A Brief Overview of the HCIL Hackerspace at UMD


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A brief overview of the HCIL Hackerspace at the University of Maryland started by Computer Science Assistant Professor Jon Froehlich in 2012. The Hackerspace is within the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), which is one of the oldest HCI research labs in the world having been founded by Professor Shneiderman in 1983. This slide deck also includes a few pictures of other HCIL spaces including the main lab, hallways, office space, and the usability lab. The design of the main lab and hallway space (e.g., tangible timeline on wall) was led by Professor Allison Druin.

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A Brief Overview of the HCIL Hackerspace at UMD

  1. 1. Human Computer Interaction Laboratory makeability lab The HCIL Hackerspace By @jonfroehlich, Assistant Professor, UMD CS
  2. 2. Human-Computer Interaction Lab
  3. 3. computer science hcil BenShneiderman BenBederson JonFroehlichJenGolbeckLeahFindlater MarshiniChetty JennyPreece AllisonDruin MonaLeighGuha TammyClegg JuneAhn EvanGolub TimClausner KentNorman IraChinoy KariKraus AnneRose CatherinePlaisant VanessaFrias JessicaVitak
  4. 4. AV Williams Computer Science Building Hornbake Library, South iSchool Building is on the 2nd floor
  5. 5. HCIL Offices
  6. 6. Main Lab From Back
  7. 7. HCIL Usability Lab With One-Way Transparent Mirror
  8. 8. When I arrived in 2012, I observed a lack of space for combining materiality & computation
  9. 9. I want(ed) to make the HCIL Hackerspace a place to… …inspire creativity & excitement …encourage and allow for serendipitous interaction …attract a diverse set of students …allow students to experiment, play, learn, make …build community and imbue a spirit of collaboration …rapidly prototype physical computing designs …promote working with low-tech and high-tech materials together …
  10. 10. Building the Hackerspace Making the Whiteboard Wall
  11. 11. Building the Hackerspace Making the Workbench
  12. 12. Building the Hackerspace Making the Workbench
  13. 13. Building the Hackerspace Making the Workbench
  14. 14. Building the Hackerspace Making the Workbench
  15. 15. Workspace HCIL Hackerspace
  16. 16. Workspace HCIL Hackerspace
  17. 17. Physical Making HCIL Student Leyla Norooz
  18. 18. Craft/Fabric Making HCIL student Matt sewing
  19. 19. Electronics Making HCIL student Tansy McBurnie
  20. 20. Rapid Prototyping HCIL Hackerspace mannequin: Manny
  21. 21. Collaborative Working HCIL students Matt and Michael
  22. 22. Fun! HCIL students Sean, Michael, Alexa, and me
  23. 23. This sort of activity is enabled not just by space but ready access to material and tools
  24. 24. Three Soldering Stations HCIL Hackerspace
  25. 25. One Oscilloscope HCIL Hackerspace
  26. 26. Craft/Textile Station HCIL Hackerspace
  27. 27. Two Mannequins HCIL Hackerspace
  28. 28. Basic Electronic Supplies HCIL Hackerspace
  29. 29. Wall of Electronic Components HCIL Hackerspace
  30. 30. Microcontroller Inventory* 3 Beaglebones http://beagleboard.org/ 3 Raspberry Pis http://www.raspberrypi.org/ 2 .NET Gadgeteers http://www.netmf.com/gadgeteer/ 3 ARM Cortex-Ms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_Cortex-M *We have other boards as well but these are the main ones And lots of Arduino…
  31. 31. Arduino Inventory 15 Leondardos http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardLeonardo 2 Dues http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardDue 2 Yúns http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardYun 2 Megas http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardMega2560 2 Esploras http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardUno 15 Unos http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardUno 2 Pro Micros http://sprkfn.com/12640 5 Pro Minis http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardProMini 1 Fio http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardFio 9 Boarduinos http://adafru.it/91 2 LilyPads http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardLilyPad 2 LilyPad Simples http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardLilyPadSimple
  32. 32. Quadcopters HCIL Hackerspace
  33. 33. Two 3D-Printers HCIL Hackerspace
  34. 34. One CNC Machine HCIL Hackerspace