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What it’s like to be the first: Allen School community members share their stories to mark the National First-Generation College Celebration

National First Generation College Celebration on November 8 For first-generation college students, navigating the complexities of higher education can be intimidating. Often there isn’t a blueprint from which to work. Yet for the more than 30% of undergraduates across the University of Washington who are first-generation students, it’s far from a solo journey.  In honor of the National First-Generation College Celebration taking place today, the Allen School is highlighting members of its community who are among the first in their families to pursue a college degree. Here… Read more →
November 8, 2022

Allen School researchers team up with clinicians and global health experts to repurpose inexpensive earphones to screen babies for hearing loss

ALT TEXT: A young boy wearing a grey and black zip-up jacket with green and orange trim and jeans sits in an ivory-colored plastic chair as a researcher seated adjacent to him in a dark grey office chair holds a probe to his ear. The probe is attached to a smartphone sitting on the researcher's lap. The researcher is wearing glasses, with a mask around his chin, a plaid button down shirt and dark cotton trousers. The child is looking down at the smartphone screen. There is a desk with papers and a pen and a backpack behind the child.
Allen School Ph.D. student Justin Chan, right, tests a child’s hearing in Kenya. Dr. Nada Ali/University of Washington
If you’re a frequent flyer, you may have amassed a motley collection of complimentary airline earbuds over the course of your travels — if you didn’t toss them in the trash immediately after clearing customs, that is. Soon, those throwaway pieces of plastic and wire could potentially transform the lives of children around the world. A team that includes Allen School professor… Read more →
October 31, 2022

A picture of health: Google Fellowship recipient Xin Liu combines machine learning and mobile sensing through an equity lens to support remote health assessment

Portrait of Xin Liu in dark blue button-up shirt and glasses standing outdoors with fall foliage and buildings blurred in the background. When COVID consigned doctor-patient interactions from the clinic to a computer screen, Allen School Ph.D. candidate Xin Liu already had his finger on the pulse of that paradigm shift. Since his arrival at the University of Washington in 2018, Liu has worked with professor Shwetak Patel in the UbiComp Lab to combine mobile sensing and machine learning to real-world problems in health care, with a focus on developing non-contact, camera-based physiological screening and monitoring solutions that are accessible by all… Read more →
October 24, 2022

Lost in translation no more: IBM Fellowship winner Akari Asai asks — and answers — big questions in NLP to expand information access to all

Portrait of Akari Asai wearing grey floral lace top with black trim and dangling earrings against a grey background Growing up in Japan, Akari Asai never imagined that she would one day pursue a Ph.D. at the Allen School focused on developing the next generation of natural language processing tools. Asai hadn’t taken a single computing class before her arrival at the University of Tokyo, where she enrolled in economics and business courses; her first foray into computer science would come thousands of miles from home, while studying abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. The experience would alter… Read more →
October 20, 2022

Jeffrey Heer wins Test of Time Award at IEEE VIS for helping the visualization community better understand challenges facing data analysts

Jeff Heer Allen School professor Jeffrey Heer received a Test of Time Award at the 2022 IEEE Visualization & Visual Analytics Conference this week, marking the third consecutive year that his work has been recognized with the honor.  Heer, the co-director of the Interactive Data Lab, co-authored the winning paper, “Enterprise Data Analysis and Visualization: An Interview Study,” which provided key insights into understanding how data analysts operate and the challenges they encounter in their workflows. The paper was… Read more →
October 18, 2022

Making “magical concepts” real: Allen School professor Rachel Lin named one of Science News’ 10 Scientists to Watch

Portrait of Rachel Lin leaning against a metal railing in building atrium with concrete, wood and glass in the background Science News has named professor Huijia (Rachel) Lin, a founding member of the Allen School’s Cryptography group, as one of its SN 10: Scientists to Watch. Each year, Science News recognizes 10 scientists who are making a mark in their respective fields while working to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Lin earned her place on the 2022 list for achieving a breakthrough on what has been alternately referred to as the “holy grail” or “crown Read more →
October 17, 2022

“The sky’s the limit”: Allen School launches new FOCI Center at the UW to shape the future of cloud computing

Seattle skyline viewed from a three-lane highway framed by street lamps, with vivid blue sky and fluffy clouds The Allen School has established a new center at the University of Washington that aims to catalyze the next generation of cloud computing technology. The Center for the Future of Cloud Infrastructure, or FOCI, will cultivate stronger partnerships between academia and industry to enable cloud-based systems to reach new heights when it comes to security, reliability, performance, and sustainability. “The first generation of the cloud disrupted conventional computing but focused on similar engineering abstractions, which is typical of many… Read more →
October 14, 2022

“Go ahead and take that adventurous route”: Allen School professor Yejin Choi named 2022 MacArthur Fellow

Yejin Choi in a black leather jacket over a black shirt
Yejin Choi (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
Yejin Choi, a professor in the Allen School’s Natural Language Processing group, was selected as a 2022 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to advance her work “using natural language processing to develop artificial intelligence systems that can understand language and make inferences about the world.” The MacArthur Fellowship — also known as the “genius grant” — celebrates and invests in talented and creative individuals… Read more →
October 12, 2022

We’re baaack…Students and companies descend upon the Allen School’s in-person career fairs

Student backpacks of various colors and styles piled on tables against a wall of glass windows and on the floor. A person wearing glasses and a shirt printed with the Allen School name and a stick-on name tag is crouched in the lower left corner of the photo, inserting papers into a blue plastic folder
A sea of student backpacks stashed outside the October 4 career fair
After several years of Covid-induced online career fairs, the Allen School returned to an in-person format this fall! On October 4 and 6, more than 50 companies — members of the Allen School’s Industry Affiliates program — came to campus to recruit students for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. On each day, the first half of the session was devoted to Allen School students; UW students in related… Read more →
October 10, 2022

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

Vikram Iyer wearing glasses holding tweezers in his right hand, crouched 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 take in and process visual information. And when dandelions shed their seeds, structural variations ensure that they are dispersed through the air over short and… Read more →
September 7, 2022

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