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Alumni Nicola Dell and Dhruv Jain among four UW-affiliated researchers honored by SIGCHI for innovation supporting underserved or vulnerable populations

Portrait of Dell (left) wearing a green silk blouse and silver necklace and portrait of Jain (right) wearing dark framed acrylic glasses, white t-shirt, charcoal v-neck sweater and charcoal wool blazer.
Nicola Dell (Photo by Jeff Weiner)
SIGCHI, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, has honored four researchers with ties to the University of Washington with 2023 SIGCHI Awards. Allen School alum Nicola (Nicki) Dell (Ph.D., ‘15), a leader in applying technologies to safeguard victims of technology-enabled intimate partner violence (IPV), received a Societal Impact Award, while Dhruv (DJ) Jain (Ph.D., ‘22), received an Outstanding Dissertation Award for his work on technologies to enhance… Read more →
April 20, 2023

Allen School undergraduates Jan Buzek and Nuria Alina Chandra named 2023 Goldwater Scholars

Jan Buzek, wearing sunglasses and a blue shirt, smiles in front of a background of a lake and green trees. A silver pole is also behind him. A gold line running diagonally separates Buzek's photo with Nuria Alina Chandra's. Chandra, wearing a mustard-colored scarf and black jacket, smiles in front of a blurred background of a city. The buildings behind her are yellow with red roofs and have many windows.
Jan Buzek (left) and Nuria Alina Chandra were named 2023 Goldwater Scholars.
Allen School undergraduates Jan Buzek and Nuria Alina Chandra are among five University of Washington students to be named 2023 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater Scholars program recognizes and supports outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences.  Buzek is a junior studying computer science and mathematics who counts Allen School… Read more →
April 12, 2023

Allen School undergraduate team wins Tech For Change Civic Tech Hackathon with project to boost participation in local elections

Masia Wisdom, wearing a black shirt and tan pants, stands next to Vrishab Sathish Kumar, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and grey pants. To Sathish Kumar’s right stands Samuel Levy, wearing a black coat and blue jeans, Ian Mahoney, wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans, and Aditi Joshi, wearing a red sweater and grey pants. The students are smiling for a photo in front of a glass windowed wall overlooking a river.
The team competed at the Tech For Change Civic Tech Hackathon hosted by Boston University, winning the election turnout track. Photo by Impact++
In February, University of Washington student group Impact++ won one of the tracks at the Tech For Change Civic Tech (TFC) Hackathon held at Boston University. The hackathon tasked student teams with building creative solutions in the interest of changing public policy. This year’s competition included three tracks: education, election turnout and government policy rooted in social… Read more →
April 5, 2023

Researchers unveil BioTranslator, a machine learning model that bridges biological data and text to accelerate biomedical discovery

Dense swirls and plumes of brightly colored cellular material in blue, green, purple, orange and red form an irregular mass in the center of the frame. Overlaid on the red portion is a section of a chain of hexagonal shapes in red and blue representing an enzyme, highlighted in white with red circles radiating out from the center. The cellular material is pictured against a grey background patterned with tiny floating matter. Biomedical research has yielded troves of data on protein function, cell types, gene expression and drug formulas that hold tremendous promise for assisting scientists in responding to novel diseases as well as fighting old foes such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and Parkinson’s. Historically, their ability to explore these massive datasets has been hampered by an outmoded model that relied on painstakingly annotated data, unique to each dataset, that precludes more open-ended exploration. But that may be about to change. Read more →
April 3, 2023

From Seattle to São Paulo: Mapping the world, and improving accessibility, one sidewalk at a time

Aerial view of a city showing a network of multi-lane streets, sidewalks and crosswalks flanked by a row of tall buildings of metal, glass and concrete with smooth facades. In the middle of the main boulevard, divided by a pedestrian courtyard with red, dedicated bike lanes along one edge and featuring a copse of leafy trees in the center, two oval-shaped cut-outs reveal additional streets traversing the same section of city a level below. People are walking around the courtyard and along the sidewalks. At one end of the courtyard is a small cafe or kiosk with a bright red roof next to a trio of red and white umbrella-covered tables. Three lanes of car traffic are visible across a triangular-shaped intersection above the courtyard. To say Anat Caspi’s mission is pedestrian in nature would be accurate to some degree. And yet, when looked at more closely, one realizes it’s anything but. In 2015, the Allen School scientist was thinking about how to build a trip planner that everyone could use, similar to Google Maps but different in striking ways. Current tools didn’t account for various types of pedestrians and the terrain they confronted on a daily basis. What if there were barriers blocking the sidewalk? A steep incline listing to and fro? Stairs but no ramp? Read more →
March 30, 2023

UW researchers show how to tap into the sensing capabilities of any smartphone to screen for prediabetes

A person holds a black smartphone with the rear of the phone facing the camera in their left hand, and a narrow rectangular glucose test strip with various tiny circuitry attached in the other hand. Only the person's hands and wrists are visible in the frame. The shot is professionally lit against a dark grey, almost black, background. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one out of every three adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition marked by elevated blood sugar levels that could lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. The good news is that, if detected early, prediabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes such as improved diet and exercise. The bad news? Eight out of 10 Americans with prediabetes don’t know that they have it... Read more →
March 30, 2023

Rozenberg Tulip Award winner Georg Seelig finds fertile ground in DNA computing

Georg Seelig, wearing a white shirt, stands in front of a brick background for a portrait.
Photo credit: Ryan Hoover
A little more than two decades ago, University of Washington professor Georg Seelig began planting the seeds of a career in theoretical physics, seeking elegant solutions to the mysteries of the natural world. Last month, Seelig, a faculty member in the Allen School and Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was hailed as the “DNA Computer Scientist of the Year” by the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE), who named him the winner Read more →
March 21, 2023

Pair of ACEs: Allen School’s Arvind Krishnamurthy and Michael Taylor will help spur innovation in distributed computing as part of new multi-university research center

Arvind Krishnamurthy, wearing a black polo, smiles in front of a blurred background of a window and a pink wall. To the right of a purple diagonal line, Michael Taylor, wearing a white shirt and a black jacket, smiles in front of a gray background.
Arvind Krishnamurthy (left) and Michael Taylor will lend their expertise to the ACE Center for Evolvable Computing, a multi-university venture focused on the development of microelectronics and semiconductor computing technologies.
Data centers account for about 2% of total electricity use in the U.S., according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, consuming 10 to 50 times the energy per floor space of a typical commercial office building. Meanwhile, advances in distributed computing have spurred innovation with the… Read more →
February 21, 2023

Leilani Battle awarded 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship

Leilani Battle, wearing a grey sweater and a blue shirt, smiles in front of a blurred background. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named the Allen School’s Leilani Battle (B.S., ‘11) a 2023 Sloan Research Fellow, a distinction that recognizes early-career researchers whose achievements place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. The two-year, $75,000 fellowships support research across the sciences and have been awarded to some of the world’s most preeminent minds in their respective fields.  “My research is not traditional computer science research so it’s wonderful to be… Read more →
February 15, 2023

Ahead of the pack: Jessica Colleran finds her path as an orienteering champion and a computer science student

Jessica Colleran, wearing a red and blue Team USA jersey with a triangle pattern on the sleeve and a number 68 on the front, runs through a forest while holding a marker, compass and map and wearing a wristband. Whether traversing new frontiers or old, Jessica Colleran keeps moving forward.  The third-year computer science major, along with University of Washington teammates Curtis Anderson and Annika Mihata, recently won the Orienteering USA (OUSA) Junior National Intercollegiate Championships, which were held in Georgia earlier this year. Their victory marks the first time in more than two decades that a team other than West Point has taken home the trophy.  “When I came to UW, I found a group of people… Read more →
February 6, 2023

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