Project Sidewalk Featured on UMD Homepage
Published Jan 05, 2017
I am deeply honored to be named a Sloan Research Fellow along with my CS colleague Tom Goldstein (that's me and Tom in the picture during the CS department's Sloan celebration). While the Sloan is awarded individually, I truly believe the recognition should be shared more broadly: particularly with my students, collaborators, and mentors who have helped inspire, enable, and enrich my work.
I am also thankful for the support and mentorship from the UMD CS Department and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. I now feel doubly motivated to live up to the esteem of the award (which I will do just as soon as my paternity leave ends)!
We were just notified that MakerWear received the Best Paper award at CHI2017 (top 1% of all submissions at CHI). The conference received over 2400 submissions and 24 were chosen for Best paper (97 were chosen for Honorable Mention). Congrats to lead student Majeed Kazemitibaar and the whole MakerWear team!
This is the first full research publication from Froehlich's NSF CAREER award.
Dr. Leah Findlater and I were just awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for our work on wearable sound awareness support for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. This project, codenamed GlassEar, began as a collaboration back in 2014 with Dhruv Jain, then a visiting researcher and now an incoming PhD student.
I'm excited to announce that our group just received an NSF CAREER Award to develop and study new interfaces, techniques, and tools to enable young children (ages 5-10) to program, build, and use their own interactive wearables. I've been working on this project since about the time I arrived at UMD, and I'm so happy that it is now funded. Lab member (and MS student) Majeed Kazemitabaar has been absolutely critical in the past few years to making this project what it is today. Our first paper on this work will be published at CHI2017. Hope to see you there!
See also this UMIACS news release.
The Makeability Lab came together to collectively design and make a custom, laser-cut plaque for Kotaro in Japanese and English for a graduation gift. Congrats Dr. Hara! Special thanks to Majeed for vectorizing my designs, to Liang for designing and creating the custom 3D-printed plaque stand, and to Art Faculty Brandon Morse for letting us use his Epilog laser cutter.
Dec 21, 2016 | Jon
Congratulations to Dr. Kotaro Hara and Ladan Najafizadeh for graduating with their PhD and MS degrees respectively. It was a tremendous honor to hood Kotaro as my first student and a pleasure to watch Ladan walk across the commencement stage knowing how hard she worked for her MS thesis. Here's a video of Dr. Kotaro Hara being hooded (direct link): https://youtu.be/FoCuAtR6V-A?t=1h1m3s And Ladan walking across the stage receiving her MS degree: https://youtu.be/FoCuAtR6V-A?t=1h5m24s
Back to Top