UTCS News

UTCS Hosts First Ever Student-Led Developers Conference

February 18, 2014

University of MAD 2014 Friday, February 7 the Mobile App Development club (MAD) hosted a free, overnight bootcamp called uMAD intended to teach students the basics when it comes to developing apps for iPhones and Androids.

Ravikumar Named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

February 18, 2014

UTCS Assistant Professor Pradeep Ravikumar is one of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as recipients of the 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. Ravikumar currently teaches Statstical Learning and Data Mining, and his main area of research interest is in statistical machine learning.

First Student Led Developer Conference at UT Austin Fills the House

February 12, 2014

The first annual University of MAD (Mobile App. Development organization) was packed to capacity this passed Friday and Saturday. The 15-hour bootcamp-style event was hosted at the University of Texas at Austin’s Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Game Development Program Announces Name Change

February 10, 2014

In order to be responsive to the continuing advances of the creative industries, the University of Texas at Austin announced today the renaming of the Game Development Program to the Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA)Program, effective as of today.

First Bytes Receives Freescale Foundation Grant

February 4, 2014

First Bytes Receives Freescale Foundation Grant Freescale Foundation has chosen First Bytes Summer Camp as one of six 2013 grant recipients. Funding from the Freescale Foundation will be used to provide room and board, field trips and supplies for campers.

2014 FoCS Career Night

February 1, 2014

The 2014 Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) Career Night was held on January 29 in the Atrium of the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall.

2014 Scholarship Lunch

February 1, 2014

UTCS recognized scholarship recipients, scholarship donors, and Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) partners with a Scholarship Luncheon at the Alumni Center on January 29, 2014.

The Robots Are Coming!

January 17, 2014

UT researchers are building intelligent robots that can play soccer, handle weapons, help the disabled, and more. Let's meet five of them.

CS Entrepreneurs Pioneer the Most Diverse Hackathon in Texas

January 17, 2014

Hack TX: The Biggest Hackathon in Texas HackTX was put in motion in 2012 by a combination effort of Vivek Karuturi, a CS undergraduate student who co-founded Hacker Lounge, Michael Akilian, a now-graduated EE major, and members++ of the interdisciplinary Technology Entrepreneurship Society.

Peter Stone Can't Get Enough Of Robots Playing Soccer

January 15, 2014

Professor Peter Stone spoke with Joe Palca this morning on NPR's Morning Edition about taking his "passion for soccer into the lab" in a segment aptly titled "Peter Stone Can't Get Enough Of Robots Playing Soccer."

Associate Professor Kristen Grauman Wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 9, 2014

Associate Professor Kristen Grauman has earned a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her research in computer vision from President Barack Obama.

To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too

January 8, 2014

Kurt Dresne, one of Professor Peter Stone's former UT Computer Science graduate student spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel recently about his thesis research on autonomous intersection management in a segment called "To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too."

Kristen Grauman to Receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 8, 2014

Three faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin have been selected to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

CS Ambassador Program Expands with Move to GDC

December 20, 2013

CS Ambassador Program Expands with Move to GDC Computer Science Ambassadors are helping students solidify UT as their top pick. “Now more than ever, UT is my first choice for college,” said one high school student after spending the day at the Gates Dell Complex.

From the Chair: A Year for the History Books

December 20, 2013

From the Chair: Moving In Since our last newsletter, the UT Computer Science population has surged past 2,000 undergraduates--more than triple the enrollments when I started as chair five years ago--easily making us the largest computer science department among the nation’s top ten ranked programs.

Game Changers: New Faculty

December 20, 2013

Game Changers: New Faculty UT Computer Science is excited to welcome four new faculty members coming to campus in 2014. They all have incredibly impressive credentials and research experience, and we’re extremely grateful that they have chosen to join our family.

Students Pitch Shark Tank’s Cuban at Demo Day

December 11, 2013

Fifth Annual Longhorn Startup Demo Day The fifth annual Demo Day, held Dec. 5, had a packed house in the LBJ Auditorium to hear a conversation between Cuban and Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the Cockrell School of Engineering and director of Longhorn Startup. RetailMeNot CEO Cotter Cunningham also took the stage, and 14 student startups made presentations.

David Zuckerman Elected ACM Fellow

December 10, 2013

Professor David Zuckerman has been elected to be an ACM Fellow for his contributions to randomness extraction, pseudo randomness, and their role in complexity theory.

Dana Ballard Wins Helmholtz Test-of-Time Award

December 9, 2013

Professor Dana Ballard, and his co-author Michael Swain, have won the Helmholtz Test-of-Time award.

Dana Ballard Selected for 2014 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award

December 9, 2013

Dana Ballard has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award from the University of California, Merced.

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