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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

Best paper at IEEE RFID

imageThe Sensor Systems Lab – in the person of EE graduate student Aaron Parks and CSE+EE faculty member Joshua Smith – has won the Best Paper Award at IEEE RFID for the paper Sifting Through the Airwaves: Efficient and Scalable Multiband RF Harvesting.

Previous ambient RF harvesting systems worked for only one pre-selected frequency.  The new multi-band harvester can capture power from any subset of a group of pre-selected frequencies.  Previous systems would be unlikely to work when moved from one city to another; the new technique enhances mobility.  In addition, it allows more power to be captured, since the new harvester can capture power from multiple sources simultaneously.

Read the paper here.  More from the Sensor Systems Lab here.

April 13, 2014

Sound Startups

UntitledUW CSE is sponsoring a KIRO TV series, “Sound Startups,” highlighting the Puget Sound region’s innovation economy. The promo for the series features Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI), Sarah Bird (Moz), and Glenn Kelman (Redfin). It’s great! Check it out:  mp4 here; Windows Media here.  Vimeo and downloads here.

April 12, 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

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

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