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Loose Bits - February 2011

Here is the department’s online news briefs, Loose Bits, which highlights all the positive achievements and activities happening around the UW EE community. If you have any news items you would like to share, please continue to send your information to:

Upcoming Events: Save the Date!

2011 EEIC Poster Contest

The contest will be held on April 1st, 4:00-6:00pm in the Paul Allen Center Atrium. To enter, send the poster title, authors, email contact and category information to by 5:00pm on March

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Special April 19 UW Electrical Engineering/College of Engineering Research Colloquium
Rico Malvar, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer & Chief Scientist, Microsoft Research
Title: A Glimpse at the Future of Computing
Date and Time: Tuesday April 19 at 10:30-11:20
Room: EE Building 105

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Awards & Honors:
Many of our community members have received recognition for their exceptional efforts in research and education. You can click on the links below to learn more information about the award and recipient. Congratulations to these faculty, students and alumni!

Assistant Professor Georg Seelig was awarded the 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship.

EE/CSE Undergraduate Student IEEEXtreme Team wins a regional prize.  

Alumnus Pamela Bhatti (MSEE ’93) recently received the NSF CAREER Award.

UWEE In the News:
The research and service activities in our department have gained public interest through media coverage. Below is a selection of press items that features our faculty and students. You can click on the link to read the article.

Assistant Professor Shwetak Patel & EE 472 in GeekWire
Assistant Professor Shwetak Patel & EE 472
in The Seattle Times
Assistant Professor Shwetak Patel & EE 472 in Xconomy
Biorobotics Lab in Gizmodo!5766328/the-full-power-of-microsoft-kinect-is-about-to-be-unleashed-with-an-sdk-for-all
Professors Howard Chizeck & Blake Hannaford, and Visiting Graduate Student Fredrik Ryden on MSNBC (video and article)
Biorobotics Lab
in Wired UK
Biorobotics Lab
in Ctrl+Alt+Del – Sillies
Assistant Professor Brian Otis & Associate Professor Babak Parviz
in UW Today
Assistant Professors Brian Otis & Shwetak Patel
in Xconomy
Assistant Professor Michael Hochberg
in The Seattle Times
Undergraduate Student Alex Spott in OptoIQ
Assistant Professor Michael Hochberg in TechFlash
Assistant Professor Michael Hochberg in Wall Street Journal Technology Blog
Assistant Professor Michael Hochberg
in Xconomy
Assistant Professor Michael Hochberg in UW Today 

Department News:
Most of the latest news and events items can be found on our EE website: Here are some additional departmental items that have occurred over the last month.

EEK2011 is Online!
This year’s issue highlighted research projects of some of our top-notch undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some of the market-driven innovations that have been developed in the UW EE laboratories by our faculty and students:

New Grant Awards
Our faculty members continue to be successful at bringing in research funding for the department. During the months of December, January and February, new grant awards have totaled nearly $2.3M. Here are the new awards that faculty have received:

PI: Karl Böhringer
Sponsor: DARPA
Title: DARPA Center for Interfacial Engineering of Microelectromechanical Systems (CIEMS)

PI: Bruce Darling
Sponsor: NSF
Title: NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC)

PI:  Blake Hannaford
Sponsor: Qatar University
Title: Surgical Robot Integration with Flexible Imaging Probe

PI: Yasuo Kuga
Sponsor: Enertechnix, Inc.
Title: Terahertz Imaging in Kraft Recovery Boilers

PI: Yasuo Kuga
Sponsor: ONR
Title: Integrated Imaging & Communication Technologies Through Complex Clutter Environments

PI: Brian Otis
Sponsor: Allen Institute for Brain Research
Title: Wireless Acquisition & Stimulation Platform

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