2016 UTCS Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

UTCS honored new Ph.D. graduates at its annual hooding ceremony on Friday, May 20. 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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Lorenzo joins academy of distinguished teachers

Lorenzo AlvisiLorenzo Alvisi has been selected as one of just seven new members of The University of Texas at Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teachers for his sustained and significant contributions to education. Lorenzo will be part of a central core of teachers who serve as a resource and aim to be an inspiration for other teachers, and promote a sense of

David Zuckerman's award from the Simons Foundation

David Zuckerman has been selected as a Simons Investigator in Theoretical Computer Science. David's research focuses primarily on pseudorandomness and the role of randomness in computing. He is best known for his work on randomness extractors and their applications. His other research interests include coding theory, distributed computing, cryptography, inapproximability, and other areas of complexity theory.

Chandrajit Bajaj Selected as SIAM Fellow

Chandrajit Bajaj has been selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) "for fundamental contributions to applied mathematics algorithms in geometric modeling, imaging science, bioinformatics, and data visualization." SIAM Fellows are designated each year to recognize members of the community for their distinguished contributions to the disciplines of applied mathematics, computational

A.I. Expert Weighs in on Historic Computer vs. Human Contest

AlphaGo, a program that plays what many consider the most difficult of board games, Go, has just won the first of five matches against the world's top human player. The series is scheduled to continue through March 12. Developed by Google's DeepMind subsidiary, AlphaGo has already beaten the European Go champion. A few days before the latest competition, we asked Risto Miikkulainen, an artificial intelligence researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, for his thoughts on this historic contest.

UTCS Alumnus Lends Her Skills to ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

Movie CGI artist Megha Davalath has been obsessed with pandas since she was a child in San Antonio, collecting everything from stuffed animals to trashcans to wind chimes in celebration of her favorite cuddly creature.

So, it must have been kismet that her first motion picture credit for DreamWorks Animation is “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which boasts an all-star cast including Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Bryan Cranston. It opens in theaters Friday.


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