2011-2012

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 NotSoSecret.com 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 20102conference 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.

Prof. Asuncion Presents Paper at eScience Conference in Sweden

Dec. 21, 2011 -- Prof. Hazeline Asuncion recently attended the 7th IEEE International Conference on eScience in Stockholm, Sweden where she presented her paper on "In Situ Data Provenance Capture in Spreadsheets" (preprint). The four-day event (Dec. 5-8) was collocated with Microsoft Research's annual e-Science Workshop.

CSS Undergrads Win UW Bothell Undergrad Research Award

Dec. 12, 2011 -- Three CSS undergraduates earned awards in the UW Bothell Undergraduate Research Award competition. The winners were: Hannah Van Eenoo, working with Prof. Munehiro Fukuda ("Communication Link for Hyper-threaded, networked multi-agent spatial simulation library"), Mitchell Erickson, working with Prof. Mark Kochanski ("Using Computing Tools to Enhance Online Instruction"), and Jebediah Pavleas, working with Prof. Kelvin Sung ("Kinect Math"). Congratulations to all three!

Prof. Sung’s Students’ Game Makes Round 2 at Imagine Cup 2012

Dec. 1, 2011 -- ‘Immune’, a game that teaches a younger audience about the dangers of diseases and how to protect oneself from them, has made it to the second round of theMicrosoft Imagine Cup 2012 competition. The game was created by Evan Harris, Craig Nishina, and Peter Luangrath of Team Credit/No Credit from Prof. Sung’s CSS 385 class. Final competition will be held in April 2012 in Seattle.

Prof. Sung’s ‘Kinect Math’ Project Video

Dec. 1, 2011 -- Since this past summer, Prof. Sung and his student research group have been developing a program to teach students math using the new Microsoft Kinect. His group has created two videos to help explain how it works. The first is a project introduction in which the team members explain why this project was undertaken. Thesecond video illustrates how Kinect Math can be used in a classroom setting.

Unconference on Technology & Social Justice

Nov. 12, 2011 -- The Center for Serious Play is co-sponsoring an unconference on technology and social justice. To learn more about the event and to register, please visit THATCamp’s event page.

Prof. Olson's Paper Accepted for 2012 IEEE International Conference

Nov. 1, 2011 -- Prof. Clark Olson, along with colleague Andreas Robinson of Primordial, had their paper, ‘Camera-Aided Human Navigation: Advances and Challenges’, accepted to the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Signal Processing Applications.

Reverse Engineering of Malware (Presentation)

Oct. 19, 2011 -- Remy Baumgarten and Rob Rahmer of Booz Allen will speak about and demonstrate computer viruses—how to dissect and counter them. The event will be start at 7:45pm in UW2-005 on Oct. 19.

Petabytes and Terawatts (Speaker Series)

Oct. 18, 2011 -- LinkedIn's Senior Software Engineer Jakob Homan (CSS '08) will be sharing with us what Apache Hadoop is, how it works, the plethora of projects that have grown up around it, and how you too can get involved. A small networking session will be held from 5pm - 5:30pm in UW1-370 with the presentation to follow in UW2-240 from 5:45pm - 6:45pm. Learn more...

UW Bothell ACM Chapter Hosts Meet 'n Greet

Oct. 8, 2011 -- The UW Bothell ACM Chapter will be hosting a Meet 'n Greet event at theRed Hook Brewery in Woodinville. The event is open to all CSS and non-CSS undergrad, graduate, and alumni. The event will be begin at 2pm and go until 5pm. There is no age limit for attendance and attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. The first round of appetizers will be complimentary courtesy of UW Bothell ACM Chapter.

Summer '11 Edition of 'Bits & Bytes' Newsletter Available

Sept. 30, 2011 -- CSS's bi-annual newsletter is now available for download. This edition highlights Prof. Sung's various serious play projects, Kimberly Walkers' CSS 497 project, and explores the recent collaboration between MSCSS and Master of Education students for a course-long project.

Did You Know?

About 91 percent of all UW Bothell students are from the state of Washington.