Category Archives: Computer Applications

Open House at Intel Labs Seattle

Intel has a research lab in Seattle (right in the University District) where a lot of ground-breaking projects in computing and user interface are developed. They are having an open house on November 1, and specifically wanted me to invite all interested high school students to attend.

If you are at all curious about the state of the art in human-computer interaction research, this is a fantastic opportunity to see all kinds of cool technology projects and talk to the scientists and engineers who developed them. Many UW computer science faculty and students are also involved in this work.

It’s free, after school, and nearby. Check it out!

Extra credit for anyone who attends and writes a report about it or makes a presentation to the class.

Open House at Intel Labs Seattle
Monday, November 1, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to visit and meet some of Intel’s top researchers when Intel Labs Seattle holds its annual open house on the 1st of November from 3 to 6 pm. The lab is located on the 6th floor of 1100 NE 45th St, Seattle, three blocks from the main University of Washington campus. The open house will include posters and demonstrations of key research projects, opportunities to meet researchers, students and faculty, and refreshments.

Founded in 2001, Intel Labs Seattle is an exploratory research lab that is part of the Academic Programs and Research arm of Intel Labs. We are a center of excellence in Context-Aware Sensor-Driven Systems. Our researchers develop techniques that enable computer systems to be fully aware of their environments and to interact seamlessly with their users. We drive this agenda from a user-centered viewpoint, forming interdisciplinary projects, creating prototypes of novel devices and systems, and evaluating use in realistic settings. Our lab is based on an innovative model of industry-university research that includes a deep collaborative relationship with the nearby University of Washington, as well as Intel product groups. Our research staff is recognized as leaders in sensing and wireless devices, robotics, mobile networks and systems, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction.

During the last year, ILS researchers have worked on topics that include: sensing, vision and perception for context awareness; depth-cameras for 3D modeling and interaction; sensor systems that preserve user privacy; game playing robot manipulators; and wirelessly powered devices. This year’s open house will display these projects and more.

We look forward to welcoming you in November!

Dieter Fox
Director, Intel Labs Seattle

Location: 1100 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Contact: Cherie Anderson at 206-545-2531 or
For more information visit our website:

Digital Footprints

Dilbert: Oct 14, 2010

Following up on our discussion earlier this week about online privacy, here’s a challenge for you all digital detectives out there.

Yesterday after school, I took some photos and posted them in an online album. Here’s the link: Joyriding.

See if you can track where I went and what I did from these photos. (It is possible, from just the photos. Hint: think geotagging.) If you can, make a Google Map with the locations plotted, or even a Google Earth tour of my route.

Notice that I was careful NOT to include the names of any of the places from their signs in the photos, so you can’t just identify the sites by recognizing the place from the image contents. You have to do some digital sleuthing.

  • Can you figure out the names of the places in the photos?
  • Can you tell exactly when I was at each place?

Anyone who identifies all the locations gets to show us all how she or he did it and earns extra credit points for the course.

Some questions should come to mind:

  1. What are the implications of this little exercise?
  2. What else can you figure out from the data?
  3. How could I have posted the photos but prevented you from tracking me?
  4. Does it make you think differently about what you will share about yourself online?

We’ll discuss these issues in class.

And note this story I just read about HTML5: W3C: Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites.

Online Privacy Disucssion

Dilbert strip

Dilbert: Oct 12, 2010

On Wednesday, because of the short periods for PSAT testing, we will have a discussion instead of a work session. The topic is online privacy.

In Monday’s (10/11/2010) issue of the NY Times, there was a front page article about how the coming new version of HTML (HTML 5) will enable powerful new capabilities for web browsers.

But this new technology will also make it possible for websites to store huge amounts of data about your online habits in “cookies.” This has enormous implications for user privacy.

In class, we will discuss the pros and cons of this issue. Because of the short period, please read the articles below before class. We’ll summarize the arguments and then discuss the issues.

Please go to the Lab 319 blog post about this issue and post a comment there, responding to some of the questions and issues raised by this topic.

Rube Goldberg links

Here are the links to the Rube Goldberg items we looked at last Friday:

Yves Béhar lecture at SPL

For those of you interested in design, especially industrial design, there is a free lecture next Tuesday evening (7:00 – 8:30) at the Seattle Public Library (Central Library, downtown) that may be of interest.

“Design for Good,” the first program in the six-part “Design in Depth: Solving Problems with Design” series, features industrial designer Yves Béhar.

He is an internationally-renowned industrial designer (fuseproject) and will show how design is improving lives around the globe.

Béhar is also an alumnus of the design school in Pasadena where I taught: Art Center College of Design.

Further information about the event can be found on the SPL website.

EXTRA CREDIT: If you attend this lecture and write a short report about it or make a short presentation to the class, you can earn extra credit points for the course!