The MAD Lab at the University of Washington comprises students in information science and computer science working with Prof. Jacob O. Wobbrock on original research projects in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Specifically, we invent techniques, build systems, develop methods, devise models, extend theories, and conduct studies for improved input, interaction, and interfaces in mobile and accessible computing environments. We are active members of the DUB Group, the multi-departmental HCI and Design group on campus.


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 MAD Lab in a feature story by UW Information School News.


  • Vision. "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)

  • Inclusion. "Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for."   — Dean Kamen

  • Utility. "The value of an idea lies in the using of it."   — Thomas Edison

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Please consider a philanthropic gift to help us further our research, development, and dissemination.
Contact Prof. Jacob O. Wobbrock at .

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The MAD lab has two full papers appearing at CHI 2018 and one workshop paper. The full papers describe how to use a smartphone to detect whether you're drunk (lead author: Alex Mariakakis), and how online peers can provide mental health support to each other (lead author: Katie O'Leary). The workshop paper advocates for using the Life Course Perspective when creating accessible technologies for older adults (lead author: Rachel Franz). These papers will be linked after they appear. Congrats to all authors! March 22, 2018.


Abigail Evans has successfully defended her dissertation and is the newest graduate from the MAD Lab. She is currently working at Google. Congratulations, Abi! January 24, 2018.


Prof. Wobbrock's article on Ability-Based Design has been accepted for publication in the Communications of the ACM. September 30, 2017.


Martez Mott was interviewed by KOMO 4 for its Midday News segment. Have a listen! September 25, 2017.


Annie Ross's first-authored paper on using epidemiology as a model for large-scale mobile application accessibility assessment was accepted to ASSETS 2017 and received a best paper nomination. September 19, 2017.


Jacob Wobbrock received the 2017 SIGCHI Social Impact Award for his work on accessible computing and ability-based design. For receiving the award, he gave a keynote-style talk at CHI 2017 on Ability-Based Design. May 9, 2017.