UW Today

March 23, 2015

UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet

The ultra-thin semiconductor, which is about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, stretches across the top of the photonic cavity.

University of Washington scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser using a semiconductor that’s only three atoms thick. It could help open the door to next-generation computing that uses light, rather than electrons, to transfer information.

January 9, 2013

UW, Pacific NW National Lab join forces on computing research

Hyak supercomputer at UW.

The University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have formed the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, a joint institute based at the UW that will foster collaborative computing research.

May 9, 2012

Portable diagnostics designed to be shaken, not stirred

A close-up of the UW surface showing the arc edges and adjacent pillars.

A textured surface mimics a lotus leaf to move drops of liquid in particular directions. The low-cost system could be used in portable medical or environmental tests.

January 12, 2012

Surgical robots to provide open-source platform for medical robotics research

UW electrical engineering doctoral student Hawkeye King holds the circuit boards and connectors for the Raven II robot.

Seven identical robots created and built at the UW will be flown to campuses across the country, where they will provide the first common research platform to develop the future of surgical robotics. The robots will be display Friday at an open house.

August 19, 2010

Deaf, hard-of-hearing students do first test of sign language by cell phone

Person signing at smartphone

Editor’s note: Each year the summer academy hosts a premier of the students’ animated short films.

August 21, 2008

‘Can you see me now?’ Sign language over cell phones comes to United States

Anna Cavender signing

A group at the University of Washington has developed software that for the first time enables deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to use sign language over a mobile phone.