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A feature and a bug: Vikram Iyer earns SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award for engineering systems inspired by nature

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When bees leave the hive, they can spend all day flying and foraging on a single “charge” owing to their ability to convert fats and carbohydrates that store significantly more energy than batteries. When other insects traverse the landscape, the structure of their retinas combined with the motion of their heads enable them to efficiently… Read more

September 7, 2022

People power: Maya Cakmak earns Anita Borg Early Career Award for advancing innovation and broadening participation in human-centered robotics

Maya Cakmak stands smiling wearing a dark-colored short-sleeved shirt and small pendant necklace with hair pulled back, next to a silver-toned wall plaque etched with an image of Anita Borg smiling and resting her chin on overlapping hands and readable text: "Anita Borg (1949 - 2003) Anita Borg combined technical expertise and fearless vision to inspire, motivate, and move women to embrace technology" accompanied by three paragraphs of smaller text with biographical information.

For Allen School professor Maya Cakmak, the future of robotics hinges on the human element. Since the early days of her research career, Cakmak has been leveraging advances in human-computer interaction and accessibility to shift robotics research from primarily technology-centric approaches toward a more user-centric approach. She is also known for putting people first through… Read more

September 1, 2022

Allen School researchers bring first underwater messaging app to smartphones

Two people in t-shirts and swimming trunks underwater in a tank holding smartphones in flexible waterproof cases. One of the smartphone screens is visible, displaying the AquaApp interface with text and graphics depicting various diving hand signals.

For millions of people who participate in activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving each year, hand signals are the only option for communicating safety and directional information underwater. While recreational divers may employ around 20 signals, professional divers’ vocabulary can exceed 200 signals on topics ranging from oxygen level, to the proximity of aquatic… Read more

August 29, 2022

Analysis of #BlackLivesMatter social media content points to the power of positivity in online activism and large-scale social movements

Protest participants marching toward camera with arms in the air, featuring a black sign with chalk drawing of raised fist and text "Say Their Names" and "#BlackLivesMatter" that one marcher is holding above their head. Only the forehead, hands and wrists of the sign holder is visible.

In the spring of 2020, people took to the streets — and to the tweets — in protest after a white police officer murdered George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis by kneeling on his neck and back for over nine minutes. Black Lives Matter, a movement spawned seven years earlier following the shooting death… Read more

August 24, 2022

Designing beyond the default: Allen School researchers receive NSF award to address privacy and security needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations

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For people around the world, technology eases the friction of everyday life: bills paid with a few clicks online, plans made and sometimes broken with the tap of a few keys, professional and social relationships initiated and sustained from anywhere at the touch of a button. But not everyone experiences technology in a positive way,… Read more

August 1, 2022

UW Engineering Dean’s Medalist and Allen School alum Isaiah Lemmon has a passion for programming and clean energy

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After graduating from the University of Washington in December with degrees in computer science and chemical engineering, Allen School alum Isaiah Lemmon (B.S., ‘21) took on a software engineering role at Amazon Web Services. There, he intends to put his education to work advancing energy efficient solutions for the datacenter, inspired in part by his… Read more

July 1, 2022

“We relentlessly strive to meet the bar set by his work”: Dan Suciu honored by ACM SIGMOD and PODS for advancing new paradigms in data management

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The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Management of Data honored Allen School professor Dan Suciu with its 2022 Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award in recognition of his “lasting contributions to the foundations of novel data management trends.” The award recognizes a member of the ACM SIGMOD community who has made enduring… Read more

June 29, 2022

“Be brave, be kind, and do great things”: Allen School celebrates the graduates of 2020, 2021 and 2022

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After two successive years of asynchronous, online tributes to graduates, the Allen School finally welcomed members of the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 to an in-person graduation celebration to mark the culmination of their academic journeys at the University of Washington. An estimated 3,000 faculty, staff, family and friends converged on Hec Edmundson Pavilion… Read more

June 24, 2022

“Technically brilliant and intellectually fearless”: Allen School’s Shayan Oveis Gharan earns prestigious Simons Investigator Award

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Professor Shayan Oveis Gharan, a member of the Allen School’s Theory of Computation group, was named a 2022 Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation for his innovative approach to fundamental problems in algorithm design and combinatorial optimization. The Simons Investigator Award is designed to support outstanding theoretical scientists in mathematics, physics, astrophysics and computer science… Read more

June 17, 2022

Smartphone-based tympanometry system from UW researchers offers a pocket-sized solution for testing middle ear function

Hand holding smartphone attached to 3D-printed casing. Screen shows tympanometry software interface displaying status as "Measure" and peaking line graph.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 430 million people around the globe live with a disabling hearing loss — including 34 million children, the majority of whom experience hearing loss that is due to preventable causes. Nearly 80% of people with disabling hearing loss live in low- or middle-income countries where they may… Read more

June 16, 2022

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