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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

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

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

UW CSE Ski Day 2014 @ Stevens Pass

Hank.TinaFriday was UW CSE Ski Day 2014 – faculty, staff, and students enjoying more than 100″ of snow at Stevens Pass.  Hank was all smiles until Tina smoked him …

April 4, 2014

Congratulations to UW CSE’s 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients!

imagesNSF Graduate Research Fellowships are among the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in the STEM fields.  The 2014 NSF GSRFs were announced today, and UW CSE has a bumper crop!

  • UW CSE Ph.D. student Camille Cobb
  • UW CSE Ph.D. student Scott Lundberg
  • UW CSE Ph.D. student Lauren Milne
  • UW CSE Ph.D. student Greg Nelson
  • UW CSE Ph.D. student Trevor Perrier
  • UW EE Ph.D. student Edward Wang, who works with CSE/EE faculty member Shwetak Patel
  • UW CSE Bachelors alum Michael Lam (now a Ph.D. student at Oregon State)
  • UW CSE Bachelors alum Jerry Li (now a Ph.D. student at MIT)
  • UW CSE Bachelors alum Grace Muzny
  • UW CSE Bachelors alum Laure Thompson (now a Ph.D. student at Cornell)

In addition, Honorable Mentions were received by UW CSE Ph.D. students Meg Campbell, Pavel Panchekha, and Doug Woos.

Go team!

April 1, 2014

Microsoft highlights UW CSE Ph.D. student Kyle Rector

1781147_10152029454208721_1133944543_oKyle Rector, a fourth-year UW CSE Ph.D. student, has developed Eyes-Free Yoga, which uses Microsoft Kinect to track body movements and quickly offer verbal feedback for various yoga poses. A mix of a video game and exercise, Eyes-Free yoga makes a typically visual exercise accessible to people without sight.

Kyle is featured on the Microsoft Facebook Page and in Microsoft’s “The Fire Hose” news blog.

Learn more about Kyle and her work here.

March 8, 2014

UW CSE welcomes new graduate students at the “Pit Party”

IMG_1861This evening, UW CSE faculty, staff, and graduate students welcomed the incoming class of graduate students at our annual “Pit Party” potluck dinner, held this year at the Burke Museum on the UW campus.

The name “Pit Party” is … a bit obscure. Of our currently active faculty, only Richard Ladner ever spent time in the actual “pit.”

In the 1960′s, CSE (then called “the Computer Science Group”) was partially housed in the basement of Roberts Hall – once the home of UW’s College of Mines.  You guessed it – there was a facsimile mine in the basement, where our annual welcoming party was held!

Here’s a 1970 letter from CSE professor Jean-Loup Baer to the Dean of the Graduate School describing housing conditions for junior faculty. Makes Sieg Hall look like heaven!

A bit more history:

A School of Mining Engineering was established at UW in 1898. Milnor Roberts, after whom Roberts Hall is named, became Dean in 1901.  The School began its life in Denny Hall, then moved to Parrington Hall (at that time called Science Hall), and in 1910 moved to a brick powerhouse which had been constructed for 1909′s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (held on the UW campus), which was re-named Mines Hall. The School was re-named the College of Mines, and moved to the new Mines Laboratory (the south half of the current Roberts Hall) in 1921. In 1947, reflecting decreased interest in mining engineering, the College was re-named the School of Mineral Engineering and given departmental status in UW’s College of Engineering. In 1968, reflecting decreased interest in mineral engineering and increased prominence of ceramic engineering, the School became the Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Ceramic Engineering, and in 1983 it became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

A working model of the Cripple Creek Gold Mine in Colorado was constructed as an exhibit for 1909′s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. It later went to the World’s Fair in Belgium, and then to the basement of Roberts Hall – the pit! It ultimately was donated to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry.

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering was established as an inter-college graduate program – the Computer Science Group – in 1967, and was housed in Roberts Hall. Jerre Noe was hired from SRI as CSE’s first chair in 1968; was succeeded by Hellmut Golde (1976), Bob Ritchie (1977), Paul Young (1983), Jean-Loup Baer (1988), Ed Lazowska (1993), David Notkin (2001), and Hank Levy (2006). In 1975 an undergraduate program in Computer Science was added, departmental status was conferred within the College of Arts & Sciences, and Sieg Hall became our home. A second undergraduate program, in Computer Engineering, was added in 1989 when the department moved to the College of Engineering and was re-named the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering was dedicated in 2003.

The University of Washington was established as the Territorial University of Washington in 1861, only 10 years after Seattle was settled and 18 years before Washington became a state. UW’s founder and first president, Asa Shinn Mercer, blazed the trail for a proud record of UW entrepreneurship and public service: he left his post after only two years, heading east to Massachusetts in 1863 and again in 1865 to recruit more than 100 young women – “The Mercer Girls” – to move to Seattle, funded by donations from eager men. In recognition of this contribution to civic life, he was elected to the Territorial Legislature. (Former UW President Bill Gerberding often remarked on the fact that one of his predecessors quit to run a brothel …)

September 28, 2013

UW CSE Ph.D. students Kyle Rector, Paris Koutris to attend Heidelberg Laureate Forum

logoThe 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum  takes place September 22-27, 2013.

Forty Abel, Fields, Turing, and Nevanlinna Laureates – winners of the most prestigious awards in the computer and mathematical sciences – will spend a full week interacting with 200 selected young researchers from around the globe.

UW CSE Ph.D. students Kyle Rector and Paris Koutris are among the 200 invited attendees.  The Heidelberg Laureate Forum blog has a wonderful writeup on Kyle’s research.

Congratulations to Kyle and Paris on this tremendous honor – and tremendous opportunity!

September 17, 2013

UW CSE rocks at Ubicomp … again!

Proceedings-largeACM Ubicomp, the world’s top conference for pervasive and ubiquitous computing, was held Sept 8-12 in Zurich Switzerland.  For the seventh consecutive year, UW CSE took home a bundle of awards:

Congratulations one and all!  Check it all out here!

September 16, 2013

CSE’s Adrian Sampson wins Google Global Ph.D. Fellowship

arGoogle has announced the 39 winners of their 2013 Global Ph.D. Fellowships:  2 from Australia, 4 from China, 13 from Europe, 5 from India, and 15 from the United States and Canada.  UW CSE’s Adrian Sampson is among the 15 winners from the United States and Canada.  UW CSE Ph.D. alumna Roxana Geambasu, now on the faculty at Columbia University, is highlighted in the Google press release as a previous winner of the award.

Congratulations to Adrian and Roxana!

June 11, 2013

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