Project Sidewalk presents at WalkHackNight II
Published Feb 08, 2017
We were honored to participate in the inaugural Diversity in Computing Summit. Makeability Lab and Inclusive Design Lab members presented a joint session on their accessibility research. The session, entitled "Interactive Computational Tools for Accessibility," covered work on Project Sidewalk (by Manaswi Saha), Temporal Tracking of Accessibility Features in Cities (by Ladan Najafizadeh) , Health and Fitness for the Mobility Impaired (by Meethu Malu), Accessible On-body Interaction for the Visually Impaired (by Uran Oh) and HandSight (by Lee Stearns). Talk slides are available here.
I am excited to announce that I will be spending my summer at Adobe Research in San Jose, CA. I will be working in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) in the BigData Experience Lab. Broadly, the project will look into mobility, how it relates to IoT and how can IoT be used to create seamless consumer experiences. Looking forward to an exciting summer playing with IoT gadgets in sunny California! Fun!
I have been awarded ACM-W Scholarship for attending ACM CHI 2016 in May! It’s a brilliant scholarship for women in CS when they are starting out in their research career. It gives an excellent platform for young women researchers to attend the conference, network with top researchers even if they don’t have a paper. Finally, the icing on the cake is that we get a mentor for the conference who is a rockstar in our field of interest. My mentor for the conference will be Prof. Yvonne Rogers (UCL)! So excited! :D
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
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