Mon, 09/21/2015 | UW TodayAI system solves SAT geometry questions as well as average human test taker
UW CSE researchers collaborated on an artificial intelligence system that can solve SAT geometry questions as well as the average American 11th-grade student, a breakthrough in AI research. GeoS uses computer vision to interpret diagrams, natural language processing to read text, and a geometric solver to achieve 49 percent accuracy on official SAT test questions. If these results were extrapolated to the entire Math SAT test, the computer roughly achieved an SAT score of 500 (out of 800), the average test score for 2015.
Thu, 09/17/2015 | UW TodayA Q&A with Pedro Domingos: Author of "The Master Algorithm"
Pedro Domingos, professor in CSE, is the author of “The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World.” In advance of his September 22 talk at Seattle’s Town Hall, he answered a few questions about the book. A popular science romp through one of today’s hottest scientific topics, the book is an essential primer on machine learning. It unveils the deep ideas behind the algorithms that increasingly pick our books, find our dates, filter email, manage investments and run our lives — and what informed consumers and citizens ought to know about them.
Wed, 09/16/2015 | UW TodayUW labs win $4.5 million NSF nanotechnology infrastructure grant
NSF funding will support nanofabrication and molecular analysis for UW researchers, one-person startups and multinational corporations that otherwise can’t affordably or reliably meet their fabrication needs at commercial foundries. The UW and Oregon State University won a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to advance nanoscale science, engineering and technology research in the Pacific Northwest and support a new network of user sites across the country. The regional partnership was selected as one of 16 sites for a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program. That network is designed to give researchers from academia, small and large companies and other institutions open access to university facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools.
Mon, 09/14/2015 | UW TodayUW, city of Seattle join 'Smart Cities' network
The UW and city of Seattle have joined a national network of university-city partnerships that will work on "smart city" solutions. The MetroLab Network, announced by the White House on Monday, consists of partnerships between research universities with expertise in engineering, robotics and computer science and cities looking to be test beds for 21st century solutions. The partnership aims to marry expertise and knowledge from UW researchers — from engineers inventing new sensors to sociologists studying determinants of poverty to data scientists parsing problems in new ways — and the experience and learned wisdom of employees tackling day-to-day challenges of running a city.
Tue, 09/08/2015 | UW TodayUW hosts Pacific Northwest energy storage symposium on Sept. 11
A more efficient and sustainable energy system hinges on the ability to store energy for when it’s needed most. On September 11, researchers, students, government regulators, energy entrepreneurs, utilities, and industry experts will gather at UW to discuss this topic at Transforming the Future: A Symposium on the Science and Technology of Energy Storage in the Pacific Northwest. The symposium will address energy storage research needs, commercialization opportunities and challenges, and strategies to finance energy storage technology deployment. Symposium sponsors are the UW Clean Energy Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University, and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).
Tue, 09/08/2015 | UW TodayNew wearable technology can sense appliance use, help track carbon footprint
A new wearable technology developed at UW called MagnifiSense can sense what devices and vehicles the user interacts with throughout the day. Applications include tracking individuals' carbon footprints, enabling smart home applications, and assisting with elder care. Next steps are testing MagnifiSense on a wider variety of devices and miniaturizing the device.
Mon, 08/31/2015 | UW TodayUW students put data science skills to use for social good
Data scientists at the UW’s eScience Institute took a break from their typical work helping researchers and professors to incorporate cutting-edge technologies and data-based methods into their academic pursuits. Instead, they launched the Data Science for Social Good program which harnessed their expertise to address pressing urban issues closer to home. The program paired data scientists with students and local nonprofit and government partners. These interdisciplinary teams worked on projects to reduce family homelessness, improve paratransit bus service, foster community well-being and map better sidewalk routes for people with mobility challenges.
Tue, 08/25/2015 | UW College of EngineeringPer Reinhall sabbatical; John Kramlich to step in
From Dean Mike Bragg
This fall quarter, Per Reinhall, chair of mechanical engineering, will take a well-deserved sabbatical leave. Professor John Kramlich has agreed to serve as acting chair of ME during Per's leave. John's appointment begins on September 16, 2015 and Per will return as chair on December 16, 2015.
I am grateful that John is willing to assume this role in service to the department and college. ME is making great strides in their identified areas of research which include energy, health, mechatronics, and advanced materials and manufacturing. I look forward to working with John as he continues to advance the important work taking place in ME by their faculty, staff and students.
Please join me in welcoming Professor Kramlich on board in September as acting chair of ME.
Mon, 08/24/2015 | UW College of EngineeringNominate an Engineer
If you know an engineer who deserves recognition, we want to hear from you! The Diamond Awards honor outstanding alumni and friends who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering. Take a little time to nominate an engineer to join the distinguished ranks of Diamond Award honorees in one of 6 categories this year.
Mon, 08/17/2015 | University of WashingtonElectrical Engineering student and UW Solar club project lead Shruti Misra is helping make solar power a reality
Shruti Misra, a senior in electrical engineering with a strong interest in sustainability, is committed to harnessing the sun’s energy — whether it’s through finding ways to control solar panels remotely or helping to oversee projects to get panels installed around campus.
This summer, she’s interning at Athena Energy, a startup that designs hybrid inverters for solar panels. Her role is to help make the panels "smart." Using her computer programming background, she’s finding ways for users to get data from the solar panels and control them via WiFi.
Thu, 08/13/2015 | UW TodayFrom protein design to self-driving cars: UW researchers win AI prize for new optimization approach
CSE machine learning researchers developed a radically new approach to data optimization. Their paper won the top prize at the world’s largest artificial intelligence conference. The new UW approach outperformed standard optimization techniques, in some instances by many orders of magnitude. “In some ways optimization is the most important problem you’ve never heard of because it turns up in all areas of science, engineering and business. But a lot of optimization problems are extremely difficult to solve because they have a huge number of variables that interact in intricate ways,” said senior author Pedro Domingos, UW professor of computer science and engineering.
Wed, 08/12/2015 | UW TodayCO2 emissions change with size of streams and rivers
The source of carbon dioxide emissions from streams and rivers has been unclear to scientists. David Butman, an assistant professor in CSE, has co-authored a study that shows the greenhouse gas appears in streams by way of two different sources — either as a direct pipeline for groundwater and carbon-rich soils, or from aquatic organisms releasing the gas through respiration and natural decay.
Wed, 08/05/2015 | UW TodayHow makerspaces can be accessible to people with disabilities
To ensure places like UW's CoMotion MakerSpace are truly inclusive, ME's Kat Steele leads research on making communal DIY spaces accessible to people with disabilities.
Wed, 08/05/2015 | UW College of EngineeringStrategic Research Initiatives program developed to advance two of our strategic plan goals
Four new initiatives focused on promising and growing areas of engineering research will receive around $50,000 in the first year.
Tue, 08/04/2015 | UW TodayUW workshop to explore Big Data solutions for science
A workshop gathered 100 grad students to identify challenges, ideas, or solutions that data science could advance in their science or engineering fields.
Mon, 08/03/2015 | UW TodayCrystals form through a variety of paths, with implications for biological, materials and environmental research
New research shows a variety of pathways to crystal formation. Crystallization occurs across scientific disciplines; a shift in the picture of how it occurs has far-reaching consequences, says MSE's James De Yoreo.
Mon, 08/03/2015 | UW TodayUW to invest $37 million in nanofabrication lab critical to researchers, start-ups
To serve growing demand for nanofabrication services, the Washington Nanofabrication Facility will double in size and get vital building upgrades.
Wed, 07/22/2015 | UW TodayComputer security tools for journalists lacking in a post-Snowden world
A new study by UW and Columbia University researchers probed the computer security habits of 15 journalists across two continents and found a number of security weaknesses in their technological tools and ad-hoc workarounds. Use of online translation services or popular cloud-based data storage tools could expose confidential sources or other sensitive information. The authors, who include CSE assistant professor Franziska Roesner and students in the UW Master of Human Computer Interaction and Design program, identify a need for new tools designed with journalists in mind.
Thu, 07/16/2015 | UW TodayMany mobile health apps neglect needs of blind users
UW researchers who conducted the first academic review of nine mobile health applications on the market in March 2014 found none met all the criteria that would make them fully accessible to blind customers. Without proper coding, for example, an automated screen reader might read data in a glucose monitoring app as, "87 2:16 p.m. before breakfast fasting mgdl 5 13 15 glucose manual." Authors of the study include CSE doctoral student Lauren Milne, CSE professor Richard Ladner, and HCDE doctoral student Cynthia Bennett.
Tue, 07/07/2015 | College of EngineeringEngineering research projects haul in CoMotion Innovation Fund dollars
The CoMotion Innovation Fund awards grants to innovative projects with promising impact, bridging the gap between academic research grants and the ability to attract seed-stage investment. This year, seven out of the 11 innovation fund awards go to engineering-based projects!
Fri, 03/05/2021 | Department of Aeronautics & AstronauticsNew law of physics finds a sweet spot for aircraft efficiency
A&A researchers in the Computational Fluid Mechanics Lab prove the existence of a new law of physics.
Fri, 03/05/2021 | UW TodayNew maritime security project draws Coast Guard’s top admiral to visit UW
Human Centered Design & Engineering professors Mark Haselkorn and Kate Starbird are gaining important insights into how information sharing can be tailored and supported to improve maritime security. Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, the U.S. Coast Guard’s commandant and top leader, is coming to UW to hear from these and other researchers with the UW’s Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR). See also: HCDE's Maritime Operational Information Sharing Analysis
Fri, 03/05/2021 | UW TodayUW team programs solitary yeast cells to say ‘hello’ to one another
A team of UW researchers has engineered yeast cells that can “talk” to one another using a plant hormone. Right now the cells are just saying “hi,” but the technique could lead to synthetic stem cells that grow into artificial organs or organisms that require different types of cells to work together. Authors of a new study include EE and BioE professor Eric Klavins, BioE PhD student Arjun Khakhar, and EE PhD student Nicholas J. Bolten.