Members of the iLab, formerly known as the MAD Lab.

What is the iLab?

The iLab at the University of Washington is housed in The Information School and comprises students from information science and computer science working with Prof. Jacob O. Wobbrock on original research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Members invent techniques, build systems, develop methods, devise models, extend theories, and conduct studies for improved interaction with technologies, primarily in the context of mobile and accessible computing.

Our past work has influenced accessibility on the iPhone, made gestures easy to design and implement, and been the basis for startup companies, among many other contributions.

iLab members are active in the DUB Group, the multi-departmental HCI and Design consortium that is widely regarded as one of the top research communities for Human-Computer Interaction in the world.


To create useful interactive technologies that improve people's access to and interaction with computers and information, especially for people with disabilities.

Feature Story

Read about the iLab (formerly known as the MAD Lab) in this feature story by UW Information School News.


  • Imagination. "The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it."   — Vannevar Bush (1945)

  • Invention. "The most dangerous phrase in the language is, 'We've always done it this way.'"   — Grace Hopper

  • Inclusion. "Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That's what technology can do."   — Dean Kamen

Support the iLab

Please consider a tax-deductible gift to help us further our research, development, and dissemination. Your gifts make a huge difference in the lives of students. Contact Prof. Jacob O. Wobbrock at .

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Our Slide Rule paper from ASSETS 2008 by Shaun Kane, Jeffrey Bigham, and Jacob O. Wobbrock has just won the 2019 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award! This award is given to one paper every other year that is at least 10 years old for making lasting impact on technology for persons with disabilities. Watch the Slide Rule video.
August 12, 2019.


Three papers and two poster-papers accepted to ACM ASSETS 2019 to be held in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2019. Congratulations to all the authors, especially Rachel Franz who led three of the five efforts. Papers coming soon!
August 2, 2019.


Zhang & Wobbrock have had two papers accepted to ACM UIST 2019 to be held in New Orleans, LA in October 2019. Papers coming soon!
June 23, 2019.


Wobbrock, Hsu, Burger, and Macgee have had a paper accepted to ACM Hypertext 2019 to be held in Hof, Germany in September 2019. Paper coming soon!
June 21, 2019.


Prof. Wobbrock gave the opening keynote address at ACM EICS 2019 in Valencia, Spain on June 19, 2019. See the article accompanying his talk and his annotated slides.
June 19, 2019.


Prof. Wobbrock was elected to the prestigious CHI Academy and was inducted on May 5, 2019 at CHI in Glasgow, Scotland. See the UW iSchool story and the UW CSE story.
May 5, 2019.


The iLab has three accepted papers at CHI 2019. The topics are a system for crowdsourcing elicitation studies, an algorithm for improving touch accuracy on smartphones, and a mathematical model for calculating text entry throughput.
December 14, 2018.


Prof. Wobbrock is a co-organizer is an accepted workshop at CHI 2019 on Addressing the challenges of situationally-induced impairments and disabilities in mobile interaction.
December 14, 2018.


Martez E. Mott has successfully defended and submitted his final dissertation. Congratulations on completing your Ph.D., Dr. Mott! Good luck at Microsoft Research!
December 14, 2018.


The iLab has accepted papers on gesture recognition at MobileHCI '18, crowdsourcing at UIST '18, smartphone rainwater resistance at ICMI '18, social factors in accessible design at ASSETS '18, and button labeling in Android apps at ASSETS '18.
July 30, 2018.