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.
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.
A team including Fahad Pervaiz, a CSE doctoral student, has developed a system that can forecast the outbreak of dengue fever by simply analyzing the calling behavior of citizens to a public-health hotline. The telephone-based disease surveillance system can forecast 2 to 3 weeks ahead of time outbreaks of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that infects up to 400,000 people each year.
The forecasting system, described in a paper published July 8 in Science Advances, was developed by researchers from the UW and NYU, working teams in Pakistan.
The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers encoded and decoded a video of the band OK Go (featuring the craziest Rube Goldberg machine ever), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in more than 100 languages, the top 100 books of Project Gutenberg and the Crop Trust’s seed database — among other things— all on strands of DNA.
Luis Ceze, the UW’s Torode Family Career Development Professor of computer science and engineering and one of the project’s lead researchers, says, "The world is producing data at an incredible rate, and storage technologies need to keep up. DNA... is millions of times denser than other storage media, it is incredibly durable (think millennia) and it never becomes obsolete. "