UTCS News

2009

Retired UTCS Professor, Dr. Nell Dale, Wins Honors

December 4, 2009

Retired UTCS Professor, Dr. Nell Dale, Wins Honors Retired UTCS Professor, Dr. Nell Dale, Wins Honors. Dr. Nell Dale is an internationally recognized leader in computer science education research, an award recipient, author of many programming textbooks and mentor to thousands of students. A retired Senior Lecturer from the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), Dr. Dale earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston, and her M.A. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UT. In addition, she earned the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award in 2001.

Dr. Chandrajit Bajaj Honored by National Computing Organization

December 4, 2009

On Friday, December 4th, 2009, Dr. Chandrajit Bajaj was selected as Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a high honor in the field of computer science. The ACM Fellows designation is bestowed upon association members who have distinguished themselves with outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology. A total of 47 fellows were named this year out of 68,000 members.

Lockheed Martin Funds Teaching Lab Updates

November 11, 2009

Lockheed Martin presented a check donating $95,000 to be shared between the Department of Computer Science and the College of Engineering.

UTCS Congratulates Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

November 10, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa UTCS congratulates the seven computer science majors who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa at its Fall meeting. Upon joining, they will be inducted into the national honor society at the UT chapter's Fall reception on Sunday, December 6, in the in the Texas Union Ballroom

The Fall 2009 Visions of Computing Lecture Series

November 9, 2009

The UT Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce its annual Visions Lecture, the latest in a series of lectures by UTCS faculty who have been recognized by their community for notable achievements in research, teaching or service.

Professor Jayadev Misra Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa Degree

October 27, 2009

Professor Jayadev Misra The Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan), France, awarded Professor Jayadev Misra the Doctor Honoris Causa degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of computer science. Professor Misra will travel to ENS Cachan for a ceremony to receive his award.

Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States Visits UTCS

October 27, 2009

The Department of Computer Science hosted a luncheon and briefing for Mr. Aneesh Chopra, the newly appointed Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Mr. Chopra was recently appointed to the position by President Barack Obama.

Protecting Privacy

October 15, 2009

Innovation Series: Protecting Privacy With so much information being shared online these days, it’s critical that much of it remains private and anonymous. We trust, for example, that social networking sites such as Facebook remove personally identifiable information when they share our preferences and desires with advertisers. Vitaly Shmatikov, a young, fast-talking associate professor of computer science studies privacy in ubiquitous data sharing systems, from Facebook to hospitals to Netflix.

Rethinking Encryption

October 15, 2009

As information such as passwords and account numbers moves from computer to computer across the Internet, it is encrypted—jumbled into a non- comprehensible form. Unfortunately, attackers can intercept this encrypted data as they flow through the system or access encrypted data from where it sits in storage and use it maliciously. Cloud computing is becoming more and more common and will require changes in the way that data are protected.

New Digital Security Program Doesn't Protect as Promised

September 28, 2009

University of Texas at Austin scientists have shown that they can break "Vanish," a program that promised to self-destruct computer data, such as emails and photographs, and thereby protect a person's privacy.

Career Brunch 2009

September 20, 2009

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Sciences (UTCS) Friends of Computer Sciences (FoCS) 2009 Career Brunch was held in conjunction with the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Career Expo on September 21, 2009 at the Frank Erwin Center.

The 1910 Society Presents Conversations with Bob Taylor Co-sponsored by The Department of Computer Sciences Dell Distinguished Lecture Series

September 16, 2009

Bob Taylor, Internet Visionary To celebrate the lead donation by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for a new computer science building, the Department of Computer Sciences has inaugurated the Dell Distinguished Lecture Series. The Dell Lecture Series invites an international leader of the digital revolution to give a public lecture at The University and attend other events with university and business leaders.

Robots Play Winning Soccer

July 2, 2009

Robots Play Winning Soccer Texas Computer Science students are programming robots to play soccer... and winning. Current robots are only 2-feet high, but the goal is to develop robotic players large and skillful enough to beat a real-live World Cup team by 2050. Students from Texas Tech (TT) and The University of Texas at Austin (UT) use C++ to program robots to play without human interaction during the games. The robots play as a team and make individual decisions.

2009 UTCS Hooding Ceremony

May 21, 2009

UTCS honored this year's Ph.D. graduates with its first annual hooding ceremony. Chair J Moore, clad in ceremonial kilt, performed the hooding. Graduate research advisers spoke of each graduate's special traits and accomplishments. Afterwards, a reception was held for graduates, faculty, friends and family.

Computer Science Student Wins $5,000 Michael H. Granof Outstanding Dissertation Award

May 14, 2009

Computer Science graduate student Benjamin Hardekopf was presented the $5,000 Outstanding Dissertation Award, which recognizes exceptional work by doctoral students.

Good Bytes and Good Luck

May 14, 2009

The Department of Computer Science congratulates its graduating students of 2009. We wished them “Good Bytes and Good Luck” with a commencement celebration (C2) catered by Austin’s own Amy’s Ice Cream.

Neural Network Systems

May 3, 2009

Neural Network Systems Uli Grasemann and Risto Miikkulainen are using their neural network system, DISCERN, to model what might be going on inside a schizophrenic brain. DISCERN can understand and produce natural language. Working with Ralph Hoffman, a psychiatrist at Yale, they have also been able to pair their neural network results with a study of human schizophrenics, and the similarities have been striking.

GNU Creator Gives Talk on Copyright in the Age of Computer Networks

April 23, 2009

The Department of Computer Science welcomed Richard Stallman, founder of Free Software Foundation, to present his lecture, "Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks."

New Computer Science Complex at The University of Texas at Austin Receives $30 Million Challenge Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

April 16, 2009

Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin announced today (April 17) a $30 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a $120 million capital campaign to construct a new building complex for one of the nation’s leading computer science programs.

The Department of Computer Science Congratulates Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

April 15, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa The Department of Computer Sciences congratulates the five computer science majors who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa at its Spring meeting.

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