UTCS News

Dillig Wins Sloan Fellowship

February 26, 2015

A faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin who works to improve the security and reliability of computer software systems has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2015.Işil Dillig is an assistant professor in the department of computer science who develops tools and novel techniques that enable software systems to automatically detect errors and vulnerabilities in programming. She will receive $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to further her research.

Busy tech week: Artificial intelligence, SXSW updates and an App Day

February 24, 2015

"At the University of Texas, a department focused on artificial intelligence will blow your mind..."

Dhillon named a 2014 ACM Fellow

February 23, 2015

UTCS Professor Inderjit Dhillon has been named a 2014 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) "for contributions to large-scale data analysis, machine learning and computational mathematics."

2015 FoCS Career Night

February 6, 2015

The 2015 Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) Career Night was held on February 4 in the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Room of the DKR Memorial Stadium.

29th Annual Artificial Intelligence Conference Held in Austin

February 4, 2015

From robots to drones to various research, the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence embraces the artificial intelligence community that Austin has to offer.

UTCS Students Win IBM Watson Competition

January 16, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — Students from The University of Texas at Austin won $100,000 in seed funding for developing an idea for a smart phone app that would use artificial intelligence to help Texas residents get information about health care, food assistance and other social services in partnership with the United Way for Greater Austin’s 2-1-1 Navigation Center.

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.

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