most significant bits
newsletter of uw computer science & engineering
volume 22, number 1, spring 2012
university of washington
CSE logo
 home CSE Home    MSB archive Spring 2012 MSB    MSB Archive   Contact Info Contact Info 
DawgBytes: A Taste of CSE Chair’s message New CSE Faculty Carlos Guestrin & Emily Fox Jeff Heer & Daniela Rosner Awards ’12 Alumni Achievement award ’12 Diamond Awards Cooper wins ACM dissertation award Borg scholars ’12 UW Presidential medalist ’12 UW Freshman medalist Goldwater Scholar News CSE cyber defense team repeats Tom Lehmann: top crew athlete Datagrams Events UW CSE returns to the Bay Area Inspirational Teachers
msb22.1 PDF

Make an impact: support CSE

Supporting UW CSE is a left-brain decision. Your gift provides the department with resources for scholarships, fellowships, research support, and funds to building the CSE community we hope you value. Small gifts might not seem significant by themselves, but when pooled together they make great things possible. As you think about giving, please consider making a gift to CSE. Go to our website ( and select “Support CSE.” You will find a variety of funds that can benefit from your support.

About MSB

MSB is a twice yearly publication of UW CSE supported by the Industrial Affiliates Program.

Editor: Kay Beck-Benton.
Contributors: Ed Lazowska, Hank Levy, Sandy Marvinney, Hélène Martin.
Photo credits: Bruce Hemingway, Hélène Martin.

We want to hear from you!

Do you have news you'd like to share with the CSE community? Comments or suggestions for future issues of MSB? Let us know! Email the editors at and be sure to visit us online at:

Sign up for MSB email

MSB is now available via email. To sign up, send an email to
  msb at

New CSE Faculty

Carlos Guestrin and Emily Fox join the University of Washington

Carlos Guestrin
Carlos Guestrin

Carlos Guestrin and Emily Fox, experts in machine learning, will join the University of Washington in the fall, driving us to a new level of excellence and impact in this hugely important field.

Carlos is currently the Finmeccanica Associate Professor in the departments of Machine Learning and Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, with courtesy appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Robotics Institute. He is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers in machine learning for his GraphLab parallel machine learning system and many other contributions. He received his PhD from Stanford Computer Science in 2003. Carlos will join UW Computer Science & Engineering. Learn more about Carlos here:
Emily Fox
Emily Fox

Emily is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Bayesian and nonparametric Bayesian approaches to time-series and longitudinal data analysis, with an emphasis on extensions to high-dimensional data. She received her PhD from MIT EECS in 2009. Emily will join UW Statistics, with an adjunct appointment in CSE. More information about Emily may be viewed here:

Both Carlos and Emily will hold newly created Amazon Professorships in Machine Learning. Tremendous thanks to for this commitment to the future of computer science in our region!

We are thrilled to welcome Carlos and Emily to the University of Washington!

Jeff Heer and Daniela Rosner join the University of Washington

Jeff Heer
Jeff Heer

Jeff Heer, currently a computer science faculty member at Stanford University, will be joining UW Computer Science & Engineering. Jeff is a superb researcher in the design of interactive, visual data-analysis tools, as well as tools for data cleaning and transformation. A UC Berkeley PhD alum, Jeff is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and a Technology Review TR35 Award. Learn more about Jeff here:
Daniela Rosner
Daniela Rosner

In addition, Daniela Rosner, who combines backgrounds in both graphic design and computer science, will be joining the UW Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE). Daniela is completing her PhD at UC Berkeley's Information School. Her research focuses on the impact of culture and technology on the artifacts we create. Learn more about Daniela here:

Jeff and Daniela will add tremendous strength to CSE, HCDE, and UW - particularly to the large consortium of researchers working on human-computer interaction and design at UW as part of "dub," and, in Jeff's case, also to efforts in data-driven discovery through the eScience Institute. Coming on the heels of the recruiting of machine learning experts Carlos Guestrin and Emily Fox, and social media expert Kate Starbird (, it's a game-changing year for the University of Washington's leadership in these areas.

We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and Daniela to the University of Washington! (They will arrive in 2013.)

CSE logo
Computer Science & Engineering Box 352350, University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195-2350 Privacy policy and terms of use