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 and am an Associate Director of CREATE, an Executive Committee member of the MHCI+D program, and a co-founding member of DUB, a large, cross-disciplinary organization of academic and industry professionals interested in HCI and Design research. I’m also the co-founder of Project Sidewalk, a web tool aimed at transforming how sidewalks are mapped, analyzed, and visualized using crowdsourcing+AI.

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.

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, and a Microsoft Dissertation Grant.

We are honored and humbled that our work has been recognized with fifteen 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.

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