06/14/2017 -From Bloomberg Markets | by Jon Asmundsson
Teams at startups, universities, government labs, and companies like IBM are racing to build computers that could potentially solve some problems that are now intractable.Read More
06/01/2017 -Kristen Grauman, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been inducted into The University of Texas at Austin's respected Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2017.
The Academy, one of the first organizations of its kind in the country, was established in 1995 to honor and reward excellence in teaching by recognizing tenured faculty members who have continuously provided significant contributions to education throughout their career, especially at the undergraduate level.
05/30/2017 -As an undergrad at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany, UTCS professor Simon Peter had two main hobbies: music and computer operating systems. While majoring in computer science, he also completed a minor in music.
For a while, he was even interested in working on music synthesizers; his dream project is an operating system for synthesizers.Read More
05/24/2017 -The 14th International Workshop on the ACL2 Theorem Prover and Its Applications (ACL2-2017) was held May 22-23, 2017, followed by the first ACL2 Developer's Workshop held on May 24 - 25 at The University of Texas at Austin in the Gates Dell Complex.Read More
05/03/2017 -Last weekend, UT robot soccer team Austin Villa won the 2017 RoboCup U.S. Open competition hosted by the University of Miami.
Four teams competed in the Standard Platform League, including the UT Austin Villa team as well as a mixed team called Team USA made up of robots from UT and the University of Pennsylvania. Austin Villa won every match with a combined score of 32-2; Team USA scored both goals against Austin Villa.
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05/02/2017 -From SIGNAL Magazine:
A breakthrough formula for generating random numbers may be the key to cybersecurity.
They do not necessarily match the hero stereotype, but computer scientists improving methods of generating random numbers just may save the day when it comes to cybersecurity.Read More
04/25/2017 -"Austin ranks as the world's number one Tech City. IBM, Dell, and AMD all have a long-established presence here, and today low taxes, favourable real estate costs and a strong entrepreneurial culture mean the Texan capital maintains a thriving and innovative start-up scene, with access to some of the world's top talent."
City population: 932,000
City GDP per capita: $62,376
Established tech firm office rent per week per sq ft: $54
Prime residential rent per week: $1,002Read More
04/24/2017 -On April 8, the Undergraduate Computational Finance Team, or Texas UCF, consisting of UTCS students Rahul Gupta, Sam Barani and Vishal Gullapalli, won first place in the Midwest Trading Competition.
Teams from 35 schools across the US and Canada competed at the event, hosted by the University of Chicago, to create and test trading algorithms in real market conditions. The competition includes two case studies, giving students an opportunity to test their skills against the same conditions as professional traders.Read More
04/19/2017 -Chidambaram stresses the importance of why operating systems are so awe-inspiring. “An operating system is what makes computers run. If you are able to work with an operating system, you can get computers to do pretty much whatever you want,” Chidambaram says. “If you are able to work with operating systems, you essentially become a wizard in CS.”
04/12/2017 -UT Computer Science graduate student Yu-Chuan Su has been awarded a 2017 Google Ph.D. Fellowship in Machine Perception. He is one of 33 recipients from North America, Europe and the Middle East.Read More
04/06/2017 -In 1960, the physicist Eugene Wigner wrote a famous essay titled “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences” in which he explored the question of why mathematics is so remarkably useful in the natural sciences.Read More
04/05/2017 -Franziska (Franzi) Roesner is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where she co-directs the Security and Privacy Research Lab. Her research focuses on understanding and improving computer security and privacy for end users of existing and emerging technologies, including the web, smartphones, and emerging augmented reality and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.Read More
04/05/2017 -UTCS Assistant Professor Scott Niekum has known he wanted to study artificial intelligence since he was 19 years old.
As an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, he rode the bus an hour each way to get to his internship. To pass the time, he read Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach, a book that explores, among other topics, artificial intelligence and the emergence of consciousness.Read More
03/16/2017 -Dana Moshkovitz earned her bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Israel while most people her age were filling out their college applications—at the age of 17. She continued her education at Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science, and Princeton, collecting computer science degrees at each and a postdoc at the latter. She has previously worked at MIT where she won a teaching award for her course on the design and analysis of algorithms.Read More
03/03/2017 -From The Daily Texan—
“The (computer science) department as a whole produces a lot of local talent in students, who are trained with a really good education, and that’s what’s powering the local tech economy,” Porter said.
02/16/2017 -Philipp Krähenbühl teaches computers how to see.
Krähenbühl, an assistant professor who joined UTCS last fall, studies a subfield of machine learning called computer vision. By using machine learning techniques, such as deep networks, computers can learn how to differentiate between and manipulate images by running through a large data set of labeled images.
"One of the biggest issues there is that the amount of data you need to teach the computer about even tiny little things is enormous," he said.Read More
02/10/2017 -At its annual meeting today, the Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized the chair of the Department of Computer Science for his outstanding contributions toward improving the local technology sector.
In naming Porter Economic Development Volunteer of the Year, organizers said he had been "very instrumental in helping grow our technology community" through many years' partnership.
01/26/2017 -President Fenves recently announced UT Computer Science Lecturer Alison Norman as a recipient of the 2016-17 President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award. Alison’s many contributions include her inspired teaching of CS439 and her leadership in helping recruit and retain women in computer science. This award, established in the fall of 1980, recognizes the consistent level of excellence that Alison has achieved in teaching undergraduates within the Department of Computer Science.Read More
01/02/2017 -Professor Lili Qiu has been named an IEEE Fellow. She is being recognized for “contributions to wireless network management.”
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.Read More
12/15/2016 -Professor Risto Miikkulainen has won the 2017 Gabor Award from the International Neural Network Society (INNS), which recognizes the achievements of highly accomplished researchers in engineering applications of neural networks. Risto is on the forefront of neuroevolution—the evolution of neural networks using genetic algorithms. Risto and his team have shown that neuroevolution is a notably powerful technique for deep reinforcement Read More
12/15/2016 -The Center for Integrated Design (CID) in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, founded earlier this year to bring design thinking into the core of the UT undergraduate curricula, is expanding its course offering to include three new microcredit courses that will count toward the Bridging Disciplines Program in Integrated Design. The CID is collaborating with the Design Division in the Department of Art and Art History, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the School of Information, the Department of Textiles and Apparel, the McCombs School of Business, the Department of Computer Science and the School of Architecture programs to create a multidisciplinary curriculum that allows UT students the opportunity to study design methodology and apply it in creative and entrepreneurial scenarios.
12/12/2016 -On January 25, 2017, UTCS faculty (and spouses) Robert van de Geijn and Maggie Myers will kick off the fifth run of their 16 week MOOCs (Massively Open Online Course) on linear algebra from a computer science perspective called Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers (LAFF) Robert and Maggie have enhanced the course by working with MathWorks to enable participants to use Matlab freely during the course. Read More
12/05/2016 -UT Computer Science celebrated its 50th anniversary by commemorating the past and exploring the future of computer science at UT. The main events on Friday, Oct. 28 included a symposium featuring presentations and panel discussions by UT faculty and alumni, a festival for UTCS students including live music, arcade games and a climbing wall, and a banquet honoring 50 successful years of computer science research and education.Read More