News & Events

Engineering Lecture 2020

Contact tracing: Fighting COVID-19 while respecting privacy

Wednesday, October 21, 5:00 p.m.
Online
Stefano Tessaro, Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Stefano Tessaro

Contact tracing is a critical tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling health officials to track and slow the disease’s spread. Mobile phones offer opportunities to improve the accuracy of contact tracing but come with risk of creating a new surveillance infrastructure. Join us for a talk about the benefits and drawbacks of contact tracing, its widespread use, and digital contact tracing methods being developed at the UW and Microsoft Research to protect the privacy of individuals.

Stefano Tessaro is an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. His research centers on cryptography, computer security and privacy. Tessaro recently partnered on a project to build privacy-focused digital contact tracing technologies as part of the PACT project at UW and Microsoft Research, and is a contributor to the ongoing development of contact tracing apps for the Washington state government. He received his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich; before joining the UW, he was an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara.


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

Past Engineering Lecture Series on

2019
The Future of Food: Protecting Human and Environmental Health

Growing More with Less: Smart Tech Solutions to Feed the World »
Faisal Hossain (CEE)

Human and Ecosystem Health: Arsenic in Food, Water, Plants and Animals »
Rebecca Neumann (CEE)

Floods, Fish and People: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mekong River Basin »
Gordon Holtgrieve (College of the Environment)

2018
Engineering for Social Good: Assistive Robots, Environmental Equity and Disaster Relief

Building a Robot Butler: Towards Fluent Human Robot Interaction »
Siddhartha Srinivasa (CSE)

Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice and Air Quality »
Julian Marshall (CEE)

Meeting Our Global Obligations: The Hurricane Maria Energy & Health Project »
Lilo Pozzo (CE)

2017
Engineering the Data Revolution

Finding "Fake News" in Times of Crisis: Online Rumors, Conspiracy Theories and Disinformation »
Kate Starbird (HCDE)

Borrowing from Nature to Build Better Computers: DNA Data Storage and Beyond »
Luis Ceze (CSE)

Making Cities Smarter for Drivers: Using Data to Improve Urban Congestion and Parking »
Lillian Ratliff (EE)

2016
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)

2015
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)

2014
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)

2013
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)

2012
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)

2011
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)

2010
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)

2009
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)

2008
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)

2007
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)