The Laboratory for Usability Testing and Evaluation (LUTE) was founded in 1990 as a self-supporting research facility at the University of Washington. LUTE is an interdisciplinary facility funded by the Student Technology Fee and by research projects funded by companies and organizations. LUTE also supports research projects led by UW faculty and students, and provides training facilities for graduate and undergraduate students who are studying usability research. In 2007, LUTE won the ACM SIGDOC Diana Award “…for their long-term contribution to the field of communication design.”
LUTE is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art facilities for University of Washington students who are studying usability research, user interface/interaction/experience design, and human-computer interaction. LUTE also provides educational tours and short workshops on usability evaluation methods for graduate and undergraduate classes at UW that focus on human-computer interaction, human factors, and user-centered design.
As part of our commitment to promoting engineering education to the larger community, LUTE provides educational tours and activities for students in the Seattle-Metro area by participating in the annual UW College of Engineering Discovery Days and other education outreach events.
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