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Chang Appointed To Congressional Commission on Cyber Security

Fred Chang AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Fred Chang, research professor of computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, and Admiral Bobby Inman, the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, have been appointed to the new Commission on Cyber Security, established to make sure that the next president o...Fred Chang
Self-Driving SUV Advances to DARPA Urban Challenge Semifinals

Self-Driving SUV Advances to DARPA Urban Challenge Semifinals

AUSTIN, Texas—Marvin, a self-driving Isuzu SUV programmed by University of Texas at Austin computer scientists and members of Austin Robot Technology (ART), passed a recent driving test and will advance to the semi-finals, the last step before the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2007 Urban Challenge race. The test, which was he...

The Virtual Brain

"The sensation of looking around seamlessly is an important fictionalization created by the brain." Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Walking on the sidewalk. Picking up trash. Avoiding 6-foot tall virtual purple rectangles. Learning how humans complete these simple tasks and millions of other ordinary activities is fundamental to understa..."The sensation of looking around seamlessly is an important fictionalization created by the brain."

Autonomous Car Advances to Next Stage of Urban Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas--Marvin, an  “autonomous” Isuzu SUV programmed with the help of computer science undergraduates from The University of Texas at Austin, is one of 53 vehicles selected to advance to the next stage of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2007 “Urban Challenge” race, the agency announced on May 11. Marvin is a collab...

Unveiling a Next-Generation Computer Processor

AUSTIN, Texas--The prototype for a revolutionary new general-purpose computer processor, which has the potential of reaching trillions of calculations per second, has been designed and built by a team of computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin. The new processor, known as TRIPS (Tera-op, Reliable, Intelligently adaptive Processing...

Three Professors Elected Members of National Academy of Engineering

AUSTIN, Texas—Two computer science professors and a professor of engineering have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), widely considered among the highest honors to be earned in the engineering and technology professions. Dr. Stelios Kyriakides, the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engine...

Intelligently designed

Playing the game NERO doesn’t seem, on the surface, so different from many other popular computer games of the day. Robot soldiers battle it out in a post-apocalyptic world in a “struggle over the relics of human civilization.” Guns are fired and carnage happens. But for Computer Sciences Professor Risto Miikkulainen, NERO (Neuro-Evolving Robotic...nero-screen

Doug Burger receives Wilkes Award

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Doug Burger, associate professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has received the 2006 Maurice Wilkes Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to spatially distributed processor and memory system architectures. The Maurice Wilkes Award, named after...

Computer sciences student awarded $50,000

AUSTIN, Texas—Patrick Christmas, a graduate student in computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded $50,000 from Interactive Brokers Group (IBG), for winning its electronic trading Olympiad for colleges. IBG, a global leader in electronic market-making and brokerage services,  will also donate a matching prize of $50,00...

Boyer, Kaufmann and Moore awarded the 2005 ACM Software System Award for the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover

AUSTIN, Texas—University of Texas at Austin professors Robert Boyer and J Stother Moore and Senior Research Scientist Matt Kaufmann were awarded the 2005 Software System Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for their work on the Boyer-Moore Theorem Prover. Used by computer scientists to verify that computer systems are functionin...

Learning Machines

On a small practice field on the first floor of Taylor Hall, robot dogs playing soccer scuttle around the field like infants crawling across a playpen. They survey their field with Cyclops-like camera eyes and nudge balls around with silver chins. And like little humans, these robots learn to walk, recognize color, and hold a ball. They experiment ...aibo-tower