Donald J. Patterson

Category: History

Instructional Technology Innovation Award

The Office on Information Technology, the Council on Student Experience and the Teaching Learning & Technology Center at UCI awarded Prof. Tomlinson, Prof. Nardi and myself the Instructional Technology Innovation Award for 2015! It comes with a engraved trophy and a $1000 cash award and was for the online course “Global Disruption and Information Technology“

Colonoscopy Quality Measures

A properly licensed photo of a doctor pretending to be in Minority Report

Dr. William Karnes and I are working on deploying a colonoscopy quality measure application for use in endoscopic suites.  We announced the effort today at the UCI Health 2015 Gastroenterology & Hepatology Symposium. It is a data entry tool that should be useful to endoscopists who are trying to monitor their performance at reducing colon cancer.  I am excited to be…

AI Journal Prominent Paper Award

AI Journal Cover Page

I’m very proud to have been awarded, with my co-authors, a 5-year prominent paper award from the AI Journal for the paper,  Learning and Inferring Transportation Routines.  Here is the text of their award: This paper introduces a hierarchical Markov model that can learn and infer a user’s daily movements through an urban community, and…


Whisper Analytics

Audia, formerly, was a start-up that I worked on with George Ruan and Sam Kaufman.  It was a very simple idea.  Instead of downloading a podcast, you could call in and listen to it over the audio channel of the phone.   It enabled you to get podcast content without a data plan.  If the…


Waitscout logo

waitscout was a start-up that I worked on with several folks, including George Ruan, Brian Silverstein and Ryan Hudson.  It was going to use predictive analytics plus relevant data from the Internet of Things to figure out what the wait time was at popular restaurants.  Then we would add that information to places like OpenTable…


Swayr Mock Up

swayr was a start-up that I worked on with several folks, including George Ruan and Paul Limon.  The idea was to use gamification to encourage sharing of media. So we would have links to media that we could track the use of. Then we would build game mechanics that encouraged people to share links. Companies…


quub logo white

quub was a start-up that I worked on with several folks, including George Ruan and Nathan Esquenazi.  quub was a commercialization of Nomatic*IM.  Basically it was supposed to be automatic status updates that your computer would generate for you based on what it could detect about you from sensors.  The ideal case would be to…

2005 ISWC Best Paper Award

2005 IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers Best Paper Award

I am thrilled and honored to have been awarded the 2005 ISWC Best Paper award for our paper on “Fine-grained Activity Recognition by Aggregating Abstract Object Usage“. It was a collaborative effort amongst myself, Dieter Fox, Henry Kautz and Matthai Philipose. There are few research honors that are exhilarating as a best paper award.

Ph.D. in Computer Science

From 1999 to 2005 I was a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle.  For the first couple of years I worked in Sieg Hall and then moved into Allen Hall once it was complete.  My advisors were Henry Kautz and Dieter Fox.  I also owe a debt…

Intel Research Seattle

Intel Research Labs Seattle logo

I did two summer internships at Intel Research Seattle while in graduate school at UW.  That organization ceased to exist around 2012-2013, but it was a moment in time that was very cool.  The dawn of ubiquitous computing and lots of great researchers working on it. I designed and implemented a modeling language and statistical…

Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Award

I am an Eagle Scout. I earned my award in 1989 with an Eagle Scout project that entailed using a very early database system to catalog tombstones in the Fairfax County area.  Most of the tombstones were under threat from development and contained genealogy information that is otherwise unavailable.