UTCS News 2014

Computer Scientists at UT Austin Crack Code for Redrawing Bird Family Tree

December 11, 2014

Bird Family Tree A new computational technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin has enabled an international consortium to produce an avian tree of life that points to the origins of various bird species. A graduate student at the university is a leading author on papers describing the new technique and sharing the consortium’s findings about bird evolution in the journal Science.

The Machine-Learning Summer School

December 9, 2014

Machine-Learning Summer School The Machine-Learning Summer School (MLSS) series was started in 2002 to promote modern methods of statistical machine learning and inference. The "summer" school (now hosted at all times of year) provides a premium venue for graduate students, researchers, and industry professionals to learn about fundamental machine learning and techniques at the forefront of research in the field. This is the first time MLSS will be held in Austin, Texas and will feature an exciting program with talks from leading experts in the field. MLSS event details are listed below.

Linear Algebra - Foundations To Frontiers Kicks off Its Second Year

December 9, 2014

On January 28, 2015 UTCS faculty (and by the way spouses) Robert van de Geijn and Maggie Myers will kick off the second year of their 16 week MOOCs (massively open online course) on linear algebra from a computer science perspective called Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers. Robert and Maggie have enhanced the course by working with MathWorks to enable participants to use Matlab freely during the course.

Helping Students to Thrive in a Digital World

December 3, 2014

Selecting a college major may be the biggest challenge when going to challenge. After 12 years of education, students are asked to choose that one specific field that they would like to focus on as a career. In many cases students have little to no exposure to these fields. That’s exactly why UTCS became a part of OnRamps.

New Faculty Profile: Işil Dillig

December 1, 2014

For new UTCS professor Işil Dillig, computer science didn’t cross her mind until her sophomore year in college. Her realization would allow her to obtain her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate all at Stanford University, and eventually lead her to work for UT.

New Faculty Profile: Eric Price

November 21, 2014

For new Assistant Professor Eric Price the interest in computer science dates back to his days of high school Olympiad. This math-based competition sparked the interest in computer science for the Virginia native and has taken him on the path that has led him to UT Computer Science.

UT Computer Science Students Create and Launch UT Helper App

November 17, 2014

The official UT app is only available for iPhone users. That’s what inspired two UTCS students to create an app that would do similar tasks.

New Faculty Profile: Etienne Vouga

November 6, 2014

If you’ve seen movies like Tangled and the Hobbit you might have been unknowingly exposed to new UT Computer Science professor Etienne Vouga.

UT Professor Explores Virtual Reality in Relation to Human Sight

October 30, 2014

Why do we look where we look? That is the question that UT Computer Science professor Dr. Dana Ballard is trying to answer. Through his research in virtual reality he has begun to solve this inquiry.

UT Austin Computer Science Ranked Sixth Best Globally

October 28, 2014

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges - National Public Universities 2014 UT Computer Science is the sixth best global university for computer science, according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Rankings.

UT Computer Science Returns to the Facebook Open Academy

October 21, 2014

UT Computer Science Professor Glenn Downing and UT students returned to the Facebook Open Academy this October. This marked the third time the university was a part of the event.

Artist Uses Code and Algorithms to Create New Two Part Mural

October 19, 2014

For artist Casey Reas creating art is like being a composer. The movements of a maestro conducting his opus are similar to those of paintbrush strokes. In the case of Casey though, he substitutes thse art supplies for software and lets his programmed paintbrush create what he compare’s to composer end results of an unexpected score.

GAMMA Announces New Certificate Program

October 15, 2014

The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program announces a new certificate program for students at the University of Texas at Austin. The certificate program communicates to colleges and employers that students who complete the GAMMA Program are ready to design and develop interactive digital experiences, and provide leadership for the ever-expanding game, mobile app, and creative media industries.

UTCS Programming Team Finishes In a Top Spot at Regional Competition

October 7, 2014

A UTCS programming team finished second at this year’s ACM-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) regional competition. The team of Arnay Sastry, Jaime Rivera, and Josh Slocum beat over 60 different teams competing in South Central U.S region of the contest. 

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

In conjunction with the College of Natural Science’s fall semester Career Expo, the Department of Computer Science holds a brunch for Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) partners and top UTCS students. The brunch provides a chance for students to network with these partners while learning about companies in an industry that is experiencing large growth.

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.

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