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Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) Research Lab: A Computing Research in Action Showcase

January 13th, 2014

Shwetak Patel, Director of the UbiComp LabThe Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is releasing its third segment in the Computing Research in Action Series.   This segment features the Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) research lab, led by Professor Shwetak Patel, at the University of Washington. The UbiComp lab, which consists of an interdisciplinary team of students (CSEECEME), focuses on solving interesting and socially meaningful problems using a mix of hardware and software applications.

The UbiComp lab focuses on four areas of ubiquitous computing:

Novel interaction techniques: With the growing number of computers around us embedded into the environment, there is a need to interact with these computers beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse.

Sustainability  sensing: Using computer science, machine learning and signal processing can give homeowners information about not just how they are consuming energy, but also exactly where that energy is going and how it is being used.

Low-power sensing: The so-called “smart home” has been an elusive goal due in large part to a lack of sufficient battery life in sensors.  Low-power sensing solves this problem by extending the life of a sensor by decades. This allows sensors to be placed throughout a house’s walls, floors, crawl spaces and attic, allowing the detection of dangers such as mold, humidity, and leaks.

Health sensing: Computing technology is being used to have a significant impact in the quality and cost of healthcare. An example of this is “SpiroSmart,” a mobile phone based application that turns the phone into a spirometer.

Shwetak Patel, Director of the UbiComp Lab“This research is important because it really shows what the impact of what computer science and electrical engineering can have on people’s daily lives. We’re doing this great work in the lab but a lot of times people can’t relate to it in their daily lives and what we’re doing is trying to solve real applications so that people can actually benefit from this work.” says Shwetak Patel, Director of the UbiComp Lab.

For more information on the UbiComp lab, please visit:

The CCC is still accepting submissions for the Computing Research in Action series. Selected projects will receive a $1,500 travel award for a research team member to present the featured project at a conference. We encourage you to submit your research project for consideration by filling out this short entry form. If you have any questions about our series, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kenneth Hines, CCC Program Associate.


NSF Announces Video Contest for Graduate Research Fellows

July 25th, 2012

NSF launches "Creating the Future" video contest in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) [image courtesy NSF].To help mark the 60th anniversary of its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new video contest — “Creating the Future” — that challenges Fellows to create short videos, not to exceed 90 seconds each, communicating how their NSF-funded research will help shape the future for themselves, for their field, or for the world. Submissions are due by Sept. 14, 2012, and winners — to be selected by a panel of judges as well as the broader public for a “People’s Choice” award category — will be announced in mid-November. First place carries a $2,000 cash prize.

According to the contest website (following the link):

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ACM Webcasting Turing Centenary Celebration Today, Saturday

June 15th, 2012

ACM's A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration [image courtesy ACM].The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is holding its A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration in San Francisco, CA, today and Saturday — marking the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth by bringing together 33 living Turing Award winners for the first time, and raising awareness of Turing, reflecting on his contributions, and discussing the fundamental importance of computing and computer science. The event, which kicks off at 12pm EDT this afternoon, will be streamed live via the web. Over 1,000 in-person attendees are expected.

As Vint Cerf, the General Chair for the celebration and himself the 2004 ACM Turing Award winner, writes (following the link):

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Live Webcast: Launching the US Ignite Broadband Initiative

June 14th, 2012

Administration Announcing US Ignite Broadband Initiative [image courtesy US Ignite].As we described in this space yesterday, this morning at an event at the White House, the Obama Administration will formally launch the US Ignite Broadband Initiative, an at-scale, nationwide innovation ecosystem for developing and deploying public sector applications and services on ultra-high-speed, software-defined networks. The announcement will be streamed live beginning at 9am EDT — and we’ll cover it below (more after the jump…).

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OSTP Holding Event on Public Sector Prizes

June 11th, 2012

White House, The Case Foundation, and The Joyce Foundation present Collaborative Innovation: Public Sector Prizes, Tuesday, June 12 in Washington, DC [image courtesy the Case Foundation].The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) — together with the Case Foundation and the Joyce Foundation — is hosting an event Tuesday on Public Sector Prizes, seeking to further understand the role of incentive prizes and challenges in the public sector — and to catalyze future initiatives in this space. A portion of the event will be streamed live via the web for those interested.

According to an OSTP announcement (following the link):

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NSF, Science Seeking Video Games, Apps for Visualization Challenge

June 8th, 2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine have announced the 10th International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The annual competition aims to celebrate the grand tradition of visualizations, in the spirit of communicating science, engineering, and technology for education and journalistic purposes. There’s a category all about Video Games & Apps — and last year’s winner was Foldit, an entry by University of Washington computer scientists Zoran Popović and Seth Cooper.

Judges appointed by NSF and Science will select winners in five categories: Photography, Illustrations, Posters & Graphics, Video Games & Apps, and Videos. The winning entries will appear in a special section of Science (with one entry chosen for the front cover) and be hosted at and In addition, each winner will receive a one-year online subscription to Science and a certificate of appreciation.

See a video featuring all of last year’s winners following the link…

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