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volume 22, number 2, autumn 2012
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CSE Industry Affiliates Program launches startup recruiting fair

Inaugural CSE Industry Affiliates startup career fair, 23 October 2012
Inaugural CSE Industry Affiliates startup career fair
23 October 2012

Each October, CSE hosts its annual Industry Affiliates meeting. The format has traditionally consisted of one full day of research presentations, concluding with a reception and poster session, and a second day focused on recruiting.

One of the goals of the recruiting day has been to provide companies, both big and small, direct interaction with our students. In the past few years, it has become evident that smaller companies - startups, in particular - tend to get lost among the more established companies. This fall, CSE decided to try something new. We preceded our traditional two-day Affiliates meeting with a set of events focused exclusively on startups.

Hank Levy

Chair’s message

It has been an amazing year in CSE! In the last issue of MSB, I highlighted two great new senior hires: Carlos Guestrin from CMU and Jeff Heer from Stanford. Shortly after that issue was published, we concluded our faculty recruiting season with a total of 6 new hires, the most remarkable recruiting year in our history! Our new hires created a lot of buzz nationally. These hires and related publicity show the incredible progress of the department, which is the result to a large extent of the creativity and hard work of our students at all levels.

Ira, Ali, Shyam
l-r: Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, Farhadi, Gollakota

New CSE faculty

Research in UW CSE’s Graphics and Imaging Lab (GRAIL) spans a wide range of areas in computer graphics, computer vision, computer animation, and game science. Current activities include 3-D reconstruction, image-based rendering, computational photography, game play and aesthetics, and scientific discovery and education through games. This year we added two rising stars to the GRAIL faculty: Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman and Ali Farhadi.

CSE pursues high-impact research into fundamental aspects of networks, operating systems, distributed systems, security, and privacy. We are thrilled that Shyam Gollakota joined this group this fall, adding his strengths in wireless systems.

Ben Taskar
Ben Taskar

Ben Taskar joins UW CSE

Ben Taskar will join UW CSE this spring as Boeing Professor in Computer Science & Engineering. Ben is one of the leading researchers of his generation in statistical machine learning. He is currently the Magerman Term Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Recycled materials for artworks app

World Lab

There are many urgent problems facing the planet: a degrading environment, a healthcare system in crisis, and educational systems that are inadequately training innovative thinkers to solve the problems of tomorrow.

World Lab is a new research and educational institution that is ideally suited to tackle these grand challenges. The World Lab was founded by James Landay, Short-Dooley Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, and colleagues at Tsinghua, one of China’s top universities, after Landay spent his sabbatical living in Beijing and working at Microsoft Research Asia.

Summer Academy participants in Red Squar

6th Summer Academy for Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing

The Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing recently completed its sixth year of a nine-week academic program in computing for deaf and hard of hearing high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen and sophomores. Students completed a computer programming course for college credit, and a certificated class in animation, where students learned basic concepts of animation, including lighting, movement, shading, and storyboarding using Maya software. This year thirteen students from around the country completed the rigorous program. MORE »



Faculty, student, staff, and alum achievements highlighted in the Datagrams section.

UW CSE Ugrad Alumni Survey

Would you please take ten-fifteen minutes to fill out our alumni survey? Your answers are crucial to our assessment of how well we are preparing students for the “real world,” and your feedback will also help us prepare our report for our upcoming accreditation process.

What's it all a-bot, Alphie?

Highlight: G-Give Campaign

What is G-Give? How do you harness the energy of Google employees — particularly younger employees — and couple it with area non-profits that need support? As only engineers can do: two UW CSE alums, Jessan Hutchison-Quillan BS ’07 and Krista Davis BS ’05, set out to find a solution. Their efforts resulted in an initial marketing strategy “Google Cares Northwest” and evolved into an active campaign entitled “G-Give.”

Distinguished Lecture Series

2012 distinguished lecturers

This year’s Distinguished Lecture Series included some phenomenal speakers: Maria Klawe, professor of computer science and president of Harvey Mudd College; Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs; Susan Athey, professor of economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and Regina Barzilay, from MIT CSAIL.

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