UTCS News

Dana Ballard Earns 2014 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award

May 8, 2014

Cognitive scientist honored at UC Merced | The Sacramento BeeDana Ballard, a computer science professor of The University of Texas at Austin, on Monday was presented the 2014 Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award at UC Merced.

UT Computer Science Unveils Cognitive Computing Course Based on IBM Watson in Fall 2014

May 7, 2014

IBM Watson on Jeopardy UT Computer Science is partnering with IBM to launch a new cognitive computing course that gives students unprecedented access to one of IBM’s most prized innovations: Watson.

Women in Computer Science Organization Hosts Week with Women

April 29, 2014

Week with Women is a weeklong extravaganza hosted by WiCS to bring all UT Computer Science students together and have some fun while supporting women in CS.

UT Launches New Mobile Certificate Program

April 28, 2014

Graphic of mobile phones Mobile computing is completely changing everyone’s lives, and yet the people capable of making these changes are extremely uncommon. Responding to industry needs, UT-Austin has created the Mobile Computing Certificate.

Peter Stone Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin

April 25, 2014

Professor Peter Stone is one of six faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin have been named to the university's respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2014.

CS Roadshow: Taking CS on the Road to Middle School Students

April 18, 2014

Computer science is one of the fastest-growing majors at UT. This year, we have around 1800 students in the Class of 2017, making computer science one of the largest majors in the College of Natural Science. The problem, though, is that in most cases, middle and high schools don’t actually offer that many CS-related courses. UTCS is trying to change that, however, with CS Roadshow, a program dedicated to educating students all over Austin about computer science.

UT’s Center for Identity to Establish Public Resource Center on Identity Theft and Fraud

April 10, 2014

“The Texas Legislature has given us the opportunity to grow the Center for Identity into an international center of excellence and an unparalleled resource for Texans and beyond,” said Dr. Suzanne Barber, director for the Center for Identity. “We will equip individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to manage, protect and value their identity in today’s ever-connected world.”

Vitaly Shmatikov Wins CNS Teaching Excellence Award

April 10, 2014

Vitaly Shmatikov has been selected to receive a CNS Teaching Excellence Award for 2014. The College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award is intended to provide recognition of the College’s many exceptional faculty who are committed to teaching at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

UTCS Students Launch Project Giving Tree

April 9, 2014

On April 4, the UTCS student body launched the first student-driven giving campaign in the Department of Computer Science. This campaign, called Project Giving Tree, is dedicated to improving the overall quality of UT Computer Science undergraduate education. The campaign will culminate in a fundraiser for graduating UTCS seniors on April 23.

Wesley Tansey Selected as a 2014 KPCB Engineering Fellow

April 8, 2014

Wesley Tansey, a UTCS Graduate Student, was selected as a 2014 KPCB Engineering Fellow. Throught the KPCB Fellows Program, Wesley will have an opportunity to gain significant experience working on uniquely challenging technical, design and product problems while also developing new relationships that are meaningful to his career. He will also attend private events hosted by portfolio companies where he can meet talented engineering and design icons from across Silicon Valley. Wesley will be working with MyFitnessPal this summer.

William Cook Wins 2014 Dahl-Nygaard Award

April 8, 2014

UTCS Associate Professor William Cook has won the prestigious 2014 Dahl-Nygaard Senior Prize. The Senior Prize is awarded to William Cook for his contributions to the theory and practice of object-oriented programming. Cook currently teaches Programming Languages and his research research focuses on improving the ability of programming languages to facilitate the development of efficient and maintainable software.

UT Austin-AISD Partnership to Support Computer Science Education

April 3, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) are partnering to offer college credit to computer science students in AISD high schools.

Jay Misra Wins 2014 IIT Kanpur Distinguished Alumnus Award

April 3, 2014

UTCS Professor Jay Misra has been awarded the 2014 IIT Kanpur Distinguished Alumnus Award. Misra currently teaches Analysis of Algorithms, Theory in Programming Practice, and Distributed Computing. In addition, his current research focuses on the design of a concurrent programming language, Orc.

Beyond UTCS: Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Computer Scientists

April 1, 2014

UT Austin does more than just provide a world-class education to its own students. As a public school, we’re constantly extending our resources and knowledge into the broader community that we’re a part of.

First Bytes Brings Women to Tech

March 24, 2014

It’s no secret that women in tech are far more rare than they should be. At UT Computer Science, however, First Bytes is working to change this by reaching out to girls at a time when their career paths are still somewhat undecided. Established eleven years ago, First Bytes is a one-week camp for high school girls designed to ignite enthusiasm for computer science and dispel myths about the field that keep women from participating.

UTCS Hosts 5th Annual UIL Computing Contest

March 6, 2014

UIL On Saturday, February 1st, the computer science department hosted 172 students from 32 different high schools at the 5th annual UTCS University Interscholastic League (UIL) Contest. Teams from all over the state traveled to compete in the open format contest.

Explore UT 2014

March 6, 2014

Explore UT, a campus community engagement event held each March, invites the public to experience UT. Thousands of people explored the UTCS program, discovering the fun of computer science, engaging in artificial intelligence, software programming, gaming, graphics and visualization, and chatting with academic advisers.

UTCS Receives $1.2 million NSF Grant for Information Security Program

February 26, 2014

UTCS Receives $1.2 million NSF Grant for Information Security Program UTCS has been named the recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the NSF through the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program. The SFS program will support students pursuing the university’s INFOSEC Certificate.

GradFest Open House 2014

February 24, 2014

The department hosted prospective Ph.D. students at GradFest 2014, a two-day exploration of UTCS research, resources, and community. Over 30 admitted students attended panel discussions, toured labs, and met with faculty one-on-one. Current graduate students hosted the out-of-towners in their own homes for a real look at life as a UTCS grad student.

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