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Thu, 11/03/2016 | UW Today

Electrical engineering lecture series to explore 'compressed sensing'

In the last decade, the signal-processing technique of compressed sensing has delivered notable speedups in medical imaging, from pediatric MRI to dynamic cardiac imaging. As part of the 2016 Lytle Lecture Series, Professor David Donoho discussed how we can bridge the gap between compressed sensing theory and practice.

Wed, 10/26/2016 | UW Today

For the first time in humans, researchers use brain surface stimulation to provide ‘touch’ feedback to direct movement

A two-way communication loop is necessary to restore movement for people with spinal cord injuries. The brain must be able to send signals to disconnected nerves and muscles, and it also must be able to receive feedback from these nerves. Researchers at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) have used direct stimulation of the human brain surface to provide basic sensory feedback through artificial electrical signals, enabling a patient to control movement while performing a simple task: opening and closing his hand.

Mon, 10/24/2016 | UW Today

Uber service faster in low income Seattle neighborhoods, initial study finds

Your wait time for an Uber ride in Seattle is shorter if you are in a lower income neighborhood, UW researchers concluded while researching whether Uber was providing equitable access for all their customers.

Mon, 10/24/2016 | UW Today

HCDE professor’s invention wins Popular Science 2016 ‘Best of What’s New’ award

An IV drip technology developed by Shift Labs, founded by University of Washington Human Centered Design and Engineering Professor Beth Kolko, has been recognized by Popular Science with a 2016 “Best of What’s New” Award. The magazine recognized the company’s DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor, a simple, compact device that clips to any IV drip to monitor the rate at which medication or fluids are delivered.

Mon, 10/24/2016 | UW Today

Turning your living room into a wireless charging station

A flat-screen panel that resembles a TV on your living room wall could one day remotely charge any device within its line of sight, according to new research.

Fri, 10/21/2016 | UW Today

Research in complex computational problems snares Packard honors for UW’s Thomas Rothvoss

Computer Science & Engineering assistant professor Thomas Rothvoss has been award the prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship will help support Rothvoss' research to balance precision and efficiency in complex mathematical calculations.

Wed, 10/19/2016 | UW Today

Popular Science picks DNA data storage project for 2016 'Best of What’s New' Award

Popular Science has recognized a technique developed by UW and Microsoft researchers to store and retrieve digital data in DNA as one of the most innovative and game-changing technologies of the year. In July, the UW Molecular Information Systems Lab broke the world record for the amount of DNA successfully encoded and retrieved in DNA molecules, using a novel approach to converting the long strings of ones and zeroes in digital data into the four basic building blocks of DNA sequences.

Wed, 10/12/2016 | UW Today

As online retailing booms, new Urban Freight Lab to work with industry, SDOT on delivery challenges

The new Urban Freight Lab will investigate high-impact, low-cost solutions for businesses delivering goods in urban settings and cities trying to manage limited curb and parking space where delivery trucks, bicycles, pedestrians and cars all need to coexist. The lab is part of the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center and will collaborate with the Seattle Department of Transportation and three founding industry members: Costco, Nordstrom and UPS. The first research question the lab will investigate is the “final 50 feet” challenge, or the final leg of the delivery journey.

Wed, 10/12/2016 | College of Engineering

Bioengineers without Borders seeks to provide anesthesia delivery devices to developing countries

Engineering students involved in Bioengineers without Borders are seeking to create anesthesia delivery devices for use in developing countries. Existing anesthesia delivery methods are not suitable for resource-poor regions because they are costly and require stable access to power and oxygen. The lack of access to anesthesia prevents crucial medical from being performed, but Bioengineers without Borders aims to solve this problem with their affordable, portable devices.

Thu, 10/06/2016 | UW News

Helping the body health, feel and move again

From the Ability & Innovation Lab to the Center for Neurotechnology, the College of Engineering is innovating novel devices to help people of all abilities live out their dreams.

Thu, 10/06/2016 | UW Today

CSE gets major boost with $10 million donation from Amazon

Amazon is giving a major push to the campaign to build a second Computer Science & Engineering building on the UW Seattle campus with a $10 million gift. The new 130,000-square-foot UW CSE building will provide space for the UW to double the number of computer science and engineering graduates annually.

According to the Washington Student Achievement Council, the workforce gap in computer science – the gap between available jobs and prepared graduates – is far greater than in any other field. At the UW, student demand far outstrips program capacity: more incoming UW freshmen list CSE as their first choice major than any other field, and UW CSE currently can accommodate just one out of three qualified students who apply to the major.

Wed, 10/05/2016 | UW Today

$4M grant funds new UW RAPID Facility to investigate natural disasters worldwide

A new Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility funded by a $4.1 million National Science Foundation grant will provide necessary tools to collect and assess critical post-disaster data. Following a natural disaster, cleanup efforts quickly erase valuable evidence. The tools at the new RAPID facility will allow researchers to gather detailed information immediately after a disaster, so it can later be analyzed to improve building and preparedness practices.

Mon, 10/03/2016 | UW Today

New protein bridges chemical divide for ‘seamless’ bioelectronics devices

In a paper published Sept. 22 in Scientific Reports, engineers at the University of Washington unveiled peptides — small proteins which carry out countless essential tasks in our cells — that can provide a link between the biochemistry of our bodies and the chemistry of implanted devices.

Mon, 10/03/2016 | UW Today

Engineering lecture series focuses on building safe, resilient communities

Over the next month, College of Engineering’s annual fall lecture series will feature faculty focusing on developing technologies to build more resilient urban communities. The three lectures – on earthquake resiliency, sustainable transport of goods and emerging technologies for safe, clean water — are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required.

Tue, 09/27/2016 | UW Today

Secure passwords can be sent through your body, instead of air

University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers have devised a way to send secure passwords through the human body — using benign, low-frequency transmissions generated by fingerprint sensors and touchpads on consumer devices.

Mon, 09/19/2016 | UW Today

UW wins national nanotechnology startup challenge for breast cancer treatment

Researchers at the University of Washington are among the winners of a startup challenge to shorten the transition time from lab bench to patient. The team, including members of professor Suzie Pun‘s research group in the UW Department of Bioengineering, was selected based on its proposal and business plan to develop a targeted drug delivery system for breast cancer.

Mon, 09/12/2016 | UW Today

Graduate education in clean energy due for ‘big data’ overhaul

CE Professor Jim Pfaendtner is leading a new endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation to bring big data to graduate education in clean energy research at the UW. Known as DIRECT — or Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies — this traineeship will phase in practical, data-driven research projects for graduate students in fields such as chemistry, renewable energy and chemical engineering.

Thu, 09/08/2016 | UW Today

Life after Fitbit: Appealing to those who feel guilty vs. free

Is life better or worse after sticking your Fitbit in a drawer? UW researchers surveyed hundreds of people who had abandoned self-tracking tools and found emotions ranged from guilt to indifference to relief that the tracking experience was over.

Wed, 09/07/2016 | UW Today

HemaApp screens for anemia, blood conditions without needle sticks

HemaApp measures hemoglobin levels and screens for anemia non-invasively by illuminating the patient’s finger with a smartphone’s camera flash.

Tue, 08/30/2016 | The Seattle Times

Remembering Joseph F. Sutter

Alumnus Joe Sutter (1921 – 2016), ‘Father of the 747,’ was an engineering giant and pioneer of the aerospace industry.

Fri, 08/26/2016 | The Whole U

Faculty Profile: Gary Hsieh, HCDE

Gary Hsieh, an assistant professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), studies incentives, motivation, and the tools that make our lives more efficient. If you stumbled on a list of his publications, it would be hard to guess which department he belongs to. He’s researched mindfulness, nutrition, teen moms, activism, volunteering, video games, and advertising. Hsieh says his research is about everyday life. He’s analyzed websites like Wikipedia and Change.org, and this summer he’s prototyping an app that helps doctors and pharmacists navigate drug risks for pregnant patients.

Wed, 08/24/2016 | College of Engineering

UW hyperloop team sets its sights on SpaceX

The UW Hyperloop team is taking part in Elon Musk's competition to design a pod that can travel at transonic speed within a vacuum tube. After winning the Safety Subsystem Technical Excellence Award this January, the team will advance to the next leg of the competition, set to take place in January 2017 at SpaceX.

Wed, 08/17/2016 | UW Today

Interscatter communication enables first-ever implanted devices, smart contact lenses, credit cards that ‘talk’ Wi-Fi

University of Washington researchers have introduced a new way of communicating that allows devices such as brain implants, contact lenses, credit cards and smaller wearable electronics to talk to everyday devices such as smartphones and watches.

Mon, 08/15/2016 | UW Today

Unearthing trackers of the past: UW computer scientists reveal the history of third-party web tracking

At the USENIX Security Conference in Austin, Texas, a team of University of Washington researchers on Aug. 12 presented the first-ever comprehensive analysis of third-party web tracking across three decades and a new tool, TrackingExcavator, which they developed to extract and analyze tracking behaviors on a given web page. They saw a four-fold increase in third-party tracking on top sites from 1996 to 2016, and mapped the growing complexity of trackers stretching back decades.

Wed, 08/10/2016 | Civil & Environmental Engineering Blog

Satellite-based text message irrigation advisory system helps Pakistani farmers stay above water

CEE researchers are helping Pakistani farmers be more profitable and sustainable with a satellite-based app that advises them how much to water their crops. More than 700 farmers in Pakistan who grow bananas, wheat and other crops receive weekly text messages. "The farmers were previously going on instinct and overwatering the crops," Civil & Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Faisal Hossain said. "Now, it is scientifically driven and uses satellite data." Also see the video story from King5 News ».