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.Read More
02/16/2016 -Professor Peter Stone has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award. Stone's work is exceptional in both its breadth and depth in multiagent systems. Some of his most influential work has been in reinforcement learning and multiagent learning as applied to robot soccer, autonomous traffic management, and trading agents.Read More
01/05/2016 -President Fenves recently announced Calvin Lin as a recipient of the 2015-16 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. This award, established in the fall of 1980, recognizes the consistent level of excellence that Calvin has achieved in teaching undergraduates within the Department of Computer Science.Read More
12/09/2015 -Nicholas Cobb, a second-year computer science student, has won national recognition repeatedly for his work with a charitable organization he started at the age of 12. Most recently, he traveled to New York for recognition at the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards.
11/30/2015 -Professor Warren Hunt has been recognized as one of the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) 2015 Distinguished Engineers. His research involves the use of formal mathematics to write specifications for computer hardware and software and to use proof techniques to determine the validity of such specifications.Read More
11/30/2015 -Lorenzo Alvisi was selected for his contributions to reliable distributed systems. His research interest is in distributed computing, with a particular emphasis on issues of dependability. Read More
A UTCS programming team finished second at this year's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) regional competition. The team of Arnav Sastry, Daniel Talamas, and Jaime Rivera beat approximately 60 different teams competing in the South Central U.S region of the contest.Read More
11/04/2015 -University of Texas researcher designs novel way to analyze bigger datasets using supercomputers and machine learning algorithms.
How do Netflix or Facebook know which movies you might like or who you might want to be friends with?
Here’s a hint: It starts with a few trillion data points and involves some complicated math and a lot of smart computer programming.
11/03/2015 -There are few things as full of anxiety, heartbreak, and anguish as finding out that you or someone you love has cancer. Unfortunately, it’s not at all uncommon. By the American Cancer Society’s estimates it is expected that in the year 2015 alone, there will be 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses and nearly 600,000 deaths—or roughly 1,600 people every day. But statistics are hardly necessary to realize the enormity of the problem. So far, the road to a cure has been long and complicated and with what’s seemed like no end in sight—until recently.Read More
11/02/2015 -According to PitchBook Data Inc. Texas Computer Science is a global powerhouse when it comes to the number of companies founded by its former undergraduates who have gone on to start their own companies and raise equity capital. PitchBook Data Inc. is a Seattle-based independent provider of research data on the private-equity and venture-capital industries, which has published a "Top Universities Producing VC-backed Entrepreneurs" list since 2013. Read More
11/02/2015 -Three conferences and a workshop, all in the field of formal verification and system design, were held from the end of September through the beginning of October.
The first, MEMOCODE ‘15, in its thirteenth year, is dedicated to bringing principles of formal methods to hardware development, which enables hardware designers to prove rigorously that their chips will function as intended. Indeed, as hardware has grown exponentially more complex, traditional methods of testing have become unreliable, and instead formal proofs of correctness are preferred.Read More
10/22/2015 -The field of computer science is playing a balancing act in our society these days. In some circles, holding a computer science degree immediately brands you as a cool techie who is going to catch the next plane to the promised land that is Silicon Valley. On the other hand, there are still many people who buy into the image of a computer scientist being an antisocial hacker who does genius things with computers
10/20/2015 -The Daily Texan | by Jameson Pitts
Team Gimli fuels themselves on orange soda and Einstein Bros. Bagels as they eagerly await the announcement of the secret theme at the third game jam hosted by Jolly, a local development studio.Read More
10/13/2015 -UT Computer Science is the sixth best global university for computer science, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Rankings.
According to the same report, the university is also the 30th best global university overall out of 750 schools.
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