Data and Software

Monday, June 3, 2015
6:00-7:00 pm
UW1 103

Jim Pinkelman
Microsoft Research





Over the past five years, our society has seen accelerated changes in the nature and use of data. These changes will continue into the future and this talk will address high level aspects of these developments and discuss some of the implications they will have on the use of software to collect, curate, analyze, and leverage data to understand patterns and make predictions.

About Jim Pinkelman

Jim Pinkelman is currently a senior director in Microsoft Research where he leads research collaborations programs and projects involving Microsoft's research and external researchers. Prior to coming to Microsoft Research, Jim was a senior director responsible for Microsoft’s academic outreach efforts to technical students and educators in the United States. He has been with Microsoft for 15 years. Jim currently serves on the STEM board of advisors for University of Washington, Bothell, and previously served on the University board of advisors. He has served as an ABET Program Evaluator for Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, and was an original member in the foundation of the Computing in the Core coalition to address computer science education in K-12 within the US. From 1997-2003, he was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago in the Graduate School of Business, Masters of Information Systems Management program, where he taught courses in Computer Programming, Information Systems and Technology Systems, and Statistics.   Before joining Microsoft, Jim served in senior technology roles at technology startups firms in Chicago, IL. In 1999, Jim co-authored a book on Business Intelligence, Microsoft OLAP Unleashed for Macmillan/Sams Publishing. He spent seven years as an officer in the United States Air Force as a project management engineer on space systems. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame where his area of research was digital signal processing.

Navigating and Cooperative Robot Research at BJUT

Monday, May 18, 2015
1:15-2:15 pm
UW2 141

Liying Su
Beijing University of Technology





Some robot research at Beijing University of Technology is presented, including environment exploration by mobile robot with camera and laser sensors and modular robot cooperation. Moving object detection is completed based on background subtraction and frame difference, and effectively integrating images with distance obtained from laser sensor; Simultaneous Localization and Map Building based on an improved Particle Filter is introduced; a modular master-slave robot cooperation system is established and studied with the feedback from a dynamic optical meter-Optotrak. A tri-layered motion controller is designed for the two cooperative robots. A resolved motion rate control method is adopted to adjust the master robot to the desired position. With the kinematics constraints of the two robots including position and pose, joint velocity and acceleration constraints, the two robots can cooperate well.

About Liying Su

Dr. Liying Su is an Associate Professor at Beijing University of Technology in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Her main research interests include mobile robots, multi-sensor fusion, robot vision, and autonomous detection environment.

Loose Coupling and Dependency Injection

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
UW1 221

Francis Cheung





Testability is more important than ever. With short ship cycles and the desire for continuous delivery, it is critical to quickly know if a modification has destabilized your code base. This session will enable you to use a dependency injection container of your choice to create testable code. We will examine tightly coupled code and what problems it causes and how DI can be used to avoid these problems. The Unity DI container will be used as the medium to understand the concepts.

About Francis Cheung

Francis has been a lead developer for the Microsoft patterns & practices group for more than nine years. Francis has been involved in a diverse array of projects including the Composite Application Guidance for WPF (aka Prism), SharePoint Developer Guidance, Windows Phone Developer Guidance, Mobile Web Development Guidance, and most recently Cloud Guidance using Microsoft Azure.

Wireless and Wearable Tech Revolution in Healthcare: Emerging Security Threats and Challenges

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00-7:00 pm
UW1 041

Geethapriya Thamilarasu
UW Bothell





The integration of wireless mobile computing devices and health care has changed the landscape of modern medicine.  This talk will address current state of the art research on the use of wireless, mobile, wearable and implantable devices in healthcare applications. While mobile health devices and applications are proliferating, many challenges remain to provide the necessary usability, availability, security, and privacy. This talk will further examine the emerging cybersecurity threats and attacks, analyze their potential impact on wireless healthcare and discuss future research directions to secure these systems.

About Geethapriya Thamilarasu

Dr. Geethapriya Thamilarasu is an Assistant professor in the department of Computing and Software Systems at University of Washington Bothell. She holds a M.S in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University at Buffalo. Her research interests are in wireless network security, machine learning for security, mobile health, body area networks, pervasive computing and cloud computing.

I See What You Mean: An Introduction to Data Visualization

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:15-3:15 pm

Ben Jones





We are living in a world awash in data – lists, tables, spreadsheets, databases. From our cell phone bills to our Spotify playlists to the box score of the latest Seahawks game. How can we make sense of all this data? Visualizing data using charts, graphs and maps is a powerful way to find stories in the data, and then to communicate those stories to others. But like any tool, it can be used properly or improperly. In this session, we’ll consider principles that make for effective data visualization, and we’ll look a examples – the good, the bad and the ugly.

About Ben Jones

Ben Jones is the Sr. Tableau Public Product Manager for Tableau Software in Seattle and the author of Communicating Data with Tableau (O'Reilly, 2014). He leads a team of data analysts that work with journalists and bloggers to share interactive data on the web. He's also an avid user of Tableau Public himself, publishing vizzes and tutorials at DataRemixed. Ben has a background in mechanical engineering (BSME, UCLA 2000) and business (MBA, CLU 2011), and is co-chair of the Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference.

Lessons From 15 Years in Tech

Thursday, November 6, 2014
5:45 pm

Spencer Rascoff
CEO Zillow





Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff will be here to share his wisdom on “Lessons from 15 Years in Tech”.  His discussion will focus on his early quest to identify a career, his many internships/jobs along the way to finding the right fit, and experiences in the tech industry.

About Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff '97 is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information marketplace. Spencer joined the company as one of its founding employees in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Marketing and served as its Chief Operating Officer from October 2008 through his promotion to CEO in September 2010. Under Spencer’s leadership, Zillow achieved record Web and mobile traffic, revenue and profitability in 2011, and successfully completed its IPO in July 2011. Zillow was also given the Game Changer of the Year 2011 Award from the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors.