People

Faculty

Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson

Richard is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, where he has been on the faculty since 1986, with brief leaves to Indian Institute of Science, Microsoft Research, and PATH. His research has focussed on computing for the developing world since 2005, when he became involved with the Digital Study Hall project. In 2009, Richard spent a sabbatical year working with the Digital Health Solutions group at PATH, a global health NGO based in Seattle. This opportunity allowed him to increase his efforts on applying computing technologies to challenges in global health. While working with PATH, he co-founded the Projecting Health project, which uses the Community-Led Video Education model to promote healthy practices in rural areas in India. Back at University of Washington, he is now overseeing the efforts of the Open Data Kit project. His research interests in ICTD include technologies for behavior change communication, improving tools to support the use of data in strengthening health systems, and digital financial services.

Kurtis Heimerl
Kurtis Heimerl

Kurtis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley where he worked on Commmunity Cellular Networks: low-cost, low-power, locally owned cellular infrastructure. After Berkeley he co-founded Endaga to commercialize the work on Community Cellular and joined Facebook to continue that effort. His research focuses primarily on access, continuing to build and evaluate Community Cellular networks the world over, in partnership with organizations such as Rhizomatica, Facebook, and others. He is a developer on CommunityCellularManager and a close partner with Facebook’s OpenCellular. Beyond access he also is interested broadly in cellular. Some examples projects include countering “Stingray” IMSI-catcher devices and lower-power communications.

Researchers

Spencer Sevilla
Spencer Sevilla

Dr. Sevilla is a self-starting, fast-moving computer scientist with a record of creating innovative and award-winning solutions in the fields of computer networking and distributed systems. He is the author of thirteen peer-reviewed papers, ten US patents, has received multiple “Best Paper” awards (IFIP, ICNP) and was recently awarded a UC Presidential Fellowship. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the ICTD Lab at the University of Washington, where he works with Kurtis Heimerl on community cellular networks. Spencer’s primary research interest is Internet architecture and access in developing and disconnected regions, including issues such as content distribution and caching, spectum allocation, and last-mile connectivity. His previous research interests have included content networking, mesh routing (wired and wireless), future Internet architectures, and virtual datacenter networks.

Waylon Brunette
Waylon Brunette

Waylon is a Post-Doctoral Researcher focused on designing and building resilient mobile technologies optimized for usage in resource-constrained and infrastructure-constrained environments. His research focuses on creating tools and frameworks to simplify building and managing domain-specific mobile data collection applications in environments without Internet connectivity. Waylon is one of the founders of the Open Data Kit (ODK) project and is a current member of the core development team and management committee of ODK-X. Waylon’s research interests include mobile systems, sensing, ubiquitous computing, and data management. His work focuses on designing systems that improve the lives of under-served populations in low-income regions by leveraging mobile computing devices and sensors. Waylon is interested in using devices, sensors, services, and interfaces to create computer systems that integrate seamlessly into a user’s environment allowing technology to fade into the background of daily life. Waylon is a former NSF graduate fellow and previously worked as a Research Scientist/Engineer for the University of Washington focused on mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, and sensor networks in collaboration with Intel Labs Seattle.

Graduate Students

Pat Kosakanchit
Pat Kosakanchit

Nick Durand
Nick Durand

Undergraduate Students

Frankie O'Rourke
Frankie O'Rourke

Rachel Ye
Rachel Ye

Alumni

Shrirang Mare
Shrirang Mare

Postdoc, 2020. Now faculty at Western Washington

Galen Weld
Galen Weld

Grad 2018-20. Now in Behavioral Data Science

Aditya Vashistha
Aditya Vashistha

Ph.D., 2019. Now faculty at Cornell

Trevor Perrier
Trevor Perrier

Ph.D., 2019. Now at Google

Fahad Pervaiz
Fahad Pervaiz

Ph.D., 2019. Now at Microsoft

Sam Castle
Sam Castle

CTO/Cofounder at Nala. Now at Google

Kushal Shah
Kushal Shah

Masters, 2018. Now at Grab

Sam Sudar
Sam Sudar

Ph.D., 2017. Now at Google

Mayank Goel
Mayank Goel

Ph.D., 2016. Now faculty at Carnegie Mellon University

Nicola Dell
Nicola Dell

Ph.D., 2015. Now faculty at Cornell Tech

Rohit Chaudhri
Rohit Chaudhri

Ph.D., 2014. Now founder of gaet.io

Yaw Anokwa
Yaw Anokwa

Ph.D., 2011. Now cofounder of Nafundi

Carl Hartung
Carl Hartung

Ph.D., 2011. Now cofounder of Nafundi

Natalie Linnell
Natalie Linnell

Ph.D., 2011. Now faculty at University of Santa Clara

Neha Kumar
Neha Kumar

Postdoc, 2013–2014. Now faculty at Georgia Tech

Brian DeRenzi
Brian DeRenzi

Ph.D., 2012. Postdoc, 2012–2013. Now faculty at University of Cape Town

Joyojeet Pal
Joyojeet Pal

Postdoc, 2009–2010. Now faculty at University of Michigan

Camille Cobb
Camille Cobb

Grad. Now in security and privacy lab

Rowan Phipps
Rowan Phipps

Ugrad, 2017-18.

Michelle Lin
Michelle Lin

Ugrad, 2018-19

Jenny Liang
Jenny Liang

Ugrad, 2017-20

Staff

Clarice Larson
Clarice Larson

Software Engineer

In Memory

Gaetano Borriello
Gaetano Borriello

Gaetano was faculty member at UW-CSE from 1988 - 2015. He passed away on February 1, 2015 following a long fight with cancer. He was directing efforts in applying mobile technologies to the problems of public health and development in low-resource settings. He led development of open-source mobile data collection tools, Open Data Kit, that are in use on six continents in programs ranging across public health, documentation of human rights violations, and environmental monitoring.

Collaborators

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