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UW CSE’s Richard Ladner wins SIGCHI Social Impact Award

ladner_smUW CSE professor Richard Ladner has been recognized far and wide for his extraordinary work on accessible computing.

Richard’s most recent honor comes from the ACM Special Interest Group on human-computer interaction, SIGCHI, which will present Richard with its Social Impact Award at CHI 2014 in Toronto later this month – given “to individuals who promote the application of human-computer interaction research to pressing social needs.”

Read the citation here.  Learn more about Richard and his work here.

Congratulations once again, Richard!

April 24, 2014

UW CSE’s Center for Game Science in NY Times

CGS-logoThe New York Times article “Not Just Playing Around Anymore” features, among other initiatives, work by UW CSE’s Zoran Popovic and the Center for Game Science:

“One speaker at this year’s festival is Zoran Popovic, the director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, in Seattle. He led the team of researchers responsible for the puzzle game Foldit, which sought to crowdsource a solution to a scientific problem. Foldit asked players to take on the role of a biochemist and map out how proteins might be folded in nature. The game provided scores based on how well they performed. Three papers in the journal Nature have been published, based on Foldit discoveries, since the game’s release in 2008; the most famous, in 2011, explained how Foldit players had helped to decipher the structure of an AIDS-related enzyme, a problem that scientists had been trying to solve for years.

“Mr. Popovic plans to unveil a new project this week, a synthetic-biology game called NanoCrafter, whose goal is to discover molecular structures that could benefit vaccine and cancer research.”

Read more here.

April 24, 2014

Vote for SNUPI as GeekWire’s “Gadget of the Year”

Awards0GWA_banners_300x250-02-300x249Balloting for the GeekWire Awards continues, with UW startup SNUPI (Gabe Cohn, Jeremy Jaech, Shwetak Patel, Matt Reynolds) one of five finalists for “Gadget of the Year.”

Vote for SNUPI as “Gadget of the Year” here!

And while you’re at it …

UW’s Ambient Backscatter is a finalist for “Innovation of the Year,” here.

Long-time UW CSE professor Oren Etzioni, who recently left to lead Paul Allen’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, is a finalist for “Hire of the Year,” here.

Rover.com, founded by Madrona’s Greg Gottesman, who taught our Entrepreneurship course during Winter Quarter, is a finalist for “Startup of the Year,” here.

“Geek of the Year” is a tough choice: finalists include Code.org’s Hadi Partovi, Madrona’s Julie Sandler, and frequent CSE guest lecturer Dan Shapiro.  Let your conscience be your guide, here.

Sarah Bird of Moz, who appeared in a recent UW CSE promotional video, is a finalist for “CEO of the Year,” here.

Adina Mangubat, who founded Spiral Genetics while a UW student, is a finalist for “Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” here.

Madrona company Redfin, led by Glenn Kelman – frequent UW CSE guest lecturer and, along with Sarah Bird, a participant in UW CSE’s recent promotional video – is a finalist for “Next Tech Titan,” here.

Vote early and often!  One vote in each category per IP address, but don’t let that be a barrier!

April 24, 2014

UW CSE Ph.D. alum Gary Kildall to be honored by IEEE on Friday

GK_ONeal-542x761-213x300On Friday, 1972 UW CSE Ph.D. alum Gary Kildall will be honored by IEEE with a “Milestones in Electrical Engineering and Computing” plaque at the site of his company Digital Research Inc. in Pacific Grove, CA.

Kildall’s CP/M was the first microcomputer operating system, and the dominant OS throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, until Microsoft purchased QDOS (a CP/M lookalike) from UW CSE bachelors alum Tim Paterson and licensed it to IBM as MS-DOS.

Seattle Times article here.  UW CSE News post with multiple links to background material here.

April 23, 2014

CSE’s Brandon Lucia, David Balatero are netcat: “Cycles Per Instruction”

a2518472733_2UW CSE Ph.D. alum Brandon Lucia and bachelors alum David Balatero are 2/3′s of the band netcat.  Brandon writes:

“We use lots of computers in our band so we released our album as a working Linux kernel module (as well as digital and cassette).  Various social media + Internet personalities (Hacker News, Reddit, jwz.org, twitter, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Dan Kaminski, etc.) all nodded to it.   In fact gregkh, the maintainer of Linux-stable, has contributed 2 patches!  It’s still on pg 1 of Hacker News this evening and we’ve gotten thousands of new people listening as a result!”

April 23, 2014

Jeff Heer’s “Semantically Resonant Colors” in Harvard Business Review

semantic-colorsWork by UW CSE professor Jeff Heer and his students is featured in Harvard Business Review.

The idea is that concepts are much more readily grasped if colors in visualizations are chosen with an eye to “semantic relevance” or “semantic resonance” – the idea that the color is related in some way to the concept being depicted.

Harvard Business Review article here.  Research web page here.

April 23, 2014

Vote for Oren Etzioni as GeekWire’s “Hire of the Year”

Today’s categwagory in the annual GeekWire Awards:  “Hire of the Year.”

One of the candidates:  long-time UW CSE professor Oren Etzioni, hired by Paul Allen to lead the new Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Vote early and often!  Ballot here.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to vote for CSE’s Ambient Backscatter as GeekWire’s “Innovation of the Year” – information (and other recommendations) here.

April 23, 2014

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.

See a lovely tribute from UW CSE alumnus Wayne Yamamoto here.

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

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