The MAD Lab at the University of Washington comprises students in information science and computer science working with Prof. Jacob O. Wobbrock on mobile and accessible design within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). 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

Support our Lab!

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

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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.


MAD Lab Ph.D. Candidate Kristen Shinohara has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Information Sciences & Technologies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Congratulations, Kristen! April 4, 2017.


The Smart Touch project by Martez Mott et al. was made into an interactive feature story for the UW Be Boundless campaign. There's also a nice video accompanying the story. April 3, 2017.


The MAD Lab made a great showing at the 2017 iSchool Research Fair, with 12 posters, demos, and/or vidoes. Check them out! March 13, 2017.


Paper accepted to CSCL 2017. "Teaching accessibility in a technology design course" by K. Shinohara, C. Bennett, J. Wobbrock, W. Pratt. February 13, 2017.