SPEAKER: Vitaly Shmatikov, University of Texas at Austin
TITLE: The End of Anonymity, the Beginning of Privacy
DATE: Thursday, January 14, 2010
HOST: Tadayoshi Kohno
The new Web economy relies on the collection of personal data on an ever-increasing scale. Information about our tastes, purchases, searches, browsing history, friendships and relationships, health history, genetics, and so forth is shared with advertisers, marketers, and researchers. The aggregated datasets do not exist in isolation; they contain implicit or explicit references to other datasets. Unsurprisingly, this raises a number of interesting privacy issues.
Each fall, students in UW CSE’s introductory Human-Computer Interaction course (CSE 440) organize into teams and spend a quarter iteratively designing, prototyping, and evaluating the design of a novel user interface.
HCDE undergrad Alexis Hope was involved in a group project called .calm. The group created an iPhone app. See the video here:
Come join us to see what the nine student teams created this quarter. Lunch is on us, and this is a great chance to meet top graduating students in computer science, design, and informatics, who have an interest in user interfaces. This select group of students includes the designers, programmers, and evaluation specialists of the future.
Time: Thursday, December 17, from 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: presentations in Johnson 075, with lunch and poster session following in CSE Atrium
The students had an especially challenging design charge this quarter. They were asked to develop mobile technology that that would help customers improve their health or reduce their impact on the environment. You can see their project websites here (together with a map to Johnson 075):
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON: Computer Science and Engineering
SPEAKER: Pat Hanrahan, Stanford University
TITLE: Why are Graphics Systems so Fast?
DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2009
TIME: 3:30 pm
HOST: Steve Seitz
ABSTRACT: Over the last decade graphics hardware has become a key component of mobile and personal computers. Most programmers understand CPUs well, but have a limited understanding of GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). GPUs are viewed as specialized hardware optimized for rendering. That view is not accurate. Instead, they are best characterized as parallel computers that combine many cores, many threads, and wide vector processing units. In this talk, I will describe the architectures of different GPUs built by AMD, NVIDIA and Intel (the new Larrabee processor). I will also discuss the programming models that are used to achieve high performance on such heterogenous architectures. The innovative combination of processor design and programming model are why graphics systems are so fast.
Doors open at 4:00 p.m.; arrive early for best seating!
Location: Kane 120
Please join Computer Science & Engineering for a special presentation by Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft. Craig is one of two senior executives who took over from Bill Gates. He is responsible for the company’s long-term technology strategy.
Craig will talk about how software and information technology can help solve the most pressing global challenges we face today. He will demonstrate a number of current and future-looking technologies that show how computer science is changing scientific exploration and discovery in exciting ways. Craig will discuss the role of new science in solving the global energy crisis, and answer questions from the audience.