04/01/2020 - On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic. A few days later, Texas Computer Science (TXCS) students Rithwik Pattikonda and Darshan Bhatta returned home for spring break to their homes in Plano and Irving, respectively. Both witnessed how stores struggled with the surge in customers, and realized that these stores, while providing a necessity, were also breeding grounds for the possible transmission of COVID-19. They decided to take action. Read More

Isil Dillig (left) and Swarat Chaudhuri are part of a new, multi-institution initiative aimed at better understanding what happens inside artificial intelligence "black boxes."

03/25/2020 - The promise of artificial intelligence to solve problems in drug design, discover how babies learn language, and make progress in many other areas has been stymied by the inability of humans to understand what's going on inside AI systems. Researchers at six universities, including The University of Texas at Austin, are launching a partnership aimed at turning these AI "black boxes" into human-interpretable computer code, allowing them to solve hitherto unsolvable problems. Read More
Travis Eakin, undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Computer Science
03/05/2020 - Travis Eakin is 27-years-old, a veteran, and studying computer science at the University of Texas at Austin. Though his profile isn’t the traditional image of a college student, his background is not uncommon. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “over 1,000,000 student Veterans are using their G.I. Read More
Robert van de Geijn, Lee Killough, and Tze Meng Low accepting the award at PP20 in Seattle, Washington

Robert van de Geijn, Lee Killough, and Tze Meng Low accepting the award at PP20 in Seattle, Washington

03/04/2020 - The paper titled “The BLIS Framework: Experiments in Portability” recently received the 2020 SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing Best Paper Prize. Among the authors of this paper are TXCS professor Dr. Read More
02/27/2020 - In fall 2019, The University of Texas at Austin launched the Master of Computer Science Online. Through a partnership with edX, an online platform for education and learning, the university was able to bring Texas Computer Science’s top-ranked degree to students around the world, in an affordable and flexible program.  Read More

The UT Programming Team at the ICPC NAC in Atlanta, Georgia

02/26/2020 - On Sat, 22 Feb 2020, the UT Programming Team competed in the ICPC North America Championship (NAC) in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Georgia Tech. Read More
computer science professor, Hovav Shacham, The University of Texas at Austin
02/25/2020 - A powerful new approach to securing web browsers, using a tool called WebAssembly, is getting its first real-world application in the Firefox browser. Read More
Yuepeng Wang,  a sixth-year PhD student at Texas Computer Science

Yuepeng Wang, sixth-year PhD student in Dr. Işıl Dillig’s lab

02/04/2020 - Most websites that we use every day are database applications, which means that they involve software that interacts with an underlying database. As these websites evolve to meet the demands of their users, so must the software and the database schema, i.e., the model that determines the layout of the data. This process is extremely time-consuming and error-prone, because developers not only need to transform the data, but also re-implement all the affected parts of the application. Read More

Locomation trucks in convoy formation

01/23/2020 - The race to build the best autonomous cargo vehicle is heating up, indicating big developments for the $700 billion U.S. trucking market. With the rise of e-commerce comes the accompanying need for more efficiently delivered goods, a demand that the transportation industry is not currently equipped to cope with. Self-driving trucks could solve this problem by simultaneously decreasing the cost and increasing the safety of freight transport. Read More
01/09/2020 - There are few pet peeves worse than being unable to find the right song. It’s this endless cycle of shuffling through a music library that inspired UT alumni and faculty to create DJ Monte-Carlo (DJ-MC)—a program tailored to preemptively pick music that suits your mood.  Read More
Texas CSB Fall 2019 First Cohort, The University of Texas at Austin

The first official class of Texas CSB! #ut23

Photo courtesy of the Texas CSB student organization.

12/13/2019 - Texas Computer Science is committed to educating tomorrow’s top leaders in technology and staying ahead of the trends that guide how businesses operate. To meet the needs of our students and prepare them for their future careers, we’ve launched the Texas Honors Computer Science and Business (Texas CSB) program.  Read More
Scott Aaronson
12/10/2019 - Texas Computer Science professor Scott Aaronson has been named as a 2019 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. ACM is the world’s largest computing society and is dedicated to advancing the field. Each year, the organization honors members that have made a significant contribution to the field of computing and information technology.  Read More
Professor Peter Stone

Peter Stone has been tapped by Sony Corp. to head up the U.S. branch of its new global artificial intelligence research division, called Sony AI. Photo credit: University of Texas at Austin.

11/22/2019 - In a sign of the highly competitive environment for top talent in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the Sony Corporation this week tapped Peter Stone, a faculty member in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, to lead the newly established  Sony AI in the United States. Read More
Professor Hovav Shacham
11/20/2019 - The 26th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) took place in London last week. Over the years, CCS has established itself as a high standard research conference in the field of information security, and is one of the "big four" security conferences in the world. Each year since 2012, CCS has recognized one or two papers from the conference a decade earlier with a test-of-time award. Read More
Dora Gurfinkel
11/18/2019 - Education is powerful — it’s a means to inciting progress in the world, empowering individuals and transforming lives. Education’s role in facilitating positive change is a major theme in Texas Computer Science student Dora Gurfinkel’s life. She’s so aware of it, in fact, that she is using her education to elicit real change within the university while paying homage to her family’s unique history.  Read More
UT Programming Team won the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) South Central USA Regional Competition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas

UT Programming Team won the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) South Central USA Regional Competition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

11/11/2019 - On Sat, 9 Nov 2019, the UT Programming Team won the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) South Central USA Regional Competition at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The winning team, consisting of Aditya Durvasula ('19), Aaron Lamoreaux ('23), and Viraj Maddur ('23), will compete in the ICPC World Finals this coming June in Moscow, Russia. Read More

Research from UT professors and TRIPODS members Alex Dimakis and Eric Price shows that it is possible to learn a deep generative model that dreams images of human faces (right panel), trained by observing only occluded images (left panel). The middle panel shows a previous approach for solving this problem, that fails. [Figure from: AmbientGAN: Generative models from lossy measurements, by A. Bora, E. Price and A.G. Dimakis, ICLR 2018.]

11/01/2019 - $1.5M award from National Science Foundation to support cross-disciplinary machine learning and data science research Read More
Google’s quantum computer. Credit: Google
10/28/2019 - College of Natural Sciences News by Grace Dickens Read More
Minimal outfit edits suggest minor changes to an existing outfit in order to improve its fashionability.

Minimal outfit edits suggest minor changes to an existing outfit in order to improve its fashionability. For example, changes might entail (left) removing an accessory; (middle) changing to a blouse with higher neckline; (right) tucking in a shirt.

10/28/2019 - People turn to many different sources for clothing style advice, from magazines to best friends to Instagram. Soon, though, you may be able to ask your smartphone. A University of Texas at Austin computer science team, in partnership with researchers from Cornell Tech, Georgia Tech and Facebook AI Research, has developed an artificial intelligence system that can look at a photo of an outfit and suggest helpful tips to make it more fashionable. Suggestions may include tweaks such as selecting a sleeveless top or a longer jacket. Read More
Forest Baskett
10/21/2019 - We are proud to announce that Texas Computer Science alum Dr. Forest Baskett was selected for induction into the College of Natural Sciences' Hall of Honor. He earned the Hall of Honor Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating pride and involvement in the university while also providing indispensable contributions to his profession.  Read More
Scott Niekum
10/15/2019 - Dr. Scott Niekum, Texas Computer Science professor and director of the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab (PeARL), has received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Read More
Juan Sequeda and Daniel Miranker launched Capsenta, a start-up based on their research at the University of Texas at Austin which was recently acquired by data.world. Photo credit - Vivian Abagiu.

Juan Sequeda and Daniel Miranker launched Capsenta, a start-up based on their research at the University of Texas at Austin which was recently acquired by data.world. Photo credit - Vivian Abagiu.

10/01/2019 - NEWS From the College of Natural Sciences by  Marc G Airhart Read More
Ruohan Gao, Google Fellowship, Texas Computer Science, Graduate Student
09/18/2019 - UT Computer Science graduate student Ruohan Gao has been awarded a 2019 Google PhD Fellowship for his research in Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision. He is one of over 50 recipients announced this year from North America, Asia, Africa, India, Europe and the Middle East. Read More
07/10/2019 - TXCS associate professor of instruction Alison Norman has been selected to receive the 2019 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Given by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, this honor is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognitions in higher education.    Read More

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