Computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do—take a few quick glimpses around and infer its whole environment. Jenna Luecke/University of Texas at Austin.

Computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do—take a few quick glimpses around and infer its whole environment. Jenna Luecke/University of Texas at Austin.

05/16/2019 - Computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have taught an artificial intelligence agent how to do something that usually only humans can do—take a few quick glimpses around and infer its whole environment, a skill necessary for the development of effective search-and-rescue robots that one day can improve the effectiveness of dangerous missions. Read More
05/10/2019 - Is my code fast? Can it be faster? Scientific computing, machine learning, and data science are about solving problems that are compute intensive. Choosing the right algorithm, extracting parallelism at various levels, and amortizing the cost of data movement are vital to achieving scalable speedup and high performance. Read More
Peter Stone
05/06/2019 - Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Award, which celebrates outstanding postsecondary teaching.   Since 1958, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, a non-profit, charitable corporation focused on postsecondary education in Texas, has selected excellent educators from four- and two-year institutions from across Texas to be named "Piper Professors" for their superior teaching at the college level.   Read More
TXCS wants students to consider the ways in which the laws are evolving to adapt to massive tech growth as well as examine the further ethical implications of their work.

TXCS wants students to consider the ways in which the laws are evolving to adapt to massive tech growth as well as examine the further ethical implications of their work.

04/30/2019 - There is a certain “grow fast or die slow” paradigm in the present-day computing industry. Software and technological innovations are in a period of massive growth and flux—change is so rapid that even today’s laws are lagging behind. Texas Computer Science and Texas Law professors argue that under current circumstances, it is also important to consider the ways in which the legal field is evolving to adapt to these technological changes as well as examine the further ethical implications of computing. Read More
Illustration of the Seeker 1 satellite in space.

Photo Credit: Lauren Ibanez | Daily Texan Staff

04/19/2019 - Daily Texan | By: Rahi Dakwala A navigating software developed by UT students for a NASA satellite is launching today with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Read More
Basil plant in hydroponic growing lab.

Researchers in MIT’s Open Agriculture Initiative grow basil under controlled environmental conditions to study how taste and other features are affected.
Credit: Melanie Gonick

04/19/2019 - Water, sunlight, nutrients—these ingredients are essential for plant growth. However, these basic ingredients don’t always yield the ideal plant. In fact, optimizing these variables is complicated, causing some plants to fall flat on flavor. Machine learning can help. Read More
Professors Philipp Krähenbühl (Left) and Qiang Liu (Right)

Professors Philipp Krähenbühl (Left) and Qiang Liu (Right)

04/16/2019 - Texas Computer Science assistant professors Qiang Liu and Philipp Krähenbühl were selected for the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. This is the most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty. NSF awards this distinction to junior faculty who demonstrate potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. With this award, NSF provides researchers with federal funding, and the opportunity to lead advances in their department and institution. Read More
Alex Huth (left), assistant professor of Neuroscience and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. Shailee Jain (right), a Computer Science PhD student at the Huth Lab.

Alex Huth (left), assistant professor of Neuroscience and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. Shailee Jain (right), a Computer Science PhD student at the Huth Lab.

04/11/2019 - Imagine a world where accessing and interacting with technology doesn’t require keyboard or voice input—just a quick mental command. Imagine “speech prosthesis” technology that would allow people who are unable to communicate verbally to speak without expensive and highly customized interfaces. Imagine a device that could read a users’ mind, and automatically send a message, open a door, or buy a birthday present for a family member. Read More
ICPC competitors from UT stand together as a group at the competition
04/10/2019 - On Thu, 4 Apr 2019, the UT Programming Contest (UTPC) team competed at the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal. The competition consisted of teams from 135 regions (approx. 405 students) trying to solve 11 problems in 5 hrs. The first-place team, Moscow State University, solved 10 problems. Read More
Figure shows a merged multi-scale structurally valid visualization of the ribosome.

A merged multi-scale structurally valid visualization of the ribosome; the green volume occupying model and the tertiary and secondary structural model is obtained from reconstructed single particle cryo-electron microscopy, while the atomic-resolution structures is from X-ray crystallography resolved models.

03/06/2019 - Gene-editing or genome engineering is the altering of DNA within a living organism. Once believed to be far-fetched and unthinkable, it is becoming more and more common due to scientific breakthrough techniques like CRISPR. What most people don’t know though is the use of computing tools in conjunction with CRISPR make gene-editing as efficient and mistake-free as possible—making it a viable cure to deadly genetic diseases. Read More
Illustration featuring a wooden, fantasy-building and natural landscape by Alex Iveroth
03/05/2019 - In response to the growing demand for video game designers throughout Texas, The University of Texas at Austin is launching a new gaming curriculum, The University of Texas Game Development and Design Program. The program is a partnership between the departments of Arts and Entertainment Technologies (AET) and Computer Science (CS) intended for undergraduates with career interests in the gaming industry. Texas is home to almost 20,000 video game specific jobs, second to California, with 10 percent growth expected during the next eight years. Read More
Doctor Scott Aaronson, Texas Computer Science, Quantum Computing
01/25/2019 - Quantum computers are sophisticated machines that harness the strange laws of quantum physics to solve particular kinds of problems. These machines have been “trending” for quite some time now with popular media calling them “supercomputers” or “supermachines” and implying that they have the power to basically answer any and all currently unsolvable problems. These is, however, a misconception. Read More
Professor Peter Stone
12/13/2018 - The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, has named computer scientist Peter Stone and two other University of Texas at Austin faculty members as fellows. This year’s AAAS fellows – members of the College of Natural Sciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts – will be inducted at a February ceremony during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Read More
Portrait of Lili Qui in the Gates Dell Complex
12/10/2018 - Lili Qiu, Texas Computer Science Professor, was recently named an Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) fellow. Each year the ACM recognizes the top one percent of ACM members for their accomplishments in computing and information technology, as well as their service to the computing community. Read More
Building Wide Intelligence Robots
12/04/2018 - When we think of robots, we envision the future. Intelligent mobile robots that can answer questions, give directions, complete tasks, and walk us through an ever-changing world—these robots could one day make more static technologies like Alexa, Siri, and GoogleHome look outdated. Read More
The UT Programming Club won the ICPC South Central USA Regional Competition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

The UT Programming Club won the ICPC South Central USA Regional Competition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

11/12/2018 - On Sat, 10 Nov 2018, the UT Programming Club won the ICPC South Central USA Regional Competition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The winning team, consisting of Ethan Arnold ('19), Ryan Rice ('19), and Supawit Chockchowwat ('20), will compete in the ICPC World Finals this coming April in Porto, Portugal.   Read More
Farnam Jahanian
11/08/2018 - Texas alumnus Farnam Jahanian became Carnegie Mellon University’s new president this past month on October 26th. He is a nationally recognized computer scientist, successful entrepreneur, and leader in higher education. Jahanian received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a fellow of a number of prestigious academic groups including the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read More
Texas Computer Science Assistant Professor Greg Durrett
11/01/2018 - The internet is a vast network of knowledge, containing the sum of humanity’s greatest accomplishments, algorithms, and stories. However, accessing this information usually requires the critical eye of a human user. Greg Durrett, a Texas Computer Science Assistant Professor, is using statistical machine learning to change just that. Read More
BeVote App
10/18/2018 - Students at The University of Texas at Austin have a new tool to help them become better informed as voters. BeVote is a free cellphone app designed exclusively for UT students that provides accurate, nonpartisan information and was programmed by UT students. Read More
UT Tower and south mall with gradient overlay
10/09/2018 - The University of Texas at Austin is making plans to bring its top-ranked computer science graduate program to students and professionals beyond campus through a new online master’s degree program. Read More
An "Asynchronous FPGA chip" built using the tools Keshav Pingali and his collaborators are developing for DARPA.

An "Asynchronous FPGA chip" built using the tools Keshav Pingali and his collaborators are developing for DARPA.

10/03/2018 - Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University and Texas State University have been awarded $5 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of a program designed to spark the next wave of semiconductor innovation and circuit design in the U.S. Read More
Researchers stand by their poster at conference in Stockholm
09/13/2018 - Shih-Yun Lo, Shiqi Zhang, and Peter Stone are recipients of the 2018 Best Robotics Track Paper Award at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). They received this award for their research on planning efficiently for task-level navigation in robots. Their group, led by Texas Computer Science professor Peter Stone, includes Shih-Yun Lo, a Texas Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, and Shiqi Zhang, a former Texas postdoc student and current Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton. Read More
Kristen Grauman Awarded J.K. Aggarwal Prize for Image Matching Research
08/31/2018 - Texas Computer science professor Kristen Grauman is the recipient of the 2018 J.K. Aggarwal Prize from the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) for her contributions to the field of image matching and retrieval. Read More
Professor Scott Aaronson
08/31/2018 - UT computer science professor Scott Aaronson is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Tomassoni-Chisesi Award from the Sapienza University of Rome Physics Department for his research in quantum computation. Read More
Professor Kristen Grauman
08/06/2018 - In order for a robot to be able to navigate the world, it must be able to “see” its environment and be able to process what it sees. However, since computers don’t naturally know how to understand images, this is a task easier said than done. Computer vision researchers are up to the task of training these programs. Read More

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