The UT^2 game bot, created by Jacob Schrum, Igor Karpov, and Professor Risto Miikkulainen, won the Humanlike Bot Competition at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2012). The UT^2 bot is the first winning bot in the history of the Humanlike Bot Competition to be judged as human more often than half the human players participating in the evaluation.
Awards & Honors
Two of UTCS's current and past Ph.D. students have won significant awards.
AUSTIN, Texas — Computer scientist Brent Waters was honored at the White House this week with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Assistant Professor Pradeep Ravikumar is part of a team of researchers, from the University of Texas at Austin, Boston University, and Harvard University, that have been selected as a recipient of one of 23 awards this year from the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).
Don Fussell, Calvin Lin, 2010 UTCS Ph.D. graduate Paul Navratil, and Hank Childs of University of California, Davis won the Best Paper Award at the 12th Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization.
Associate Professor William Cook won the Best Paper award at the 2012 European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP).
Professor Peter Stone has been elected as a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for his significant contributions to machine learning, multiagent systems, and robotics, and pioneering applications in robot soccer, trading agents, and autonomous driving domains.
Current UTCS Ph.D. Student Suman Jana is the recipient of a Google Ph.D. Fellowship and received the Best Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy.
2004 UTCS Ph.D. graduate Luay Nakhleh has been awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Assistant Professor Mike Walfish and Software Engineer Toren Smith have both been awarded 2012 College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Excellence Awards.