02/24/2011 - AUSTIN, Texas — A new computing classroom and learning laboratory in The University of Texas at Austin’s Flawn Academic Center is changing the way that statistics and scientific computing are taught at the university. Read More
02/16/2011 - Watson, named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, is the world’s most advanced question-answer system. It uses breakthrough analytics to understand what is being asked, analyze massive amounts of data, and provide the best answer based on the evidence it finds. A core team of 25 IBM programmers developed the system and software. They downloaded information from books, movie scripts, encyclopedias, textbooks, news archives, the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible to Watson’s brain chip, a Power7 processor—primarily designed in Austin. Read More
02/14/2011 - Count computer scientists Bruce Porter, Ray Mooney and Ken Barker among those cheering for the machine in the Jeopardy! Challenge, which pits two human Jeopardy! champions against Watson, a computer built by IBM Corp. Watson will take on Ken Jennings, who had the show’s longest winning streak, and Brad Rutter, it’s all-time money winner, in games that will broadcast Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Read More
02/12/2011 - On Saturday, February 12th, the Computer Science department hosted 158 students from 32 different high schools at the 2nd annual UTCS University Interscholastic League (UIL) Contest. Teams from all over the state traveled to compete in the open format contest. In addition to local Austin area schools, there were entries from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waller, Weslaco, Ozona and Palacios. Read More
02/11/2011 - IBM and eight universities from around the world will collaborate on developing the company's Watson supercomputer and the question-answering technology behind it. The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science which will collaborate on automated reasoning and common sense. Read More
02/11/2011 - Count computer scientists Bruce Porter, Ray Mooney and Ken Barker among those cheering for the machine in the Jeopardy! Challenge, which pits two human Jeopardy! champions against Watson, a computer built by IBM Corp. Read More
02/02/2011 - The Department of Computer Science (CS) recognized scholarship recipients, scholarship donors, and Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) members with a Scholarship Luncheon at the Alumni Center on February 2, 2011. Read More
01/19/2011 - Faculty at the The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) are at the forefront of the digital revolution. Recently, they have been awarded four ACM Fellows, three IEEE Fellows, a Vice Chair position on the President's Council and a Best Paper Award. Read More
12/15/2010 - In a story about the need for computer scientists, Computer Science Department chair Bruce Porter speaks with News 8 Austin. Read More
12/14/2010 - Nationwide, computer scientists are in high demand. In Central Texas, high school seniors David Weiser and Alex Smith are ahead of the game when it comes to computers. They’ve developed a new social media website called Webcam Window. Read More
12/08/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas—Computer scientists Lorenzo Alvisi, Michael Dahlin and Raymond Mooney have been named 2010 Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery for their contributions to computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and generated innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment and education. Read More
12/08/2010 - Computer scientists Lorenzo Alvisi, Michael Dahlin and Raymond Mooney have been named 2010 Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery for their contributions to computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and generated innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment and education. Read More
12/07/2010 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRSyVy1fSXA&feature=player_embedded Students and staff from Department of Computer Science constructed a model of Taylor Hall entirely out of Lego’s. Taylor has been demolished to make way for the new Gates Computer Science Complex. Check out the surprise ending to this video. The model is amazing! Read More
11/29/2010 - Racial profiling is a “fundamentally flawed” method of catching terrorists, and is no more effective than random sampling techniques, according to a recent study by a UT computer science professor. Read more at the Daily Texan. Read More
11/19/2010 - AUSTIN, Texas–Stop using racial profiling, says Professor William Press. He claims that as well as being politically and ethically questionable, racial profiling does no better in helping law enforcement officials in their task of catching terrorists than standard uniform random sampling techniques. This is the topic of a paper publishing in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. Read More
A photo of Professor Chandrajit Bajaj
11/08/2010 - On Monday, November 8, 2010, UTCS held the annual Visions of Computing Lecture, a lecture series honoring UTCS faculty accomplishments. Read More
Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and the Dell Computer Science Hall
10/29/2010 - DigCS celebrated a historic and critical milestone in UTCS's journey to its new home - the groundbreaking for the new Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and the Dell Computer Science Hall—with the DigCS Street Fair & Groundbreaking. Read More
10/12/2010 - UTCS hosted the inaugural Edsger W. Dijkstra Memorial Lecture on October 12, 2010. UTCS was excited to welcome Sir Tony Hoare, Emeritus Professor at Oxford and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, as the speaker for this event. This lecture series was made possible by a generous grant from Schlumberger to honor the memory of Edsger W. Dijkstra. Read More
09/21/2010 - The 2010 Career Brunch was held in conjunction with the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Career Expo on September 20, 2010 at the Frank Erwin Center. Read More
08/04/2010 - Every day—every minute, every second—the world’s computers are amassing visual information at an extraordinary rate. Aspiring Tarantinos are sending their two-minute videos to Youtube in the hopes of going viral. Mom and Dad are uploading their Napa Valley vacation photos to Flickr. Doctors are sending patient MRIs to medical databases, and satellites are scanning the earth for evidence of sinister activity. Read More
Computer Vision
08/04/2010 - Every day—every minute, every second—the world’s computers are amassing visual information at an extraordinary rate. Aspiring Tarantinos are sending their two-minute videos to Youtube in the hopes of going viral. Mom and Dad are uploading their Napa Valley vacation photos to Flickr. Doctors are sending patient MRIs to medical databases, and satellites are scanning the earth for evidence of sinister activity. Read More
06/29/2010 - Peter Stone's UT Austin Villa RoboCup team won third place in an international robotic soccer competition in Singapore. The team placed third out of 24 teams in the RoboCup standard platform league, which concentrates on writing software to control Nao mini-humaniod robots. The team also finished 2nd place in the challenge events which tested passing and dribbling skills as well as a demonstration of scientific advances. Earlier this spring, the team won the US Open for the second year in a row. Read More
06/29/2010 - UTCS doctorial student, Eric Rozner, has developed software that extends cell phone battery life by changing the way your phone interacts with Wi-Fi routers. Read More

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