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Remembering David Notkin

photo(3)photo(4)David Notkin – UW CSE’s department chair from 2001-06 and holder of the Warren Francis and Wilma Kolm Bradley Endowed Chair in Computer Science & Engineering – passed away one year ago today, on April 22 2013.

Today David’s tombstone was unveiled at a ceremony attended by many of his family, friends and colleagues – followed by an expedition to watch the Seattle Mariners, a franchise that inexplicably managed to earn David’s loyalty, lose their 8th straight.


April 22, 2014

CSE’s Shiri Azenkot wins 2014 UW Graduate School Medal

shiriShiri Azenkot, a UW CSE Ph.D. student who is completing her studies with CSE professor Richard Ladner and iSchool professor (and CSE Adjunct professor) Jake Wobbrock, has been selected to receive the 2014 University of Washington Graduate School Medal.

The Graduate School awards the Medal “to recognize Ph.D. candidates whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the University and its larger community.”

Shiri’s research concerns eyes-free text input on mainstream mobile devices using gestures and speech. Her goal is to enable blind people to use mainstream mobile devices as effectively and efficiently as sighted people. As a secondary pursuit, she explores how mainstream technology can enable blind and deaf-blind people to travel more independently.

Shiri is the fourth CSE Ph.D. student to receive the Graduate School Medal.  CSE’s Yaw Anokwa received the 2011 Graduate School Medal.  CSE’s Anna Cavender received the 2010 Graduate School Medal.  CSE’s Vibha Sazawal received the 2004 Graduate School Medal.

Congratulations Shiri!  Learn more about her work here.


April 21, 2014

Georg Seelig wins ONR Young Investigator Award

spr10_seelig240xGeorg Seelig, UW CSE+EE professor, is one of 24 “early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Department of Defense” named recipients of 3-year Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards.

Over the years, research by ONRYI recipients has led to breakthroughs in nanoscience, fiber-laser systems, ultrafast optoelectronic devices and more.  This year’s 24 recipients were selected from a pool of roughly 280 candidates.

Georg’s research is focused on understanding how biological organisms process information using complex biochemical networks and how such networks can be engineered to program cellular behavior. Circuit elements engineered from DNA and RNA components are being applied to problems in disease diagnostics and therapy.  Learn more here.

Georg is the ninth UW CSE faculty member to receive an ONR YI Award. He also continues the remarkable record of faculty hired under the ExCEL joint recruiting effort by UW CSE and EE:  Shwetak Patel, Georg, Josh Smith, and most recently Matt Reynolds.

Congratulations Georg!

April 21, 2014

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

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