March 23, 2017

Professor Sreeram Kannan Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. The NSF rewards these activities as they…


March 21, 2017

UW Radio Researchers Break World Record with Full Duplex Communication

Nearly all commercial mobile transceivers (cellular phones, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.) operate in the radio frequency band (1-to-5 GHz [gigahertz]). Due to favorable properties such as the required size of hardware and radio signal propagation loss, the 1-to-5 GHz band is considered the “beachfront real estate” of spectrum allocation. One gigahertz is equal to 1 billion…


January 10, 2017

Undergraduate Student Evan Wang Receives UW High Scholarship

Electrical Engineering undergraduate senior, Evan Wang, received the 2015-2016 Junior Medal for High Scholarship. Each year, the University of Washington awards three High Scholarship medals to the highest-performing freshman, sophomore and junior at the UW. The award recognizes Wang’s outstanding academic achievements during his junior year. In March, a special reception was held to honor the…


March 16, 2017

Professors Lillian Ratliff and Andrew Clark Receive Competitive NSF CRII Grants

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) grant supports faculty early in their careers as a way to establish research independence. Each year, the NSF awards only 25 to 30 grants nationwide. Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Lillian Ratliff received the grant for her work entitled “Emerging Markets and Myopic Decision-Making in Multi-Modal Transportation…


March 13, 2017

Undergraduate Student, Megan Swanson, Admitted to SUPERB-ITS Program

UW EE junior Megan Swanson will attend the Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB) this June. The Information Technology for Sustainability (ITS) component is a general theme for the program, which promotes research for societal good. This year’s main focus on “Collecting and Using Big Data for the Public Good” reflects the overall…


March 8, 2017

Professor John Sahr Appointed USRA Representative

The University Space Research Association (USRA) is a consortium of nation-wide university and in-house talent. These cross-disciplinary innovators work together to advance space science and technology. Electrical Engineering Professor John Sahr was appointed as the University of Washington (UW) representative; he will begin on April 1. UW Provost Gerald Baldasty recommended Sahr as the new…


February 28, 2017

UW Security Researchers Show that Google’s AI Platform for Defeating Internet Trolls Can be Easily Deceived

University of Washington electrical engineering researchers have shown that Google’s new machine learning-based system to identify toxic comments in online discussion forums can be bypassed by simply misspelling or adding unnecessary punctuation to abusive words, such as “idiot” or “moron.” Perspective is a project by Google’s technology incubator Jigsaw, which uses artificial intelligence to combat…


March 3, 2017

Graduate Students Collaborate to Examine and Practice Neuroethics

By: Tommy Merth The direct combination of ethics and engineering research is not especially common in most laboratories. To address this unique challenge, two UW graduate students have teamed up to assess the ethical problems that arise from state-of-the-art neural engineering applications. Margaret Thompson is a Ph.D. student from the department of electrical engineering, while…


Alum Alanson Sample Develops Innovative Powering Device

By: Tommy Merth Imagine charging your iPhone wirelessly by simply walking into your house. Lately, the Wireless Systems group at Disney Pittsburgh Research has made remarkable progress towards this idea of ubiquitous wireless power transfer. Their innovative design can power multiple devices in a medium-sized room without posing any health risks. To accomplish this, the…


March 1, 2017

Startup BluHaptics Raises $1.3M to Bring Its Underwater Software to Space

BluHaptics, the software company pioneering new solutions for telerobotics, has secured $1.36 million. This investment follows more than a million dollars in recent U.S. government grants, which together will be used to support the company’s expansion and launch of its first commercially-available product. The startup was founded by UW Electrical Engineering Professor Howard Chizeck and then…



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