My name is Kiley Sobel, and I’m a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. My advisor is Dr. Julie A. Kientz. I’m also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a member of the dub group. I’m interested in inclusive design, Interaction Design & Children, Child-Computer Interaction, and Assistive Technology. Although I have a background in Computer Science, I’ve also worked as a teacher’s assistant in various early childhood education classrooms and as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.
My primary research is in understanding how interactive technology might help increase opportunities for children with and without disabilities to equally, actively, and meaningfully participate in the same setting. I’m currently working on my dissertation to investigate the role of interactive technology during inclusive play, or play between children with and without disabilities.
In addition to my dissertation research, I am also involved in Kidsteam UW, an intergenerational co-design team in which adults and children (age 7-11) design technologies together, which is led by Dr. Jason C. Yip. I collaborate with Alexis Hiniker on other many other aspects of designing technology for children and families too. This includes understanding how parents use their mobile phones at the playground and learning how to best design technology experiences for children based on their physical and cognitive development. I have also had a wonderful time doing outreach with Andy Davidson, Emma J. Rose, and Elena Agapie to introduce high school students in Washington to the user-centered design process.