Faculty

Two UTCS Faculty Earn the Regents’ Outstanding Teachers Award

June 14, 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 2, 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 15, 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 5, 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 19, 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. ...

Three cheers for Watson

February 11, 2011

Count computer scientists Bruce Porter, Ray Mooney and Ken Barker among those cheering for the machine in the Jeopardy! Challenge, which pits two human Jeopardy! champions against Watson, a computer built by IBM Corp. ...

Recent Faculty Awards

January 19, 2011

Faculty at the The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) are at the forefront of the digital revolution. Recently, they have been awarded four ACM Fellows, three IEEE Fellows, a Vice Chair position on the President's Council and a Best Paper Award. ...

Computer Science Faculty Named 2010 ACM Fellows

December 8, 2010

Computer scientists Lorenzo Alvisi, Michael Dahlin and Raymond Mooney have been named 2010 Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery for their contributions to computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and generated innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment and education. ...

The UTCS 2010 Visions of Computing Lecture

November 8, 2010

On Monday, November 8, 2010, UTCS held the annual Visions of Computing Lecture, a lecture series honoring UTCS faculty accomplishments. ...

Seeing Anew

August 3, 2010

Every day—every minute, every second—the world’s computers are amassing visual information at an extraordinary rate. Aspiring Tarantinos are sending their two-minute videos to Youtube in the hopes of going viral. Mom and Dad are uploading their Napa Valley vacation photos to Flickr. Doctors are sending patient MRIs to medical databases, and satellites are scanning the earth for evidence of sinister activity. ...

Computer Vision

August 3, 2010

Every day—every minute, every second—the world’s computers are amassing visual information at an extraordinary rate. Aspiring Tarantinos are sending their two-minute videos to Youtube in the hopes of going viral. Mom and Dad are uploading their Napa Valley vacation photos to Flickr. Doctors are sending patient MRIs to medical databases, and satellites are scanning the earth for evidence of sinister activity. ...

Computational Biologist, Tandy Warnow, wins Guggenheim Fellowship

May 3, 2010

UTCS professor Tandy Warnow has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for developing algorithms that enable an accounting of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary relationships. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation describes these awards as “intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” ...

Partnership with NSF Science and Techonology Center on "Evolution in Action" Brings $2.5M for UT BEACON Projects

February 23, 2010

The University of Texas at Austin is part of a $25 million, multi-university center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will study evolution in action in natural and virtual settings. ...

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Lorenzo Alvisi Wins Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award

February 10, 2010

UTCS Professor Lorenzo Alvisi, has been named the recipient of the Graduate School's Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award for 2010, in recognition of his exemplary service as a Graduate Adviser. Graduate Advisers provide an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty, and staff, and this award is one of the few opportunities available to recognize these individuals. ...

Computer Scientists Honored As Outstanding Young Investigators

January 7, 2010

In recognition of their contributions to the field of computer science, Doug Burger and Stephen Keckler will receive a 2010 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). ...

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