This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Moore's Law, an observation that every couple of years, computer chip manufacturers manage to squeeze twice as many transistors onto a computer chip. Because transistors are the tiny on-off switches that perform calculations and temporarily store information, Moore’s Law also embodies the exponential increase in raw computing power that has unleashed a blizzard of tech innovations.
Certain technologies go from being almost unimaginable to commonplace in what seems like the blink of an eye. For example, it was a relatively short time between when microwave ovens were introduced and when they became a standard appliance. Similar changes were brought about by the introduction of refrigerators, televisions, cellphones and personal computers. One of the next technologies that is likely to have similarly large and unforeseen effects is self-driving, or autonomous, cars.
Professor Peter Stone has earned a 2015 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award winner. The Teaching Excellence Award celebrates the members of CNS faculty that excel in the classroom. The Awards were established by Dean Mary Ann Rankin to increase recognition of the college's many exceptional faculty who are committed to teaching at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
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.
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.
If you’ve seen movies like Tangled and the Hobbit you might have been unknowingly exposed to new UT Computer Science professor Etienne Vouga.
Using a host of methodologies, including a new statistical method developed at The University of Texas at Austin, an international collaboration of researchers have completed a large-scale DNA study that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet.
A UTCS programming team finished second at this year’s ACM-International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) regional competition. The team of Arnay Sastry, Jaime Rivera, and Josh Slocum beat over 60 different teams competing in South Central U.S region of the contest.
UT Computer Science professor Lorenzo Alvisi has been selected for the 2014 Google Research Award. Lorenzo, along with two other UT professors, will receive grants to expand their research.
UT Computer Science Professor Lorenzo Alvisi and Distinguished Senior Lecturer Elaine Rich have been selected as UT System Regents' Outstanding Teachers. The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are the Board of Regents' highest honor.