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New York Times: “Technology’s Man Problem”

UntitledA thought-provoking article by Claire Cain Miller:

“‘It’s a thousand tiny paper cuts,’ is how Ashe Dryden, a programmer who now consults on increasing diversity in technology, described working in tech.”

“‘We see these stories, ‘Why aren’t there more women in computer science and engineering?’ and there’s all these complicated answers like, ‘School advisers don’t have them take math and physics,’ and it’s probably true,’ said Lauren Weinstein, a man who has spent his four-decade career in tech working mostly with other men, and is currently a consultant for Google. ‘But I think there’s probably a simpler reason,’ he said, ‘which is these guys are just jerks, and women know it.’”

A bright spot, later in the article:

“When Ms. Shevinsky was introduced to engineering culture at Williams College, she got no hint of sexism … she described engineer friends as ‘forward-thinking feminists.’”

Must-reading, here.  Let’s make sure UW CSE provides a supportive environment for everyone.

April 6, 2014

UW Daily discovers AllSee

140402_AS_InsideMain_WEB.preview“AllSee, a gesture-recognition system being developed by UW researchers, is bringing this technology to smartphones and similar devices.

“AllSee uses existing signals put out by other electronic devices to read the users’ hand movements, using 1,000 to 10,000 times less power than similar systems. The technology can even operate on devices without batteries.”

Read the UW Daily article here.  Learn more about AllSee here.

April 4, 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

UW CSE @ Paul G. Allen’s Living Computer Museum

20140403-_BRH1953On Thursday, 250 UW CSE alumni, friends, families, faculty, and staff gathered at Paul G. Allen’s Living Computer Museum for an evening of fellowship and nostalgia.

For those of you who have not yet visited the Living Computer Museum, it’s a treat!  Everything works, and everything is hands-on!

Bruce Hemingway photos of the event here.

April 4, 2014

CSE’s Gaetano Borriello wins UW’s 2014 Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

meThe Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award allows the UW Graduate School to honor those members of the faculty who exemplify excellence in graduate education.

Gaetano Borriello, the Jerre D. Noe Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, has been announced as the 2014 recipient of this award.  In his letter announcing the award, UW President Michael Young said:  “Your students and colleagues nominated you with the highest praise for your exemplary commitment and skill in mentoring graduate students.   They strongly commend you for raising the quality of graduate programs, for recruiting some of the very best students, and for setting an outstanding example of work-life balance.   I join them in their tribute to you and extend my congratulations and appreciation for your outstanding dedication and service.”

The award will be presented to Gaetano by President Young at the annual UW Awards of Excellence ceremony on Thursday June 12th, 2014, from 3:30 to 4:30 in Meany Hall.

The Landolt Award – named for former Dean of the Graduate School Marsha Landolt – was introduced in 1999.  CSE professor David Notkin received the second award, in 2000.  CSE adjunct professor Tom Daniel received the fourth award, in 2002.

Congratulations Gaetano!!

April 2, 2014

UW CSE Networks & Wireless Lab in Xconomy

AllSee-close-300x199Xconomy describes a collection of astonishing innovations from UW CSE’s Networks & Wireless Lab, led by Shyam Gollakota:

“The chorus of Hotel California sings out from the mobile phone in Bryce Kellogg’s pocket. He waves his hand to turn down the volume. He flicks his fingers a couple of times and Stairway to Heaven plays. The phone never leaves his pocket.

“It looks like a parlor trick, but the underlying technology, developed by a team of University of Washington electrical engineers and computer scientists, has potential to enable natural gesture control of the broadest range of electronic devices, even those with no batteries.

“The technology – a prototype of which was attached to Kellogg’s off-the-shelf Android phone – is called AllSee. Kellogg and fellow doctoral student Vamsi Talla refined it over the course of the last year with Shyam Gollakota, a UW assistant professor of computer science and engineering …

“Computer science professor Ed Lazowska describes Gollakota as ‘an idea factory.’ He and his students have won acclaim for recent research projects including WiSee, which measures Doppler shifts in wireless network signals as a medium for gesture controls, and Ambient Backscatter, which harvests small amounts of power from radio signals for communication devices and is being applied in AllSee.”

Read more here.

April 2, 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

The Atlantic: ROI for colleges and for specific degree programs

Atlantic chartsWe firmly believe that you shouldn’t choose a college or a specific degree program based on financial return-on-investment (ROI).

But if you choose to ignore our advice … take a look at The Atlantic‘s article on ROI for colleges and for specific degree programs.

The University of Washington ranks among the nation’s top ten colleges and universities for institutional ROI.

And 9 of the nation’s top 10 specific degree programs in terms of ROI are Computer Science – including UW Computer Science & Engineering.

Read more here.

March 26, 2014

Seattle Business reports on UW’s Data Science efforts

EL in SBSeattle Business magazine reports on UW’s Data Science efforts:

“The University of Washington has launched a new project that could dramatically increase the power of academic research by giving a broad universe of scientists — including astronomers, physicists, chemists and biologists — faster and smarter ways of extracting information and meaning from the increasingly large amounts of data they have available to them.

“The new project is managed by the UW’s newly established eScience Institute and paid for in part by a $37.8 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The UW is sharing the grant with the University of California–Berkeley and New York University.

“The project addresses a common conundrum in the research community: While an enormous amount of data is generated by everything from sensor networks on the ocean floor to measurements of the proteins moving in human cells, there is a shortage of the very data scientists who know how to extract insights from these data.

“‘We are in the very early stages where we are just figuring out what we can do with all of this [data] and we need partnerships between the people inventing methods [of analyzing data] and people using them,’ says Ed Lazowska, the UW data scientist who founded the eScience Institute. He explains that the institute will act as a matchmaker, helping researchers apply the most appropriate technology available to their work. Lazowska sees Seattle as an epicenter of this marriage of data science and research because of the rich combination here of scientists, entrepreneurs and cloud computing resources.”

Read more here.

March 24, 2014

Washington Research Foundation provides $9.3M for UW Data Science efforts

escience_logoThe Washington Research Foundation has awarded $9.3 million to the University of Washington eScience Institute to consolidate UW’s leadership position in Data Science. Xconomy reports:

“UW professors and research leaders say the WRF funding will help programs that span some of the campus’ strongest departments become even better. The main focus is attracting and retaining elite faculty and post-doctoral researchers who work across multiple disciplines …

“The WRF money will also help finance new physical spaces at the UW, including … the WRF Data Science Studio, described by computer science professor Ed Lazowska in an e-mail as ‘a hub for inter-disciplinary collaboration.’

“Lazowska, who has led a successful data science push at the UW over the last several years, calls the WRF investment ‘a game-changer for us.’

“’It’s the key to uniting the other pieces we have assembled,’ he says.”

Read more in Xconomy here.

March 24, 2014

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