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Allen School undergraduates recognized by the Computing Research Association for advancing health sensing, programming languages and systems research

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The Allen School has a proud tradition of nurturing undergraduate student researchers whose work has the potential for real-world impact. This year, three of those students — Jerry Cao, Mike He and Yu Xin — earned honorable mentions from the Computing Research Association (CRA) as part of its 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards competition for… Read more

February 22, 2022

Allen School alumni Maarten Sap and Ivan Evtimov earn dissertation awards for contributions to more socially aware and secure AI

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During their time at the Allen School, recent alumni Maarten Sap (Ph.D., ‘21) and Ivan Evtimov (Ph.D., ‘21) tackled some of the thorniest issues raised by emerging natural language processing and machine learning technologies — from endowing NLP systems with social intelligence while combating inequity and bias, to addressing security vulnerabilities in the convolutional neural… Read more

February 3, 2022

Richard Ladner elected AAAS Fellow for his leadership in making computing education and careers accessible to people with disabilities

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Allen School professor emeritus Richard Ladner has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his “distinguished contributions to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the computing fields.” One of 26 leading scientists in the organization’s Information, Computing & Communications section to attain the rank of Fellow… Read more

January 26, 2022

Allen School student Mohit Shridhar earns NVIDIA Fellowship for his work in grounding language for vision-based robots

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Mohit Shridhar, a Ph.D. student working with Allen School professor Dieter Fox, has been named a 2022-2023 NVIDIA Graduate Fellow for his research in building generalizable systems for human-robot collaboration. Shridhar’s work is focused on connecting language to perception and action for vision-based robotics. Shridhar aims to use deep learning to connect abstract concepts to… Read more

January 19, 2022

Deserts, demographics and diet: UW and Stanford researchers reveal findings of nationwide study of the relationship between food environment and healthy eating

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“You are what you eat,” as the saying goes. But not everyone has the same degree of choice in the matter. An estimated 19 million people in the United States live in so-called food deserts, where they have lower access to healthy and nutritious food. More than 32 million people live below the poverty line… Read more

January 18, 2022

Allen School Ph.D. student and data journalist Matthew Conlen develops interactive visualizations that help people understand what’s happening in the world

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As the world watched COVID-19 grow from a mysterious virus in far-off places to a planetary pandemic, news outlets worked hard to keep the world informed on how, where and why it was spreading. At the start of the outbreak, Matthew Conlen, a Ph.D. student in the Allen School’s Interactive Data Lab, was working as… Read more

December 21, 2021

Undergraduates Nayha Auradkar and Caiwei Tian recognized at Allen School’s annual celebration of diversity in computing

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Earlier this month, the Allen School held a virtual celebration showcasing efforts to increase diversity in computing and honoring members of our community who have demonstrated their commitment to diversity, excellence and leadership. An annual tradition, the event this year also offered Allen School leaders an opportunity to share highlights from its five-year strategic plan… Read more

December 13, 2021

Allen School affiliated researchers sweep the Best Paper category at SOSP 2021

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Researchers affiliated with the Allen School took home all three Best Paper Awards at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 28th Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP). Current Ph.D. student Jacob Van Geffen, recent alumnus James Bornholt (Ph.D.,’19), former postdoc and incoming professor Simon Peter and affiliate professor Daniel Berger contributed to the winning papers that… Read more

December 9, 2021

UW professor Joshua R. Smith elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his innovations in wireless power, communication, sensing and robotics

Professor Joshua R. Smith, who holds a joint appointment in the Allen School and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was elected into the 2021 class of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors for his impactful creations in the fields of wireless power, communication, sensing and robotics. Smith, who leads the Sensor Systems… Read more

December 7, 2021

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

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