October 16, 2020

Engineers design a tiny, implantable chip to deepen understanding of the brain and enable better treatments for neurological disorders

Story by Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News Chris Rudell and Vivesh Sathe have vision. Together, with graduate students in their labs at the University of Washington Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (UW ECE), they have designed a sophisticated neural interface in the form of a small, implantable chip. This chip is designed to…


September 30, 2020

UW ECE team receives $800K award from the National Science Foundation to help increase capacity of quantum computing systems

Story by Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News Quantum computing is creating new ways to approach complex, data-intensive problems, and it holds the potential to spur significant breakthroughs in science and engineering. Improvements to drug development, online security, financial modeling, battery technology, traffic optimization, and even better weather forecasting could all be made possible by…


September 23, 2020

AI model uses smartphone location data to predict power grid usage

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers at Microsoft and the University of Washington, including Keith and Nancy Rattie Endowed Career Development Professor Baosen Zhang, propose an AI system that uses smartphone location data to forecast electrical load. They say their architecture, which takes into account data from geographical regions both within…


September 9, 2020

UW ECE PhD candidate Zerina Kapetanovic breaks new ground, wins Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

How do we produce 70% more food by the year 2050 to feed the world’s ever-growing population? Zerina Kapetanovic, a 5th-year graduate research assistant in the University of Washington Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (UW ECE), is determined to find solutions to this and other critical environmental dilemmas. Her thesis work on “Low-Power Communication…


September 4, 2020

UW ECE associate professor Kai-Mei Fu will direct a new NSF Research Traineeship focused on an interdisciplinary quantum future

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $3 million to establish a NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Washington for graduate students in quantum information science and technology, or QIST. Research in QIST includes the development of quantum computers, which hold the promise of performing computations far faster than today’s computers, as well as…


September 2, 2020

Professor Eve Riskin receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Story by Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News There are few people who have made the kind of impact Eve Riskin has mentoring underrepresented students and faculty while increasing diversity and access in higher education. Now, those efforts are being noticed by the highest level of the U.S. government. Riskin is a professor in the…


September 1, 2020

UW launches Institute for Foundations of Data Science

Story by Jackson Holtz | UW News The University of Washington (UW) will lead a team of institutions in establishing an interdisciplinary research institute that brings together mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists and engineers to develop the theoretical foundations of a fast-growing field: data science. The Institute for Foundations of Data Science (IFDS) is a collaboration…


August 25, 2020

UW nanotechnology infrastructure gets a boost from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Washington (UW) and Oregon State University (OSU) a five-year, $5 million grant to advance nanoscale science, engineering, and technology research in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI), the UW and OSU partnership is one of 16 sites in the NSF’s National…


August 12, 2020

Professor Maryam Fazel becomes first recipient of the Moorthy Family Inspiration Career Development Professorship

Story by Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News Maryam Fazel has built a solid reputation throughout her career for dissolving barriers between electrical engineering, computer science, statistics and math. She is known for the high caliber of her research work and for finding innovative ways to apply mathematical methods from one field to solve problems…


August 6, 2020

Students in the UW ECE Professional Master’s Program develop smartphone apps that use sensors and artificial intelligence to interact with the real world

Story by Wayne Gillam | UW ECE News “This course can transform an app user into an experienced app developer. Many of the skills students learn may prove to be very useful, not only for personal enjoyment, but also for their professional development,” said Laura Arjona, describing the course she taught in the Professional Master’s…



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