Kristen Grauman Named to UT Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Kristen Grauman

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.

New Faculty Profile: Simon Peter

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.

UT Austin Villa Wins at RoboCup U.S. Open

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.

Doing the Math for Better Encryption

Pile of different colored and shaped dice.

James Bowe, via Create Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

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.

Austin Named Best Cities in the World for Tech

"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: $1,002

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UT Team Wins Midwest Trading Competition

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.

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