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[em]Washington Engineer[/em] - May 2017

In the May 2017 issue:

  • Dean's Message
  • Research - Deceiving Google's AI; AccessMap; Singing posters and talking shirts
  • Campus News - Direct to College admission; Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering; STARS program wins $2.2M
  • Events - 2016 lecture series videos; Diamond Awards; 2017 WiUX Conference
  • In the Media - Video games help model brain’s neurons; How misinformation spreads on the web; More state investment needed to meet demand for engineers

Dean's Message

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Michael Bragg


Baicen Xiao, Radha Poovendran and Hossein Hosseini

UW security researchers show that Google’s AI tool for video searching can be easily deceived
A new tool from Google that uses machine learning to automatically analyze and label video content can be deceived by periodically inserting a photograph into the videos, which leaves the system vulnerable to adversarial attack. After UW researchers inserted an image of a car into a video about animals, for instance, the system returned results suggesting the video was about an Audi.
The Verge | Digital Trends | Quartz | The Telegraph | BBC | Motherboard | Ars Technica

screenshot of AcessMap

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers
AccessMap — a UW project spearheaded by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology — launched a new online travel planner offering customizable suggestions for people who need accessible or pedestrian-friendly routes when getting from point A to B in Seattle.
Grist | TechCrunch | The Seattle Times | Seeker | Daily Journal of Commerce | GeekWire

person looking at poster

Singing posters and talking shirts: UW engineers turn everyday objects into FM radio stations
A new technique pioneered by UW engineers enables “singing” posters and “smart” clothing to send audio or data directly to your car’s radio or your smartphone by piggybacking on ambient FM radio signals.
Smithsonian | CBC | KING5 | Gizmodo | New Atlas | Digital Trends

Campus News

students in bioengineering lab

UW College of Engineering announces Direct to College admission for 2018 incoming freshman class
The UW College of Engineering is taking a significant step to improve undergraduate engineering students’ educational experiences by offering Direct to College admission beginning with the entering freshman class of 2018. The change will assure incoming freshman students who are admitted into the college and their families that they will be able to pursue an engineering degree at the UW.
The Seattle Times | GeekWire

UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Paul G. Allen

$50M endowment establishes the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington
With a $50 million endowment that will propel the UW to the forefront of computer science education and innovation, the University has established the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. The Board of Regents named the school after Allen — the internationally renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and computing pioneer — in recognition of his longstanding support for the mission of the University and CSE.
The Wall Street Journal | Bloomberg | GeekWire | Inside Philanthropy | The Seattle Times | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

STARS recipients

College of Engineering’s STARS program wins $2.2M to improve access for low-income students
A University of Washington program aimed at increasing the number of economically and educationally disadvantaged students from Washington who graduate with engineering degrees has received a 3-year, $2.2 million grant from the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship fund, with support from Microsoft.
The Seattle Times


Watch the 2016 lecture series
The College of Engineering 2016 lecture series features UW faculty who are tackling some of our most compelling challenges in engineering resilient cities. Watch online anytime.

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Diamond Awards
May 19, 2017

The Diamond Awards honor outstanding College of Engineering alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering.

WiUX logo

2017 WiUX Conference
May 13, 2017 | Student Union Building (HUB) | 12 p.m. 5 p.m.

The third annual Women in User Experience conference supports women in the field of User Experience and Design with speakers, interactive workshops, lightning talks, and open networking with UX professionals and recruiters.

In the Media

mozak screenshot

Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons
The New York Times | April 24, 2017
Thousands of people are playing a new game developed by the UW Center for Game Science and the Allen Institute for Brain Science called “Mozak,” which uses common tricks of the video game medium — points, leveling up, and leader boards that publicly rank the performance of players — to crowdsource the creation of three-dimensional models of neurons.
GeekWire | Boing Boing

Kate Starbird

How misinformation spreads on the web
NPR’s Weekend Edition | April 9, 2017
When tragic events happen, social media quickly fills with rumors and fake stories. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Kate Starbird, UW assistant professor of Human Centered Design and Engineering, about misinformation on the web.
The Huffington Post | Seattle Times | KUOW | KIROTV

Michael Bragg

More state investment needed to meet demand for engineers
The Seattle Times | March 2, 2017
More kids in the state of Washington are graduating from high school with the passion and the qualifications to pursue higher education in STEM fields. But we don’t have the capacity in our universities to provide these students with the education required to qualify for a bow wave of engineering jobs, writes Michael B. Bragg, the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering at the UW.