Talks & Events

ACM Dodgeball with Turing, WiCs, and EGaDS

Date: Feb 5, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bellmont Hall (BEL)

Come prove your organization is the best at ACM Dodgeball! Whether you're in the game beating the enemies or cheering at the sides with a pillow or two for good measure, we'd love to have you for this friendly competition!

Faculty Recruitment - Alexander Huth/University of California, Berkeley, "Mapping representations of meaning in the human cortex"

Date: Feb 9, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Outside Interested Parties

Host: Raymond Mooney

Talk Abstract: Human beings have the unique ability to extract the meaning, or semantic content, from spoken language. Yet little is known about how the semantic content of everyday narrative speech is represented in brain. I used a new fMRI-based approach to show that semantic information is represented in complex cortical maps that are highly consistent across subjects. Using BOLD data collected while subjects listened to several hours of natural narrative stories, I constructed voxel-wise semantic regression models that accurately predict... Read more

Just Do I.T. with National Instruments

Date: Feb 9, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: GDC 6.302

The Information Technology Department at National Instruments invites you to our Just Doo I.T. event. Join us for food, drinks, and a chance to chat with some of NI's IT professionals about the exciting possibilities of a carrer in IT. 

A few lucky students will also walk away with an awesome door prize!


TSSA Research Talk with Matthew Hausknecht

Date: Feb 10, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: GDC 5.304

PhD student Matthew Hausknecht will be talking to Turing Scholars about his current research in robotics.

CS Roadshow Spring Kickoff!

Date: Feb 10, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: GDC 4.302

Come out to CS Roadshow's kickoff for the spring! We will be going over upcoming events for the semester and there will be food provided :)

GAMMA Event: Electronic Arts (EA) Lobby Day

Date: Feb 11, 2016 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: GDC 2.100

Electronic Arts (EA) Lobby Day

Distinguished Lecture - Peter Druschel/Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, "iPic: Towards privacy-preserving digital image capture"

Date: Feb 11, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: GDC 2.216

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, and Outside Interested Parties

Host: Dr. Lorenzo Alvisi

Talk Abstract: The ubiquity of personal devices with built-in cameras has transformed digital image capture and sharing. Images of social gatherings, public events, and even crime scenes are commonplace online. While the spontaneity of image capture has led to new personal and creative outlets, privacy concerns of bystanders and unwilling subjects have not been addressed. 

We have designed iPic, a mobile platform that integrates digital capture with user-defined privacy. In iPic, users choose a level of privacy (e.g., agree to capture or not) based upon social context (e.g., out in public vs. with friends vs. at workplace). Users' privacy choices are advertised via short-range radio, and compliant capture platforms generate media edited to conform to the privacy... Read more

Food for Thought with Blackbaud - “Sculpting a Big Ball of Mud: From Monolith to Micro Services”

Date: Feb 11, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: GDC 6.302

A panel of speakers will discuss how Blackbaud is moving from a monolith to a micro services environment. We will also explain the challenges with each environment and coding best practices that we are implementing.

Free pizza for students attending the talk!

ACT Colloquium - Venkatesan Guruswami/CMU, "Recent Progress on Codes for Worst-Case Deletions"

Date: Feb 12, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: POB 2.402

Talk Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, ECE and math faculty/graduate students

Host: David Zuckerman

Talk Abstract: This talk will discuss recent progress on code constructions for recovery from worst-case bit deletions.

The first part will consider the case of a large fraction of deletions, where we construct a family of binary codes of positive rate to recover from a fraction of deletions approaching 1/3. Previously, even non-constructively the largest deletion fraction known to be correctable with positive rate was around 0.17. For alphabet size k, we are able to correct a deletion fraction approaching (k-1)/(k+1), with (k-1)/k being a trivial upper limit. Whether a deletion fraction approaching 1/2 is correctable by binary codes remains a tantalizing open question. (Joint work with Boris Bukh.)

The second part will consider the other noise regime, of correcting from a small... Read more

ACM RomCom Movie Night

Date: Feb 12, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: GDC 6.302

ACM is hosting a movie showing of the romantic comedy genre

ACM Bubble Soccer Outing

Date: Feb 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Muller Park

Have you ever wanted to live out your fantasy of being a hamster in a hamster ball? No? Well still, come to ACM's Bubble Soccer event and maybe you'll realize you wanted to be a hamster all along!

Programming Languages Lunch Colloquium - Sreepathi Pai/UT ICES, "Fast GPU Graph Applications by Compilation"

Date: Feb 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: GDC 6.302

Talk Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Outside Interested Parties, ECE, ICES

Talk Abstract: Writing high-performance parallel implementations of graph algorithms is challenging.  Standard compiler parallelization techniques are usually inapplicable due to the irregular parallelism exhibited by these algorithms.  On the CPU, therefore, the standard strategy is to expose and exploit irregular parallelism using sophisticated runtime frameworks such as Galois.  Unfortunately, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) make it difficult to use this strategy.

The GPU is an attractive target for graph algorithms because it supports massive parallel execution and features much higher memory bandwidth than the CPU. However, its programming model is also very restricted.  In particular, communication among threads is limited, so standard strategies for irregular programs (such as runtime... Read more

Faculty Recruitment - Thibaud Taillefumier/Princeton University - Lewis-Sigler Ins. for Integrative Genomics, "Random walks through neural coding"

Date: Feb 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Outside Interested Parties

Host: William Press

Talk Abstract: The human brain comprises about 100 billion neurons connected via 100 trillion synapses. In principle, the comprehensive mapping of an organism’s entire neural connectome should elucidate how brains function. However, relating biological functions to network structures hinges on uncovering behaviorally relevant patterns of neural activity, i.e. on understanding the neural code.

Here, we argue that the statistical regularity of neurals input controls whether a noisy integrate-and-fire neuron acts as a rate coder, with smooth... Read more

"Applying Security Cloud Practices to Healthcare" - Matt Ferrari/CTO, ClearDATA

Date: Feb 17, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Location: GDC 4.304


CTO of ClearDATA will walk through technology solution around securing patient data and a reality check of the state of patient data today.  Also in the session will be a discussion around what role modern technologies like AWS and DevOps tools such as SaltStack and Chef play in bringing Healthcare into modern software best practices.


Matt Ferrari is a skilled technology veteran with more than a decade of success delivering managed hosting and secure cloud-based computing to companies around the world. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), he is responsible for the strategy and execution of ClearDATA’s healthcare technology platform and services. In this role he oversees Engineering, Product Management, and back office systems.

Matt’s HIPAA and HITECH expertise, combined with his extensive understanding of Cloud Storage and Disaster... Read more

CS Roadshow General Meeting

Date: Feb 17, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: GDC 4.302

Come out to CS Roadshow's general meeting! Learn more about the org and the events we do in the Austin community :)

Movie Night with Project Giving Tree ft. The Social Network

Date: Feb 17, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: GDC 2.216

Project Giving Tree is excited to host a movie night featuring The Social Network.  Bring your buddies, blankets and pillows, and we'll bring the popcorn and drinks!

This event is open to *all* CS students

Distinguished Lecture - Vishwanathan (Vishy) Swaminathan/University of California Santa Cruz, "Exploiting Double Separability for Large Scale Distributed Machine Learning"

Date: Feb 18, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, and Outside Interested Parties

Host: Inderjit Dhillon

Talk Abstract: Many machine learning algorithms minimize a regularized risk. It is well known that stochastic optimization algorithms are both theoretically and practically well motivated for regularized risk minimization. Unfortunately, stochastic optimization is not easy to parallelize. In this talk, we take a radically new approach and show that working with the saddle-point problem that arises out of the Lagrangian makes the problem doubly separable and hence allows for a natural partitioning of the parameters across multiple processors. This allows us to derive a new parallel stochastic optimization... Read more

ACM Gaming Night

Date: Feb 19, 2016 7:00pm - 11:55pm
Location: GDC 6.302

ACM is hosting various video games and boardgames with food!

ACM Gaming Night

Date: Feb 20, 2016 12:00am - 6:00am
Location: GDC 6.302

ACM is hosting various video games and boardgames with food!

Rise & Dine

Date: Feb 22, 2016 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: GDC Atrium


MAD Hack Night with Google

Date: Feb 23, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: GDC 6.302

MAD is having a hack night where you can come to eat free pizza and snacks, as well as hangout with your friends and work on projects. MAD officers will be there to help you with your projects or help you get started on a new one. This is a chance for you to set aside some time to make something cool and meet awesome people

CS Roadshow General Meeting

Date: Feb 24, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: GDC 4.302

Come out to CS Roadshow's general meeting! Learn about the org and help us prepare for Explore UT events :)


Date: Feb 26, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm


ACM Board Game Night

Date: Feb 26, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: GDC 5.302

ACM is bringing boardgame for every one to play and you guys are welcome to bring your own too! 

Distinguished Lecture - Jim Rehg/Georgia Institute of Technology, "Understanding Behavior through First Person Vision"

Date: Mar 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: GDC 2.216

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Talk Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Outside Interested Parties

Host: Kristen Grauman

Talk Abstract: Recent progress in miniaturizing digital cameras and improving battery life has created a growing market for wearable cameras, exemplified by products such as GoPro and Google Glass. The imagery captured by these cameras is a unique video modality which implicitly encodes the attention, movement, and intentions of the user. The analysis of such video through First-Person Vision (FPV) provides new opportunities to model and analyze human behavior, create personalized records of visual experiences, and improve our understanding and... Read more