CSE on cover of Nature (December 2005)
UW CSE faculty member Zoran Popovic, graduate students Keith Grochow and
Karen Liu, and collaborators from the Department of Anthropology at
Rutgers have the cover article on the December 22 issue of
the journal Nature.
The article results from a motion capture field study of dance in
dancers are poetry in emotion"
Who Dance Well May Be More Desirable As Mates"
guys with rhythm get the girls"
New Jersey Star Ledger:
fever: Study shows it's something in the way he moves"
University of Washington:
study scientifically links dancing to attraction, genetic advantage"
- Ph.D. alumna
Soha Hassoun in Boston Globe (December 2005)
"On a recent afternoon, Soha Hassoun, who is now teaching that
class, lit up a drab cinder-block classroom with her boisterous
- A celebration
of the life of Jerre D. Noe (December 2005)
On December 14, 250 friends and family members gathered at the
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering on
the University of Washington campus to celebrate the life of Jerre
Noe. View Dan Lamont's wonderful photographs.
CSE Ph.D. alumnus Ed Felten to direct Princeton's new Center for
Information Technology Policy (December 2005)
"The Center for Information Technology Policy will bring leading
computer scientists and engineers together with economists,
sociologists, lawyers and lawmakers to issue recommendations on
topics ranging from ensuring the privacy of medical records to
creating fair regulations for Internet phone services.
"The University has appointed computer scientist Edward Felten
to oversee planning for the center and serve as its first director.
Felten, an authority in the area of computer privacy and security,
is highly regarded among policy experts for his insights into the
broader impacts of computer technology, particularly concerning
copyright law. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of
Computer Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
- 2006 CRA
Outstanding Undergraduate Award Competition Recognizes Four
UW CSE Students! (November 2005)
The 2006 Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduate
Award competition has recognized 34 students from 27 different
universities -- including four from UW Computer Science &
Jenny Yuen was named the female Winner.
Jon Su was named a Finalist.
Krista Davis and Ben Hindman received Honorable Mention.
R&D rocks on"
("Recomputing the Future: First of three parts")
(EE Times) (November 2005)
"Think computers have become a commodity, like pork bellies, and
computer science an old set of solved problems? Think again ...
Lazowska is quick to disagree with anyone who says the big problems
in computer science have been solved. 'That's baloney ...
'There will be more coming up in the next decade than there was
in the last two decades combined.'"
Science R&D goes begging for funds"
("Recomputing the Future: Second of three parts")
(EE Times) (November 2005)
"Government funding for long-term computer science research at U.S.
universities has plummeted, leading many to fear the country will
lose its leadership in the field that engendered the PC and the Internet.
"Edward D. Lazowska, a past chairman of the Computing
Research Association and a CS professor at the University of Washington,
blames the current Bush administration for running up the national debt
while cutting back on computer R&D, a field with a track record
for fueling economic productivity and growth.
"'In 10 years there will be a double whammy. These debts will come due,
and we will have downshifted the productivity engine that helps pay them,'
Lazowska said. 'The nation has an intellectual as well as a physical
infrastructure. If you don't make adequate investments in it, it won't bite
you for perhaps five years, but when it does the cost of recovery
is enormous ...
Will this administration adequately prioritize engineering, science,
advanced education and research? I haven't seen signs of that.'"
or worst of times for CS R&D? Studies may say"
("Recomputing the Future: Third of three parts")
(EE Times) (November 2005)
"In late September, Bush ordered the President's Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology to take a broad look at federal
IT spending. PCAST takes on the job from a separate presidential
commission whose charter Bush did not renew.
"'I have great confidence in PCAST, but I don't have confidence in
this administration,' said Edward D. Lazowska, a CS professor at the
University of Washington, who had a leading role in the committee
Bush let dissolve."
- Finding Face and
Faith in America: a book by UW CSE Bachelors alumnus
Ahror Rahmedov (November 2005)
"A true story
about the exceptional challenges I faced in my personal life,
including the loss of my mother to cancer while young, unjust
persecution of my father in a soviet prison, and losing my face
to a devastating injury caused by a signal rocket.
In this book you'll also read how ordinary, culturally Muslim,
people of Uzbekistan live and go about their lives ...
You will also learn about how I was discovered by two Americans
while I was hopeless in a communist hospital following the massive
injury I suffered, how ordinary citizens of the United States
helped me recover and rebuild my face in Seattle ..."
keynotes first meeting of all European computer science department
heads (pdf) (November 2005)
The "European Computer Science Summit" brought together, for the
first time, heads of computer science departments throughout
Europe and its periphery.
- Jerre D. Noe,
1923-2005 (November 2005)
Jerre D. Noe, first chair of Computer Science & Engineering at
the University of Washington, passed away on the evening of
November 12, 2005 after a brief battle with mesothelioma
(a rare and aggressive form of cancer). He was 82.
Jerre was recruited to UW from SRI in 1968, and retired
in 1989. His contributions were essential to our
character and to our success. We will miss him.
service announcement (December 14, 2005, 5 p.m.) (pdf)
D. Noe, 1923-2005: He led UW's first computer program -- Head of team
that made electronic banking a reality" (Seattle PI)
"When Noe was picked to lead the university's first computer
science group in 1968, it was little more than a dozen
electrical engineering graduate students looking for someone
to teach them.
He transformed it into one of the country's top computer
science programs by sticking to two principles: Always hire the
smartest people in the room and encourage them to work collaboratively,
said Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in
Computer Science & Engineering at the UW."
computer-science pioneer Jerre Noe dies at 82" (Seattle Times)
"Jerre D. Noe helped build the Computer Science and Engineering
Department at the University of Washington. He was a key figure
in early efforts to computerize banking. His research won national
attention and awards.
But career demands didn't keep Professor Noe from cultivating
a rich personal life, one filled with music, sailing, skiing
and travel. He did it all, friends say, and did it with passion.
Professor Noe died Saturday, six weeks after being diagnosed
with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. He was 82."
D. Noe" (Associated Press / New York Times) (November 2005)
"Jerre D. Noe, a banking computerization pioneer who became the
first chairman of the University of Washington Department of
Computer Science & Engineering, died Saturday. He was 82."
Noe, University of Washington computer pioneer, dead at 82"
(Tri-City Herald) (November 2005)
"'He was temperamentally wonderful,' Edward D. Lazowska,
who headed the computer department in the 1990s, told the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 'He's a person who takes
no credit for himself and gives it to others.'
"'The collegiality that he started was very important, not
just among the faculty but between faculty and students and
staff,' Hellmut Golde, who followed Noe as chairman and retired
in 1992, told The Seattle Times."
service set for Jerre Noe" (University
Week) (December 2005)
"'His skill was in gathering talented people and managing them
so they could succeed, personally and professionally,' said his son
Russ, who teaches in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
'That same talent is what I believe helped make the UW Department
of Computer Science & Engineering one of the top in the world.'"
Anderson, Dan Weld elected ACM Fellows (November 2005)
CSE Professors Tom Anderson and Dan Weld have been elected Fellows
of the Association for Computing Machinery, joining 10 other active
or emeritus UW CSE faculty members.
ACM is widely recognized as the premier organization for
computing professionals worldwide. ACM has approximately
82,000 members, roughly 500 of whom hold Fellow rank.
Congratulations to Tom and Dan on this substantial
Least It's Not Mississippi" (Seattle PI) (November 2005)
"University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska
isn't one to hold back his opinions. And that certainly was the
case Thursday at the department's annual Industrial Affiliates Meeting.
Even though Lazowska was moderating a panel discussion about venture
capital, that didn't deter him from lambasting what he believes is a
lack of support for higher education in the state ..."
- "UW seeks new neck to wear tie"
(Seattle Times) (November 2005)
"David Notkin must be getting tired of wearing a necktie.
The University of Washington professor is stepping down as
chairman of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering
after nearly five years and 39 professional occasions requiring
a tie, as recorded at his
- UW CSE Industrial Affiliates Meeting in "John Cook's Venture Blog," Seattle PI (November 2005)
"I spent a good chunk of the day at the University of Washington's
Industrial Affiliates Meeting. The event showcased some of the cutting
edge technological research in the UW's Computer Science %amp; Engineering
department, from an analysis of spyware on the Web to computer graphics
that track the movement of crowds.
"The evening activities featured a panel of seven Seattle area venture
capitalists who talked about their favorite startups, coming trends
and the impact of global competition. Plenty of good stuff, with master
moderator Ed Lazowska leading the discussion."
Recognized with Presidential Award" (Computing Research News)
"Ladner, who is well known for his work in computer science theory,
was recognized for his long-time support of women and people with
disabilities in computer science."
Tom Anderson wins Mark Weiser Award (October 2005)
UW CSE professor
Anderson has been honored as the fifth recipient of the
Mark Weiser Award -- the second year in a row that a UW CSE
faculty member has won the top international award in the
operating systems field.
The Weiser Award was established in 2001 by ACM's Special Interest Group
on Operating Systems. Recipients, who must have begun their careers no
earlier than 20 years prior to nomination, are selected based upon
"contributions that are highly creative, innovative, and possibly
high-risk, in keeping with the visionary spirit of Mark Weiser."
Weiser was a computing visionary recognized for his research
accomplishments during his career at Xerox PARC. The foremost
proselyte of Ubiquitous Computing, Weiser was claimed by cancer in 1999
at the age of 46. More information on Weiser is available
Anderson received his Bachelors degree from Harvard in 1983
and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1991. He
began his faculty career at UC Berkeley, where he received
tenure in 1996. In 1997 he returned to UW as a faculty member.
Previous recipients of the Weiser Award are Frans Kaashoek (MIT),
Mendel Rosenblum (Stanford), Mike Burrows (Google), and
Brian Bershad (UW). Bershad received his Ph.D. from UW in 1990
and returned as a faculty member in 1993, after three years on
the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
cybersecurity due for FEMA-like calamity?" (c|net news.com)
"'DHS has an appropriately large focus on weapons of mass
destruction but an inappropriately small focus on critical
infrastructure protection, and particularly on cybersecurity,'
Lazowska said ... '[we are] applying Band-Aids, rather
than developing the inherently more secure information technology
that our nation requires.'"
Sky Really Is Falling" (CIO Magazine) (October 2005)
CIO Magazine interviews CSE's Ed Lazowska regarding
Security: A Crisis of Prioritization, a report of
the President's Information Technology Advisory
Committee (PITAC), which he co-chaired:
"Lazowska doesn't pull any punches when discussing the Bush
administration's approach to the issue. 'In my opinion,' he says, 'this
administration does not value science, engineering, advanced education
and research as much as it should -- as much as the future health of
the nation requires.' As a result, he says, the private sector -- and
CIOs in particular -- won't be able to buy the products that they need
to truly be secure unless they demand more from their government ..."
See also the editorial
Owns Security?". Entire spread as pdf
Francisco Chronicle profiles UW CSE alumnus Brad Fitzpatrick
"LiveJournal grew out of one 18-year-old's frustration with Web
journaling. Now Brad Fitzpatrick is on top of a blog revolution."
divide threatens to keep the poor in poverty" (Seattle PI)
"Washington state is one of the leading suppliers of new-economy
jobs in software, biotechnology, telecommunications and other sectors,
said Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in
Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.
But Washington ranks a lowly 49th out of 50 states in the proportion
of its 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in public four-year institutions,
'The state's economy is creating these jobs,' Lazowska said, 'and
they are going to other people's kids.'"
- Venkat Guruswami wins CSE's 3rd Packard Fellowship
has been recognized as a winner of a
2005 Packard Fellowship for Science & Engineering.
The Packard Fellowship is one
of the most prestigious awards
for young faculty in all of science and engineering -- only
16 are awarded each year.
Venkat joins CSE professors
Raj Rao and
as Packard Fellowship recipients.
Ladner featured by "Campaign UW" (September 2005)
Richard Ladner, Boeing Professor of Computer Science & Engineering,
is extensively featured in the Fall 2005 "Campaign UW" publication.
Quoting from Campaign Chair Bill Gates Sr.'s column:
"This past May, as I sat in Reagan National Airport waiting
for a flight back to Seattle, a distinguished-looking fellow
walked up and introduced and introduced himself as Richard Ladner,
UW professor of computer science and engineering. He was there,
I learned, because he had just received a Presidential Award for
Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.
In our airport conversation, I learned enough about his work
with the blind to want to know more. So we scheduled to meet a
few weeks later -- what developed into a fascinating introduction
to the Tactile Graphics Project."
Gates Sr.'s column
pdf of entire issue
- UW CSE
startup Teranode raises $9.5 million in VC funding (Seattle PI)
"Teranode ... makes software that helps scientists better design
and automate laboratory experiments. Its products have been used
by Pfizer, AsraZeneca and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center."
The company was founded by UW CSE faculty member Larry Arnstein
and several partners.
ranks UW among worlds top 20 universities (September 2005)
"This survey will argue that the most significant development in higher
education is the emergence of a super-league of global universities.
This is revolutionary in the sense that these institutions regard
the whole world as their stage, but also evolutionary in that they
are still wedded to the ideal of a community of scholars who combine
teaching with research."
Techie, Absolutely, and More" (NY Times) (August 2005)
"Ken Michelson, a computer science major at the University of
Washington, is entering medical school at Columbia University
in New York this month. Mr. Michelson caught the computing bug
early, starting to program simple games and puzzles as a 9-year-old.
"His computer science training, Mr. Michelson said, will also be useful
in medicine, especially 'in the way you learn to attack and break down
"Edward D. Lazowska, a professor at the University of Washington,
points to students like Mr. Michelson as computer science success
stories. The real value of the discipline, Mr. Lazowska said, is less
in acquiring a skill with technology tools - the usual definition
of computer literacy - than in teaching students to manage complexity;
to navigate and assess information;
to master modeling and abstraction;
and to think analytically in terms of algorithms,
or step-by-step procedures.
"Educating the engineers who design and build computers and software
will remain important, Mr. Lazowska emphasized, 'but we need
to be educating everyone else, too.'
"For Kira Lehtomaki, it was the advance of digital technology into
animation that pulled her toward computing. Ms. Lehtomaki, a
23-year-old post-graduate researcher at the University of Washington's
animation research labs, says she recalls wanting to be an animator
after being enthralled by 'Sleeping Beauty'
as a 3-year-old. Growing up, she drew constantly, and even took
a summer job at Disneyland as 'cookie artist' - painting designs and
Mickey Mouse faces in frosting - because that job allowed her
to spend a couple of days observing animators at Disney's
studio in Burbank, Calif.
"As hand-drawn animation gave way to computer-generated animation,
Ms. Lehtomaki took up computer graphics in college. 'These
two worlds of art and computing are really merging, and,
if anything, they will blend even more,' she said."
(Before majoring in CSE at the University of Washington, Ken
and Kira each attended Kamiak High School in Mulkiteo, WA.)
Monthly ranks UW 14th among all American
universities, public and private (August 2005)
"The first question we asked was, what does America need from its
universities? From this starting point, we came up with three
central criteria: Universities should be engines of social
mobility, they should produce the academic minds and scientific
research that advance knowledge and drive economic growth, and
they should inculcate and encourage an ethic of service.
We designed our evaluation system accordingly."
undergraduate Computer Engineering again in US News top ten
The 2006 edition of US News "America's Best Colleges" again
ranks UW CSE's undergraduate Computer Engineering
program among the top ten in the nation, along with
MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley, Illinois,
Michigan, Texas, Georgia Tech, and Cornell.
Complete US News undergraduate engineering
jobs call stateside" (Seattle Times) (August 2005)
The Seattle Times profiles CSE's David Notkin,
and discusses computer science as a career.
"What computers really do is enhance what we can do mentally,
Notkin says, in the way the industrial revolution expanded the
range of physical things we could do. And the field is so new
it has hardly touched its promise. There's still a lot of
exciting stuff to do ...
"And he has a really cool Moses-like beard."
Chat": Bill Gates, Ray Ozzie, Ed Lazowska (archived webcast) (July 2005)
CSE's Ed Lazowska interviews Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie at the
2005 Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting.
(New York Times story
Notebook: State job market heats up" (Seattle PI) (July 2005)
The Seattle PI interviews CSE's Matt Burkhart and Ed Lazowska.
"'This year was much more like 1999 and the spring of 2000
than anything else in recent memory,' said UW computer science
professor Ed Lazowska. He said many students graduating from
the program received multiple job offers or transferred
directly from internships into permanent positions ...
'It's a great field, it's incredibly creative,' he said, 'and
there are jobs out the wazoo.'"
- "Educating Designers"
(WSA NewsBytes) (July 2005)
"UW Computer Science & Engineering is ranked among the top ten programs
in the nation, along with Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford,
Illinois, Cornell, Texas, Princeton, Caltech and Wisconsin.
With an award-winning undergraduate program and a comprehensive
graduate program at this research institution, it's not hard to
"What does this mean to Washington's students and the local software
industry? A supply of cutting-edge ideas and people that help drive
our region forward."
WSA NewsBytes profiles UW CSE.
CSE startup Hamlet rebrands as Farecast (Seattle PI) (July 2005)
"Hamlet Inc., an online travel company founded by Oren Etzioni,
a University of Washington computer science professor, today is
introducing a new name, Web site and venture capital backer.
The Seattle company, now known as Farecast, plans to announce
$7 million in a second round of funding led by Greylock Partners.
Existing investors, including Madrona Venture Group and WRF Capital,
on cyber security in Federal Computing Week (July 2005)
"Former PITAC co-chairman Ed Lazowska said he hopes that the R&D memo
and recent activity within the Homeland Security Department will make
cybersecurity a bigger focus ... 'The fact that the new director is
willing to consider wholesale reorganization is an exceedingly positive
sign,' he said. 'Today, nail clippers. Tomorrow, cybersecurity.'"
- UW CSE,
Impinj, Hamlet featured in PSBJ article on Madrona
Venture Group (July 2005)
"Over the last 10 years, Madrona has forged strong alliances
with Fortune 500 companies and top-notch research institutions
such as the University of Washington's computer science and
engineering department." (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Secure is Federal 'Cybersecurity'?" (FOXNews.com) (July 2005)
FOXNews.com interviews PITAC Co-Chair and CSE faculty member Ed
Lazowska: "'We are applying Band-aids,' Lazowska said,
noting that gaping holes in Internet security put many
public and private information systems and critical infrastructure
at risk. 'We need to think about new designs rather than these
Salesin's work featured in Nature (July 2005)
"The audience was impressed when David Salesin, a computer
scientist at the University of Washington, presented the
interactive visual tools that he is developing for Microsoft.
Salesin showed software that can construct realistic-looking
aerial photographs from maps after being trained with a few
real photo/map combinations. He also had programs that could
blend different faces, and automatically turn random objects
into 'Escher tiles': these are shapes that can be rotated to
fill a space without leaving any gaps."
Lazowska receives 2005 Computing Research Association Distinguished
Service Award (June 2005)
Lazowska was recognized at the ACM Awards Banquet in San Francisco
on June 11, 2005, where Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn received the
Turing Award for their invention of TCP/IP.
Science & Engineering at the Cutting Edge" (Northwest
Science & Technology) (June 2005)
Northwest Science & Technology surveys computer science
research in the Pacific Northwest, including UW CSE, Intel Research
Seattle, Microsoft Research, and more.
"Mix of top companies and labs make the northwest an R&D powerhouse."
senior Casey Huggins on NPR (June 2005)
"The job market looks pretty good this spring for graduating college seniors."
Schmidt, Ed Lazowska on KUOW (May 2005)
"We're working on making sure we get the very best and
brightest, and this is one of the three or four universities
where we find them. So my first and foremost message is
'thank you,' and, ah, we'll take your siblings ... your children ...
we have a long term view of this issue ... we know where you are!"
- "Google CEO praises Kirkland location's local talent"
(Seattle Times) (May 2005)
Seattle Times report of a presentation by Google CEO Eric Schmidt
at the Technology Alliance annual luncheon, moderated by Ed Lazowska.
"But the competition Schmidt and Lazowska mostly discussed
yesterday is around the global supply of engineering talent.
Schmidt echoed the alliance's concerns about U.S. investment in
the industry's future, saying the government 'is doing stupid things'
like cutting basic science research funding."
chief sees Microsoft as no competition, yet"
(Seattle PI) (May 2005)
Seattle PI report of presentations at the Technology
Alliance luncheon and at UW CSE by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
"'There's kind of this novelty, this aura, around Google,'
said Ben Hindman, a 21-year-old UW computer engineering
student who attended the event."
of Ed Lazowska's interview of Eric Schmidt at the Technology Alliance
annual luncheon (May 2005)
Scroll down to the selection "Technology Alliance Presents."
Interview begins at 39:45.
Engineering senior Constantinos Papadopoulos in UW Daily
Constantinos, a member of the UW table tennis club, competed
on the national team in his native Cyprus.
Ladner wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (May 2005)
CSE Professor Richard Ladner is a recipient of this year's
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM),
recognizing particularly his work with women and with the
deaf and/or blind communities.
Richard was one of 7 "individual" recipients. There were 5
"institutional" recipients. All were honored by
President George W. Bush and Presidential Science
Advisor John Marburger at the White House today.
In recent years, former UW Dean of Engineering Denice Denton
and the Computing Research Association Committee on the
Status of Women in Computing Research
have been similarly honored.
National Science Foundation press release
- Rick Cox, Tapan Parikh win Intel Foundation
Ph.D. Fellowships (May 2005)
UW CSE Ph.D. students Rick Cox and Tapan Parikh have been named
recipients of Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowships.
Cox's fellowship research will focus on systems support for new
application usage models that can more directly provide security
and robustness, advised by Prof. Steve Gribble.
Parikh's fellowship research will focus on designing accessible,
inclusive technologies -- user interfaces and computing devices
that span traditional boundaries of education, economy, geography,
and language -- advised by Profs. Ed Lazowska and David Notkin.
on IT innovation on KUOW "Weekday" (May 2005) (RealAudio)
"The genesis of almost all of this is the federally-funded
university research program ... In my view, and many people's
view, the federal government today is walking away from this
Endless Frontier Postponed"
(Science) (May 2005) (pdf)
An invited editorial in the May 6 issue of Science, authored
by Ed Lazowska and Dave Patterson.
"At a time when global competitors are gaining the capacity
and commitment to challenge U.S. high-tech leadership, this
changed landscape threatens to derail the extraordinarily
productive interplay of academia, government,
and industry in IT. Given the importance of IT in enabling
the new economy and in opening new areas of scientific discovery,
we simply cannot afford to cede leadership.
Where will the next generation of groundbreaking innovations
in IT arise? Where will the Turing Awardees 30 years hence
reside? Given current trends, the answers to both questions
will likely be 'not in the United States.'"
Etzioni in Seattle PI (May 2005)
"Oren Etzioni could be considered a godfather
of search. [He] co-developed MetaCrawler in 1995.
Now the University of Washington professor is
working on a search engine that learns as it goes
and gives direct answers to users' questions."
Former UW graduate student Greg Linden is also profiled
in this article, as is Singingfish, co-founded by UW CSE
friends and alumni including John DeRosa, Eric Rehm, and
UW Ph.D. alumnus Brian Pinkerton, creator of
is not ...
Levy on 64-bit computing -- "It's in the PI" (April 2005)
"Hank Levy, a University of Washington computer science professor
who started researching operating system structures for 64-bit
computers more than a decade ago, said he is happy to see Microsoft
coming out with a 64-bit version of Windows that can be adopted
widely. But he said it could have happened much sooner.
'I would have liked to have seen it in 1995,' Levy said. 'The
dominance of Microsoft and Intel on the desktop, and the lack
of an x86-compatible 64-bit CPU, has basically held back the
widespread adoption of 64 bits.'"
Mahajan, Wetherall, and Anderson win
2005 William R. Bennett Prize (April 2005)
CSE Ph.D. students Neil Spring (now a faculty member at the
University of Maryland) and Ratul Mahajan and faculty members
David Wetherall and Tom Anderson have won the 2005
William R. Bennett Prize, given
annually to the best original paper published in
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, for their paper
ISP Topologies with Rocketfuel."
The paper was forwarded to ACM/IEEE TON as a "Best Paper" from the
2002 ACM SIGCOMM Conference.
- UW CSE
Ph.D. alumnus Stefan Savage profiled in San Diego Union-Tribune
"People to watch: Stefan Savage ... 'The job of a professor is a
combination of storytelling, cat herding and panhandling.'"
senior Jenny Yuen wins 2005 Google Anita Borg Memorial
Scholarship (April 2005)
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship was established to
honor the legacy of Anita Borg and her efforts to encourage women
to pursue careers in computer science and technology.
The award is a $10,000 scholarship for outstanding female
undergraduate and graduate students completing their degrees
in computer science and related fields.
CSE senior Jenny Yuen is one of ten recipients in 2005 (from among
115 applicants). Congratulations Jenny!
- CSE's Ed
Lazowska receives 2005 Computing Research Association Distinguished
Service Award (April 2005)
"Ed Lazowska is widely recognized for his incredible effectiveness,
unbridled enthusiasm, and overwhelming energy. He has furthered the
computing research agenda in so many ways ..."
Redirects Its Research Dollars" (NY Times) (April 2005) (pdf)
"'Virtually every aspect of information technology upon which we
rely today bears the stamp of federally sponsored university research,'
said Ed Lazowska, a computer scientist at the University of
Washington and co-chair of the President's Information Technology
Advisory Committee. 'The federal government is walking away from
this role, killing the goose that laid the golden egg.'"
Anderson headlines IEEE Computer (April 2005) (pdf)
"Most current Internet research involves either empirical
measurement studies or incremental modifications that can be deployed
without major architectural changes. Easy access to virtual testbeds
could foster a renaissance in applied architectural research that
extends beyond these incrementally deployable designs."
Tessa Lau and
Nick Kushmerick -- UW CSE Ph.D. alums -- featured
in Technology Review (April 2005)
Two of the four articles in the April Technology Review's
"Synopsis: Information Technology" feature ("New publications,
experiments, and breakthroughs -- and what they mean") focus on
work by UW CSE Ph.D. alumni.
now a faculty member at UCSD, along with UCSD's Ishwar Ramani,
are featured for their SyncScan technique which allows dramatically faster
handoffs in WiFi networks.
now a research staff member at IBM, and
Kushmerick, now a lecturer at University College Dublin,
are featured for their machine learning algorithm that automatically
keeps track of tasks and which emails are associated with them.
(The Irish are bragging about Kusmerick --
on mentoring on Eric Liu's "The Power of Voice" on KUOW (March 2005)
"How do you unlock someone's capacity for discovery?
This week's guest has answered those questions throughout
a brilliant career as student and teacher.
Ed Lazowska is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair of Computer
Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and
former head of the UW's world-renowned computer science
Goes to School" (Computerworld) (March 2005)
Computerworld profiles the four Intel lablets.
"Each Intel lablet has a specific focus.
At Berkeley, the focus is on what Intel calls 'extremely networked
systems,' and the lab is developing operating systems and programming
tools for wireless sensor networks ... The focus of the Cambridge
lab is on highly distributed applications ... Intel's lab at the
University of Washington is developing what researchers call the
System for Human Activity Recognition and Prediction, or SHARP,
which is designed to predict human activity by observing the
objects a person touches and the context in which they are used ...
The Carnegie Mellon Intel lablet is investigating software
for widely distributed storage systems."
recognizes UW CSE startups Impinj, Teranode (March 2005) (pdf>
Gartner recognizes 7 startups
in its "Cool Vendors in Emerging Trends and Technologies, 2005."
Two of these are UW CSE startups
on cyber security in Information Week (March 2005)
"The President's IT Advisory Committee on Friday released
the results of a report criticizing the country's IT infrastructure
as highly vulnerable to attack by terrorists and cybercriminals ...
"'The IT infrastructure is highly vulnerable to premeditated attacks
with potentially catastrophic effects,' committee co-chairs Marc
Benioff and Edward Lazowska wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to President Bush.
This infrastructure includes the public Internet as well as power
grids, air-traffic-control systems, financial systems, and military
and intelligence systems, they add."
on cyber security in New York Times (March 2005)
"A report released Friday by a panel of computer experts
criticizes the federal government, saying that its financing
of research on computer network security is inadequate and that
it is making a mistake by focusing on classified research that is
inaccessible to the commercial sector ...
"'The federal government
is largely failing in its responsibility to protect the nation from
cyberthreats,' said Edward D. Lazowska, co-chairman of the panel. 'The
Department of Homeland Security simply doesn't 'get' cybersecurity.
They are allocating less than 2 percent of their science and technology
budget to cyber security, and only a small proportion of this is
- Brett Newlin,
Computer Engineering senior, profiled in Husky Rowing News
(March 2005) (pdf; see p. 4)
"We all know that athletes who row are taller, stronger, and smarter
than athletes who choose other sports, but sometimes an oarsman comes
along who surprises even us. Consider Brett Newlin. At six feet nine
inches tall and 240 pounds, he is bigger than either standout Husky
basketball forward Mike Jensen, or Supersonic enforcer Danny Fortson.
And as a Dean's List student in Computer Engineering, one of the
University's most demanding and rigorous disciplines, he defines
the scholar-athlete concept." (Brett's crew bio is
PI spyware article quotes Gribble, Levy (March 2005)
"No one knows for sure how many computers are infected, although it is
'frighteningly high,' Gribble said ...
'This is the reality of living on an open Internet. You now need
anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, anti-spam
software, and you need firewalls as well,' said Hank Levy,
another UW computer science professor."
graduate students Jonathan Ko, Benson Limketkai profiled in
UW Daily (March 2005)
"'Working with robots is a love-hate relationship,' [Limketkai] said."
"'You run into unexpected things,' Ko said of his work. 'I had no
idea this graph theory I had learned could be useful ...'"
- Ph.D. alumnus
Ray Greenlaw's The Fastest Hike available at amazon.com
"This true adventure story tells of an ordinary man from
Savannah, Georgia, who dreamed up an extraordinary challenge
and attempted to set a speed record for hiking the 2,659-mile
Pacific Crest Trail through the high and dangerous mountains
of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Re-live this flatlander's epic battles with dehydration,
food shortages, snowy high-altitude passes, river fords, and
Get to know the amazing people who befriended him along the
way, as he rediscovers the United States."
Author (and hiker!)
is Dean of the School of Computing at
Armstrong Atlantic State University. He received his Ph.D.
from UW CSE in 1988.
article leads CACM special issue on "The Disappearing
Computer" (March 2005) (pdf)
The article, "Delivering Real-World Ubiquitous Location
"To be widely accepted, location-aware computing must be
as effortless, familiar, and rewarding as searching the Web.
There are many challenges to this quest, but recent progress
has demonstrated accurate location estimation using available
Depth: Education -- Private gifts from businesses make ends
meet" (Puget Sound Business Journal) (February 2005)
The Puget Sound Business Journal discusses
business support for higher education, focusing on
UW Computer Science & Engineering.
"Lazowska said the successful fund-raising drive to replace
the crumbling building shows how much the business community
understands the importance of the program -- the jobs it creates
and the innovations it sparks."
Guruswami and Mark Oskin win CSE's 13th and 14th Sloan Research
Fellowships (February 2005)
CSE faculty members
have been named winners of 2005 Sloan Research Fellowships.
Sloan Research Fellowships are intended to enhance the careers
of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of
Currently a total of 116 fellowships are awarded annually in
seven fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular
biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience,
Guruswami and Oskin are CSE's 13th and 14th Sloan recipients:
Steve Gribble and David Wetherall received Sloans in 2004,
Pedro Domingos and Zoran Popovic in 2003,
Steve Seitz in 2002,
Raj Rao and Dan Suciu in 2001,
Brian Curless and Chris Diorio in 2000,
Alon Halevy in 1999,
David Salesin in 1995,
and Tom Anderson in 1994.
Denton profiled in San Jose Mercury News (February 2005)
"'Working for Denice, we always felt we were on a roll, accomplishing
something, achieving success,' said Ed Lazowska ... 'She knows what the
right things to do are, and she has the backbone to do them.'"
Oregonian profiles UW and CSE (February 2005)
"The state's economic and technology payoffs from UW's research
emphasis, however, are without peer in the Northwest. A recent visit
to the computer science and engineering program, ranked among the
top 10 in the nation, showed why."
Tactile Graphics Project profiled by AP (February 2005)
"Students with the brains for science, computers and engineering
also need the eyes for those fields.
Technical careers are largely inaccessible to the blind, according
to researchers on the University of Washington's Tactile Graphics
Project, which grapples with the problem of translating the complex
graphics used to teach technical subjects for people who read with
Alon Halevy in NY Times (February 2005)
"Dr. Halevy is working on what he calls semantic e-mail, which
provides some structure to the originating e-mail to make it
easier for the software on the recipient's side to understand
it and assign a priority."
design at UW" (Daily Journal of Commerce) (February 2005)
The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering
is selected as the AIA Project of the Month.
"Jury Comments: 'This building would influence a
right-brain person to consider taking up computer science!'"
- UW CSE
Ph.D. alumna Gail Murphy wins inaugural Dahl-Nygaard Prize
UW CSE Ph.D. alumna
Murphy, now a faculty member at the
University of British Columbia, has been honored with
the first annual Dahl-Nygaard Prize,
named for Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard,
whose foundational work on object-oriented programming, made concrete
in the Simula language, is one of the most important inventions in
In honoring Murphy, the selection committee wrote "Gail Murphy
has shown promising potential as a young researcher by proposing
innovative ideas and by proving that these are conceptually sound
and realistically implementable. She focuses her research and
teaching on software engineering, and she has made contributions
to understanding and reducing the problems associated with evolving
large software systems.
Like Dahl and Nygaard, Murphy challenges students to look at new
things, be it aspects or performance measurement, with a disciplined
questioning eye. She encourages the development of sound theories
backed with the practice of prototype implementations in preparing
a new generation of researchers."
2005 Most Significant Bits available (January 2005)
The Winter 2005 issue of CSE's newsletter, Most Significant
Bits, is now available. Feature articles include the
Wissner-Slivka Endowed Chair installation ceremony,
the Tactile Graphics project, the Computer Engineering
wireless sensor network capstone project, and the Industrial
If you don't receive your hard copy by early February, send
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Video Based Document Tracking" in Technology Research News
"With the notion of the paperless office fading into history,
researchers from the University of Washington are working to
more closely integrate the paper world -- still on the rise -- with
the world of electronic data." The work -- by Jiwon Kim, Steve
Seitz, and Maneesh Agrawala -- was presented at UIST '04
Richard Ladner's "Tactile
Graphics Project" featured in discoveruw (January 2005)
"The Tactile Graphics Project ... is
combining the efforts of UW's Department of Computer Science &
Engineering, Information School and DO-IT (Disabilities,
Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) to increase
availability of resources to blind students ...
Their goal is to enable K-12, college, undergrad, and graduate
students who are blind to have full access to mathematics,
engineering and science."