Hi 👋,

I’m Jon, an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering where I work with an extraordinary set of students and collaborators on problems related to accessibility, urban informatics, environmental sustainability, and STEM education.

At UW, I direct the Makeability Lab within the Allen School and am the Associate Director of CREATE (Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences), Faculty Chair of the MHCI+D program, a co-founding (student) member of DUB, a large, cross-disciplinary organization of academic and industry professionals interested in HCI and Design research, and co-founder of Project Sidewalk, a web tool aimed at transforming how sidewalks are mapped, analyzed, and visualized using crowdsourcing+AI. I also have the pleasure to serve as a Core Faculty Member in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning within the UW Graduate School.

For 2021-2022, I will be the General Chair for ASSETS’22, the premier ACM conference for research on the design, evaluation, use, and education related to computing for people with disabilities and older adults.


One of the great privileges of being a professor is working with students. In the Makeability Lab, we work with students across multiple disciplines and levels from high school to PhD. For a full list, see the Makeability Lab’s People page.

PhD Students

I also work closely with HCDE PhD students Steven Goodman and Emma McDonnell on sound recognition and captioning tools to support people who are deaf or hard of hearing with Co-PI Professor Leah Findlater (NSF #1763199)

PhD Alumni


In the Allen School, I teach CS courses that explore the materiality of computing and the ever-changing relationships between humans, bits, and atoms such as CSE490 Physical Computing, CSE590 Ubiquitous Computing, and CSE599 Prototyping Interactive Systems. I also co-teach HCID521 Prototyping Studio in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction Design (MHCI+D) program. Topics across these courses include prototyping with electronics, microcontrollers, code, 3D printers, and lo-fi craft material. See our teaching website for more details.

Acknowledgments and funding

The Makeability Lab is grateful for funding support from the NSF, the Department of Defense’s Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program, the PacTrans Consortium, UW CREATE, UW’s Global Innovation Fund, and the UW Reality Lab as well as corporate sponsors, including: Google Faculty Research Awards, a 3M Faculty Award, and research funding from Facebook, Nokia, and Microsoft. We are also grateful for our PhD student funding awards, including two Google PhD Fellowships, an IBM Fellowship, a Google-CMD-IT LEAP Alliance Fellowship, and a Microsoft Dissertation Grant.

We are honored and humbled that our work has been recognized with sixteen Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards, including five Best Papers at CHI, two Best Papers at ASSETS, and a 10-Year Impact Award at UbiComp.

Learn more

You can learn more about our research by following the Makeability Lab Twitter or my personal Twitter.