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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

Allen School alumni Dhruv Jain and Kuikui Liu receive William Chan Memorial Dissertation Awards

Dhruv Jain, wearing black glasses, a black sweater and a black blazer, smiles in front of a blurred background of windows. Kuikui Liu, wearing glasses, a navy jacket and red sweater, smiles in front of a blurred outdoors background with mountains and trees. A gold diagonal bar separates the two photos.
Dhruv Jain
The Allen School has recognized Dhruv Jain (Ph.D., ‘22) and Kuikui Liu (Ph.D., ‘22) with the William Chan Memorial Dissertation Award, which honors graduate dissertations of exceptional merit and is named in memory of the late graduate student William Chan. Jain was chosen for his work in advancing new sound awareness systems for accessibility, while Liu was selected for his work on a new framework for analyzing the Markov Chain Monte Carlo method. Jain’s dissertation, titled “Sound Read more →
January 30, 2023

Allen School’s Alisa Liu pushes the boundaries of natural language processing with human and machine collaboration

Portrait of Alisa Liu wearing a white short-sleeved shirt with gathered short sleeves and a pendant necklace standing in front of a mosaic tiled staircase and foliage of succulents, ferns, and bushes. As people engage artificial intelligence to solve problems at a human level, reliance on such technologies has unearthed difficulties in the way that language models learn from data. Often, the models will memorize the peculiarities of a dataset rather than solving the underlying task for which they were developed. The problem has more to do with data quality than size, meaning the problem cannot be corrected by simply making the dataset larger.  Enter Alisa Liu, a Ph.D. student who… Read more →
January 27, 2023

With HAILEY, researchers demonstrate how AI can lend a helping hand for mental health support

A person with long blond hair, with only mouth and chin visible, is lying on a blue quilted blanket on short green grass in dappled sunlight. The person is wearing a black sweatshirt and propped up on their elbows, viewing a smartphone held in their well-manicured hands.
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Sometimes it can be hard to find just the right words to help someone who is struggling with mental health challenges. But recent advances in artificial intelligence could soon mean that assistance is just a click away — and delivered in a way that enhances, not replaces, the human touch.  In a new paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence, a team of computer scientists and psychologists at the University of Washington and Stanford University… Read more →
January 23, 2023

Luis Ceze named Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for advancing new paradigms in computer architecture and programming systems

Portrait of Luis Ceze smiling at the camera. Luis is wearing glasses with dark acrylic frames and clear lenses and a black open-necked shirt against a grey background. Since he first arrived at the University of Washington in 2007, Allen School professor Luis Ceze has worn many hats: teacher, mentor, researcher, entrepreneur, venture investor. As of this week, he can add Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery to that list after the organization bestowed upon him its most prestigious level of membership for “contributions to developing new architectures and programming systems for emerging applications and computing technologies.” A computer architect by training, Ceze has been at the… Read more →
January 19, 2023

Allen School’s Michael Duan and Anas Awadalla recognized by CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards program

Michael Duan, wearing square glasses and a navy t-shirt, smiles in front of a blurred background of green plants and pine trees. To the right on the other side of a purple line, Anas Awadalla, wearing black glasses and a navy t-shirt and a backpack, stands in front of the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering. The building is made of brick and the sign is black.
Michael Duan
The Computing Research Association recently honored Allen School undergraduates Michael Duan and Anas Awadalla as part of its Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards program for 2023. The annual program highlights exceptional undergraduate students from across North America for their contributions to the computing field.  Duan, who works with professor and advisor Jon Froehlich in the Makeability Lab, was selected as a finalist for his work on Scaling Crowd+AI Sidewalk Accessibility Assessments and Sidewalk Gallery: An Interactive, Filterable Image Read more →
January 13, 2023

Allen School and AI2 researchers recognized at NeurIPS for outstanding contributions in large-scale embodied AI and next-generation image-text models

The Neural Information Processing Systems logo with purple patterning surrounding the left of the text. Allen School researchers continue to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI) and in building innovative image-text models. At the 36th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2022), several members from the Allen School, along with researchers from the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), earned recognition for their work in advancing their respective fields.  Allen School undergraduate Matt Deitke, professor Ali Farhadi, affiliate professors Ani Kembhavi, director of computer vision at AI2, and Roozbeh Mottaghi,… Read more →
January 6, 2023

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