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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

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).


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

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