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Taskar Center launches first mobile version of AccessMap pedestrian trip planning tool for Android and iOS

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There are many options for mapping and route planning on a smartphone, but one thing they all have in common is their car-centric nature. Those apps that do support pedestrian navigation tend to make assumptions about a user that are at best inaccurate, and at worst dangerous. For residents and visitors in three western Washington… Read more

December 3, 2021

Allen School Distinguished Lecture Series explores the future of computer architecture, sustainable AI, battery-free computing and more

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  The Allen School is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Distinguished Lecture Series, which kicks off today. Join us over the coming season to hear from experts in microarchitecture, theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence sustainability, low-and no-power devices and a new paradigm for truly extending computer science education to all. All lectures will take place… Read more

December 2, 2021

Allen School’s Jennifer Mankoff wins SIGACCESS ASSETS Impact Award for her work identifying gaps in disability studies and assistive technology research

Jennifer Mankoff

Allen School professor Jennifer Mankoff received the 2021 Impact Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS) for her work on “Disability studies as a source of critical inquiry for the field of assistive technology” at the 23rd International Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS). The paper, which was… Read more

December 1, 2021

“A force of nature”: Technology leaders create endowed professorship fund in honor of Allen School professor and tech community champion Ed Lazowska

Portrait of Ed Lazowska

“If you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.“ That maxim once graced the top of Allen School professor Ed Lazowska’s homepage before he evidently decided to tone things down upon reaching his 70s. Anyone who knows Lazowska can’t imagine him actually toning anything down; as a motto, those words perfectly encapsulate… Read more

November 30, 2021

Allen School and UW Medicine researchers demonstrate life-saving potential of automatic naloxone injector device for opioid overdose

While COVID-19 gets most of the headlines these days, another epidemic has been plaguing communities for years before the emergence of the novel coronavirus. The opioid epidemic, which the United States declared a public health emergency in 2017, has impacted millions of lives — many permanently. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Department… Read more

November 22, 2021

Recent faculty hires expand the Allen School’s leadership in machine learning, computational biology, systems security, and more

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While 18 months of pandemic-induced remote learning and research may have brought a feeling of stasis to many areas of our lives, there is one where the opposite is true: Allen School faculty hiring. Over the past two hiring cycles, the school managed to move forward via virtual campus tours and interviews conducted via Zoom,… Read more

November 15, 2021

Allen School celebrates National First-Generation College Day, sharing first-gen experiences and advice within our community

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In honor of today’s National First-Generation College Celebration, the Allen School continues our annual tradition of spotlighting some of our own first-gen community members and what the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree means to them. As the first in their families to navigate the complicated college application process and the array of internship, study… Read more

November 8, 2021
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Jeffrey Heer earns Test of Time Award at IEEE VIS for helping bring data visualization into the mainstream

Jeff Heer

Allen School professor Jeffrey Heer, who leads the Interactive Data Lab, received a Test of Time Award at the 2021 IEEE Visualization & Visual Analytics Conference for his work on “D3: Data-Driven Documents.” In the winning paper, which was published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics in 2011, Heer and his colleagues propose… Read more

November 1, 2021

Allen School’s Maya Cakmak named 2021 DO-IT Trailblazer for making robots accessible to people with disabilities

Maya Cakmak

Allen School professor Maya Cakmak, who directs the Human-Centered Robotics Lab, was recently named a 2021 Trailblazer by the University of Washington’s Disabilities, Internetworking, and Technology Center (DO-IT). The Trailblazer awards honor members of the DO-IT community who forge new pathways to increase the potential for people with disabilities to succeed in college, careers and… Read more

October 22, 2021

Allen School’s Barbara Mones celebrated for her distinguished career in computer animation and XR education

Barbara Mones

Allen School teaching professor Barbara Mones has had a remarkable career in education as director of Animation Production for the Animation Research Labs, director of the Reality Studio and as leader of both the Facial Expression Research Group and the Octopus Research Group. In recognition of her outstanding work, Mones was recently honored with the… Read more

October 19, 2021

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