UTCS News

2012

FoCS: Qualcomm Café Naming to Recognize Gift to UTCS

December 21, 2012

Friends of Computer Science - Qualcomm Qualcomm, a long-time supporter of UTCS, steps forward to make an $80,000 commitment to a Computer Science excellence fund. In recognition of its contribution, the Board of Regents agreed to name the coffee shop in the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, “The Qualcomm Café.”

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

December 21, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas—Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a simulation that for the first time emulates key properties of electronic topological insulators. Their simulation, which was described this week in Nature Materials, is part of a rapidly moving scientific race to understand and exploit the potential of topological insulators, which are

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

December 21, 2012

Topological insulators, a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade, may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics.

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

December 21, 2012

Topological insulators, a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade, may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics.

Capital Campaign Update: The Next Chapter

December 19, 2012

Capital Campaign Update In less than a month, the fences come down and UT Computer Science will be handed the keys to its new home—The Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall. [...] philanthropy’s importance has moved well beyond large capital projects like this one; it is now central to everything we do.

A Reboot in Recruiting Women Into Computer Science

December 14, 2012

"When girls think of computer science, they think of the gamers and sitting in a cubicle to program," says Cassidy Lamm, a sophomore at the U. of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. "But I've found that you can do so much more with it."

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Competing for Top Students: The Scholarship Challenge

December 13, 2012

Alan Turing Competition for top students is at an all-time high, and state support is at an all-time low. Some alumni are stepping in to fill the gap and challenging others to do the same.

Chemist Named Inventor of the Year by UT Austin

December 7, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin honored two researchers whose collaboration led to a company that aims to change how electronics are made. Professors C. Grant Willson and S.V.

A New Curriculum for a New Marketplace

December 7, 2012

A New Curriculum for a New Marketplace UTCS develops a new, flexible curriculum in response to an expanding field of study and explosive enrollment growth that many are referring to as a new Sputnik moment.

Game Development Program

December 7, 2012

Game Development Program The gaming industry is one of the fastest growing intersections of entertainment, art, and technology. Austin alone produces more than $1 billion in gaming centered economic impact and houses in excess of 100 gaming studios. Arguably, a world-class game development program that can support and take advantage of the Austin game scene is both natural and overdue.

FoCS: General Motors Opens Innovation Center

December 7, 2012

Friends of Computer Science - General Motors “Information is power.” As a result, business leaders constantly seek better information to give them a competitive edge and help them manage their businesses. In a company like GM, much of that responsibility falls in the hands of its IT department. As such, GM is creating Innovation Centers to gather the brightest minds to build information solutions.

From the Chair: Milestones

December 7, 2012

Milestones The Department of Computer Science has milestones in its growth that mark moments of unusual significance. We are approaching just such a milestone. [...] I am distinctly happy to report that by this time next month, our doors will be open, and UTCS will have all of its faculty, staff, and students under a single roof for the first time in the department’s history.

UT, A&M Among Nation’s Best Values: Report

December 6, 2012

Can a university engaged in world-changing research truly educate undergraduate students? A new study finds that UT-Austin (and Texas A&M) is doing just that.

Lorenzo Alvisi Selected for Prestigious Humboldt Research Award

December 3, 2012

Lorenzo Alvisi has been selected for a prestigious Humboldt Research Award.

Mike Scott Wins 2012-13 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

December 3, 2012

President Powers recently announced Michael Scott as a recipient of the 2012-13 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes Mike's consistent levels of excellence in teaching undergraduates.

Inderjit Dhillon and Three Ph.D. Students Win Best Paper Award at ICDM '12

November 27, 2012

Inderjit Dhillon and three Ph.D. students, Hsiang-Fu Yu, Cho-Jui Hsieh, and Si Si, won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM'12). Their paper, "Scalable Coordinate Descent Approaches to Parallel Matrix Factorization for Recommender Systems," is available on the UTCS website at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~inderjit/public_papers/icdm-pmf.pdf.

Team of Computer Science Students Claim Victory at Supercomputing Challenge

November 20, 2012

The University of Texas team on the SC12 exhibit floor after learning they won the overall competition.

Team of Computer Science Students Claim Victory at Supercomputing Challenge

November 20, 2012

Students won the seventh annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC) this year at the Supercomputing ’12 (SC12) conference in Salt Lake City. SC12 is the seminal international conference for high-performance computing.

Team of Computer Science Students Claim Victory at Supercomputing Challenge

November 20, 2012

Students won the seventh annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC) this year at the Supercomputing ’12 (SC12) conference in Salt Lake City. SC12 is the seminal international conference for high-performance computing.

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