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Vote for UW’s Ambient Backscatter for GeekWire’s “Innovation of the Year”

Awards0GWA_banners_300x250-02-300x249It’s that time of year again – the GeekWire Awards.

UW’s Ambient Backscatter is one of five finalists for “Innovation of the Year.”  Vote early and often!

Here’s the ballot.

Learn more about Ambient Backscatter here.

In other award categories:  Rover.com, co-founded by Madrona’s Greg Gottesman, is a finalist for Startup of the Year.

Sarah Bird of Moz, a finalist for CEO of the Year, was kind enough to participate in a nifty KIRO TV video sponsored by UW CSE.

April 18, 2014

CSE Ph.D. alum Donald Chinn wins 2014 UW Distinguished Teaching Award

ChinnUW CSE Ph.D. alum Donald Chinn, an Associate Professor in UW-Tacoma’s Institute of Technology, is one of seven winners of 2014 University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Donald will be recognized at the Awards of Excellence ceremony on June 12 – along with UW CSE professor Gaetano Borriello, who will receive the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award.

Congratulations Donald!


April 18, 2014

UW CSE Ph.D. alum Noah Snavely wins PECASE award

Noah3UW CSE Ph.D. alumnus Noah Snavely, now on the computer science faculty at Cornell University, is one of three computer science recipients of this year’s NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the United States government’s highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Noah, whose Ph.D. advisor was Steve Seitz, was recognized “For innovative research in developing new computer-vision algorithms for scalable 3-D reconstruction; camera location estimation from diverse unknown cameras; and innovations in STEM education.”

Read the NSF announcement here.

April 17, 2014

Joel Cohn, Shiri Azenkot, Julie Kientz, Eric Klavins: UW College of Engineering “Community of Innovators” award winners!

innov_banner3Each year the University of Washington College of Engineering presents “Community of Innovators” awards to a half dozen faculty and staff members.

This year’s Classified Staff Innovator:  CSE’s Joel Cohn.

This year’s Student Innovator for Research:  CSE’s Shiri Azenkot.

This year’s Faculty Innovator for Research:  HCDE faculty member and CSE Adjunct faculty member Julie Kientz.

This year’s Faculty Innovator for Teaching and Learning:  EE faculty member and CSE Adjunct faculty member Eric Klavins.

Congratulations Joel, Shiri, Julie, and Eric!

April 16, 2014

Seattle Tech Meetup @ UW CSE

IMG_2769Seattle Tech Meetup – Seattle’s largest ongoing monthly event – brings the technology and startup community together on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Today was UW CSE’s annual opportunity to host STM.  Somewhere north of 500 people crammed into the Allen Center atrium to socialize and hear about 5 UW startups:

Our thanks to the fire marshal for his absence!

Excellent article in GeekWire here: “‘It’s great to see the vibrancy of Seattle’s tech startup community – and it’s great to have a ‘gathering of the tribe’ in our building,’ said Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the UW.”IMG_8114.jpg-1024x682

April 15, 2014

Alisha Saxena to represent Central Puget Sound at 2014 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

Alisha-Saxena-cropAlisha Saxena, a senior from Interlake High School, was named the First Runner-Up in the 2014 Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Alisha’s project, “Analyzing and Preventing Quick Response Code Based Malware and Phishing Attacks for Smartphones,” was conducted in UW CSE’s Security and Privacy Research Laboratory, where she has been mentored by Ph.D. student Franzi Roesner and professor Yoshi Kohno.

In addition to being named First Runner-Up, Alisha also won first place in the Computer Science category and the Intel Excellence in Computer Science award.  We reported in December on Alisha’s recognition as a Winner in the 2014 National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Alisha and the Grand Champion – Meera Srinivasan, a junior at Interlake High School – will receive an all-expense-paid trip to represent the Central Puget Sound region at the 2014 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this May.

Congratulations, Alisha!

April 14, 2014

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship to Vincent Liu, Vamsi Talla

lightbulb_732x107_0UW CSE Ph.D. student Vincent Liu and UW EE Ph.D. student Vamsi Talla, working with UW CSE professor Shyam Gollakota and UW CSE+EE professor Josh Smith, are one of 9 teams to receive 2014 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships.

Out of 137 submitted proposals (from 18 schools) Qualcomm first selected 34 finalists, then the 9 winning teams, each of whom are awarded a $100,000 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship.

Vincent and Vamsi are working on the Ambient Backscatter project.

Another of the 9 winning teams:  Georgia Tech Ph.D. students Amir Yazdanbakhsh and Bradley Thwaites, advised by UW CSE Ph.D. alum Hadi Esmaeilzadeh and UW CSE Affiliate professor (and Microsoft Research Director of Client & Cloud Apps and Hadi’s Ph.D. co-advisor with UW CSE’s Luis Ceze) Doug Burger.

(Last year, UW CSE Ph.D. students Theirry Moreau and Adrian Sampson, advised by UW CSE professors Luis Ceze and Dan Grossman, were one of 8 winning teams.)

Go team!

April 14, 2014

Best paper at IEEE RFID

imageThe Sensor Systems Lab – in the person of EE graduate student Aaron Parks and CSE+EE faculty member Joshua Smith – has won the Best Paper Award at IEEE RFID for the paper Sifting Through the Airwaves: Efficient and Scalable Multiband RF Harvesting.

Previous ambient RF harvesting systems worked for only one pre-selected frequency.  The new multi-band harvester can capture power from any subset of a group of pre-selected frequencies.  Previous systems would be unlikely to work when moved from one city to another; the new technique enhances mobility.  In addition, it allows more power to be captured, since the new harvester can capture power from multiple sources simultaneously.

Read the paper here.  More from the Sensor Systems Lab here.

April 13, 2014

Sound Startups

UntitledUW CSE is sponsoring a KIRO TV series, “Sound Startups,” highlighting the Puget Sound region’s innovation economy. The promo for the series features Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI), Sarah Bird (Moz), and Glenn Kelman (Redfin). It’s great! Check it out:  mp4 here; Windows Media here.  Vimeo and downloads here.

April 12, 2014

Automated age-progression software lets you see how a child will age!

Agre-progression_1-620x158It’s a guessing game parents like to ponder: What will my child look like when she grows up? For better or for worse, research by UW CSE professors Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman and Steve Seitz and UW CSE graduate student Supasorn Suwajanakorn has yielded software that answers this question!

Using a single photo of a 3-year-old, the software automatically renders facial images at multiple ages. The researchers tested their rendered images against those of 82 actual people photographed over a span of years. In an experiment asking random users to identify the correct aged photo for each example, they found that users picked the automatically rendered photos about as often as the real-life ones.

The work is described in the UW News release here and the research project web page here.  (Both include example images and videos.)  A paper will be presented at CVPR this week.

Scary …

April 9, 2014

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