Jon Froehlich, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park Photo
Segal Seminar Series

Jon Froehlich, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

December 10, 2013, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Making with a Social Purpose


In the HCIL's Makeability Lab, we design interactive experiences that cross between bits and atoms--the virtual and the physical--and back again to confront some of the world's greatest challenges: environmental sustainability, health and wellness, and universal accessibility. In my talk, I'll begin with an overview of our new HCIL Hackerspace and then provide a brief snapshot of projects in our group including: HydroSense, a water usage sensor that can classify individual water fixture events across an entire home from a single sensing point; Social Fabric Fitness, an electronic textile athletic jersey that displays the performance of the wearer (e.g., speed, heartrate) in real-time; BodyVis, a "smart" t-shirt that senses and visualizes the wearer's internal body function to enhance learning about human physiology and anatomy; and CPSA (Crowd-Powered Streetview for Accessibility), using crowdsourcing, online map imagery, and computer vision to identify inaccessible areas of the physical world for people in wheelchairs.


Jon Froehlich is an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on building and studying interactive technology that addresses high value social issues such as environmental sustainability, computer accessibility, and personal health and wellness. Jon has over 30 scientific peer-reviewed publications with three best paper awards and two best paper nominations. His work on sensing individual water usage activities in the home from a single sensing point (HydroSense) was licensed by Belkin, Inc and is being commercialized under the brand “Echo Water.” Jon is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL), the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), and founder of the new HCIL Hackerspace and the HCIL lablet: the Makeability Lab. Jon earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington (UW) in 2011 where he was a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellow, the winner of the 2009 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, the 2010 UW College of Engineering Research Innovator of the Year, and the UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award.

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