The MAD Lab at the University of Washington comprises Ph.D. students in information science and computer science working with Dr. 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, particularly for impaired users or users in impairing situations.


  • 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


Dr. Jacob O. Wobbrock


Martez Mott and Jacob Wobbrock are two of four authors on a 2016 CHI Best Paper award entitled, "Smart Touch: Improving touch accuracy for people with motor impairments with template matching." CHI best paper awards are given to the top 1% of papers submitted to CHI. This is Mr. Mott's first CHI Best Paper. It is Dr. Wobbrock's seventh CHI Best Paper to match seven Honorable Mention Papers.


The MAD Lab has two papers accepted to the upcoming CHI 2016 conference. Congrats to Martez Mott for leading the charge on one of them. The other was in collaboration with Radu-Daniel Vatavu of Romania.


Martez Mott spent Autumn 2015 in the neXus group at Microsoft Research working with Dr. Meredith Ringel Morris.


The MAD Lab had two articles accepted to the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing and one paper accepted to CSCW 2016. Congratulations to Kristen Shinohara, Abigail Evans, and alumnus Jessica Tran.


Dr. Wobbrock was profiled in the New York Times for his role as the founding C.E.O. of AnswerDash.