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newsletter of uw computer science & engineering
volume 20, number 2, winter 2011
university of washington
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Center for Game Science Chair's message Mobile midwives ultrasound News Josh Smith joins CSE & EE Ed Felten named to FTC Datagrams Introducing Ms. Sprocket Awards IEEE fellows CRA recognizes undergrads Events Larry Snyder's swansong Annual Industrial Affiliates Distinguished Lecturers Annual pumpkin carving Bay Area alumni event
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Putting science into games & games into science

Foldit: crowd-sourced protein-folding

The world is full of important very hard problems that currently cannot be solved with computers or people alone. Zoran Popović, the director of the new Center for Game Science, believes that a symbiosis of people and computers that leverages the computational and creative strengths of each can make significant advances in science and in education, and perhaps can even lead to a more peaceful world. MORE »

Hank Levy
Hank Levy

Chair's message

By the time you read this letter, we’ll be launched into the next decade. It’s hard to know what our field will produce in the years ahead as we continue on a dizzying pace, but we and others are increasingly focused on having impact on important global problems, such as health care, education, and energy. MORE »

Mobile Midwives Ultrasound

ultrasound image
Example ultrasound image

Ultrasound imaging is an effective tool for identifying maternal mortality risk factors. Computer Science & Engineering joined with Human-Centered Design and Engineering to offer a year-long senior undergraduate capstone design course on Designing Technology for Resource-Constrained Environments. As one of the projects this past year, a group of students worked to develop a low-cost, easy-to-use portable ultrasound system for midwives that will be field-tested in Uganda - the Midwives' Ultrasound Project. MORE »


Joshua Smith
New CSE/EE faculty
member Joshua Smith

Faculty, student, and alum achievements highlighted:

  • We are pleased to announce that Joshua Smith has accepted a joint appointment in the UW Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments, starting February 2011. Josh works in the area of sensor systems.
  • CSE alum Ed Felten has been named chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. Ed has attracted international acclaim for his innovative public policy work in the area of information security and privacy, writing in his Freedom to Tinker blog.
  • Bruce Hemingway debuted his 'Art Critic Robot' project Ms. Regina Sprocket at the Kirkland Arts Center event REDUX 2010.
  • Brief notes on UW CSE community members honored and awarded are collected in the datagrams section.



Seitz and Gaetano Borriello
Steve Seitz and
Gaetano Borriello
  • Professors Gaetano Borriello and Steve Seitz have each been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the 11th and 12th UW CSE faculty members to be so named. UW Ph.D. alumna Fran Berman was also named a Fellow of IEEE.
  • Three CSE undergrads have received CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Research honorable mentions: Joy Kim, for her work on MobileASL; Jeff Rasley, for his work on the Seattle project; and Colin Scott, for his work on Internet measurement.



Larry Snyder
Larry Snyder at the podium


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