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Researchers Tackle the Dark Side of Moore's Law

Researchers Tackle the Dark Side of Moore's Law

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.

Computer Scientist Wins Sloan Fellowship

Computer Scientist Wins Sloan Fellowship

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.

Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh the Future of AI

Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh the Future of AI

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Scientists at one of the world’s top computer science programs at UT Austin say artificial intelligence is enabling breakthroughs that will improve everyday life. This week many are involved in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 2015 conference, taking place this week in Austin.

Texas Students Win IBM Watson Competition With App Expanding Access to Social Services

Texas Students Win IBM Watson Competition With App Expanding Access to Social Services

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.

Computer Scientists at UT Austin Crack Code for Redrawing Bird Family Tree

Computer Scientists at UT Austin Crack Code for Redrawing Bird Family Tree

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.

New Statistical Method Helps Reveal Timing of Key Events in Plant Evolution

New Statistical Method Helps Reveal Timing of Key Events in Plant Evolution

543_Micrasterias_thomasiana.jpgUsing a host of methodologies, including a new statistical method developed at The University of Texas at Austin, an international collaboration of researchers have completed a large-scale DNA study that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet.

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

UT Austin Computer Science Program Ranked Sixth in the World

GatesBldg.jpgThe University of Texas of Austin's computer science program is the 6th best in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

UT Austin Villa Team Make Two Wins in 2014 RoboCup

UT Austin Villa Team Make Two Wins in 2014 RoboCup
Congratulations to professor Peter Stone and his students for impressive wins in the RoboCup 2014 competition in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, including 1st place in the 3D simulation league and 1st place in the technical challenge competition.  Pictured l to r: Patrick MacAlpine, Mike Depinet, Peter Stone and Katie Genter. After ...

Alumni Profile: Hideko Kunii Paves the Way for Women in Tech Industry

Alumni Profile: Hideko Kunii Paves the Way for Women in Tech Industry

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College of Natural Sciences alumna, Hideko Kunii (Ph.D. ’83) is a trailblazer in a culture that has a history of discouraging women from advancing in the workforce, most notably in the technology industries.

University of Texas at Austin Unveils Cognitive Computing Course Based on IBM Watson

University of Texas at Austin Unveils Cognitive Computing Course Based on IBM Watson

IBM Watson LogoThe 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.

Meet Two Robot-Programming Sophomores

Meet Two Robot-Programming Sophomores

Quadcopter demonstration in GDC. Photo by Alex Wang.

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.

Boiling Down the Stories That Wearable Cameras Are Telling

Boiling Down the Stories That Wearable Cameras Are Telling

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. 

The Origins of Evolutionary Innovation

The Origins of Evolutionary Innovation
Jeffrey Barrick uses TACC supercomputers to understand radical mutations and design artificial organisms.

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

Topological insulators, a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade, may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics.

Team of Computer Science Students Claim Victory at Supercomputing Challenge

Team of Computer Science Students Claim Victory at Supercomputing Challenge

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.