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Meet the winners of the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

The sixth annual University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge took place Thursday in Seattle, with 23 teams competing with new technologies that re-imagined alternative fuels, recycling, solar power, water treatment and more. Here’s a look at the six winners of the event, chosen by a field of more than 170 judges from the community, with descriptions from… Read More

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UW computer science professor Ben Taskar passes away at 36

Ben Taskar, a rising star in the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, passed away on Sunday after an unexpected and sudden illness. He was 36. The passing of Taskar, an expert in machine learning, computational linguistics and computer vision who arrived at the UW earlier this year, left colleagues and friends grief-stricken. “Ben… Read More

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University of Washington part of 5-year, $37.8M effort to apply data science to genetics, economics and other fields

It’s becoming an increasingly data driven world. And those organizations that can make sense of the vast arrays of information are poised to lead the way to new innovations, and hopefully a better way for all of us to live. Now, the University of Washington, along with a consortium that includes the University of California,… Read More

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Paul Allen backs research project to restore hand, arm movement after spinal cord injuries

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is providing a $1.5 million grant to researchers at the University of Washington to continue work on a system that uses neural signaling and other technologies to restore hand and arm movements for those who’ve suffered from spinal cord injuries. The effort is known as the Brain-Computer-Spinal-Interface Project, and… Read More

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Going beyond Siri and Watson: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen taps Oren Etzioni to lead new Artificial Intelligence Institute

Perhaps no one has been more synonymous with the startup ethos at the University of Washington than computer science professor Oren Etzioni, a mainstay on campus for more than two decades and an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs in academia. An expert in search, data mining and machine learning, Etzioni’s technologies have formed the basis of startup… Read More

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UW partners with not-for-profit edX to offer free online courses

In another attempt to help expand university-level instruction access on a wide scale, the University of Washington announced a new partnership Tuesday with edX, an online learning platform founded by MIT and Harvard that provides Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. MOOCs are online courses that use streamed lectures, auto-graded exams and peer-led collaboration to bring free courses from elite… Read More

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Heralded UW computer science professor scores $6.75M for GraphLab, looking to make better online recommendations

It was a major coup last summer when The University of Washington hooked computer science professor Carlos Guestrin, a leading data scientist and expert in machine learning. What wasn’t widely known at the time was that the Guestrin-led open source project, an ambitious undertaking known as GraphLab.org, would soon sprout into its very own startup. But that’s… Read More

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PolyDrop turns paint into conductive coatings, wins $10K at UW environmental challenge

College students are saving the world. Well, maybe not all of them. But the teams that participated in last week’s Environmental Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington are certainly impressive by our standards. Teams from universities and colleges around the Northwest congregated at the UW to pitch their innovations that addressed energy, urban agriculture,… Read More

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This app studies your text messages to recommend restaurants

Intelligent robot assistants like Siri have changed the way we interact with our mobile devices, and can now make recommendations for us. But the technology has yet to fully adapt to our personal preferences. University of Washington graduate student Jared Bauer is developing an application that has several of the same functions as Siri, such… Read More

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Startup vet, aeronautical expert to lead University of Washington’s college of engineering

The University of Washington continues to undergo a radical transformation under the direction of president Michael Young. And today the university took a big step in one of its critical departments, naming Michael Bragg as dean of the College of Engineering. Bragg — an aeronautical engineer who specializes in the effects of ice on aircraft… Read More

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Ed Lazowska: The iPad wouldn’t be here without federal research dollars

University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska is known for his strong opinions. And he got to share some of those Thursday, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Lazowska’s main point: Federal research dollars play a critical role in helping to spark innovation. Lazowska was making… Read More