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Welcome to the Make4All Group. Our work tackles the scientific challenges that make it possible for everyday individuals and communities to create technology that improves accessibility, wellness, and sustainability. One of our primary application domains is revolutionizing the production and delivery of 3D printed assistive technology.  Our work combines computational approaches to making and human centered data analytics. We are currently looking for students (more details)

Research Projects

Our work tackles the scientific challenges that make it possible for everyday individuals and communities to create technology that improves accessibility and wellness, and sustainability. One of our primary application domains is revolutionizing the production and delivery of 3D printed assistive technology.  Our work combines computational approaches to making and data analytics

We are currently looking for students

Recent Projects:

The Tangible Desktop

Mark S. Baldwin, Gillian R. Hayes, Oliver L. Haimson, Jennifer Mankoff, Scott E. Hudson: The Tangible Desktop: A Multimodal Approach to Nonvisual Computing. TACCESS 10(3): 9:1-9:28 (2017) Audio-only interfaces, facilitated through text-to-speech screen reading software, have been the primary mode of computer interaction for blind and low-vision computer users for more than four decades. During this time, the advances that have made visual …

Examples of 3d printed objects that are robust to measurement uncertainty.

Uncertainty in Measurement

Kim, J., Guo, A., Yeh, T., Hudson, S. E., & Mankoff, J. (2017, June). Understanding Uncertainty in Measurement and Accommodating its Impact in 3D Modeling and Printing. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 1067-1078). ACM. 3D printing enables everyday users to augment objects around them with personalized adaptations. There has …

Volunteer AT Fabricators

Perry-Hill, J., Shi, P., Mankoff, J. & Ashbrook, D. Understanding Volunteer AT Fabricators: Opportunities and Challenges in DIY-AT for Others in e-NABLE. Accepted to CHI 2017 We present the results of a study of e-NABLE, a distributed, collaborative volunteer effort to design and fabricate upper-limb assistive technology devices for limb-different users. Informed by interviews with …

Tactile Interfaces to Appliances

Facade is a crowdsourced fabrication pipeline to automatically generate tactile interfaces to appliances for blind people.

Aversion to Typing Errors

Quantifying Aversion to Costly Typing Errors in Expert Mobile Text Entry Text entry is an increasingly important activity for mobile device users. As a result, increasing text entry speed of expert typists is an important design goal for physical and soft keyboards. Mathematical models that predict text entry speed can help with keyboard design and …

News and Updates

2017 SIGCHI Accessibility report

The SIGCHI Accessibility group has put out its 2017 report, which anyone can comment on. I’ve also pasted the text in here. Contributors to the report: Jennifer Mankoff, Head, SIGCHI Accessibility Community, Shari Trewin, President, SIGACCESS Contact person: Jennifer Mankoff, jmankoff@cs.cmu.edu Introduction It has been two years since the SIGCHI Accessibility Community first published a …

Summit Success!

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we ran a 3D printing summit which focused on the intersection of computer science and additive manufacturing. We had an outstanding lineup of speakers who explored topics ranging from the challenges faced by users in understanding tasks both simple and complex to the applications of optimization and machine learning to design …

Capacity Building for Accessibility @ CMU

I just finished an inspiring day attending a capacity building for accessibility workshop at CMU organized by Carol Frieze and sponsored in part by Access Computing (who’s founder, Richard Ladner, who was the keynote speaker). At the event, Carol and Jeff Bigham were honored with the Access Computing Capacity Building Award, a well deserved honor.   It was …

Teaching

University Teaching

Interactive Data Science

Assistive Technology

Computer Science for Social Good

Rapid Fabrication / Prototyping

Required Readings (videos for these and others found below) Mueller, S., Im, S., Gurevich, S., Teibrich, A., Pfisterer, L., Guimbretière, F., & Baudisch, P. (2014, October). WirePrint: 3D printed previews for fast prototyping. In Proceedings of the 27th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (pp. 273-280). ACM. Interactive design space exploration and …

Metamaterials

Pick one to read (or read both!) Ion, A., Frohnhofen, J., Wall, L., Kovacs, R., Alistar, M., Lindsay, J., … & Baudisch, P. (2016, October). Metamaterial mechanisms. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 529-539). ACM. Ion, A., Wall, L., Kovacs, R., & Baudisch, P. (2017, May). Digital …

Middle School Curricula

Receipt Printing Robot

This document is based on a draft curriculum to be used for the 2016 Fall Tech Club (at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh). During this club, students will work together to create a robot that can print quotes out using a receipt printer when a button is pressed, and blink its eyes. Learning Goals; Materials needed; Setup; Curricular …

 

People

Jennifer Mankoff

Research | Students | Teaching | Bio | CV | Advice | Fun | Contact Research My work tackles the technical challenges necessary for everyday individuals and communities to solve real-world problems in domains such as accessibility, health, and sustainability (see all the Make4all projects).  My focus is on computational approaches to fabrication and data analytics. I am currently looking for students interested in working on mobile device (phone/watch) sensing …


Megan Hofmann

Megan Hofmann is an HCII PhD student working with Jennifer Mankoff and Scott Hudson. P Her research focuses on the intersection of rapid prototyping technology and assistive technology. She is currently working on the DIY Assistive Technology project. She is developing tools that support novice designers and assistive technology users when creating customized devices. The goal …

Nikola Banovic

I am a PhD student working on developing new models of human routine behaviors that will inform the design and support smart agents that help people develop good routines. My most current projects include helping aggressive drivers improve their driving routine to become less aggressive, and helping students develop routines that help them balance their …


Undergrads

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Interns

Lindsay Zadunayski (REU Summer 2017)

I am a junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute planning to graduate in May 2019.  I am pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics in the School of Science.  This summer I am participating in CRA-W’s Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU). You can contact me at zadunl@rpi.edu This summer I am working with …


Alumni

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Christian Koehler (PhD)

Samsung (co-advised with Anind Dey)

Julia Schwarz

Julia Schwarz (PhD)

Qeexo, Microsoft (co-advised with Scott Hudson)

Sunyoung Kim

Sunyoung Kim (PhD)

Harvard post doc (co-advised with Eric Paulos)

Tawanna Dillahunt

Tawanna Dillahunt (PhD)

University of Michigan

Amy Hurst

Amy Hurst (PhD)

UMBC (co-advised with Scott Hudson)

Scott Carter

Scott Carter (PhD)

FX Pal

Tara Matthews

Tara Matthews (PhD)

Google

Michael Terry (Post Doc)

Taylor Raack (Masters)

Masters Project, CMU VLIS, Stepgreen NILM support 2011-12

Marty McGuire (Masters)

Masters Project, CMU VLIS, Stepgreen Social Website 2007-08

Miriam Walker (Masters)

2003 MS Thesis “High-Fidelity or Low-fidelity, paper or computer? Choosing attributes when testing web prototypes,” UC Berkeley, Masters Report, 2003

Lauren Chapman (Masters)

MS in Design, Spring 2011, co-advised with Suguru Ishizaki: “Design for Chronic Illness: Exploring service systems & new technologies for patients with type 2 diabetes.”

Catherine Grevet (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2009: “Motivating Community-Oriented Behavior through an Online Social visualization,” Wellesley College.

PhD student at Georgia Tech

Devin BLais (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2009: “Green Facebook Applications: A competitive Analysis,” Carnegie Mellon University.

Ana Ramirez (Masters)

2005 MS Thesis “Designing systems that direct human action.” UC Berkeley, co-advised with Mark Davis, SIMS; NSF Fellowship

Scott Lederer (Masters)

MS, Fall 2003, co-advised with Anind Dey: “Designing disclosure: Interactive personal privacy at the dawn of ubiquitous computing.”

Holly Fait (Masters)

2003 MS Thesis “Simulation of user interaction experiences to improve evaluation for accessibility.”

Wai-Ling Ho-Ching (Masters)

MS, Fall 2003, co-advised with James Landy: “Can you see what I hear? The design and evaluation of a peripheral sound display for the deaf.”

Ruth Wylie (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2003 “The Effects of Computers on Cognitive Assessment,” UC Berkeley.

PhD at CMU; currently faculty at ASU (next position)