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The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Computer Science is partnering with IBM to launch a new cognitive computing course titled “Automated Question Answering” that gives students unprecedented access to one of IBM’s most prized innovations: Watson. The University of Texas at Austin is one of seven universities offering the new course this fall.

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Two computer science sophomores are using the skills they gained in the Freshman Research Initiative to program flying robots and show them off to other students on campus. Robert Lynch and Matt Broussard, who were both involved in the Autonomous Intelligent Robotics FRI stream run by Dr. Peter Stone, had different ways of arriving in computer science but say research has enriched their undergraduate experience more than anything else.

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The race is on to develop tools to help sift through the vast quantities of video that are being produced by wearable camera technology like Google Glass and Looxcie. 

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Jeffrey Barrick uses TACC supercomputers to understand radical mutations and design artificial organisms.
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Topological insulators, a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade, may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics.

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Students won the seventh annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC) this year at the Supercomputing ’12 (SC12) conference in Salt Lake City. SC12 is the seminal international conference for high-performance computing.
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BotPrize winners were scored as more human-like than half their human competitors.
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Potential uses include economical battery materials to capture solar energy and materials that convert water to hydrogen using sunlight.

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The UT^2 game bot has won the Humanlike Bot Competition at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence.
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Brent Waters honored at the White House this week with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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Computer Science professor Chandrajit Bajaj uses software to fight disease.

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For the first time in university history, the Texas team won the RoboCupSoccer Standard Platform League (SPL) competition — one of the highest profile leagues at RoboCup.

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Researchers at the Computational Visualization Center are finding drug targets through simulation and modeling.

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Computer scientist Tandy Warnow uses the supercomputers at TACC to help decipher the relationships between all living things on the planet.
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Intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs, but will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another, says Peter Stone.