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Congrats on Mobicom 2013 Best Paper Award to Shwetak Patel and Sidhant Gupta

Congrats to UW and ISTC-PC professor Shwetak Patel, ISTC-PC and UW student Sidhant Gupta, and UW professor Shyam Gollakota and UW student Qifan Pu on their BEST PAPER AWARD at this week’s Mobicom 2013 in Miami, Florida! The paper “Whole Home Gesture Recognition Using Wireless Signals” discusses their breakthrough work in detecting specific gestures via WiFi, i.e., turning Wifi into a gesture sensor.

The paper is available at this link:

Congratulations to Fox and Kautz on Ubicomp Ten Year Impact Award !

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.

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!