10/07/2015 -The deep learning, a way of learning through experience for AI, seem to have a bright future. After enabling an AI to discover Mario or learn to read, this method is now used to teach a robot the language subtleties.
10/02/2015 -More than 600 students from 10 universities competed to create viable working software in a 24 hour hackathon over the weekend.
HackTX began Saturday at 1 p.m. and concluded Sunday at 11 a.m., after which the teams were judged on innovation, usefulness and creativity. The top 10 teams then presented their work to a panel of technology CEOs and fellow students.
09/22/2015 -The future of any computer science program is entirely dependent on the ongoing strength of its faculty. At UT Computer Science, we are proud to say that our future is bright indeed as we welcome four new faculty into our robotics and systems groups. These talented individuals join four other recent faculty additions, ensuring that UT Computer Science will continue to be a leader in the field for years to come.Read More
09/17/2015 -WIRED Magazine | KEVIN HARTNETT | 09.13.15
IN JULY 2013 a pair of studies set the cryptography world on fire. They were posted within days of one another to an online archive where researchers share their work, and together they described a powerful new method for hiding the secrets inside software programs.Read More
08/17/2015 -AUSTIN (KXAN) – A computer science professor at the University of Texas at Austin stopped by KXAN to talk about his research on computer gaming and the human brain. Dr. Risto Miikkulainen is studying the brain to figure out how it works and translate that knowledge to making better computer games.
08/12/2015 -A computer science team at The University of Texas at Austin has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.
07/24/2015 -The Austin Villa Robot Soccer Team participated in two competitions in the RoboCup 2015 competition in Hefei, China: the Standard Platform League (SPL) and the 3D simulation league.
07/20/2015 -Jacob Schrum and Risto Miikkulainen won the Best Paper Award in the Digital Entertainment and Arts track at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). 2015 Conference for their paper on "Solving Interleaved and Blended Sequential Decision-Making Problems through Modular Neuroevolution." Read More
07/20/2015 -Peter Stone and his co-authors Miland Tambe and Fei Fang (both from USC) won the IJCAI 2015 Computational Sustainability Track Outstanding Paper Award for their paper titled “When Security Games Go Green: Designing Defender Strategies to Prevent Poaching and Illegal Fishing.”
The Computational Sustainability Track "aims to apply computational techniques to the balancing of environmental, economic, and societal needs, in order to support sustainable development and a sustainable future.”
06/23/2015 -UT News — The University of Texas at Austin is ranked No. 19 in the world for high-impact science, according to the Nature Index, which tracks publication in the world’s top research journals — the latest in a series of global rankings that recognize UT Austin among the world’s elite research universities.
UT Austin ranks No. 8 among all U.S. universities.Read More
06/19/2015 -UTCS honored new Ph.D. graduates at its annual hooding ceremony on Friday, May 22. Each new graduate received a short testimonial from his or her graduate research advisor. The new doctors were then hooded by UTCS Chair Bruce Porter. Afterwards, a reception was held for graduates, faculty, friends and family.
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05/13/2015 -For the last two years, the Texas Computer Science senior class has coordinated and contributed to the Project Giving Tree senior giving campaign. The campaign is dedicated to improving the overall quality of UT Computer Science undergraduate education by directly supporting the area that impacts undergraduates the most: curriculum. This year’s campaign, which culminated in a banquet for graduating Texas Computer Science seniors, was the most successful campaign to date! The senior class donated and the campaign raised just under $12,000 this year.Read More
05/01/2015 -Every year, the Texas Exes Alcalde asks UT alumni to vote on their favorite UT professors for a teaching award called the "Texas 10." This year, UT Computer Science is proud to have our own Dr. Inderjit Dhillon represented among the winners. This prestigious award comes on the heels of Dhillon being named 2014 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in recognition of outstanding research. The story below is a profile of a professor who has achieved remarkable success both in his research and in the classroom.Read More
04/28/2015 -This past Thursday April 23rd the first <div> Day was held in the Gates Dell Complex. <div> Day was designed to be a discussion about diversity and inclusion in the technology field and is intended to raise awareness, build community, and empower participants. The students that put the event on had a bigger goal, of informing the UTCS student body of how diversity can benefit the technology field.Read More
04/27/2015 -This year the CS 378 course won the 2015 Tower Award for Civic Engagement. The undergrad computer science course taught by Karen Landolt focuses on behavioral ethics in the digital age.
The Tower Awards are presented annually to honor and highlight excellence in service among the students, faculty and staff at The University of Texas at Austin as well as partners in the community. Since 1992, these awards have been presented to honor the dedication of the Longhorn community. Read More
04/24/2015 -In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, Turing Award Recipient Chuck Thacker will give a lecture on April 29th titled "Computing After Moore’s Law."
For fifty years the computing industry has had the luxury of an exponential improvement in the performance and density of the technology on which it relies. Moore’s Law, originally an “observation” with a time horizon of “a few years” has continued for most of the life of the industry.
04/23/2015 -In today's society technology rules the world. From cell phones, computers, and the internet, technology is a part of our every day life. It's a trend that is consistent throughout America and leading to a growing number of technology related jobs. From 2004 to 2014, the number of tech-related jobs grew 31% faster than jobs in other industries like business and healthcare. In a wider scope, STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) grew 11.4 percent over the same period compared to the 4.5 percent growth of other jobs. Read More
04/15/2015 -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.Read More
04/14/2015 -Around this time every year a new group of students begins to prepare themselves to bid farewell to long days of classes and tedious homework assignments and make the shift to post grad life. The soon to be graduates of the UT Computer Science department have left their mark on the school in many ways. And now, through a special program called Project Giving Tree, these students can continue to leave their mark for years and years to come.Read More
04/12/2015 -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, cell phones and personal computers. One of the next technologies that is likely to have similarly large and unforeseen effects is self-driving, or autonomous, cars.
03/27/2015 -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.
03/11/2015 -The vast differences between the brain’s neural circuitry and a computer’s silicon circuitry might suggest that they have nothing in common. In fact, as Dana Ballard argues in this book, computational tools are essential for understanding brain function. Ballard shows that the hierarchical organization of the brain has many parallels with the hierarchical organization of computing; as in silicon computing, the complexities of brain computation can be dramatically simplified when its computation is factored into different levels of abstraction.
02/26/2015 -A faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin who works to improve the security and reliability of computer software systems has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for 2015.
Işil Dillig is an assistant professor in the department of computer science who develops tools and novel techniques that enable software systems to automatically detect errors and vulnerabilities in programming. She will receive $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to further her research.Read More