UTCS News 2013

CS Ambassador Program Expands with Move to GDC

December 20, 2013

CS Ambassador Program Expands with Move to GDC Computer Science Ambassadors are helping students solidify UT as their top pick. “Now more than ever, UT is my first choice for college,” said one high school student after spending the day at the Gates Dell Complex.

From the Chair: A Year for the History Books

December 20, 2013

From the Chair: Moving In Since our last newsletter, the UT Computer Science population has surged past 2,000 undergraduates--more than triple the enrollments when I started as chair five years ago--easily making us the largest computer science department among the nation’s top ten ranked programs.

Game Changers: New Faculty

December 20, 2013

Game Changers: New Faculty UT Computer Science is excited to welcome four new faculty members coming to campus in 2014. They all have incredibly impressive credentials and research experience, and we’re extremely grateful that they have chosen to join our family.

Students Pitch Shark Tank’s Cuban at Demo Day

December 11, 2013

Fifth Annual Longhorn Startup Demo Day The fifth annual Demo Day, held Dec. 5, had a packed house in the LBJ Auditorium to hear a conversation between Cuban and Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the Cockrell School of Engineering and director of Longhorn Startup. RetailMeNot CEO Cotter Cunningham also took the stage, and 14 student startups made presentations.

David Zuckerman Elected ACM Fellow

December 10, 2013

Professor David Zuckerman has been elected to be an ACM Fellow for his contributions to randomness extraction, pseudo randomness, and their role in complexity theory.

Dana Ballard Wins Helmholtz Test-of-Time Award

December 9, 2013

Professor Dana Ballard, and his co-author Michael Swain, have won the Helmholtz Test-of-Time award.

Dana Ballard Selected for 2014 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award

December 9, 2013

Dana Ballard has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award from the University of California, Merced.

Chandrajit Bajaj and Inderjit Dhillon Elected IEEE Fellows

November 25, 2013

Two of our distinguished faculty, Chandra Bajaj and Inderjit Dhillon, have been elected IEEE Fellows.

CS Students Win 2nd Student Cluster Competition

November 23, 2013

Five UTCS students won the student cluster overall competition at the international SC conference for the second year in a row!

Lili Qiu Named ACM 2013 Distinguished Scientist

November 20, 2013

Associate Professor Lili Qiu has been recognized as one of the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) 2013 Distinguished Scientists. Her research focus is on internet and wireless networking. Qiu's current projects include Wireless Network Management, MIMO, and Content Distribution in Mobile Networks.

TACC to Deploy Maverick for Interactive, Remote Visualization and Data Analysis

November 19, 2013

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, along with technology partners Hewlett-Packard and NVIDIA, today announced that in January 2014 they will deploy Maverick, a powerful, high-performance visualization and data analytics resource for the open science and engineering community.

Team from Rice, BCM, and UT Austin develop new statistical tools for mining cancer data

November 14, 2013

A team of researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the University of Texas at Austin are working together to develop new statistical tools that can find clues about cancer that are hidden like needles in enormous haystacks of raw data.

Make Coding a Requirement for All UT Students

November 11, 2013

College students tend to define themselves by their majors, but they need to realize that what they study isn’t a binding contract spelling out what skills they can and cannot develop before graduation.

Visions of Computing Lecture 2013

November 6, 2013

Visions of Computer Lecture Series 2013 On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, UT Computer Science held the annual Visions of Computing Lecture, a lecture series honoring UTCS faculty accomplishments. Through this lecture series, faculty presented insights into computer science research and education to the public and the computing community.

The Game Development Program Hosts Fall Career PowerUp Mixer

October 30, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin’s Game Development Program hosted its Fall Career PowerUp (CPU) Mixer on October 25, 2013 at The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC). The CPU Mixer brought together the Game Development Program’s industry partners and select students interested in careers and internships in the game industry to network in an energetic recruiting venue.

John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, Inc., Visits UT Campus

October 27, 2013

Joh Donahoe, CEO of eBay, Inc. with Bruce Porter, Chair of UTCS eBay, Inc. CEO, John Donahoe paid a visit to the University of Texas last Thursday as an installment of the VIP lecture series, co-hosted by UT Computer Science and the McCombs School of Business. eBay is a company that has experienced a significant turnaround under Donahoe’s leadership. Its fast-growing Austin office now numbers 600 employees, most of whom are in the company’s PayPal division.

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

October 14, 2013

During the last weekend of September, the Electronic Game Developers Society (EGaDS), a student-run organization, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Game Development Program hosted the annual 24-hour Game Jam. More than 70 students came together on September 27th in a competition to create an entirely new game from this year’s randomly selected theme of “redundant” in only 24-hours at The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC).

BCM Researchers Win National Science Foundation Award

September 26, 2013

The National Science Foundation has recognized two Baylor College of Medicine researchers, along with a researcher from The University of Texas at Austin, with a collaborative research award that is a joint initiative between the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences and National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences.

Professor continues research on video summarization technology

September 23, 2013

Researchers at the University are working to perfect a computer algorithm designed to summarize first-person perspective films, with the hope of aiding the elderly and memory-impaired.

Stop, Rewind, Summarize

September 22, 2013

With video sharing expected to leap, researchers at the University of Texas are training computers to digest such videos into a nutshell version for easier viewing.

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