2015 Engineering Lecture Series

Robots to Web Trackers:
Privacy in the Age of Smart Technology

From online shopping and “smart” devices to driverless cars and personal robots, technology continues to improve our lives in extraordinary ways. These same technologies leave a trail sharing who we are, where we go and what we consume. Learn about exciting technological advances and myriad hazards, seen and unseen, of our ever-more connected world at this year’s Engineering Lecture Series.


The Invisible Trail: Pervasive Tracking in a Connected Age

photo, Franziska RoesnerFranziska Roesner, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

As our world becomes more computerized and interconnected, we find ourselves increasingly at risk of security breaches and invasions of digital privacy. Recent studies at the UW explored how advertisers, social media sites, and others invisibly track your browsing, and how smartphone applications are able to access your camera, location, and other sensitive information in ways you may not expect. Learn about improved systems, currently being developed at the UW, that make web browsing safer and smart phones better match people's expectations.


Our Robotic Future: Building Smart Robots that See in 3-D

photo, Dieter FoxDieter Fox, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and Director of the UW Robotics and State Estimation Lab

Robots have only been a staple in science fiction movies and books, but recent technology advances have made them increasingly smarter, cheaper and more effective. Soon, robots will be integrating into our lives outside of science fiction. Much of this progress came about because of the introduction of small, inexpensive video cameras that are commonly used in gaming applications like Microsoft Kinect. These cameras provide color and depth information that enable robots to see and interact with the world in 3D. Join us to learn more about how robots are learning to perform 3D mapping, recognize and manipulate objects, and track human movement and poses.


Responsible Innovation: A Cross Disciplinary Lens on Privacy and Security Challenges

photo, Ryan Calo, Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi KohnoRyan Calo, Assistant Professor, School of Law & Co-Director, UW Tech Policy Lab
Batya Friedman, Professor, Information School & Co-Director, UW Tech Policy Lab
Tadayoshi Kohno, Short-Dooley Professor, Computer Science & Engineering & Co-Director, UW Tech Policy Lab

Engineering innovations drive changes in how people interact, socialize, conduct business, raise their children, and care for the elderly.  New technologies emerge and enter the marketplace at an incredibly rapid rate, and bring with them benefits and risks. Policy, society’s regulator, hastens afterward.   What does it mean to innovate responsibly, particularly with respect to privacy and security?  Join us for a presentation and panel discussion with the UW Tech Policy Lab, an interdisciplinary center uniquely positioned to address these issues. 

Presented by the College of Engineering in partnership with UW Alumni Association.


Past Engineering Lecture Series' on UWTV

Engineering the Heart: From Cell Therapy to Computer Technology

Engineering a Broken Heart »
Charles Murry (BioE, Pathology, Cardiology)

Get a Grip: Cell Biomechanics in Cardiovascular Health »
Nate Sniadecki (ME) and Nathan White (BioE)

Cutting the Cord: Wireless Power for Implantable Devices »
Joshua Smith (CSE, EE)

Engineering Infrastructure: From Failing Grades to Future Systems

Failing Grades to Future Systems »
Paula Hammond (Parsons Brinckerhoff) and Greg Miller (CEE)

Spanning the Gap: Lessons in Bridge Engineering »
John Stanton (CEE)

Tunneling Toward a New State Route 99 Corridor »
Matthew Preedy, PE (BSCE '92)

Engineering Molecules: Tiny Solutions for Big Problems

Launching the Molecular Engineering Revolution »
Matt O'Donnell (BioE)

Here Comes the Sun: Engineering New Solar Technologies at the Molecular Scale »
Hugh Hillhouse (ChemE) and Christine Luscombe (MSE)

Into the Body: Molecular Systems for Healing »
Suzie Pun (BioE) and Patrick Stayton (BioE)

Re-engineering Aerospace: Flying Cleaner, Greener, Smarter

Shrinking the Aerospace Carbon Footprint »
Mary Armstrong (’79)

Repowering the Military with Alternative Energy »
Tim Vinopal (’91)

Flying Smart with Autonomous Vehicles »
Mehran Mesbahi (A&A)

Engineering in the Headlines

High-Pressure Crisis in the Gulf »
James Riley and Alberto Aliseda (ME)

Going for the Green: London 2012 »
Robert G. Card (’75)

Driven to Distraction »
Linda Ng Boyle (ISE and CEE)

Engineering Xtreme Challenges: Outerspace to Cyberspace

The Cyberspace Data Explosion: Boon or Black Hole? »
Magdalena Balazinska (CSE) and Tadayoshi Kohno (CSE)

Eye on the Universe: Final Mission to Hubble »
Gregory Johnson (’77).

Energy Crisis, Smart Solutions »
Carl Imhoff (PNNL) and Shwetak Patel (CSE and EE)

Engineering Inspired by Nature: Robots, Greener Energy and Nanotech Systems

Where Humans and Robots Connect »
Yoky Matsuoka (CSE)

Back to Nature for the Next Technology Revolution »
Babak Parviz (EE)

Beyond Oil: Powering the Future »
Miles P. Drake (Weyerhaeuser) and Dan Schwartz (ChemE)

Engineering the Best: Boomers, A Bridge and the Boeing 787

Rebuilding the Baby Boomer: Replacement Parts for the 21st Century »
Buddy Ratner (BioE, ChemE)

Building the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge »
Joe P. Mahoney (CEE) and Steve Hansen (’69)

Building the Future of Commercial Aviation: Boeing's 787 Dreamliner »
Al Miller ('71, '77) and Mark Tuttle (ME)