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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

Lee Stearns and the HandSight project were featured in the Big Ten Network's news site, in an article titled "How Maryland researchers are improving reading for the visually impaired: BTN LiveBIG".

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!" :-)

Recent Videos

TouchCam: Realtime Recognition of Location-Specific On-Body Gestures to Support Users with Visual Impairments

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"

Recent Publications

TouchCam: Realtime Recognition of Location-Specific On-Body Gestures to Support Users with Visual Impairments

Lee Stearns  Uran Oh  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

ACM IMWUT December 2017

Investigating Microinteractions for People With Visual Impairments and the Potential Role of on-Body Interaction

Uran Oh  Lee Stearns  Alisha Pradhan  Jon E. Froehlich  Leah Findlater 

Proceedings of ASSETS 2017

Augmented Reality Magnification for Low Vision Users with the Microsoft Hololens and a Finger-Worn Camera

Lee Stearns  Victor De Souza  Jessica Yin  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ASSETS 2017

Recognizing Clothing Colors and Visual Textures Using a Finger-Mounted Camera: An Initial Investigation

Alexander Medeiros  Lee Stearns  Chuan Chen  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ASSETS 2017

A Temporal Thermography System for Supporting Longitudinal Building Energy Audits

Matthew L Mauriello  Jonah Chazan  Jamie H Gilkeson  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of Ubicomp 2017

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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