UTCS News

2014

The University of Texas at Austin Hosts Annual 24-Hour UT Game Jam

October 2, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program and the Electronic Game Developers Society (EGaDS), a student-run organization, hosted its annual UT Game Jam on September 26-27th. This year, more than 80 students came together in The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC) to create entirely new games in only 24 hours from the randomly selected theme of “binary.”

Computer Science Professor Selected For Google Award

September 29, 2014

UT Computer Science professor Lorenzo Alvisi has been selected for the 2014 Google Research Award. Lorenzo, along with two other UT professors, will receive grants to expand their research.

Career Brunch Shows Increase in Demand for CS Positions

September 29, 2014

UT Computer Science sophomore Rohit Pattanaik stood in line Thursday September 18 with his resume in hand.  After spending two years immersed into computer science coursework he was ready to find an internship that would put these skills into action.  “It’s definitely a different experience since this is my first career fair,” Pattanaik said. “I’m nervous but I know it’s necessary to do this to get experience to break into the industry.”

Campaign for Texas Exceeds $3 Billion Goal

August 19, 2014

With a $50 million gift from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to the Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin has exceeded its goal of raising $3 billion during the eight-year Campaign for Texas. This is the most ever raised by a higher education institution in Texas and among the largest amounts raised by a U.S. public university in a single campaign.

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth In The World

August 18, 2014

6th in the world The University of Texas of Austin's computer science program is the 6th best in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

August 18, 2014

The University of Texas of Austin's computer science program is the 6th best in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shangh

Lorenzo Alvisi and Elaine Rich Selected as UT System Regents' Outstanding Teachers

August 8, 2014

UT Computer Science Professor Lorenzo Alvisi and Distinguished Senior Lecturer Elaine Rich have been selected as UT System Regents' Outstanding Teachers. The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor.

UT Austin Villa Team Make Two Wins in 2014 RoboCup

August 4, 2014

Congratulations to professor Peter Stone and his students for impressive wins in the RoboCup 2014 competition in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, including 1st place in the 3D simulation league and 1st place in the technical challenge competition. 

UT Austin Villa Team Makes Two Wins in 2014 RoboCup

July 28, 2014

Congratulations to Peter Stone and his students for impressive wins in the 2014 RoboCup competition in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.

UT Computer Science Launching Two Integrated 5-Year Master's Programs

July 24, 2014

UT Computer Science is launching two new integrated five-year master's programs in partnership with the School of Information and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). The integrated programs are modeled after an existing program offered by UT Computer Science in which students earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of computer science.

Self-driving Cars Are Right Around the Corner; Then What?

July 21, 2014

It is easy to envision autonomous cars as simply allowing drivers to safely multitask while “driving” — that they will be otherwise quite similar to today’s cars on today’s roads. However, much bigger changes are ahead, and it won’t be long before we no longer remember what life was like when cars had steering wheels.

Ph.D. Student Wins Outstanding Research Award in Privacy Enhancing Technologies

July 21, 2014

UT Computer Science Ph.D. student Suman Jana has been awarded the 2014 PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies for his work on privacy-preserving perceptual computing. This annual award is given to the best paper of the year in the area of privacy.

First Bytes 2014

June 27, 2014

The twelfth annual First Bytes Summer Camp, sponsored by UTCS, kicked off on June 15th on the university campus. The free weeklong camp showcases the potential of a career in technology to selected Texas high school girls.

Be a Part of the First UTCS MOOC: Linear Algebra - Foundations To Frontiers

June 27, 2014

UTCS + edX On January 29, UT Computer Science made its first venture into the world of MOOCs (massively open online courses). Learn linear algebra theory with the practice of software library development.

From the Chair: Computer Science Enrollments Exploding

June 24, 2014

Computer science with Kapow explosion graphic On several occasions now, I’ve written to all of you about the growing phenomenon of exploding interest in computer science. I’d like to update you on these trends.

UTCS Researchers Win ACM Conference Best Paper Award

June 18, 2014

Postdoctoral fellow Mark Silberstein, postdoctoral fellow Lakshmi Ganesh, graduate student Yang Wang, Professor Lorenzo Alvisi, and Professor Mike Dahlin won the best paper award at the 7th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR '14) for their paper "Lazy Means Smart: Reducing Repair Bandwidth Costs in Erasure-coded Distributed Storage."

UT student team builds spooky game in just one semester

June 9, 2014

The game ‘Port of Call’ is one of five student games to be showcased at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week.

UT Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative Receives Grant For First-Year Student Research

June 2, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) recently received a $2.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a science philanthropy organization based in Chevy Chase, Maryland that supports the advance of biomedical research and science education, to promote and expand their early student’s research projects.

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