CoSSaR Director Mark Haselkorn was interviewed by KIRO News about this work.


March 1, 2018 

Students at ConveyUX 2018

HCDE seniors Jason Chen and Bonnie Tran presented research projects on mindfulness and on menstrual health education at the 2018 Convey UX conference on March 1, 2018, in Seattle.


February 27, 2018 The Daily

The Daily features EmComp Lab disinformation research

A study by researchers in Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Lab discovers twitter activity by Russian troll accounts within domestic conversations surrounding gun violence and race relations. The UW Daily reports.


February 9, 2018 UW Daily

Student Research Group Designs Website to Salvage Campus Food Waste

The UW Daily highlights recent work by an HCDE Directed Research Group led by lecturer and MS alumna Irini Spyridakis. The group has been working to design a website that can match UW dining hall leftovers with local nonprofits.


January 31, 2018 

Beth Kolko to give talk on innovation to impact at Pacific Science Center

On February 13, 2018, HCDE Professor Beth Kolko will discuss how she scaled an idea to global impact with her company, Shift Labs, in a free public lecture at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. Listen to a podcast about her upcoming talk, here.


January 29, 2018 

Menstrual Maze student project to compete at CHI 2018

HCDE seniors Bonnie Tran and Leena Choi will present their project Menstrual Maze at the 2018 CHI conference, as part of the Student Design Competition. Menstrual Maze is an educational toy that engages parents, children, and educators in menstrual health and body literacy education. The project aims to address taboos around menstruation, by supporting dialogue on the topic between parents and children ages 4-9.


January 25, 2018 

2018 HCDE Network Night

Current and former Human Centered Design & Engineering students connected at the department's 10th annual Network Night on January 22, 2018. Alumni representing companies such as Amazon, Deloitte Digital, Expedia, Intel, Microsoft, and Salesforce, shared career pathways and job application tips with with HCDE students.


January 17, 2018 Interactions Magazine

Sean Munson on Rethinking Assumptions in the Design of Health Tracking Tools

In the current issue of Interactions Magazine, HCDE Assistant Professor Sean Munson discusses six common assumptions in the design of health tracking tools and provides insights about where designers and researchers should go from here.


December 29, 2017 

HCDE students travel to premier conferences in 2017

HCDE students Kristin Dew (PhD), Tsewone Melaku (BS), Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang (PhD), and Himanshu Zade (PhD) describe their experiences participating in several conferences and workshops across the globe in autumn 2017.


December 20, 2017 

HCDE professor leverages technology to pair mothers in academia to lighten holiday burden

This holiday season, HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz used a variety of online tools to organize a giving match between mothers working in academia. She asked academic mothers who are struggling to make ends meet what would help their families, and she matched them with academic mothers who have more than they need and who wanted to help. In all, over 240 gifts purchased for struggling families from women working in academia around the world.