Jon Froehlich

Assistant Professor
3173 A.V. Williams Building
(301) 405-8412
Ph.D., University of Washington (Human Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing)
Special Awards/Honors: 
National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
Sloan Research Fellowship

Jon Froehlich is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.

Froehlich's research focuses on building and studying interactive technology that addresses high value social issues such as environmental sustainability, computer accessibility, and healthcare. His work has been published in many top-tier academic venues including CHI, UbiComp, IJCAI, MobiSys and ICSE, and has been recognized with a best paper award and a best paper nomination.

Froehlich received his doctorate from the University of Washington in computer science in 2011 with a focus on human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing, and his M.S. in information and computer science in 2004 from the University of California, Irvine.

For his doctoral research, Froehlich was honored with the prestigious Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship from 2008 to 2010 and the College of Engineering Graduate Student Research Innovator of the Year Award in 2010.




Hara K, Azenkot S, Campbell M, Bennett CL, Le V, Pannella S, Moore R, Minckler K, Ng RH, Froehlich J.  2013.  Improving public transit accessibility for blind riders by crowdsourcing bus stop landmark locations with Google street view. The 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference.

Norooz L, Froehlich J.  2013.  Exploring early designs for teaching anatomy and physiology to children using wearable e-textiles. IDC '13 Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children.

Li I, Froehlich J, Larsen JE, Grevet C, Ramirez E.  2013.  Personal informatics in the wild: hacking habits for health & happiness. CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Hara K, Sun J, Chazan J, Jacobs D, Froehlich J.  2013.  An Initial Study of Automatic Curb Ramp Detection with Crowdsourced Verification Using Google Street View Images. First AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing.

Fong A, Ashktorab Z, Froehlich J.  2013.  Bear-with-me: an embodied prototype to explore tangible two-way exchanges of emotional language. CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.


Larson E, Froehlich J, Campbell T, Haggerty C, Atlas L, Fogarty J, Patel SN.  2012.  Disaggregated water sensing from a single, pressure-based sensor: An extended analysis of HydroSense using staged experiments. Pervasive and Mobile Computing. 8(1):82-102.

Froehlich J, Findlater L, Ostergren M, Ramanathan S, Peterson J, Wragg I, Larson E, Fu F, Bai M, Patel S.  2012.  The design and evaluation of prototype eco-feedback displays for fixture-level water usage data.


Froehlich J, Larson E, Saba E, Campbell T, Atlas L, Fogarty J, Patel S.  2011.  A Longitudinal Study of Pressure Sensing to Infer Real-World Water Usage Events in the Home. Pervasive Computing. 6696:50-69.

Froehlich J, Larson E, Gupta S, Cohn G, Reynolds M, Patel S.  2011.  Disaggregated End-Use Energy Sensing for the Smart Grid. IEEE Pervasive Computing. 10(1):28-39.

Froehlich J, Larson E, Saba E, Campbell T, Atlas L, Fogarty J, Patel S.  2011.  A Longitudinal Study of Pressure Sensing to Infer Real-World Water Usage Events in the Home. Pervasive ComputingPervasive Computing. 6696:50-69.

Khan A, Bartram L, Blevis E, DiSalvo C, Froehlich J, Kurtenbach G.  2011.  CHI 2011 sustainability community invited panel: challenges ahead. 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.

Wobbrock JO, Kane SK, Gajos KZ, Harada S, Froehlich J.  2011.  Ability-based design: Concept, principles and examples. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS). 3(3)


Cohn G, Gupta S, Froehlich J, Larson E, Patel S.  2010.  GasSense: Appliance-Level, Single-Point Sensing of Gas Activity in the Home. Pervasive Computing. 6030:265-282.

Lathia N, Froehlich J, Capra L.  2010.  Mining Public Transport Usage for Personalised Intelligent Transport Systems. 2010 IEEE 10th International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM).

Froehlich J, Findlater L, Landay J.  2010.  The design of eco-feedback technology. Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems.

Campbell T, Larson E, Cohn G, Froehlich J, Alcaide R, Patel SN.  2010.  WATTR: a method for self-powered wireless sensing of water activity in the home. Proceedings of the 12th ACM international conference on Ubiquitous computing.


ter Hofte H, Jensen K L, Nurmi P, Froehlich J.  2009.  Mobile Living Labs 09: Methods and Tools for Evaluation in the Wild. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services.

Froehlich J, Everitt K, Fogarty J, Patel S, Landay J.  2009.  Sensing opportunities for personalized feedback technology to reduce consumption. Proc. CHI Workshop on Defining the Role of HCI in the Challenge of Sustainability.

Froehlich J, Larson E, Campbell T, Haggerty C, Fogarty J, Patel SN.  2009.  HydroSense: infrastructure-mediated single-point sensing of whole-home water activity. Proceedings of the 11th international conference on Ubiquitous computing, September.

Froehlich J, Neumann J, Oliver N.  2009.  Sensing and predicting the pulse of the city through shared bicycling. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

Froehlich J, Dillahunt T, Klasnja P, Mankoff J, Consolvo S, Harrison B, Landay JA.  2009.  UbiGreen: investigating a mobile tool for tracking and supporting green transportation habits. Proceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems.


Consolvo S, Klasnja P, McDonald DW, Avrahami D, Froehlich J, LeGrand L, Libby R, Mosher K, Landay JA.  2008.  Flowers or a robot army?: encouraging awareness & activity with personal, mobile displays Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Ubiquitous computing.

Saponas T, Lester J, Froehlich J, Fogarty J, Landay J.  2008.  ilearn on the iphone: Real-time human activity classification on commodity mobile phones. University of Washington CSE Tech Report UW-CSE-08-04-02.

Consolvo S, McDonald DW, Toscos T, Chen MY, Froehlich J, Harrison B, Klasnja P, LaMarca A, LeGrand L, Libby R et al..  2008.  Activity sensing in the wild: a field trial of ubifit garden. Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.

Klasnja P, Harrison BL, LeGrand L, LaMarca A, Froehlich J, Hudson SE.  2008.  Using wearable sensors and real time inference to understand human recall of routine activities. Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Ubiquitous computing.


Consolvo S, Harrison B, Smith I, Chen MY, Everitt K, Froehlich J, Landay JA.  2007.  Conducting In Situ Evaluations for and With Ubiquitous Computing Technologies. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 22(1-2):103-118.

Froehlich J, Chen MY, Consolvo S, Harrison B, Landay JA.  2007.  Increasing the breadth: applying sensors, inference and self-report in field studies with the MyExperience tool. Proceedings of the 1st international workshop on System evaluation for mobile platforms.

Froehlich J, Chen MY, Consolvo S, Harrison B, Landay JA.  2007.  MyExperience: a system for in situ tracing and capturing of user feedback on mobile phones. Proceedings of the 5th international conference on Mobile systems, applications and services.

Froehlich J, Wobbrock JO, Kane SK.  2007.  Barrier pointing: using physical edges to assist target acquisition on mobile device touch screens. Proceedings of the 9th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility, October.



de Souza C, Froehlich J, Dourish P.  2005.  Seeking the source: software source code as a social and technical artifact. Proceedings of the 2005 international ACM SIGGROUP conference on Supporting group work.

Varshavsky A, Chen MY, de Lara E, Froehlich J, Haehnel D, Hightower J, LaMarca A, Potter F, Sohn T, Tang K et al..  2005.  Are GSM phones THE solution for localization? Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, 2006. WMCSA'06. Proceedings. 7th IEEE Workshop on.


Froehlich J, Dourish P.  2004.  Unifying artifacts and activities in a visual tool for distributed software development teams. 26th International Conference on Software Engineering, 2004. ICSE 2004. Proceedings.

Ferris B, Froehlich J.  2004.  WalkSAT as an Informed Heuristic to DPLL in SAT Solving. Department of Computer Science, University of Washington, Seattle.