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
02/23/2015 -UTCS Professor Inderjit Dhillon has been named a 2014 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) "for contributions to large-scale data analysis, machine learning and computational mathematics."
01/16/2015 -AUSTIN, Texas — Students from The University of Texas at Austin won $100,000 in seed funding for developing an idea for a smart phone app that would use artificial intelligence to help Texas residents get information about health care, food assistance and other social services in partnership with the United Way for Greater Austin’s 2-1-1 Navigation Center.
12/11/2014 -A new computational technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin has enabled an international consortium to produce an avian tree of life that points to the origins of various bird species. A graduate student at the university is a leading author on papers describing the new technique and sharing the consortium’s findings about bird evolution in the journal Science.
12/09/2014 -The Machine-Learning Summer School (MLSS) series was started in 2002 to promote modern methods of statistical machine learning and inference. The "summer" school (now hosted at all times of year) provides a premium venue for graduate students, researchers, and industry professionals to learn about fundamental machine learning and techniques at the forefront of research in the field. This is the first time MLSS will be held in Austin, Texas and will feature an exciting program with talks from leading experts in the field. MLSS event details are listed below.
12/09/2014 -On January 28, 2015 UTCS faculty (and by the way spouses) Robert van de Geijn and Maggie Myers will kick off the second year of their 16 week MOOCs (massively open online course) on linear algebra from a computer science perspective called Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers. Robert and Maggie have enhanced the course by working with MathWorks to enable participants to use Matlab freely during the course.
12/05/2014 -For new UT CS assistant professor Thomas Dillig computer science is more than just a person behind a screen writing code. Instead he thinks of it as an individual’s effort that can change a large part of science and how things are functioning for a lot of people.
From Munich, Germany, Thomas came to the United States to attend Stanford University for college. Initially he went into his undergraduate career not knowing that his path would lead him towards computer science. Read More
12/03/2014 -Selecting a college major may be the biggest challenge when going to challenge. After 12 years of education, students are asked to choose that one specific field that they would like to focus on as a career. In many cases students have little to no exposure to these fields. That’s exactly why UTCS became a part of OnRamps.
12/01/2014 -For new UTCS professor Işil Dillig, computer science didn’t cross her mind until her sophomore year in college. Her realization would allow her to obtain her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate all at Stanford University, and eventually lead her to work for UT.