Gaetano Borriello

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Gaetano Borriello
DiedFebruary 1, 2015(2015-02-01) (aged 56–57)
Alma materPolytechnic Institute of New York
Stanford University
UC Berkeley
Known forOpen Data Kit
Founding Director of Intel Research Seattle
Scientific career
FieldsUbiquitous computing
InstitutionsXerox PARC
University of Washington
ThesisA New Interface Specification Methodology and its Application to Transducer Synthesis (1988)
Doctoral advisorRandy Katz

Gaetano Borriello (1958–2015) was an American computer scientist and researcher in ubiquitous computing. He is recognized for his work in developing the Open Data Kit and as the founding director of Intel Research Seattle.[1]

Boriello was named a Fellow of the ACM in 2009 "for the design, realization, and integration of embedded and ubiquitous computing systems"[2] and of the IEEE in 2010 "for contributions to embedded computing devices and systems."[3] He was also a Fulbright Scholar.[4]

Borriello was on the University of Washington computer science faculty from 1988 until his death – 27 years. The Gaetano Borriello Endowed Fellowship for Change was funded by Borriello's friends on his untimely death, to provide support for UW students "whose work is focused on exploring how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations".[4]

Borriello is survived by his wife Melissa Westbrook and their two sons.


  1. ^ Ebling, Maria R. (23 April 2015). "In Memoriam: Gaetano Borriello, 1958–2015" (PDF). IEEE Pervasive Computing. 14 (2): 2–4. doi:10.1109/MPRV.2015.35. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Gaetano Borriello". ACM Fellows. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Gaetano Borriello named IEEE Fellow". Allen School News. University of Washington. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Allen School News – The Gaetano Borriello Endowed Fellowship for Change". University of Washington. Retrieved 19 August 2017.

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