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2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: UW CSE rocks!

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program logoThe 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships – the most prestigious graduate fellowships in science and engineering – were announced today. To our delight, UW has the second largest number of fellowship recipients in the “Computer and Information Science and Engineering” category of any institution in the country!

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NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding student researchers who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Congratulations to the UW students who were recognized today:

Fellowship awards

Cynthia Bennett (HCDE): Human Computer Interaction

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Yvonne Chen (CSE): Human Computer Interaction

Carlo del Mundo (CSE): Computer Architecture

Alex Mariakakis (CSE): Human Computer Interaction

Laurel Orr (CSE): Databases

Pavel Panchekha (CSE): Formal Methods, Verification, and Programming Languages

Alex Mariakakis


Hannah Rashkin (CSE): Natural Language Processing

John Robinson (HCDE): Human Computer Interaction

Anna Kornfeld Simpson (CSE): Computer Security and Privacy

Doug Woos (CSE): Formal Methods, Verification, and Programming Languages

Honorable mentions

Laurel Orr


Kira Goldner (CSE): Algorithms and Theoretical Foundations

Daniel Gordon (CSE): Robotics and Computer Vision

Jacob Schreiber (CSE): Machine Learning

Go Team!


Doug Woos


Anna K Simpson


Hannah Rashkin


Pavel Panchekha


March 31, 2015



UW CSE students Karolina Pyszkiewicz, Katie McCorkell, Karan Goel, and Christopher Su. (Andy Li had hit the road prior to the photo-op.)

Five UW CSE undergraduates attended F8 this week – the Facebook developer conference in San Francisco.

“Join us at the intersection of creativity and technology. Product experts from Facebook, Instagram, Parse, Oculus, LiveRail and other apps will share what we’ve learned and built for developers. You’ll get access to our latest tools, new product demos and thought-provoking discussions to help you plan for your next build and beyond.”

Learn more about F8 here. Facebook Seattle is growing to 2000 developers!

March 27, 2015

UW CSE @ Amazon

AmznUW CSE hosts alumni events annually at major employers of our students (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Tableau, …) and in geographies where large numbers of our alumni live and work (Seattle, the East Side, the Bay Area, …).

Tonight was Amazon night – the largest employer of UW CSE graduates in each of the past three  years.

March 26, 2015

UW CSE’s James Fogarty recognized with CMU’s Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence

James FogartyUW CSE professor James Fogarty just returned from collecting the prestigious Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence at his Ph.D. alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.

The award, which James shares with his Ph.D. adviser, Scott Hudson; fellow CMU alumni Daniel Avrahami, Chris Harrison and Johnny Lee; and current CMU student Robert Xiao, honors an impressive body of research into “innovative and practical physical interaction techniques.” Their work produced more than 25 papers on subjects ranging from novel uses of sensors, to wearable displays, to 3-D printing.

According to award committee chair Mahadev Satyanarayanan, “The Newell Award committee was impressed with the highly innovative and deep contributions to user interface design made by this team over a decade-long period. Their work spans the full spectrum of research in this space, with a high degree of originality in every aspect.”

The annual award pays tribute to Newell’s research style, summed up in his observation that, “Good science responds to real phenomena or real problems. Good science is in the details. Good science makes a difference.”

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations to James and his colleagues for this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding work!

Read CMU’s press release on the award here.

March 26, 2015

“Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook”

drones-master675The New York Times reports on Facebook’s initiative to provide Internet access in under-served regions of the world:

“Taking to the skies to beam Internet access down from solar-powered drones may seem like a stretch for a tech company that sells ads to make money. The business model at Facebook, which has 1.4 billion users, has more in common with NBC than Boeing …

“‘The Amazons, Googles and Facebooks [and Microsofts!] are exploring completely new things that will change the way we live,’ said Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. ‘There are other companies out there like Hewlett-Packard and IBM, but they aren’t doing the really huge things anymore.'”

Read more here.

March 26, 2015

“Igniting a revolution in scientific research and development”

71a53ef9-c27a-4b0e-b94a-f499800af9b7-620x372The Guardian reports on scientific advances in global health care, highlighting FoneAstra, a collaboration between UW CSE Ph.D. student Rohit Chaudhri, Microsoft Research India, and Seattle global health non-profit PATH.

“For thriving societies, you need healthy communities. But despite significant advances in global health over the past decade, millions of people are still without access to basic healthcare …

“In partnership with global health organisation PATH and the University of Washington’s department of computer science and engineering, the team developed a simple mobile phone app that could play a game-changing role in getting life-saving donated breast milk to newborns. The FoneAstra monitor is one of this year’s winners of GSK and Save the Children’s Healthcare Innovation Award, which aims to help support and scale-up innovations coming out of developing countries that reduce child deaths.”

Learn more about FoneAstra here and here. Read more in The Guardian here.

March 26, 2015

UW CSE’s Team Hillarious* places 2nd at Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Team Hillarious members battle hackers at PRCCDCWe’re celebrating our own version of March Madness after Team Hillarious*, a group of students from UW CSE, captured second place at the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC) over the weekend. PRCCDC is an annual competition that serves as the regional semi-finals for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, a.k.a. the “big dance of data defense.” Teams of college students from Washington, Oregon and Idaho do battle against teams of hackers composed of cybersecurity industry experts who volunteer their time to test the students’ mettle. Fourteen teams participated in this year’s regional competition, which took place at Highline College.

Congratulations to Team Hillarious captain Kristina Savelesky, co-captain Kevin Fan, teammates Daniel Arens, Matt Carver, Stanley Hsieh, Alex Kirchhoff, Spencer Walden and Bo Wang, and team advisor Melody Kadenko – way to go!

*If you are wondering if that is a typo, it isn’t. Team Hillarious got its name when, a few years ago, the UW students frustrated a team of hackers with their defensive prowess. In response, the hackers left a note on the door that said, “You think you’re so hillarious, don’t you?” We thought that was hilarious, and so the name stuck.

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UW CSE’s Team Hillarious, left to right: Spencer Walden, Matt Carver, Stanley Hsieh, Kristina Savelesky, Melody Kadenko, Bo Wang, Dan Arens, Kevin Fan, and Alex Kirchhoff

March 24, 2015

NSF CAREER Award to UW CSE’s Shyam Gollakota

gshyam_newUW CSE’s Shyam Gollakota has received an NSF CAREER Award – the 28th current UW CSE faculty member to have been recognized through this program and its predecessors.

The NSF CAREER Program “offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.”

Shyam leads UW CSE’s Networks and Mobile Systems Lab and works on various topics including computer networks, human-computer interaction and mobile health.  Recent topics have included battery-free computing and communication, and wireless gesture recognition and Wi-Fi imaging.

In addition to an NSF CAREER Award, Shyam has been recognized with an Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship, named one of Forbes 30 under 30, listed as a Next Generation Tech Influencer, named one of MIT Technology Review‘s Innovators Under 35, and received the 2012 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Congratulations Shyam!

March 24, 2015

UW CSE’s Jeffrey Heer on the future of data visualization at Strata + Hadoop World

Jeffrey HeerJeffrey Heer, director of UW CSE’s Interactive Data Lab and co-founder and chief experience officer of big data visualization company Trifacta, was a keynote speaker at the recent Strata + Hadoop World 2015 conference in San Jose, California.

Strata + Hadoop World gathers leading minds in data science and data-driven businesses to explore new developments and best practices in data management, visualization, security and other topics of importance in the growing field of big data. Jeff focused on the future of visualization tools – specifically, how we can move from tools that serve designers to tools that enable better decision making by businesses and governments. To help end users get the most out of their data, Jeff described how visualization tools need to “move from specification to exploration” so that they inspire users to consider new questions, exercise skepticism, and gain better insights.

Watch Jeff’s talk on YouTube here.

Read our recent blog post about big data in Washington State here.

March 23, 2015

UW CSE and Google host NCWIT “Aspirations in Computing” award recipients

g1_edited-1Young women from Washington recognized by the National Center for Women in Information Technology in the 2015 “Aspirations in Computing” award competition were honored today at a symposium at Google Seattle co-hosted by UW CSE and Google.

Congratulations to these phenomenal students for showing what’s possible!

g2Learn more about the honorees here.

UW CSE professor Ed Lazowska’s shameless plug to the parents on why their daughters should continue to pursue computer science and should do it at the University of Washington is here.

March 21, 2015

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