2017 Engineering Lecture Series

Engineering the Data Revolution:
Fake News, Smart Cities and Data in DNA

In today’s world, almost all aspects of our lives can be data to save or share, and our consumption and production of data continues to grow. Understanding how to best use data — and developing technologies with the capacity to store it — will transform the ways in which we process information, communicate and navigate.

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Finding “Fake News” in Times of Crisis: Online Rumors, Conspiracy Theories and Information

Kate StarbirdKate Starbird, Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering

Recent public debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of online misinformation. This complex problem lies at the intersection of technology, human cognition and human behavior — and may make us unwitting accomplices to the spread of incorrect facts and misleading communication. Hear from Kate Starbird, whose research investigates online rumors to explore what conspiracy theories reveal about political propaganda.

Kate Starbird is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. Her research blends human-computer interaction and the emerging field of crisis informatics—the study of the how information-communication technologies are used during crisis events. Recently, she has explored the propagation of “fake news”, disinformation, and political propaganda through online spaces. Kate earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University


Borrowing from Nature to Build Better Computers: DNA Data Storage and Beyond

Luis CezeLuis Ceze, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

As our capacity to produce and collect data grows, we are quickly reaching the limit of mainstream storage technologies, yet our ability to engineer biomolecules is rapidly improving. Nature may be our best inspiration for future computer systems. Join us to hear from computer scientist Luis Ceze, who along with partners at the UW and Microsoft, has developed a process to encode, store and retrieve data in DNA that broke a world record for the technology.

Luis Ceze is a professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and holds the Torode Family Career Development Professor endowed chair. His research focuses on the intersection of computer architecture, programming languages and biology. His current focus is on approximate computing and DNA-based data storage and computing. His research has been featured prominently in the media including New York Times, Popular Science, MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, among others. Luis is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, and the 2013 IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award.


Making Cities Smarter for Drivers: Using Data to Improve Urban Congestion and Parking

Lillian RatliffLillian Ratliff, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Congestion on urban arterials is a challenge for city officials and commuters alike, made worse by slow-cruising vehicles hunting for curbside parking. By using transportation data streams from cities, Lillian Ratliff is proposing innovative solutions. Join us to learn about the novel algorithms Ratliff has developed to help alleviate congestion, and how a collaboration with SDoT may lead to citywide traffic and parking improvements.

Lillian Ratliff is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Her research interests bridge game theory, optimization, and statistical learning to develop new theoretical models of human decision-making in societal-scale cyber-physical systems. She applies tools from these domains to address inefficiencies and vulnerabilities in next-generation urban infrastructure systems. Prior to joining the UW she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also received her Ph.D.

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


Past Engineering Lecture Series on UWTV

City Smarts: Engineering Resilient Communities

Engineering Solutions for a Seismically Resilient Seattle »
Jeffrey Berman (CEE)

Delivering Sustainability: Transporting Goods in Urban Spaces »
Anne Goodchild (CEE)

Understanding Our Chemical Fingerprints: Safer Water for Our Cities »
Edward Kolodziej (CEE)

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

The Invisible Trail: Pervasive Tracking in a Connected Age »
Franziska Roesner (CSE)

Our Robotic Future: Building Smart Robots that See in 3-D »
Dieter Fox (CSE, UW Robotics and State Estimation Lab)

Responsible Innovation: A Cross Disciplinary Lens on Privacy and Security Challenges »
Tadayoshi Kohno (CSE, UW Tech Policy Lab)
Ryan Calo (UW Tech Policy Lab)
Batya Friedman (UW Tech Policy Lab)

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)