TXCS alumna Barbara Jones
09/14/2020 - Barbara Jones is no stranger to perseverance: the Texas Computer Science (TXCS) alumna, who graduated from the university in 1998, earned her degree at a time where “there were probably four Black people in the whole computer science department.” With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Jones has witnessed massive shifts in how the world grapples with diversity, new technologies, and how businesses operate. Read More
08/31/2020 - As COVID-19 continues to have a devastating effect on communities and economies, many people are wondering: How can I help? Beyond volunteering and direct monetary donations, there is a push for more people to eat from local restaurants. As the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) decreases, it’s crucial for community-conscious people to support their neighborhood eateries and help keep these businesses afloat. Read More
Illustration of a room and all of the items in it as obstacles to navigate around.
08/31/2020 - A team comprising Texas Computer Science (TXCS) Ph.D. student Santhosh Ramakrishnan, postdoctoral researcher Ziad Al-Halah, and TXCS Professor Kristen Grauman recently won first place in the 2020 Habitat visual navigation challenge held at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). Read More
Image from Philipp Krähenbühl's Object Detection Research
08/26/2020 - The National Science Foundation has selected The University of Texas at Austin to lead NSF AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning, bolstering the university’s existing strengths in this emerging field. Machine learning is the technology that drives AI systems, enabling them to acquire knowledge and make predictions in complex environments. This technology has the potential to transform everything from transportation to entertainment to health care. Read More
08/24/2020 - As students, faculty, and staff prepare to return to campus for the fall semester, a key concern is making the university as safe as possible and properly tracking health data to prevent outbreaks. An interdisciplinary team of researchers and students, including Texas Computer Science (TXCS) undergraduate students Rohit Neppali, Anshul Modh, Viren Velacheri, and Ph.D. student Anibal Heinsfeld, developed the Protect Texas Together app to help track and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Forty Acres. Read More
Keshav Pingali
08/06/2020 - Texas Computer Science (TXCS) Professor Keshav Pingali has been elected as a foreign member of the Academia Europaea, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to advancing scholarship across the world. Read More
08/05/2020 - There’s an (albeit cliché) saying that says that two heads are better than one. Unsurprisingly, this idiom extends to artificial agents. In the field of AI, researchers have been working to understand how to make independent agents, who may have different goals, work together in an environment to complete a shared task. Read More
black laptop computer turned on with code on screen
07/28/2020 - Texas Computer Science (TXCS) is proud to announce that two research teams have received awards at preeminent evolutionary computation conferences. Read More

Illustration credit: Nicolle R. Fuller/National Science Foundation

07/22/2020 - Original story by Marc G Airhart, College of Natural Sciences Read More
surgical team in operating room monitoring patient stats
07/17/2020 - Imagine that you are a robot in a hospital: composed of bolts and bits, running on code, and surrounded by humans. It’s your first day on the job, and your task is to help your new human teammates—the hospital’s employees—do their job more effectively and efficiently. Mainly, you’re fetching things. You’ve never met the employees before, and don’t know how they handle their tasks. How do you know when to ask for instructions? At what point does asking too many questions become disruptive? Read More
Earl Potts sits on a golden couch at the AfroTech Conference for Black students in computer science
07/09/2020 - Earl Potts, a Texas Computer Science (TXCS) and African and African Diaspora Studies student, created the app “Keep Austin Black” to provide Austinites with an extensive directory of local Black-owned businesses. Though Potts initially started working on the app in October 2019, he went back to working on “Keep Austin Black” as a response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests going on throughout the United States.  Read More
Franzi Roesner, TXCS alumnus, White woman with blonde hair in green button down shirt standing in front of a building smiling
07/07/2020 - Franziska Roesner has spent over 16 years studying and working in the computer science field. Yet she only started studying computer science by pure happenstance. Roesner initially applied only to The University of Texas’ Plan II Honors Program. After realizing that the application required that she choose a backup major, Roesner selected computer science “without really knowing what it was.” Upon learning that she was accepted into both majors, she went to the advising office intending to drop computer science. Read More
BigHPC text over background illustrating a sense of speed
06/24/2020 - Note: the original article was written for and published on the Texas Advanced Computing Center website. Authorship credit goes to Faith Singer-Villalobos. Read More
Kristen Grauman
06/22/2020 - Story by Cason Hunwick for the College of Natural Science's News Page.  University of Texas at Austin computer science researcher Kristen Grauman was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Read More
Illustration of a pangolin with line and bar graphs
06/11/2020 - The datasets used by many software applications can be represented as graphs, defined by sets of vertices and edges. These graphs are rich with useful information, and can be used to determine patterns and relationships among the stored data. This process of discovering relevant patterns from graphs is called Graph Pattern Mining (GPM). A team of Texas Computer Science (TXCS) researchers advised by Dr. Keshav Pingali has done groundbreaking work to make GPM programs more efficient and accessible. Read More
Congratulations to the 2020-21 University-wide Endowed Scholarship Winners
06/04/2020 - Texas Computer Science (TXCS) is proud to announce that 19 TXCS students have received the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship (UEPS). The scholarship is awarded to exemplary juniors or seniors who have maintained a GPA of 3.75 or higher and have been recommended by a faculty member. Recipients are evaluated on the basis of their scholastic merit, extracurricular involvement, and leadership qualities. 247 UT Austin students earned the award for the 2020-2021 academic year. Read More
Standing Together in the College of Natural Sciences, Black Lives Matter
06/02/2020 - A message from Dean Paul Goldbart to the College of Natural Sciences community underscores the need to stand in solidarity and support one another. This post was updated on Tuesday, June 2 to include a statement from the CNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dear College of Natural Sciences community members, Read More
UT Launches New Online Master’s Degree in Data Science
06/01/2020 - In response to high demand for professionals with scientific and technical training to understand and work with massive amounts of data, The University of Texas at Austin is set to launch a new online master’s degree program in data science. Pending final approval by UT System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the new program will be a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science, ranked among the top 10 programs in the country by U.S. Read More
Plot of the activation functions the researchers discovered

Plot of the activation functions the researchers discovered

05/28/2020 - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly evolving field, with advancements occurring every day. While the idea of an artificial intelligence system may conjure images of an autonomous machine that rattles out facts like a hi-tech encyclopedia, complex AI exists only because a countless number of talented individuals dedicate their time toward refining these systems. Read More
Denis Ignatovich (right) and Grant Passmore, co-founders of Imandra

UT alumni Denis Ignatovich (right) and Grant Passmore (left)

05/26/2020 - On August 1, 2012, the global financial services firm Knight Capital, which was at the time the largest trader in U.S. equities, lost $460 million due to a “technology breakdown.” One of their trading servers housed defective code, causing the group irreparable damage. Almost exactly a year later, a Goldman Sachs computer glitch resulted in a number of erroneous trades, resulting in a loss of over $100 million for the company. Read More
05/21/2020 - The 2020 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMS) was held from May 9-13, and Texas Computer Science (TXCS) Professor Peter Stone and alumnus Kurt Dresner were awarded the IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award for their 2008 paper “A multiagent approach to autonomous intersection management.” In additio Read More
hourglass on river rock
05/19/2020 - Texas Computer Science (TXCS) alumni and faculty were honored in two separate conferences this month with Test of Time awards. Read More
Sophia Li

Sophia Li from Murphy, Texas, is the recipient of the Charline and Red McCombs Family Forty Acres Scholarship

, Lana Mohamed

Lana Mohamed from San Antonio, Texas, is the recipient of the Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship

, Amelia Nickerson

Amelia Nickerson from Leander, Texas, is the recipient of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Forty Acres Scholarship

05/19/2020 - For years, the Texas Exes Forty Acres Scholars Program has made it their mission to “inspire and nurture visionary leaders and help them use their talents to benefit society.” The program is a full-ride, merit-based scholarship given to highly qualified students entering the University of Texas at Austin. Scholars are selected based on their intellectual curiosity, outstanding academic success, and desire to use their skills to change the world. Read More
TXCS junior Rosaleen Xiong

TXCS junior Rosaleen Xiong

05/18/2020 - The President’s Award for Global Learning is one of UT Austin’s most prestigious grants. Its mission is to create global leaders through providing selected students with hands-on, cross-cultural experience. Teams who apply for the award are tasked with examining a real-world problem affecting a specific geographical region, and creating and implementing a solution to it. After a rigorous selection process involving proposals and a pitch competition, one team is chosen from each of three regions. Read More
Amir Mostafavi and Ali Ajam in front of the UT Austin tower

TXCS student Amir Mostafavi (left) and his friend Ali Ajam, the developers of kovid19.org

04/13/2020 - As the number of COVID-19 infections rises and people remain in isolation, the streets have increasingly begun to look like scenes from doomsday movies. This is in stark contrast to grocery stores and other essential establishments, however, where people continue to congregate out of need for essential supplies. Read More

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