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.
- Manaswi Saha, interactive tools to support advocacy, urban planning, and policy making for urban accessibility
- Liang He, HCI + digital fabrication
- Dhruv Jain, sound sensing and access tools for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Co-advised with Professor Leah Findlater
- Jesse Martinez, accessibility tools for new media and games
- Xia Su, creativity support and design tools
- Daniel Campos Zamora, prototyping indoor and outdoor navigation techniques
- Chu Li, starts Fall’22!
- Jaewook Lee, starts Fall’22!
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)
- Seokbin Kang, Augmented Reality Systems and User Interaction Techniques for STEM Learning, 2020, UMD. Now at Zoom.
- Matt Mauriello, Designing and Evaluating Next-Generation Thermographic Systems to Support Residential Energy Audits, 2018, UMD. Postdoc at Stanford. Now an Assistant Professor at University of Delaware.
- Lee Stearns, HandSight: A Touch-Based Wearable System to Increase Information Accessibility for People with Visual Impairments, 2018, UMD. Co-advised with Rama Chellappa. Now at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.
- Kotaro Hara, Scalable Methods to Collect and Visualize Sidewalk Accessibility Data for People with Mobility Impairments, 2016, UMD. Now an Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University.
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.