In this short video, five CSE undergraduate recipients of our Google Endowed Scholarship talk about their dreams, and the impact the scholarship had on their academic experiences. You'll meet some wonderful young men and women who are destined for success.
DawgBytes is the University of Washington's Computer Science & Engineering K-12 outreach program. We aim to introduce both K-12 students and their teachers to the exciting world of computer science & engineering. Alums from our 2013 girl's high school camp recently reconnected and learned to use Processing to read from and control hardware using the Arduino microcontroller. More information about DawgBytes and how you can be involved may be viewed here.
2013 Engineering Discovery Days is a 2-day event that brings elementary, middle and high school students to Computer Science & Engineering to participate and discover engineering innovations. Hands-on exhibits and attractions lead by UW engineering students and faculty shared their work with students, teachers, families and the community. The theme of this years Discovery Days was "Engineer your life!"
In this short video, four CSE undergraduate recipients of our Google Endowed Scholarship talk about their dreams, and the impact of the scholarship. You'll meet some wonderful young men and women who are destined for success.
Foldit is a revolutionary scientific discovery game that allows players to contribute to biochemistry by folding and designing proteins. The game is designed to tackle the problem of protein folding. Proteins are small “machines” within our bodies that handle practically all functions of living organisms. By knowing more about the 3D structure of proteins (or how they “fold”), we can better understand their function, and we can also get a better idea of how to combat diseases, create vaccines, and even find novel biofuels. UW CSE PhD alums Seth Cooper and Adrien Treuille, together with their advisor Zoran Popović, developed a game that augments the computational search for protein folds with large-scale human spatial reasoning ability. The state-of-the-art biochemistry simulations embedded within the game are created by a team lead by a UW professor David Baker, a world-renown expert in proteomics.
Sometimes something as simple as word processing and organization on a mobile phone can make a world of difference, especially to people suffering on the other side of the world. Take for instance research in computing for development. One project in this area is Open Data Kit (ODK), which is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations replace paper forms and reports with smart apps on a smartphone or tablet. In this video, Yaw Anokwa, a 2012 UW CSE PhD alum, discusses computer science and ODK Clinic, an ODK app that helps doctors make faster and better decisions about patient care.
Refraction focuses on teaching fractions and discovering optimal learning pathways for math education. In an effort to relieve the crisis in STEM education, CSE grad students Erik Andersen and Yun-En Liu and Professor Zoran Popović are leading a team of undergrad students and artists to create video games that can discover optimal pathways for learning. They have focused so far on early math, including topics such as fractions and algebra, which are some of the main bottlenecks preventing students from pursuing a career in science. Refraction, won the Grand Prize in the Disney Learning Challenge at SIGGRAPH 2010.
Dexterous hand manipulation is one of the most complex types of biological movement and has proven very difficult to replicate in robots. In this video, Vikash Kumar, a UW CSE graduate student, discusses his research work in robotics, artificial intelligence, and control theory at the University of Washington Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. He specializes in solving problems with hand manipulation… problems that are difficult, but interesting. The immense freedom and infinite workings of the human hand is a challenge to figure out.
In this video, Nicola Dell, a UW CSE graduate student, discusses her research in human-computer interaction, computer vision, and machine-learning with a focus on designing and evaluating systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. She has been working on using smart phones to diagnose diseases in developing countries. Smart phones are a great platform because each has a camera and is also powerful enough to do a lot of processing.
Computing is playing a huge role in a lot of different parts of our lives. One example is in health. These UW CSE students are developing ways for mobile phones to be medical instruments to collect someone's health data easily, efficiently, and more cost effectively. Take for instance a spirometer - an expensive device that measures the amount of air expelled by the lungs. Students are working to adapt mobile phones to do that.