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Shine on! Allen School alumni Stefan Savage and Justine Sherry receive College of Engineering Diamond Awards

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Each year, the University of Washington’s College of Engineering recognizes alumni and friends who have made outstanding contributions to the field of engineering through its Diamond Awards. Among the 2022 honorees are two Allen School alumni whose cutting-edge research has helped steer the future of computer networking with far-reaching impacts: Stefan Savage (Ph.D., ’02), recipient… Read more

June 2, 2022

“Professor, leader scientist, teacher, colleague, friend”: New $4.7 million UW professorship fund celebrates Ed Lazowska’s enduring legacy and impact

In 2020, four couples who are longtime friends of the Allen School joined forces to create a new endowed professorship fund named for professor Ed Lazowska to honor his wide-ranging impact on the field of computing, Washington higher education, and the technology community. They seeded the fund with a combined gift of $1 million, and… Read more

June 1, 2022

Allen School’s Leilani Battle earns TCDE Rising Star Award for advancing new tools and techniques for exploring massive datasets

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Allen School professor and alumna Leilani Battle (B.S., ‘11) is building a career out of building better ways to deal with data. Her research, which looks beyond conventional data management techniques to incorporate human behavior and preferences, enables analysts to spend more time engaging with the data they need, and less time searching and waiting… Read more

May 31, 2022

New Meta AI Mentorship Program enables Allen School Ph.D. students to collaborate with industry while advancing open research

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The University of Washington and Meta are launching a new partnership today that will support graduate student research while providing opportunities to collaborate with industry-leading scientists and engineers. The Meta AI Mentorship Program is designed to enable Allen School Ph.D. students who are interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning or natural language processing to advance… Read more

May 18, 2022

A necessary conversation: Social Impact Award winner Jennifer Mankoff inspires the SIGCHI community to take a more expansive view of inclusion

Jennifer Mankoff

Eight years ago, Allen School professor Jennifer Mankoff and a group of like-minded researchers who cared about, or needed, accessibility put their heads together after coming to a realization about SIGCHI, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. While a growing swath of researchers in the community had begun to focus… Read more

May 17, 2022

Allen School’s Husky 100 honorees combine academic excellence and service to build a more equitable and inclusive society

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One is defying traditional gender-based norms through her choice of career path while making it easier for her peers to do the same. Another was motivated to turn tragedy into triumph and dedicate his research to making the world more accessible to people with disabilities. And still others are working to unlock the mysteries of… Read more

May 11, 2022

Apple Scholar in AI/ML Venkatesh Potluri advances artificial intelligence for accessible UI design that empowers developers as well as users

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“Nothing about us without us.” That statement has become a rallying cry for people with disabilities to ensure they have a direct voice in shaping the policies and conditions that, in turn, shape their access to employment, education, and lately, technology. With the growing proliferation of human-centered applications powered by artificial intelligence, it has become… Read more

May 9, 2022

Allen School’s Sewon Min is taking natural language processing to the next level to tackle real-world problems

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When Sewon Min first arrived at the University of Washington as an exchange student in the fall of 2016, little did she know how those three months would change the course of her academic career. After completing a brief stint as an undergraduate research assistant under the guidance of Allen School professors Hannaneh Hajishirzi and… Read more

April 27, 2022

Goldwater Scholar Alex Mallen aims to make sense of the world — and make a positive impact — through research in beneficial AI

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When he was a student in high school, computer science major Alex Mallen had what he describes as a “rough” introduction to research. Fortunately, the Bellevue, Washington, native didn’t let that experience deter him at the University of Washington, where as a freshman he decided to try again as a step toward pursuing a Ph.D…. Read more

April 12, 2022

With CoAI, UW researchers demonstrate how predictive AI can benefit patient care — even on a budget

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Artificial intelligence tools have the potential to become as essential to medical research and patient care as centrifuges and x-ray machines. Advances in high-accuracy predictive modeling can enable providers to analyze a range of patient risk factors to facilitate better health care outcomes — from preventing the onset of complications during surgery, to assessing the… Read more

April 11, 2022

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