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The Makeability Lab is a research lablet within the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)—one of the oldest and most well-known HCI labs in the world—at the University of Maryland. Founded in 2012 by Dr. Jon Froehlich and students, the Makeability Lab focuses on designing and studying novel interactive experiences that cross between bits and atoms—the virtual and the physical—and back again to confront some of the world's greatest challenges in environmental sustainability, health and wellness, education, and universal accessibility.

Recent News

Congratulations to Majeed Kazemitabaar who successfully defended his MS thesis entitled "MakerWear: A Tangible Construction Kit for Young Children to Create Interactive Wearables" on Aug 4, 2017 and just submitted the final thesis today. Woohoo! Majeed now plans to return to Iran and work at a startup. We wish him all the best!

Excited to announce that Matt Mauriello and his team had their temporal thermography poster accepted to this year's ACM Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2017). In addition to the poster, Matt also had his work accepted into the Doctoral Colloquium. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

After five wonderful years at the University of Maryland, I have decided to (re)join the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering as an Associate Professor. This was not an easy decision. I feel extremely fortunate to have started my faculty career at UMD. I felt great support from the CS department to pursue high-risk, cross-disciplinary projects, benefited greatly from the advice and mentorship of senior faculty, and enjoyed many collaborations. The HCIL--which was a tremendous draw for me originally--provided a wonderfully creative space and supportive colleagues across disciplines to grow and foster my research agenda and students. I will look back at this time fondly.

We are super happy and excited to announce that the Makeability Lab's first PhD student, Dr. Kotaro Hara, has an accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University starting Fall 2017. Congratulations Professor Hara!

Liang He will present his research projects on fabrication at ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication and attend the first SIGCHI Summer School Computational Fabrication and Smart Matter. He will share his previous work and recent research with computational fabrication community. He will be granted ACM SIGCHI Travel Fund for attending the summer school.

Our local CBS affiliate in Washington DC, WUSA9, just ran a nice news story on the HandSight project. Check it out here. Wait for the end where the news anchor team says "Those Terps are just doing genius things" and "I'm not surprised that's from UMD" and "Shreddin' it. I love it!" :-)

There is a nice writeup on Lee Stearns' PhD dissertation topic, HandSight, in Terp Magazine this month (link). The article is entitled A New Way With Words and describes our work in enabling blind or severely low vision people read printed text with a wearable finger-worn camera and co-located haptics.

Recent Videos

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children

A video supplement to our CHI 2017 paper "MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children"

SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses

A video supplement to our TEI 2017 paper "SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses"

SharedPhys: Live Physiological Sensing, Whole-Body Interaction, and Large-Screen Visualizations to Support Shared Inquiry Experiences

A video supplement to our IDC 2016 paper "SharedPhys: Live Physiological Sensing, Whole-Body Interaction, and Large-Screen Visualizations to Support Shared Inquiry Experiences"

Characterizing Street-level Accessibility at Scale

Kotaro Hara's talk on Project Sidewalk at Microsoft Research

Recent Publications

Early Explorations of Deformable Interactive Designs with 3D-Printed Springs

Liang He  Joshua Land  Huaishu Peng  Mark Fuge  Jon E. Froehlich 

SCF 2017

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study

Matthew L Mauriello  Manaswi Saha  Erica Brown  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of CHI2017

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children

Majeed Kazemitabaar  Jason McPeak  Alex Jiao  Liang He  Thomas Outing  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of CHI 2017

SqueezaPulse: Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses

Liang He  Gierad Laput  Eric Brockmeyer  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of TEI'17

Localization of Skin Features on the Hand and Wrist From Small Image Patches

Lee Stearns  Uran Oh  Bridget Cheng  Leah Findlater  David Ross  Rama Chellappa  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ICPR 2016

Recent Talks

Project Sidewalk: Assessing Urban Accessibility using Crowdsourcing and Google Street View

Manaswi Saha

May 25, 2017 College Park, Maryland

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study

Matthew L Mauriello

May 9, 2017 Denver, Colorado, USA

Making with a Social Purpose

Jon E. Froehlich

April 6, 2017 LTS Auditorium, College Park, MD

Transforming STEM Learning Through Wearables

Jon E. Froehlich

April 4, 2017 University of Maryland, College Park

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children

Majeed Kazemitabaar

March 7, 2017 University of California, Berkeley

Project Sidewalk: Characterizing Physical World Accessibility At Scale

Manaswi Saha

Feb. 8, 2017 Arlington, Virginia

Interactive Computational Tools for Accessibility

Meethu Malu Ladan Najafizadeh Uran Oh Manaswi Saha Lee Stearns

Nov. 7, 2016 College Park, Maryland

Characterizing Physical World Accessibility at Scale

Kotaro Hara

Nov. 3, 2016 Austin, Texas

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