Emma Chen

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Hello! My name is Emma and I’m a third year computer science major at UW. My hobbies include crocheting and trying out new foods. I love talking to other people so feel free to reach out anytime!

Yusuf Shahpurwala

Yusuf Shahpurwala is a freshman studying computer science at the University of Washington. Most of his coding experience so far has been through making web applications. He is hoping to learn more about human-computer interaction, machine learning, and embedded systems over the next couple of years. To relax he enjoys playing sports and reading. He is excited to currently be working on the Accessible Knitting project with Make4all.

Zelin Yang

Zelin is a first-year Master’s student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with Data Science at the University of Washington. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University where he also engaged in research in the field of manufacturing high-performance polymers by 3D printing and robotics.

His current research, led by Momona, focuses on modeling and enhancing biosignals-based human-machine interaction to support accessibility and health. He presently works on data collection and analysis of biosignals.

Evan Zhao

Evan is an undergraduate at University of Washington, majoring in Computer Science. He is passionate about computer graphics and the huge potential of combining graphical programming techniques with fabrication such as 3D printing, machine embroidery, and so on. In the meantime, he is also a member of the UW Reality Lab. He learned advanced knowledge on how to design interactive, efficient, and accessible applications that run in virtual reality, but he also wants to make them physically touchable and perceivable and bring those models to real life. Since started discovering the vast potential in computer fabrication, he has decided to become a part of the pioneers in this field and contribute to the goal of making designs for everybody.

Christina Zhang

Christina Zhang is a senior at University of Washington, majoring in Computer Science and Informatics, her research interests are mainly HCI, mHealth, behavioral health, accessibility and social computing.
Her current work involves supporting early identification of mental health issues in adolescents, and software-based solutions to accessible communication in higher education.

In the past, she has worked on a research project that studies how online tests could be leveraged to bridge the gap in the support system of people with cognitive and mental disabilities, the paper she co-authored won the Best Paper Award on ASSETS 2021.


Claris Winston

Claris Winston is a third-year undergraduate studying Computer Science at the Paul. G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. She is interested in human-computer interaction and accessibility research, and the applications of machine learning and computer vision to improve accessibility in the field of healthcare/sports medicine. She recently participated in and presented a paper that she co-authored at ICSE 2022. Apart from being involved as a teaching assistant in the Computer Science department, she loves graphic design. One of her designs can be found on the cover of the May 2022 ACS SynBio journal. In her spare time, she loves to bake cakes, compose music, and play the piano.

Currently, in the Make4all lab, she is excited to be working on the embroidered tactile graphics project.

Bo Liu

Bo is a master’s student in technology innovation at the University of Washington. His research has focused on designing and fabricating novel technologies to be more accessible and affordable for the public. In the Make4all lab, he is working on a tactile graphic project.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/boliu-a4406818b/

Yunqi (George) Wang

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Yunqi (George) Wang is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is passionate about making technology more inclusive and considers humans as the primary factor when it comes to design practice. He is currently working on an EMG gesture project for people with disability to have better access to electronic devices.

Alexandra (Sasha) Portnova

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Sasha is excited about projects where engineering solutions meet medical needs, specifically those that enable individuals with disabilities to interact with the world around them in a more inclusive environment. In the past, she has worked on developing affordable and customizable orthotic devices for individuals with spinal cord injuries and attempted to simplify control methods for complex prosthetic hands. As a postdoc at UW, Sasha hopes to harness the advancements in metamaterials and smart textiles to create custom solutions for assistance and rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities.

Momona Yamagami

Momona Yamagami is a CREATE postdoc at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. She is advised by Prof. Jennifer Mankoff. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington advised by Profs. Sam Burden and Kat Steele in 2022.

Her research focuses on modeling and enhancing biosignals-based human-machine interaction to support accessibility and health. She is interested in studying how biosignals can be used to support accessible technology input tailored to an individual’s abilities.

Website: http://momona-yamagami.github.io/