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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

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.

The Makeability Lab had five full papers at CHI2017, including MakerWear which received a best paper award and is the first longform paper on my NSF CAREER work.

MakerWear: A Tangible Approach to Interactive Wearable Creation for Children by Majeed Kazemitabaar, Jason McPeak, Alexander Jiao, Liang He, Thomas Outing, Jon E. Froehlich

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing: A Field Study by Matthew L Mauriello, Manaswi Saha, Erica Brown, & Jon E. Froehlich

Live Physiological Sensing and Visualization Ecosystems: An Activity Theory Analysis by Tamara Clegg, Leyla Norooz, Seokbin Kang, Virginia Byrne, Monica Katzen, Angelisa Plane, Vanessa Oguamanam, Thomas Outing, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Jason Yip, Jon E. Froehlich

Comparing Touchscreen and Mouse Input Performance by People With and Without Upper Body Motor Impairments by Leah Findlater, Karyn Moffatt, Jon E. Froehlich, Meethu Malu, Joan Zhang

Differences in Crowdsourced vs. Lab-Based Mobile and Desktop Input Performance Data by Leah Findlater, Joan Zhang, Jon E. Froehlich, Karyn Moffatt

Congratulations to Matt Mauriello who was just selected as an All-S.T.A.R Fellow for his work on scalable thermography--one of sixteen across the entire Graduate School at UMD. The Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. Read more about the award here.

Project Sidewalk is featured in "8 Principles of Sidewalks"--a report by WRI Brasil that will launch next Tuesday (April 25) during a national event for mayors in Brazil.

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 

Exploring Novice Approaches to Smartphone-based Thermographic Energy Auditing

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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