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WiSE Conference 2014

March 1, 2014 -- Registration is now open for the annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) conference at the University of Washington.

Building a Culture of WiSE Leaders

Saturday, March 1st    
8:30am- 5:00pm
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CSS Students Published in Flagship IEEE Computer

October 17, 2013 -- CSS students Jebediah Pavleas and Jack Chang, along with UW Education PhD student Keri Johnson, published "Kinecting to Mathematics through Embodied Interactions" in the October issue of IEEE Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society.

UW Team Competes in Computer Security Awareness

September 21, 2013 -- A tri-campus team of UW undergraduates competed in an international "capture the flag" competition, run by the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering for Computer Security Awareness Week. Our team, made up of a number of students from the Tacoma, Seattle, and Bothell campuses, came in 21st place out of 349 undergraduate teams.

CSS 590 Class Project Paper Accepted to Top GIS Conference

August 29, 2013 -- A graduate student team from the spring 2013 CSS 590 "Special Topics in Computing: Analysis of Data in Geographic Information Systems" will be presenting their project, "Safe Step: A Real-time GPS Tracking and Analysis System for Criminal Activities using Ankle Bracelets", as a demo paper at the ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS conference (, the top GIS conference. The students -- Mohammed Daubal, Olajumoke Fajinmi, Lars Jangaard, Niko Simonson, and Brett Yasutake -- are enrolled in the Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering degree program. You can see a video of their system demo at

CSS Alumni Craig Nishina Secures Donation of 15 HTC First Mobile Devices

July 23, 2013 -- We would like to thank CSS Alumni Craig Nishina for his pivotal role in securing a donation of 15 HTC First mobile devices to the CSS program. These new devices, each valued at retail around $450, will continue to support our Mobile Computing curriculum, student research outside of the classroom, and independent projects. This generous donation will allow our students to explore concepts and technologies based on HTC hardware, and experience mobile development using the Android operating system.

CSS and Digital Future Lab win Microsoft Research Connection award

June 7, 2013 -- CSS and the Digital Future Lab were recently awarded $47,500 from Microsoft Research Connection in partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to co-develop an alternate reality game to help students develop digital literacy through creative media creation. The game was initially designed by USC as a tool to help new Cinematic Arts students acclimate to the program, and UWB was offered the opportunity to will further develop the game and extend it to support a wider range of college and K-12 students. The nature of the game requires details to remain a mystery for now, but be on the lookout for clues this summer!

CSS Graduation Recognition Dinner at Redhook Brewery

June 14, 2013 5:00-8:00pm -- Come join us for the first annual CSS Graduation Recognition Dinner at the Redhook Brewery!  Food, drink, and an award ceremony highlight a relaxing evening to bring the academic year to a close.   For dinner, please indicate either meat, fish, or vegetarian in your reply and any dietary restrictions.  We will be happy to accommodate.  Please also indicate the number of guests that you wish to bring including yourself, admission is the same per guest.

Admission will be $25 per person, payment can be in the form of:
1. A check made out to UWB with CSS in the memo


2. A donation to the UW Bothell Computing & Software Systems department at  Please email confirmation of payment to

Please RSVP to by June 6, 2013

We hope to see you there!

Cyber Defense at Camp Murray

May 11–12 2013 -- The 3rd in a series of cyber defense exer­cises (Ever­green CDX) with the Wash­ing­ton Army National Guard will be tak­ing place at Camp Mur­ray, Wash­ing­ton and in Honolulu, HI. The “Ever­green CDX” is designed to bring prac­ti­tion­ers in indus­try and gov­ern­ment together with stu­dents to prac­tice cyber­se­cu­rity event response, mit­i­ga­tion, and strat­egy. By having prac­ti­tion­ers from indus­try, gov­ern­ment, and stu­dents from local col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties we are able to fos­ter a diverse team set­ting that helps pro­mote com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lead­er­ship, and rela­tion­ships. This is increas­ingly impor­tant as every sec­tor attempts to han­dle grow­ing cyber­se­cu­rity threats, the task of report­ing events, and deter­min­ing what resources are avail­able from gov­ern­ment agen­cies for addi­tional help.This event is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between UW Both­ell CSS, the CIACUni­ver­sity of Hawaii, ManoaWash­ing­ton Army National Guard and the Hawaii National Guard.

Kochanski/McCarthy named Worthington Fellows

April 2013 -- Mark Kochanski and Joseph McCarthy have been named Worthington Innovation Fellows for their project "Exploration of Credentialing Learning within Current Systems".  The Worthington Innovation Fellows program supports the use of technology to enhance innovation across the campus.

SPEAR Cloud Deployed

March 2013 -- CSS has just completed deployment of the first full private cloud installation at a educational institution using Microsoft technologies. The installation, which we have dubbed "SPEAR Cloud", is intended to support cybersecurity education in CSS, including our new MS in Cyber Security Engineering. We will also be supporting cyber defense exercises with external partners, the first one being with the Washington State Army National Guard in May. This deployment was enabled by a grant from Microsoft and Nathcorp.

CSS 497 Colloquium Winter 2013

1:00-2:00  Poster Sessions UW1 2nd and 3rd floor Vista

2:15-4:00 Oral Presentations: UW1-060 & UW2-221

Big Splash Cyber Defense Excercise

Oahu, Hawaii March 7–10

Big Splash Cyber Defense Exer­cise is a four-day event that aims to empower cyber secu­rity respon­ders with skills and tech­niques to prop­erly plan, man­age, and respond to cyber­se­cu­rity inci­dents related to crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture. This event brings prac­ti­tion­ers and stu­dents together for 4 days of inten­sive learn­ing and exer­cises to rein­force infor­ma­tion assur­ance and cyber­se­cu­rity skills as well as build­ing net­works of trust through the cyberde­fense community.

For those of you who can’t make it to Hawaii…
There is also a remote team to tie in stu­dents and prac­ti­tion­ers in Seat­tle through UW Bothell.


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UWB CSS Hosts Tracer FIRE Cybersecurity Workshop

February 4-8, 2013 -- The CSS Program, in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory, will be a regional hub for Tracer FIRE 5, a week-long hands-on computer security workshop for cyber defenders in DOE, other government agencies, critical infrastructure, and college students. The exercise consists of 2 days of intensive training, followed by a 2½-day game in which contestants are placed on a team to compete for points across multiple categories. Refreshments and professional networking opportunities will also be provided. Stay tuned for sign-up information!

Cybersecurity at Camp Murray

December 10, 2012 -- The Cyber Defense event this weekend at Camp Murray was a resounding success with over 60 participants competing using the UWB Computing and Software Systems SPEAR Cloud virtual computing environment (Security, Policy, Education, and Advanced Research Cloud). Event participants included Washington State Army and Air National Guard members, members for the National Guard Bureau (representing the central command of the National Guard) and students from high schools, all UW campuses, and as far away as EWU. The Guard is taking on the role to help state agencies and critical infrastructure and key resource partners with cybersecurity. By providing a dynamic training environment closely configured to academic programs such as the UWB Masters in Cybersecurity Engineering, we are able to reinforce the skills needed to complete the mission of today's citizen cyber soldier with additional formalized world class education from UW Bothell. This provides the best of both worlds enabling the success of Guard members in their new missions and in their professional life outside of the Guard.

This is the second of three events planned with the Army National Guard with the next event scheduled for May. This event utilizes the SPEAR Cloud of the UW Bothell Computing and Software Systems. The SPEAR Cloud is a collaborative effort between UWB CSS and the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

Wooyoung Kim Earns NSF Grant

November 28, 2012 -- Prof. Wooyoung Kim secured $400,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology Panel for her project "RUI: Characterization of Coevolution, Adaptation, and Diversification in a Model Microbial Mutualism", in collaboration with S&T’s Kristina Hillesland.

Bioinformatics Research Presentations

November 27/29, 2012 -- BIO 393 and CSS 390 Bioinformatics students will be presenting research projects on applying Bioinformatics methods to important biological questions.

Click here for more information.

UWB Students "Hacking" the Washington National Guard

October 22, 2012--This past weekend was the Collegiate Cyber Defense exercise with the Washington Army National Guard, where our UWB Gray Hat Society took their experience on the road to Camp Murray to provide the Red Team hackers for the exercise.  This is the second time UWB students have had a chance to be on the attacking side and they did a great job against the defending Blue Team of National Guard members and students from Whatcom Community College. By participating in competition environments like this one, Guard members and students are able to move from classroom theory to an applied real world scenario, one that will be re-used for exercises with Lawrence Livermore National Labs and the Washington Army National Guard.

2011-12 was record-breaking year for UWB Computer Science bachelor degrees

October 11, 2012 -- The numbers are in, and we awarded a record number of computer science bachelors degrees last year — 6% more than the previous high (in 2003-04) and 30% more than the previous year. UWB CSS is now the second largest producer of computer science bachelors degrees in the state.

CSS Faculty and Students at the 14th Annual CCSC Northwest Regional Conference

October 5&6, 2012 -- CSS students Jack Keng-Wei Chang, Long Hoang Dang, and Jebediah Pavleas, along with CSS faculty Kelvin Sung and Joe McCarthy and Jason Bay from Glu Mobile, Inc., will be presenting the paper "Experience with Dream Coders: Developing a 2D role playing game for teaching introductory programming concepts" at the 14th Annual CCSC Northwest Regional Conference. Jack Chang and Jeb Pavleas will also be presenting a student poster, "KinectMath", prepared under the supervision of Prof. Sung and UWB Education Prof. Robin Angotti.

Kelvin Sung Earns NSF Grant

September 5, 2012 -- Prof. Kelvin Sung received a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, "Game-Themed CS1/2: Empowering the Faculty". He will be developing materials, training, and support structures for interested faculty members to selectively integrate game-themed content into their introductory programming courses with minimum impact on their existing curriculum. Faculty members will be able to update their courses while maintaining their existing intellectual investments and will thus be empowered to take advantage of the recent successes in game-themed CS education to further attract, engage, and retain students in introductory programming courses.

Hazel Asuncion Secures NSF Grant

August 29, 2012 -- Prof. Hazeline Asuncion secured $500,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for her project "Tracing and Reasoning about Changing Artifacts", which is in collaboration with new CSS research faculty member Macneil Shonle. This project aims to develop lightweight and flexible technology to manage and understand changes that occur to software during the development process.

Academic Exchange Agreement Signed with Shizuoka University

August 10, 2012 -- CSS Director Michael Stiber signed an exchange agreement between CSS and the Graduate School of Informatics at Shizuoka University, Japan during a visit from Prof. Takashi Watanabe of their Department of Computer Science. This agreement, negotiated by CSS Prof. Munehiro Fukuda, provides for exchanges of researchers, faculty, and graduate students as well as research collaborations.

Bachelor of Science Degree Name Change Approved

July 6, 2012 -- UW President Michael Young today approved our BS degree's new name: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Like the change to our MS degree, we feel this improves the clarity of communication with folks outside UW.

Master of Science Degree Name Change Approved

June 7, 2012 -- The Regents of the University of Washington gave their final approval to the change of our MS degree's name to Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering. This new name more accurately conveys the content and philosophy of our degree to people outside CSS. Expect to see this new name plastered all over the UWB CSS web site! 

MS Student and Prof. Stiber Present Paper at International Conference

June 6, 2012 -- MS student Fumitaka Kawasaki and Prof. Stiber presented their research at the Mathematical Modeling and Computational Topics in Biosciences (BIOCOMP 2012) meeting in Vietri sul Mar, Italy, in a paper entitled "Bursing behavior in a large-scale model of cortical network development". This paper describes results of investigation of growth and development of brain cells into integrated neural networks.

Mark Kochanski Presents at Next Faculty Research Talk

May 15, 2012 -- Mark Kochanski will be giving a talk about his 30+ years of experience in the software development industry in this Faculty Research Talk. His talk will begin at 8pm in UW1-302. Learn more...

Guest Lecturer Talks about Sexism in Computer Science Industry

May 7, 2012 -- Alyssa Royse, founder of and Sexxx Talk Radio host, will be talking in Joe McCarthy’s CSS 490B class on Monday, May 7 about the male-dominated world of computer science. The event is open to everyone and will begin at 4:30pm in UW2-005. Learn more...

Facebook and SocialBots Guest Lecturer

April 2, 2012 -- Yazan Boshmaf, of University of British Columbia, will be giving a remote guest lecture (via Skype) on the work he and his colleagues have done on Facebook Socialbots on Monday, April 2, at 4:30pm in UW2-005. Learn more...

Remote Guest Lecturer Talks about SocialBots

March 28, 2012 -- Tim Hwang, founder and managing partner of Pacific Social Architecting Corporation in California, will be giving a talk in Dr. McCarthy’s CSS 490B (Programming Social and Computational Intelligence for the Web) via Skype on socialbots.

The talk will be held in UW2-005 from 4:30 – 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 28. Learn more...

CSS Graduate Student and Prof. Stiber Publish Technical Report

March 9, 2012 -- CSS Graduate student, Fumitaka Kawasaki, and Prof. Michael Stiber recently published a technical report on their research with cortical neuronal network development. Their report, “Accelerating Large-Scale Simulations of Cortical Neuronal Network Development,” outlines their use of a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) to speed-up their simulations, which ultimately lead to a performance gain of 23 times from the traditional single-threaded approach. The report also outlines some of the factors that limited their performance improvements using this improved technique.

Prof. Fukuda Shares Research on Real-Time Simulations

March 7, 2012 -- Prof. Fukuda will be sharing his research on developing software tools to help feed live sensor data to multi-agent individual-based models with the end goal being able to apply this research in areas such as traffic simulation, color-based image analysis, and battle games.

His talk will be on March 7 from 7:45 – 8:15pm in UW1-302. Learn more...

Guest Lecturer Talks Human-Centered Design for Medical Implants

March 5, 2012 -- Tamara Denning, a PhD student at the University of Washington’s Security and Privacy Research Lab (Computer Science & Engineering department), will be giving a talk about the human-centered approach to designing implantable medical devices based upon actual client feedback.

Her talk will be Wednesday, March 5 in UW2-005 from 5:45 – 6:45pm. Learn more...

Prof. Socha Presents Paper at SIGCSE 2012 on Whiteboards in Classrooms

March 2, 2012 -- Prof. David Socha presented a paper on March 2 at the SIGCSE 20102 conference in Raleigh, NC titled “Group Whiteboards and Modeler/Customer Teams: Getting Closer to Industrial-Style Collaboration in a Classroom”. The paper describes the positive effects the introduction of whiteboards had on groups that were working on a highly collaborative project in a classroom setting.

Human-Centered Design and the Attenex Corportation Story

Feb. 29, 2012 -- Mr. Skip Walter, the founding CEO and CTO of Attenex Corporation, will be sharing his company’s story of how human-centered design and numerous iterations helped created one of the top eDiscovery software products on the market.

Join Mr. Walter on Feb. 29, 2012 in UW2-005 from 5:45 – 7:45pm. Learn more...

Dr. Socha Talks about "Greatness" in Third Faculty Research Talk

February 22, 2012 -- In this third installment of CSS sponsored Faculty Research Talks, Dr. Socha will be discussing his various on-going research projects. Some of these projects include a study on how to create and maintain teams while another, a cross-collaboration with UW Bothell, UW Seattle, and UW Tacoma, explores ways of reinventing University-level learning.

Dr. Socha’s talk will be held on February 22 in UW1-302 from 7:45 – 8:15pm. Learn more...

Dr. Jofish Kaye of Nokia to Present Talk at CSS Seminar

Feb. 15, 2012 -- Dr. Jofish Kaye, a Senior Research Scientist and Ethnographer at Nokia’s Research Center in Palo Alto, CA, will be featured in this CSS Seminar on February 15. Mr. Kaye will be discussing how his study of tablet users in the Bay Area helped him explore three key areas of research in computing. To learn more about the talk and Mr. Kaye, visit our Events page.

Prof. Stiber Presents at Next Faculty Research Talk

Feb. 8, 2012 -- Prof. Stiber will be presenting on his field of research (neural simulations utilizing graphical processing units (GPUs)) at the next Faculty Research Talks event on February 8 at 7:45pm in UW1-302. In this talk, Prof. Stiber will be reviewing his work in the UW Bothell Biomedical Laboratory on large-scale, long-duration neural simulations and will outline the next stage of his work. Learn more...

CSS Lecturer, Jeff Howbert, Gives Talk on Netflix Prize Competition

Feb. 6, 2012 – CSS lecturer, Jeff Howbert, will be giving a talk on the Netflix Prize – a competition to build a better recommender system for the website. The talk will take place in UW2-005 on Monday, February 6 at 8pm. Learn more...

Prof. Olson Presents Paper at IEEE Conference on Emerging Signal Processing Applications

Jan. 13, 2012 -- Prof. Olson, along with his colleague Andreas Robinson (Primordial, Inc.), presented their paper titled ‘Camera-Aided Human Navigation: Advances and Challenges’ at the IEEE Conference on Emerging Signal Procession Applications.

Prof. Asuncion Kicks-Off Series of Faculty Research Talks

Jan. 11, 2012 -- Prof. Asuncion will be giving a brief presentation about her research on traceability and provenance on January 11 from 7:45 - 8:45pm in UW1-302. Her presentation will be the first in a series bi-monthly CSS Faculty Research Talks geared towards the MSCSS students.

The goal of these talks is to help MSCSS students better understand the different areas of research CSS faculty are engaged in in order to help them choose a faculty advisor for their capstone project, independent study, or Master’s thesis.

These events are open to the general public and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

Prof. Socha Hosts UW Bothell Innovation & Creativity BootCamp

Jan. 6, 2012 -- David Socha hosted the UW Bothell Innovation and Creativity BootCamp on January 6-8. Seventeen participants, and 7 consultants (people helping the "campers"), came together for 2 and 1/2 days of exploring how to be a great team. As part of BootCamp the campers produced some amazing art.

Some of the campers also participated in the launch of David's research project about great teams and their connection with multiperson flow. Participants answered short surveys sent to their cell phone multiple times per day about what they were doing and their mood. This technique was pioneered by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and is called the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). Using it will help us study how BootCamp changes people's ability to be in "flow".

David will host additional BootCamps in the future as he expands his research program.


CSS Spotlight

Dr. Olson is featured in UW Bothell's "Research in Action" segment where he talks about his recently completed sabbatical and ongoing research at NASA/JPL.


Watch the video here.

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