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UW CSE’s Gaetano Borriello, students featured in Columns

researchThe June issue of Columns – the University of Washington Alumni Magazine – features work by CSE professor Gaetano Borriello and students including Rohit Chaudhri, Brian DeRenzi, and Saloni Parikh, in the article “Mobile Medicine”:

“For infants in sub-Saharan Africa who are born pre-term, with low birth weight or with HIV, access to human breast milk can mean the difference between life and death. Human milk banks have been established to solve this problem, but they tend to be expensive, requiring electricity, computer access and clean water. These are often scarce commodities in this part of the world.

“Faculty and students at the UW are rapidly innovating to solve problems like this. The prevailing attitude among these motivated faculty and students: a good idea is a good idea regardless of the source and collaboration – especially novel collaboration – produces better solutions than a scientist working in isolation.

“A collaboration between UW Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and PATH, a Seattle-area non-governmental organization, has led to a simple, ingenious solution to the breastfeeding dilemma.”

The article closes with this inspiring message:

“Borriello, who has taught at the UW for 25 years, says that students are quite different now. Like Parikh, DeRenzi and Chaudhri, they want to use technology to work on things that really matter. ‘During the dotcom boom, people were in it for the money. They wanted the degree to get into that world and cash in,’ says Borriello. He says there undoubtedly will be more projects emerging from the UW that help research efforts and provide answers that contribute to improved global health.”

Read more in Columns here. Learn more about Open Data Kit, a tool that provides the data collection foundation for this work, here. Read a related recent article – about the collaboration between UW CSE and the global health care provider AMPATH – here.

Gaetano was also recognized in the June issue of Columns as the recipient of the 2014 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. UW CSE department chair Hank Levy is quoted:

“Gaetano once told me that he treats every student as a peer. He sees graduate students as our future colleagues, and therefore he treats them with the respect and collegiality that a colleague would deserve. This is true at every level – graduate student, undergraduate, or high-school student – all are potential future colleagues and deserve the same respect.”

Read about Gaetano and UW’s other 2014 faculty award winners here.

June 1, 2014

UW CSE – current and future – rocks in ACM Student Research Competition

3 studentsThe ACM Student Research Competition  is an internationally recognized venue celebrating undergraduate and graduate student research.  In the Grand Finals, first, second, and third place awards are made in both undergraduate and graduate student categories, considering students from all geographies and all research areas.

In the 2014 Grand Finals:

  • Graduate student, second place: UW CSE graduate student Sai Zhang.

Sai was recognized for research that addresses configuration errors, which cause correct software to behave in undesired ways.  Sai created techniques and tools that enable programmers and end-users to find and fix configuration errors.

  • Undergraduate student, second place: UW CSE incoming graduate student James Bornholt, currently at the Australian National University.

While an undergraduate at ANU, James did multiple internships at Microsoft Research. At ANU and MSR he did research on dealing with uncertainty in mainstream programming languages – for example, dealing with uncertainty from sensor readings in mobile applications.

  • Undergraduate student, third place: UW CSE incoming graduate student Carlo Del Mundo, currently at Virginia Tech.

Carlo worked at Virginia Tech on accelerating fast Fourier transform on modern GPU hardware.

Congratulations to Sai, James, and Carlo! Learn about all the winners here.

May 23, 2014

CSE’s Karl Koscher on WXXI/NPR Connections “Science Roundtable”

Connections_News_HighlightToday’s monthly “Science Roundtable” on WXXI/NPR Connections featured UW CSE Ph.D. student Karl Koscher discussing online security in the wake of Heartbleed, former UW CSE faculty member (and current University of Rochester department chair) Henry Kautz discussing artificial intelligence, and Henry’s Ph.D. alum (and current Google[x] data scientist) Adam Sadilek discussing trend-tracking via Twitter.

Listen here.

May 5, 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

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

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