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Three UW ISTC PhD students and postdocs have recently and have taken permanent positions. Cynthia Matuszek will be joining the CS faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County this fall. Miro Enev has taken a position with Belkin. Aruna Balasubramanian will be joining the CS faculty at Stonybrook in the fall. Finally, Sidhant Gupta has joined the Computational User Experience group at Microsoft Research. Congrats Cynthia, Miro, Aruna and Sidhant!
Congrats to ISTC-PC and UW faculty member Jeff Bilmes and his student Rishabh Iyer for winning an outstanding paper award at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in December, 2013 for the paper “Submodular Optimization with Submodular Cover and Submodular Knapsack Constraints”. NIPS is one of the world’s top conferences in this field and only a very small percentage of papers receive this honor. Well done Jeff and Rishabh!
Huge congratulations to ISTC-PC co-PI Dieter Fox and ISTC-PC faculty member Henry Kautz and colleagues for winning the UbiComp TEN YEAR IMPACT AWARD for their paper “Inferring high-level behavior from low-level sensors”! The award was presented in today’s opening session at UbiComp 2013.The award committee’s citation was as follows:
The paper “Inferring high-level behavior from low-level sensors” by Patterson, Liao, Fox, Kautz has been selected for the Ubicomp 10-year impact award 2013. This paper leads in citations and second citations from the 2003 Ubicomp conference. It is an excellent example of how one can learn very useful context information from simple GPS traces and it formed the basis for today’s thriving smart cities/smart transportation work. It is a nice example of how higher order information can be gleaned from everyday sensing – which is an important thread of work at Ubicomp and one of the enduring methods.
Ga Tech and ISTC-PC faculty member Gregory Abowd presented an invited keynote at the IEEE Face and Gesture Conference in Shanghai today.