Faculty

2011 Visions of Computing Lecture Retrospective

October 27, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, the University of Texas at Austin Department of 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. ...

2011 Visions of Computing Lecture

October 13, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, the University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science will hold the annual Visions of Computing Lecture, a lecture series honoring UTCS faculty accomplishments. Through this lecture series, faculty present insights into computer science research and education to the public and the computing community. This year's lecture will take place from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302. ...

Peter Stone Named 2011 Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program Recipient

September 12, 2011

The Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) is designed to produce the highest quality scientific collaborations and outcomes by engaging with faculty members working in areas of mutual interest. Through this program, academics across the globe collaborate with Yahoo! research scientists via visits to Yahoo!, access to our data and funds for their research. ...

Best Paper Awards

September 12, 2011

UTCS is pleased to announce Best Paper Awards won by our faculty, staff and students. ...

Recent Faculty Awards & Honors

September 9, 2011

Faculty at the The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) are at the forefront of the digital revolution. UTCS recently celebrated a long list of faculty awards. ...

Encrypting Data in the Cloud Brings Win for Texas

August 10, 2011

For his work on the foundations of a new way of encrypting data, Brent Waters from the University of Texas in Austin has been elected as one of this year's... ...

Computer Scientist Brent Waters Selected as Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow

August 5, 2011

Microsoft Research has selected Assistant Professor Brent Waters as one of eight ...

RoboCup Remix

July 28, 2011

RoboCup Remix from Texas Science on Vimeo. The video footage is from the second half of the championship game in the 3-D Simulation league in RoboCupSoccer 2011. UT Austin Villa won the game, 4-0, over a team from Changzhou Institute of Technology in China. The audio track is “humm ok,” by Gablé (Creative Commons). ...

UT Austin Villa Wins World RoboCup Championships

July 19, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas—UT Austin Villa, a team of programmers led by University of Texas at Austin computer scientists Peter Stone and Patrick MacAlpine, has won the 2011 RoboCup Soccer championships in the 3-D simulation division. ...

Assistant Professor Brent Waters Selected as Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow

July 18, 2011

Microsoft Research has selected Assistant Professor Brent Waters as one of eight Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows of 2011. Microsoft Research is committed to developing a global pipeline of computer science talent around the world. ...

Two UTCS Faculty Earn the Regents’ Outstanding Teachers Award

June 15, 2011

The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has recognized Professor Calvin Lin and Senior Lecturer Mike Scott for outstanding teaching. ...

Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship Awarded to Senior Lecturer Michael Scott

June 3, 2011

Senior Lecturer Michael Scott is one of four faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin selected to hold a Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship during the 2011-12 fall semester. ...

Professor Inderjit Dhillon Receives SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize

May 26, 2011

Professor Inderjit Dhillon, together with Justin Brickell, Suvrit Sra and Joel Tropp have been selected to receive the award of the 2011 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Outstanding Paper Prize for their paper entitled, "The Metric Nearness Problem," which appeared in the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications (SIMAX). Their paper is one of the three winning papers. ...

One Way to Study the Schizophrenic Brain: Build One

May 16, 2011

Researchers at Yale and the University of Texas used a neural network -- a computer brain -- to test out medical theories of what causes schizophrenia. The result was a computer brain that can't tell the difference between stories about itself and fanciful stories about gangsters, and claims responsibility for terrorist acts. ...

Researchers at U. of Texas and Yale Use Computers to Simulate Schizophrenia

May 9, 2011

Computer simulations of malfunctioning brains may be the key to understanding schizophrenia and other conditions. A research team including computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and a professor of psychiatry at Yale have been testing various theories of how schizophrenic brains misfire as they process information. People with schizophrenia often have trouble repeating different stories, for instance, frequently combining elements of separate stories and inserting themselves into the narrative. ...

Computer claims responsibility for terrorist bombing

May 6, 2011

In a bid to help understand the way that the human brain malfunctions to cause mental illness scientists have caused a computer system to lose its mind and claim responsibilty for a terrorist bombing. The team at the University of Texas and Yale University, including Professor Risto Miikkulainen and grad student Uli Grasemann, were looking to how the human brain is affected with schizophrenia by simulating a hypothesis that excessive dopamine in the brain can cause “exaggerated salience”, whereby the brain is learning from things it shouldn’t. ...

Drug Design Receives Private Grand Challenge Research Funds

May 4, 2011

Professor Chandrajit Bajaj received a 2011-12 Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award to pursue his project on three-dimensional imaging at the molecular level of therapeutic drug targets. He was among seven University of Texas at Austin researchers selected for the award who are confronting what the scientific community has defined as this century's grand challenges in drug design, environmental sustainability and improved oil recovery. The awards range up to $60,000 for a semester. ...

Professor Mike Walfish Wins Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award

May 3, 2011

The Department of Computer Science (UTCS) congratulates Professor Mike Walfish, winner of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER awards recognize promising young faculty and supports their research with five years of funding. ...

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University Partner to Promote Student Success

April 20, 2011

A new partnership between researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University has been created to help improve teaching and learning through educational innovation and technology. ...

IBM to collaborate with universities on Watson's QA tech

February 11, 2011

IBM and eight universities from around the world will collaborate on developing the company's Watson supercomputer and the question-answering technology behind it. The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science which will collaborate on automated reasoning and common sense. ...

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