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Institute of Technology

The Institute of Technology at the University of Washington, Tacoma, provides focus for the rapid development of high-technology academic programs which serve the needs of the state of Washington. Launched in 2001, the Institute has supported the community by building facilities, classrooms and labs. Through innovative partnerships with area companies, internships and funded research projects, Institute students gain real world experience to tackle the challenges of a continually evolving industry.

Recent Events

Center for Data Science Research Receives an Award at ILP2015
Research done at the Center for Data Science has won the best student paper award at the 25th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming, Kyoto, Aug. 20-22, 2015. The paper, entitled "Statistical Relational Learning with Soft Quantifiers" presents a new framework that combines soft quantifiers such as "most" and "a few" with first-order logic rules for modeling uncertain relational data. Experimental results for link prediction in social trust networks demonstrate that the use of soft quantifiers not only allows for a natural and intuitive formulation of domain knowledge, but also improves the accuracy of inferred results. The work was carried out by Golnoosh Farnadi (seen on the lower picture on the right), under the supervision of Martine De Cock (Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology), and with collaborators from Ghent University, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the University of Maryland, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

MSL Program at UW Tacoma

  Alan Fowler, Lecturer with the Institute of Technology, has been heading the Robotics workshop for more than a decade. He voluntarily spends more than 3 weeks of his summer putting together a program for MSL (Math Science Leadership) where 8th graders join him to explore Robotics Programming with Lego Toolkits. Projects involve building robots for navigating around obstacles or using them to count lines or following a black path on the floor at a good speed using programming and math skills.
  This summer, there were a wide variety of middle school students (we counted at least 10 different schools) from all over the Puget Sound area that presented their projects to a guest panel. The enthusiasm, which was evident from the narration and the teamwork (students worked in pairs) that went into their projects, was exciting to hear. Students tweak the design and the parameters to work as planned for demo day, which is on the last day of workshop. You can browse through the gallery of pictures from the demos.
  Alan Fowler is a big proponent of getting our Institute students involved in this workshop. This summer, our own students Sarah Lytle (UW Tacoma), Alan Reilly (UW Tacoma) and Juan Sanchez (UW Bothell) assisted with the workshop. Alan Fowler would love to see more of the Institute teachers and students involved in this great program and pave the way for STEM learning in our region. Kudos to Alan!



New Student Orientation
Thursday September 24, 2015, 4 - 5:30 PM
William Phillip Hall

All students who have been admitted to any major at the Institute of Technology for Autumn 2015 are strongly encouraged to attend this event even if you have been attending UW Tacoma as pre-majors. Some of the benefits of attending this orientation are: meeting other students in your major; meeting Institute staff including lab managers, advisors, and administrative staff; meeting Institute faculty and hear about their areas of research and how you can participate, learn about the demands and expectations of students in your individual majors; and finding out about lab use, keycards, software, and lots of other important details that will help you in your path to your degree.

If you plan to attend please RSVP at: Institute of Technology New Student Orientation Autumn 2015

Interim Director named at the Institute of Technology

Please join us in welcoming the Interim Director of the Institute of Technology, Dr. Raj Katti. Dr. Katti holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Washington State University. He came to us from North Dakota State University where he was the Department Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering. Last year he took over as the Chair of the Computer Engineering program at the Institute. His official start date as Interim Director will be on June 1, 2015.


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