From the College of Natural Sciences

A Guggenheim for Warnow

Tandy Warnow, professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for developing algorithms that enable an accounting of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary relationships. With help from the Guggenheim, Warnow plans to take a year away from her normal academic routine. Her goal is simple: Sh...

Computer Scientist, Cryptography and Security Expert Awarded Sloan Fellowship

AUSTIN, Texas—Brent Waters, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded every year by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The two-yea...Brent Waters

Andy Ellington Wins National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship

Andy Ellington, the Wilson M. and Kathryn Fraser Research Professor in Biochemistry, has been awarded a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF), one of only 11 in the country. The fellowship is intended to support unclassified, basic research that may transform the DOD's capabilities in the long term. It comes with a...

Computer Scientists Honored As Outstanding Young Investigators

In recognition of their contributions to the field of computer science, Doug Burger and Stephen Keckler will receive a 2010 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.

Pingali Named Fellow of the AAAS

Keshav Pingali, professor of computer science, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Computer Scientists Honored by National Computing Organization

Computer scientists Chandra Bajaj and Nell Dale have been selected as fellows of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

In Computers We Trust?

The growing need for cybersecurity leads scientists in the Department of Computer Science to develop systems that better protect us online.

New Digital Security Program Doesn't Protect as Promised

University of Texas at Austin scientists have shown that they can break "Vanish," a program that promised to self-destruct computer data, such as emails and photographs, and thereby protect a person's privacy. There is no way to permanently delete any material posted or sent through the Internet, and this leaves people's information vulnerable to ...

Robot soccer team wins U.S. Open

The UT Austin Villa robot soccer team won the RoboCup U.S. Open, the first U.S. Open using humanoid robots and the first time The University of Texas at Austin team has placed first in a RoboCup league using real robots. In the finals, the team beat Penn, Carnegie Mellon and Bowdoin on their rise to the top. The UT Austin Villa team is led by com...nao-humanoid-robot

Virtual Schizophrenia

Uli Grasemann and Risto Miikkulainen aren’t the first computer scientists to use neural network systems to model what might be going on inside a schizophrenic brain. They’ve had an advantage, however, that others have lacked. Their neural network system, DISCERN, can understand and produce natural language. Working with Ralph Hoffman, a psychiatri...

Computer Scientist Named to President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

AUSTIN, Texas — William H. Press, the Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in Computer Sciences and Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Press was among 20 scientists and engineers named to the council by President Obama in a speech at t...william-press

Battle of the Brains

A team of undergraduate computer scientists is on its way to Stockholm, Sweden this weekend to compete in the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The "Battle of the Brains," which is organized by the Association for Computer Machinery and sponsored by IBM, challenges three-person teams to solve a set of complex...

Alumni at Work: George Porter

On the opening page of his dissertation, which he submitted this past May, computer scientist George Porter cites a passage from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. “The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong,” writes Douglas Adams in Mostly Harmless, “is that when a thing that cann...george_porter_web

Kathryn McKinley Named ACM Fellow

Dr. Kathryn McKinley, professor at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Sciences, was awarded Fellow status with a citation for "contributions to compilers and memory management." ACM has recognized 44 members for their contributions to computing technology that have generated a broad range of innovations to industry, commerce...KathrynMcKinley-web

Cool Class: Autonomous Vehicles

Computer scientist Peter Stone’s CS 378 class was launched in the spring of 2007 under unique circumstances. Stone had been asked by the College of Natural Sciences to lead a “research stream” in the Freshman Research Initiative—to teach undergraduates by bringing them directly into the midst of his life as a researcher. He was also, coincidentall...marvin autonomous vehicle