Professor Brent Waters
06/19/2019 - Marc G Airhart | College of Natural Sciences Computer scientist Brent Waters of The University of Texas at Austin has been selected as a 2019 Simons Investigator in Theoretical Computer Science by the Simons Foundation, for his work in cryptography and computer security. Read More
06/18/2019 - by Tiana Woodard Two hundred and forty Texas Computer Science students recently participated in a data mining and analytics competition hosted by SparkCognition, an Austin-based enterprise artificial intelligence company with software solutions that help clients analyze complex data, reveal actionable insights, and identify and automate optimal responses. The company awarded scholarship prizes to the first, second, and third place winners of $10,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively. Read More
Professor Calvin LIn
06/17/2019 - Calvin Lin, a Texas Computer Science Distinguished Teaching Professor, won the 2019-20 William David Blunk Memorial Professorship. The professorship recognizes a member of the faculty who has demonstrated an exceptional record in undergraduate teaching, and who shows special interest in and on behalf of undergraduate students. Read More
06/14/2019 - Texas Computer Science is welcoming three Forty Acres Scholars this fall. More than 4,000 students applied for the elite scholarship program, which inspires and nurtures visionary leaders and helps them use their talents to benefit society. Back in February, 54 impressive finalists visited UT campus for a full weekend of in-person interviews and a glimpse at what life on the Forty Acres could be. Read More
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
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