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ColdTrace wins Vodafone Wireless Innovation Competition

rohitColdTrace – research by Nexleaf Analytics and UW CSE Ph.D. student Rohit Chaudhri – has won this year’s Vodafone Wireless Innovation Competition.

ColdTrace is a low-cost wireless sensor designed to improve access to vaccines which protect thousands of children against diseases such as tuberculosis and polio. The sensor remotely monitors the temperature of vaccines. It also provides a better understanding of the vaccine cold storage, transportation and distribution infrastructures, particularly in areas where regular records are not maintained.

Nexleaf Analytics is a nonprofit technology company co-founded by UCLA Ph.D. alumna Nithya Ramanathan that provides lightweight sensor technologies for measuring the impact of critical public health and environmental interventions.

Watch a descriptive video here.

June 2, 2013

CSE’s Mike Hotan, Jim Youngquist win 2013 Google SVA Scholarships

MJThe newest addition to the Google scholarships family is the Google Student Veterans of America (SVA) Scholarship.  Google has partnered with the nonprofit Student Veterans of America to support their mission of providing veterans with the resources, support and advocacy they need to succeed in higher education and throughout their careers.

Incredibly, two of the eight winners of inaugural Google SVA Scholarships are UW CSE students:  undergraduate student Mike Hotan (USA Special Forces 2008-present) and graduate student Jim Youngquist (USAF, 2002-08).  (Interesting aside:  Jim is currently Mike’s TA in the undergraduate Operating Systems course.)

Congratulations to Mike and Jim!

May 2, 2013

UW CSE’s Dieter Fox in Seattle Weekly, UW Daily

df“In ‘The Jetsons,’ a cartoon about a space-age nuclear family, the robot Rosie seamlessly understands and performs the commands of the Jetson family, easily completes household chores like vacuuming and dusting, while effortlessly caring for the Jetson children.

“Although this sort of technology remains out of our reach, UW researchers are bringing us one step closer.”

Read more in The Daily here.  Read more in Seattle Weekly here.

April 18, 2013

7 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to UW CSE students

nsfGraduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation are among the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in the sciences and engineering.

Three UW CSE graduate students and four UW CSE undergraduates have just been announced as winners of 2013 NSF GRF’s:  graduate students Lilian de Greef, Ben Hixon, and Irene Zhang, undergraduate seniors Sam Hopkins and David Colmenares, and former CSE undergraduates Gabriel Pratt (currently a graduate student in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at UC San Diego) and Ada Zhang (currently a graduate student in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon).

Congratulations!

March 29, 2013

CSE’s Lydia Chilton, Nicki Dell win Facebook Graduate Fellowships

Nicki-200x300lydiaUW CSE Ph.D. students Lydia Chilton and Nicki Dell have been named as winners of 2013-14  Facebook Graduate Fellowships.

Lydia works with James Landay and Dan Weld on crowdsourcing. She spent the 2010-11 academic year at MSR-Asia in Beijing observing Landay trying to speak Chinese.

Nicki works with Gaetano Borriello and Linda Shapiro on computer vision, machine-learning and human-computer interaction, with a focus on designing and evaluating applications that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

Lydia and Nicki were among 12 top students from the nation’s top programs who received Facebook Graduate Fellowships.  UW CSE Ph.D. students Raymond Cheng and Paris Koutris were among 27 Finalists.

Congratulations to Lydia, Nicki, Raymond, and Paris!  Read the Facebook announcement here.

March 26, 2013

UW wins Hawaiian “Big Splash” Cyber Defense Competition

splashBatman’s Kitchen, an interdisciplinary team involving students from CSE, the iSchool, EE, and pre-engineering, won the Hawaiian “Big Splash” Cyber Defense Competition held 8-10 March 2013.  The competition is designed to bring practitioners in industry and government together with students in a competition environment.  Teams were given a scenario of critical infrastructure in a business setting to defend against attacks by hackers (the red team) while also completing injects (e.g., setup a database, block certain websites, database audits, etc.) throughout the three-day competition.

On Day 2 of the competition, the head of the red team initiated a full-on attack against the UW team – beyond the scope of the regular competition.  The team successfully protected their network for several hours while under attack.  By 5pm on the final day of the competition, it was announced that the UW team had won by hundreds of points over the military teams entered in the competition.

The trophy for the competition will be awarded in Seattle next week.

UW participants:

  • Melody Kadenko (team advisor and competition judge), CSE
  • Bryan Eastes, CSE
  • Atanas Kirilov, CSE
  • Karl Koscher, CSE
  • David Mah, CSE
  • Michael McKeirnan, pre-engineering
  • Aasav Prakash, CSE
  • Jordan Puryear, iSchool
  • Ed Samson, CSE
  • Omar Sandoval, CSE
  • Ian Smith, CSE
  • Andrew Sorensen, UW Tacoma
  • Carlo Valentin, iSchool
  • Tim Vega, CSE
  • Rafael Vertido, CSE
  • Cullen Walsh, CSE alum
  • Thomas Winegarden, iSchool
  • Tariq Yusuf, CSE
  • Lars Zornes, CSE

Go team!

March 11, 2013

CSE’s Lilian de Greef wins 2013 Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship

jugThe Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students, designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a Ph.D.  This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies.

Lilian de Greef, a Harvey Mudd College undergraduate in her first year as a UW CSE Ph.D. student in Shwetak Patel’s Ubiquitous Computing Lab, has been named one of 10 recipients of 2013 Microsoft Graduate Women’s Scholarships.

Lilian joins past UW CSE recipients Katie Kuksenok, Nell O’Rourke, and Tamara Denning, plus UW CSE bachelors alum Justine Sherry who received the scholarship as a graduate student at UC Berkeley.

Congratulations to Lilian, and thanks to Microsoft!

February 8, 2013

UW Daily on UW CSE’s FoneAstra project

130128 BH Breast Milk WEB 2.full“The capabilities of mobile devices have been expanding to serve purposes far beyond communication. More recently, this trend has centered around creating smartphone applications for medical purposes.

“A project out of the UW uses new technology to monitor safe breast milk pasteurization with a mobile device. This app, called FoneAstra, was developed by UW computer science and engineering (CSE) graduate student Rohit Chaudhri in collaboration with the Seattle-based nongovernmental organization PATH and the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE).”

“With a portable receipt printer, an android phone, and a temperature probe, hospital staff are now able to track the milk and regulate the temperature during pasteurization for around $700 instead of costing between $10,000 and $50,000.”

Read more here.  Learn more about the project here.

February 1, 2013

Another CACM “Research Highlight” for UW CSE’s Hadi Esmaeilzadeh

HadiWhen University of Texas faculty stars Doug Burger and Kathryn McKinley moved to Microsoft Research, they brought with them graduate student Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, who transferred to UW CSE and added CSE’s Luis Ceze as an advisor.

Hadi has had an amazing streak of high-profile results recently:

And now, another:

Congratulations again, Hadi!

February 1, 2013

CSE’s Nicki Dell, Katie Kuksenok, Kyle Rector honored by Palantir

pUW CSE Ph.D. students Nicki Dell, Katie Kuksenok, and Kyle Rector have been recognized this year’s Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology.

Nicki, as one of two runners-up (there were two grand winners), received a $7,000 scholarship.  Katie, as one of five finalists, received a $2,000 scholarship.  Kyle was one of 10 semi-finalists.

Congratulations to Nicki, Katie, and Kyle – and thanks to Palantir!

January 25, 2013

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