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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

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.

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Artificially Intelligent Game Bots Pass the Turing Test on Turing's Centenary

Artificially Intelligent Game Bots Pass the Turing Test on Turing's Centenary

BotPrize winners were scored as more human-like than half their human competitors.

Researchers to Develop Software to Improve Discovery of Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy Materials

Potential uses include economical battery materials to capture solar energy and materials that convert water to hydrogen using sunlight.

UT^2 Game Bot Judged More Human Than Human

UT^2 Game Bot Judged More Human Than Human

The UT^2 game bot has won the Humanlike Bot Competition at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence.
President Obama Honors Computer Scientist

President Obama Honors Computer Scientist

Brent Waters honored at the White House this week with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Computer Science Combats Disease

Computer Science Combats Disease

Computer Science professor Chandrajit Bajaj uses software to fight disease.

University of Texas at Austin Team Wins Robot Soccer World Championships in Two Divisions

University of Texas at Austin Team Wins Robot Soccer World Championships in Two Divisions

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.

Molecular Matchmaking for Drug Discovery

Molecular Matchmaking for Drug Discovery

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

A Tree of Life Grows in Texas

A Tree of Life Grows in Texas

Computer scientist Tandy Warnow uses the supercomputers at TACC to help decipher the relationships between all living things on the planet.
Computer Scientist Developing Intersections of the Future With Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Computer Scientist Developing Intersections of the Future With Fully Autonomous Vehicles

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.

Toward Lowering the Power Consumption of Microprocessors

Toward Lowering the Power Consumption of Microprocessors

Scientists measure how microprocessors function on a variety of software and chip architectures.