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UW CSE students in the Husky 100

Krittika D'Silva, Viktor Farkas, Karolina Pyszkiewicz, Sarah YuFour UW CSE students—Krittika D’Silva, Victor Farkas, Karolina Pyszkiewicz and Sarah Yu—have been selected as members of the inaugural class of the Husky 100. This new award recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students from across the three UW campuses who are making the most of their time as members of the UW community—and making a difference inside and outside of the classroom.

Krittika D’Silva is a senior majoring in computer engineering and bioengineering. She works with UW CSE professor Luis Ceze in the Molecular Information Systems Lab (MISL) on a groundbreaking project that uses DNA molecules for long-term data storage. Previously, D’Silva worked with the late UW CSE professor Gaetano Borriello and Ph.D. alum Nicki Dell on the development of smartphone apps to improve health care for low-income people in remote regions. She also spent more than two years as a research assistant in the Department of Bioengineering on improving the design of prosthetic devices to increase patient comfort. D’Silva plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Victor Farkas is a senior computer science major who arrived at the UW four years ago from Slovakia after accepting an athletic scholarship to join the UW men’s tennis team. In his freshman year, Farkas successfully managed his academic and athletic responsibilities and overcame the language barrier to earn the highest grade point average among UW student-athletes. He has exhibited leadership on and off the court as co-captain of the tennis team, a research assistant in the Robotics & State Estimation Lab, and a teaching assistant for CSE’s Computer Security course. Farkas has completed internships at Amazon, Google and International Software, and he plans to extend his time at the UW to complete CSE’s fifth-year master’s program.

Karolina Pyszkiewicz is a junior who earned direct admission into the computer science major from Seattle’s Holy Names high school. She is generous in volunteering her time to various CSE outreach activities and particularly effective at engaging young women in computer science, having served as a counselor for UW CSE’s DawgBytes summer day camps, an officer of the UW chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Google Student Ambassador. Pyszkiewicz completed an internship at Microsoft while still in high school, and has completed internships at Facebook and Google since her arrival at UW CSE. In addition to being a UW CSE endowed scholarship recipient, she was named a Washington State Opportunity Scholar and a NASA Space Grant Scholar.

Sarah Yu is a senior majoring in computer science, economics and international studies. She spent last spring as a Cybersecurity Research Fellow in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group in partnership with the UW’s Jackson School of International Studies. Previously, Yu worked with the Seattle Red Cross as a Jackson-Munro Public Service Fellow, an award that aims to develop undergraduate students’ potential as leaders while working on a public service project. She has completed internships at Amazon and Lagoon Conservation, and for the past six years she has served in various capacities as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

We are very proud to have Krittika, Victor, Karolina and Sarah as members of the UW CSE family. Learn more about the Husky 100 program here, and read profiles of the 2016 class here.

Congratulations to all!

May 2, 2016

#CSforAll – Sign the Code.org petition!

unnamedPlease take a minute to sign Code.org’s #CSforAll petition – launched yesterday by America’s top leaders from business, politics, and education:

“As business leaders, elected officials, educators, and members of the public, we join forces to deliver a bipartisan message about opportunity and the American Dream. Technology is transforming society at an unprecedented rate. Whether it’s smartphones or social networks, self-driving cars or personalized medicine, nothing embodies the American Dream so much as the opportunity to change or even reinvent the world with technology. And participating in this world requires access to computer science in our schools. We ask you to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science.”

Read more (and sign!) here!

April 27, 2016

UW CSE affiliate professor Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research receives ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award

Eric HorvitzUW CSE affiliate professor Eric Horvitz, technical fellow and managing director of Microsoft Research in Redmond, has been recognized with the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for his groundbreaking contributions in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.

The Newell Award recognizes career contributions that have breadth within computer science and/or that bridge computer science and other disciplines. Horvitz’s work does both, combining the theoretical with the practical and leveraging human and machine intelligence to deliver technologies that improve people’s lives. He has made countless, lasting contributions to Microsoft and to the field of computing through his work in the areas of time-critical decisions, information retrieval, health care, urban infrastructure, sustainability and development. His trailblazing research has produced computational models for assisting physicians in minimizing patient readmissions; predictive analytics for traffic flow and routing; and techniques for prioritizing and interpreting email.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeannette Wing says of Horvitz, “He asks big questions: How do our minds work? What computational principles and architectures underlie thinking and intelligent behavior? How can computational models perform amidst real-world complexities such as sustainability and development? How can we deploy computation systems that deliver value to people and society?”

The Newell Award is a fitting acknowledgment of the scale and importance of Horvitz’s work. Read more about his many accomplishments on the Microsoft blog here and in the ACM press release here.

Congratulations, Eric!

April 27, 2016

UW CSE and Intel Labs win inaugural SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award

Gaetano Borriello, Anthony LaMarca, Jeff Hightower“Test of Time” awards recognize research papers that, with the benefit of a decade’s hindsight, are viewed as having had particularly great impact.

SIGMOBILE, the Association for Computing Machinery’s special interest group focused on mobile computing and communications, has just introduced a Test of Time award and has selected Place Lab: Device Positioning Using Radio Beacons in the Wild as one of the inaugural winners.

Place Lab was a collaboration between researchers at UW CSE, Intel Research Seattle, Intel Research Cambridge, UC San Diego and the UW iSchool. The project ushered in a new era of location-aware computing and laid the foundation for many of the mobile apps that people take for granted today, from checking the weather forecast, to choosing a restaurant, to navigating their commute. The work of the Place Lab team helped to revolutionize mobile computing—and many other industries along with it.

In its award citation, SIGMOBILE hailed Place Lab as “a seminal effort to achieve accurate localization of mobile devices using existing infrastructure. It showed through painstaking experiments that leveraging a combination of Wi-Fi and GSM beacons enabled positioning with 20-30 meter median accuracy and close to 100% coverage throughout a major metropolitan area. The work directly informed localization techniques that have come to be used in billions of mobile devices.”

The Place Lab team included the late UW CSE professor Gaetano Borriello; Ph.D. alum and affiliate faculty member Anthony LaMarca, then a member of Intel Labs and now Intel Principal Engineer at the Intel Science & Technology Center at the UW; Ph.D. alum Jeff Hightower, now an engineering manager at Google; and then-bachelor’s students James Howard, Jeff Hughes and Fred Potter.

This is the second such award for Place Lab—a paper describing other aspects of the work captured the 10-year Impact Award at UbiComp 2015. Read the original research paper here, and learn more about the SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award here.

Congratulations to the entire team!

April 22, 2016

UW CSE @ Engineering Discovery Days!

IMG_1003 IMG_1004 IMG_1026 IMG_1034 IMG_6738Thousands of K-12 students, teachers, and parents visit UW each year for Engineering Discovery Days. Today: elementary and middle schoolers. Tomorrow, high schoolers. Amazing energy!

April 22, 2016

Vote for UW CSE’s 3D Face Reconstruction in the GeekWire Awards!

Balloting is open for the 2016 GeekWire Awards in several categories. Check ’em all out here.

But be sure to vote for UW CSE’s 3D Face Reconstruction in the “Innovation of the Year” category, here.

Congratulations to Supasorn Suwajanakorn, Steve Seitz and Ira Kemelmacher for being nominated!

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April 21, 2016

UW CSE’s Hanchuan Li and Alex Mariakakis win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Hanchuan Li and Alex Mariakakis outside Qualcomm headquarters

UW CSE Ph.D. students Hanchuan Li and Alex Mariakakis are one of eight teams selected to receive a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. They won one of these coveted awards with their proposal for IDCam, a hybrid RFID-computer vision system that enables simultaneous localization and identification for individuals and objects that will increase our understanding of how people interact with the physical world.

IDCam observes how RFID tags instrumented on everyday objects are disturbed by their motion, and then correlates that information with visual motion information. The team envisions a variety of potential applications for the system. For example, retailers could use IDCam to observe the identity and location of merchandise with which their customers interact in their stores in order to gain a deeper understanding of people’s preferences and behaviors.

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship program recognizes and supports graduate students engaged in research that advances futuristic ideas and embodies the company’s values of innovation, execution and partnership. Each winning team receives a $100,000 fellowship and mentoring by Qualcomm engineers, and the competition is fierce: this year, 129 teams submitted proposals, of which 34 were selected as finalists and invited to present their ideas at Qualcomm’s headquarters in San Diego.

Li and Mariakakis were nominated by CSE and Electrical Engineering professor Shwetak Patel, who leads the UbiComp Lab, and former CSE postdoc Alanson Sample at Disney Research.

UW CSE students have done very well in this competition in recent years, including past winners Carlo del Mundo and Vincent Lee (2015), Vincent Liu (2014, with EE student Vamsi Talla), and Thierry Moreau and Adrian Sampson (2013).

Way to go, Alex and Hanchuan!

April 20, 2016

UW CSE’s Anna Karlin and Jeff Dean elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

UW CSE professor Anna Karlin and Ph.D. alum Jeff Dean have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The American Academy, established in 1780, is one of the nation’s oldest and most revered learned societies whose members are among the most accomplished accomplished individuals in their disciplines—disciplines that span mathematics, the biological and physical sciences, medicine, the social sciences, business, government, humanities and the arts. Karlin and Dean are among only six computer scientists who were elected to the Academy this year out of 213 new members.

Anna KarlinKarlin is the Microsoft Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and a member of UW CSE’s Theory group. Her research primarily focuses on the design and analysis of algorithms, particularly probabilistic and online algorithms. She also works at the interface between theory and other areas, such as economics and game theory, data mining, operating systems, networks and distributed systems. In addition to her research and teaching within CSE, Karlin designed and taught a course for non-majors that examined the intellectual underpinnings and societal impacts of computer science. Before her arrival at UW CSE, Karlin spent five years as a researcher at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Systems Research Center. As one of the founding members of rock band Severe Tire Damage, she has the distinction of having participated in the first-ever live music broadcast on the internet in 1993. Karlin earned her Ph.D. from Stanford in 1987 and is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. She joins CSE faculty members Susan Eggers and Ed Lazowska as fellows of the Academy.

Jeff DeanDean is a Google Senior Fellow, where he leads the Google Brain project. Since he joined Google in 1999, Dean has contributed to a number of significant developments at the company, including five generations of crawling, indexing and query serving systems; the initial development of the company’s AdSense for Content product; MapReduce, which simplifies the development of large-scale data processing applications; BigTable, a large-scale, semi-structured storage system that underpins a number of Google products; the system design for Google Translate; and the design of DistBelief and TensorFlow for large-scale training and deployment of deep learning models—among many others. Dean earned his Ph.D. from UW CSE in 1996 working with Craig Chambers on whole-program optimization techniques for object oriented languages. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009 and is a fellow of the ACM and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Karlin, Dean and their fellow new members will be inducted at a ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read the Academy press release here.

Congratulations to Anna and Jeff on this outstanding recognition!

April 20, 2016

UW Regents approve new master’s in technology innovation offered through GIX

Shwetak PatelThe University of Washington Board of Regents has approved the first interdisciplinary master’s degree program to be offered through the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a partnership between the UW and Tsinghua University launched last spring with support from Microsoft. The new Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree was developed with the collaboration of UW CSE and other units within the College of Engineering, the Foster School of Business, the iSchool and the School of Law.

From the UW News release:

“Launching in fall 2017, the newly approved 15-month degree focuses on the technology development, design thinking, and entrepreneurial skills needed to invent, build and launch innovative products using connected devices – a vital element in the development of the ‘Internet of Things.’ Under the guidance of leading UW professors and industry mentors, students will gain hands-on experience in the processes required to create new technology solutions, plus the business skills to bring them to market.”

UW CSE and Electrical Engineering professor Shwetak Patel led the development of the MSTI curriculum, and also serves as chief technology officer of GIX. According to Patel, “The program’s intent is to teach students just enough in each area to build their confidence in pursuing their own innovations in high-impact fields, such as health and sustainability, and improving standards of living both locally and globally….Technology innovation requires developing a global mindset to have a true impact.”

Students enrolled in GIX will engage in project-based learning encompassing user-centered design, technology development, and entrepreneurship. Participants may choose to pursue a dual-degree option in which they will have an opportunity to study in Beijing and earn a Master of Engineering in Information Technology from Tsinghua University. Application information will be available in July.

Read the full UW news release here, and learn more about the MSTI here.

Photo credit: Matt Hagen/University of Washington

April 18, 2016

UW CSE @ Amazon

AMZNOn Thursday UW CSE hosted an alumni event at Amazon’s still-under-construction new buildings on 7th Avenue in downtown Seattle. Amazon is one of the largest employers of UW CSE graduates, and UW CSE is one of the largest sources of new graduates to Amazon.

Can’t wait for those domes to be finished!

April 18, 2016

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