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Strategic Plan for Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington

Summary: Strategic Plan for Computer Science & Engineering
at the University of Washington
Hank Levy
June 20, 2006
Department Overview
UW Computer Science & Engineering is a national leader in research and education. Ranked
among the top 10 programs in the country, CSE has produced world-class leaders in both
academia and industry. We collaborate broadly with other programs at the university and with
key technical organizations (such as C&C). CSE faculty and former students have created over a
dozen companies and transferred many additional technologies to existing companies. We are a
major supplier of students at both the bachelors and graduate levels to Microsoft, Amazon.com,
Google (which is growing rapidly in Kirkland), and others. And our technologies have impacted
the public at large. For example, we were an early leader in Web search technology
(WebCrawler, Metacrawler, and a startup that introduced the first comparison-shopping agent);
we invented "hyper-threading," which improves the performance of Intel's Pentium-4
processors; and our animation technology impacts movies and games created by companies such
as Pixar and EA Sports. Impinj, Chris Diorio's recent CSE spinoff, is currently the leading
supplier of RFID technology and is guiding the world standards effort in RFID.
CSE currently has approximately 40 faculty (a modest size on the national level). We have 450
undergraduates in our computer science and computer engineering bachelors programs,


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences