We love John and Todd at GeekWire! A third UW CSE family member has been singled out as a “GeekWire Newsmaker of 2011”: Yoky Matsuoka.
“Yoky Matsuoka has long been interested in the frontiers of human interaction with machines, exploring new ways for the nervous system to work in conjunction with robotics and other mechanical devices …
“Matsuoka, a past MacArthur Genius award winner from UW Computer Science & Engineering, this year became the director of a new Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, funded with an $18.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
“She’s also vice president of technology at Nest, a Palo Alto-based startup marketing an intelligent, connected home thermostat that learns from the user’s habits as a means of programming itself.”
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