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Three Cheers for Watson

Computer scientists Bruce Porter, Ray Mooney and Ken Barker contributed expertise to IBM's Watson computer, which competes against humans on Jeopardy! this week.

Securing the Cloud

The future of the Internet could look like this: The bulk of the world’s computing is outsourced to “the cloud”―to massive data centers that house tens or even hundreds of thousands of computers.

Better Animation Through Body Part Recycling

Better Animation Through Body Part Recycling

For all the power that computers have brought to the process of animation, it remains the human eye that’s the best judge of whether animated things moving in space look real. “People intuitively know exactly what to draw to evoke realism,” says Don Fussell, professor of computer science. “Computers don’t have that luxury.” What computers can do,...

Computer Science Faculty Named 2010 ACM Fellows

Alvisi, Dahlin and Mooney have been recognized for their contributions to computer science that have provided fundamental knowledge to the field and generated innovations in industry.

Seeing Anew

Every day—every minute, every second—the world’s computers are amassing visual information at an extraordinary rate. And every day people like Kristen Grauman are searching for ways to help computers sift through this avalanche of visual information.

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...