03/06/2010 - Explore UT, a campus community engagement event held each March, invites the public to experience UT. Thousands of people explored the UTCS program, discovering the fun of computer science, engaging in artificial intelligence, software programming, gaming, graphics and visualization, and chatting with academic advisers. Read More
02/26/2010 - Thirty-one admitted prospective Ph.D. students attended this year’s invitation-only GradFest event for the opportunity to discover what makes UTCS unique, explore research areas of interest, meet our faculty and graduate students, and enjoy the famous Austin, Texas lifestyle (consistently ranked in the top 10 U.S. cities to live in). Read More
02/23/2010 - The University of Texas at Austin is part of a $25 million, multi-university center established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will study evolution in action in natural and virtual settings. Read More
Want a job? Get a computer science degree.
02/22/2010 - Want a job? Get a computer science degree. That's the advice coming out of the top U.S. computer science programs, which are seeing rising enrollment and applications as more college students discover that their job prospects are better — and their starting salaries higher — if they have a computer-related degree. Read More
02/10/2010 - UTCS Professor Lorenzo Alvisi, has been named the recipient of the Graduate School's Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award for 2010, in recognition of his exemplary service as a Graduate Adviser. Graduate Advisers provide an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty, and staff, and this award is one of the few opportunities available to recognize these individuals. Read More
02/03/2010 - The Department of Computer Sciences (CS) recognized scholarship recipients,scholarship donors, and Friends of Computer Sciences (FoCS) members with a Scholarship Luncheon at the Alumni Center on February 3, 2010. We appreciate the generosity of families and friends who have named scholarships in honor of a loved one and the generosity of our corporate donors. UTCS Scholarship Donors Friends of Computer Sciences (FoCS) members, are denoted in bold. Read More
01/07/2010 - In recognition of their contributions to the field of computer science, Doug Burger and Stephen Keckler will receive a 2010 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). Read More
01/04/2010 - Professor Keshav Pingali has been named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his distinguished contributions to the "development and application of computer science technologies to enhance the effectiveness of formulating, compiling and executing parallel and distributed programs. Read More
Retired UTCS Professor, Dr. Nell Dale, Wins Honors
12/04/2009 - Retired UTCS Professor, Dr. Nell Dale, Wins Honors. Dr. Nell Dale is an internationally recognized leader in computer science education research, an award recipient, author of many programming textbooks and mentor to thousands of students. A retired Senior Lecturer from the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), Dr. Dale earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston, and her M.A. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UT. In addition, she earned the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award in 2001. Read More
12/04/2009 - On Friday, December 4th, 2009, Dr. Chandrajit Bajaj was selected as Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a high honor in the field of computer science. The ACM Fellows designation is bestowed upon association members who have distinguished themselves with outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology. A total of 47 fellows were named this year out of 68,000 members. Read More
11/11/2009 - Lockheed Martin presented a check donating $95,000 to be shared between the Department of Computer Science and the College of Engineering. Read More
Phi Beta Kappa
11/10/2009 - UTCS congratulates the seven computer science majors who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa at its Fall meeting. Upon joining, they will be inducted into the national honor society at the UT chapter's Fall reception on Sunday, December 6, in the in the Texas Union Ballroom Read More
11/09/2009 - The UT Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce its annual Visions Lecture, the latest in a series of lectures by UTCS faculty who have been recognized by their community for notable achievements in research, teaching or service. Read More
10/28/2009 - The Department of Computer Science hosted a luncheon and briefing for Mr. Aneesh Chopra, the newly appointed Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Mr. Chopra was recently appointed to the position by President Barack Obama. Read More
Professor Jayadev Misra
10/28/2009 - The Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan (ENS Cachan), France, awarded Professor Jayadev Misra the Doctor Honoris Causa degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of computer science. Professor Misra will travel to ENS Cachan for a ceremony to receive his award. Read More
Innovation Series: Protecting Privacy
10/16/2009 - With so much information being shared online these days, it’s critical that much of it remains private and anonymous. We trust, for example, that social networking sites such as Facebook remove personally identifiable information when they share our preferences and desires with advertisers. Vitaly Shmatikov, a young, fast-talking associate professor of computer science studies privacy in ubiquitous data sharing systems, from Facebook to hospitals to Netflix. Read More
10/16/2009 - As information such as passwords and account numbers moves from computer to computer across the Internet, it is encrypted—jumbled into a non- comprehensible form. Unfortunately, attackers can intercept this encrypted data as they flow through the system or access encrypted data from where it sits in storage and use it maliciously. Cloud computing is becoming more and more common and will require changes in the way that data are protected. Read More
09/29/2009 - University of Texas at Austin scientists have shown that they can break "Vanish," a program that promised to self-destruct computer data, such as emails and photographs, and thereby protect a person's privacy. Read More
09/21/2009 - The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Sciences (UTCS) Friends of Computer Sciences (FoCS) 2009 Career Brunch was held in conjunction with the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Career Expo on September 21, 2009 at the Frank Erwin Center. Read More
Bob Taylor, Internet Visionary
09/17/2009 - To celebrate the lead donation by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for a new computer science building, the Department of Computer Sciences has inaugurated the Dell Distinguished Lecture Series. The Dell Lecture Series invites an international leader of the digital revolution to give a public lecture at The University and attend other events with university and business leaders. Read More
Robots Play Winning Soccer
07/03/2009 - Texas Computer Science students are programming robots to play soccer... and winning. Current robots are only 2-feet high, but the goal is to develop robotic players large and skillful enough to beat a real-live World Cup team by 2050. Students from Texas Tech (TT) and The University of Texas at Austin (UT) use C++ to program robots to play without human interaction during the games. The robots play as a team and make individual decisions. Read More
05/22/2009 - UTCS honored this year's Ph.D. graduates with its first annual hooding ceremony. Chair J Moore, clad in ceremonial kilt, performed the hooding. Graduate research advisers spoke of each graduate's special traits and accomplishments. Afterwards, a reception was held for graduates, faculty, friends and family. Read More
05/15/2009 - The Department of Computer Science congratulates its graduating students of 2009. We wished them “Good Bytes and Good Luck” with a commencement celebration (C2) catered by Austin’s own Amy’s Ice Cream. Read More
05/15/2009 - Computer Science graduate student Benjamin Hardekopf was presented the $5,000 Outstanding Dissertation Award, which recognizes exceptional work by doctoral students. Read More
Neural Network Systems
05/04/2009 - Uli Grasemann and Risto Miikkulainen are using their neural network system, DISCERN, to model what might be going on inside a schizophrenic brain. DISCERN can understand and produce natural language. Working with Ralph Hoffman, a psychiatrist at Yale, they have also been able to pair their neural network results with a study of human schizophrenics, and the similarities have been striking. Read More

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