All posts by Mark Abel

Congrats on UbiComp13 Best Paper Awards !

Congrats to ISTC-PC faculty who won 2 Best Paper Awards and an Honorable Mention at the UbiComp13 conference in Zurich.

Gregory Abowd and colleagues won Best Paper for “Instant InkJet Circuits: Lab-based Inkjet Printing to Support Rapid Prototyping of UbiComp Devices”.

Julie Kientz and student Matthew Kay and colleagues won Best Paper for “There is No such Thing as Gaining a Pound: Reconsidering the Bathroom Scale Interface”.

Josh Smith and students Alanson Sample and Aaron Parks and colleagues were awarded an honorable mention for “Wirelessly Powered Bi-stable Tags.”

Welcome to new ISTC-PC faculty Julie Kientz and Eric Klavins and Intel researcher Liz Bales

Welcome to our new faculty Julie Kientz and Eric Klavins and to Intel’s Liz Bales !

Julie is an Asst Prof in the UW Human Centered Design dept. She is well known for her work on sleep sensing including winning a best paper award at UbiComp 2012. She is one of the leaders of the ISTC’s emerging MyHealthBehavior capstone and received her PhD in CS from Ga Tech. Eric Klavins is an Assoc Prof in the UW EE dept. His research in the ISTC-PC is focused on our Smart Wet Lab capstone where he is trying to dramatically improve the reproducibility of experiments in biology wet labs. Eric recieved his PhD from Michigan. Liz Bales is a new Intel researcher in the ISTC and will focus on the emerging MyHealthBehavior capstone. She is completing her PhD in CS at UCSD.

Henry Kautz’ article “There’s a Fly in My Tweets” in the NY Times Sunday Review

ISTC-PC and University of Rochester faculty member Henry Kautz published an opinion piece in the NY Times Sunday review entitled “There’s a Fly in My Tweets” discussing his research team’s analysis of Twitter feeds and how the results may provide an indicator on some public health questions.


Congrats to Jeff Bilmes and students on winning ICML Best Paper Award !

Congrats to ISTC-PC and UW professor Jeff Bilmes, his student Risbah Iyer and former student Steffi Jegelka for winning the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2013) Best Paper Award for their paper “Fast Semidifferential-based Submodular Function Optimization”. Although this work was not funded by the ISTC-PC, this is a great accomplishment by Jeff and team. Congrats!

Tanzeem Choudhury’s and Shwetak Patel’s Research featured in The Economist

ISTC-PC faculty members Tanzeem Choudhury (Cornell) and Shwetak Patel (University of Washington) were featured in an article in The Economist’s Technology Quarterly entitled “Microphones as Sensors: Teaching Old Microphones New Tricks”. Congrats!

The article on their research can be found at: