Battle of the Brains – The 2015 Spring High School Programming Contest

Battle of the Brains – The 2015 Spring High School Programming Contest

The Computer Science department of the University of Texas at Dallas organized this latest High School Programming Contest on Saturday March 21st from 10am to 4pm. The contest was originally scheduled for February 28th, but due to snow and ice that fell on North Texas that day, the contest had to be rescheduled to March(…)

National Center for Women & IT and Microsoft Research Sponsor UTD’s Tech Girls Summer Camp

National Center for Women & IT and Microsoft Research Sponsor UTD’s Tech Girls Summer Camp

The National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT.org) and Microsoft Research has selected to sponsor the University of Texas at Dallas’ Connect-Inspire-Guide Camp for female freshman students. The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT’s Academic Alliance members at non-profit US institutions with start-up funds to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting and retaining young(…)

Living Learning Community Host a 31 Hour Hackathon

Living Learning Community Host a 31 Hour Hackathon

The CS Living Learning Community (LLC) and the CS department sponsored a Hackathon over the weekend of March 7th and 8th. The event started at noon on Saturday and ended early Sunday evening. The principal objective of the weekend Hackathon was to bring together CS students to develop and design web, mobile, and software applications(…)

NCWIT Encourages Young Women through the Aspirations in Computing Program

NCWIT Encourages Young Women through the Aspirations in Computing Program

Twelve young female high school students received the Award for Aspirations in Computing from the NCWIT (The National Center for Women & Technology) in a day-long event held in late February. The NCWIT is a non-profit community of 600 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s involvement in computing and technology.(…)

Creator of UTD Eats Franchises Dining App at Other Universities

Creator of UTD Eats Franchises Dining App at Other Universities

When Justin Ehlert was a freshman at UT Dallas, he and his friends occasionally became frustrated when they would walk to the dining hall and realize that it had already closed. That frustration drove him to develop UTD Eats, a website and iOS app that shows students when and where to eat on campus, and which(…)

Addressing The Evolving Challenges Of Cybersecurity

Addressing The Evolving Challenges Of Cybersecurity

Last week, cyber attackers took on targets ranging from the White House to the town of Cleburne in North Texas. Russians are suspected of trying to break into unclassified White House computers. And hackers broke into Cleburne’s system after a police officer shot and killed a dog. The University of Texas at Dallas’ Cyber Security(…)

Cyber Security Expert Talks About Privacy, National Security, and Cyber War

Cyber Security Expert Talks About Privacy, National Security, and Cyber War

Dr. Yvo Desmedt, Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at UT Dallas and a globally recognized expert in cryptography, cyber security, and cyber infrastructure protection, recently spoke at two conferences on the all-important topics of privacy and national security, respectively. The first of these talks was given at the 2014 international Conference on Cyber Security and Privacy that brought(…)

NSF Projects Offer Research Experience for Undergraduates

NSF Projects Offer Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas is home to two different research projects for undergraduate students sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Eric Wong, professor of computer science, leads a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project about software safety, and Dr. Amy Walker, associate professor of materials scienceand engineering, leads an REU project about surface(…)

The Good Life: Data Show Recent Grads Faring Well in the Workplace

The Good Life: Data Show Recent Grads Faring Well in the Workplace

Andrew Seguin BS’09 packed 10 items into a backpack, straddled his blue Kawasaki motorcycle and embarked on a six-month cross-country journey to clear his head before pursuing a career. The University of Texas at Dallas computer science graduate spent his college years acing tests and completing all of the work his professors put before him. But he(…)

Computer Science Students Earn Top Awards

Computer Science Students Earn Top Awards

UT Dallas computer science students continue to impress with their technical prowess in cybersecurity. Top awards recently were earned at the 11th annual New York University Polytechnic School Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) conference and at the Capital One Coding for Good Hackathon competition. “Our students have shown time and again that the program at(…)

UTD students’ tech-savvy streak continues

UTD students’ tech-savvy streak continues

Two years ago, University of Texas at Dallas students Justin Ehlert, Nelson LeDuc and Alex Gwyn, along with graduate student Naveen Tammineni came together and developed an app that provided band schedules for the Richardson Wildflower! Festival. The cool app helped festival-goers with a much-needed tool for tracking concerts beforehand and in an impromptu way(…)

CS Students Challenge Each Other in Another Programming Contest

CS Students Challenge Each Other in Another Programming Contest

UT Dallas Computer Science students once again got to show off their programming skills on Saturday afternoon, February 14th. A computer programming contest was organized by UTD ACM student chapter with the help of Professor Ivor Page. Prof. Ivor Page has been organizing these competitions for the last several years. Twenty-three teams consisting of approximately(…)

UT Dallas Ranks #21 on LinkedIn’s “Best Universities for Software Developers”

UT Dallas Ranks #21 on LinkedIn’s “Best Universities for Software Developers”

The professional networking site, LinkedIn, recently published their rankings of universities based on how successful recent graduates have been at landing desirable jobs.  In the category of “desirable software development job,” UT Dallas was ranked 21st. Carnegie Mellon University topped the rankings.   Only two other Texas universities made it to top 25 (UT Austin and(…)

UTD’s First Major Hackathon

UTD’s First Major Hackathon

HackUTD, the first UT Dallas Hackathon, took place over the weekend of January 17 and 18. It started at 11 am on Saturday and lasted until late Sunday afternoon. The event was organized by the UT Dallas Student Chapter of the ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) with the goal of bringing together young coders from(…)

Cybersecurity Institute to Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary with Events

Cybersecurity Institute to Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary with Events

In 2004, to address the increasing attacks to the nation’s computers, communications systems and infrastructure, UT Dallas became proactive in cybersecurity education and research by establishing what has become the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSI). Since then, it has grown into one of the leading research organizations in cybersecurity in the world with(…)

Women Who Compute (WWC) Students at UT Dallas Make a Difference

Women Who Compute (WWC) Students at UT Dallas Make a Difference

This year, Make a Difference Day was held on Saturday, 10/25/2014.  Students at UT Dallas participated in a common mission with millions of other volunteers throughout the world to improve the lives of others. The mission statement on the Make A Difference Day website states:  On one day each year, we want to inspire the nation(…)

2nd Annual Teacher Inspiration Award Ceremony

2nd Annual Teacher Inspiration Award Ceremony

The 2nd Annual Teacher Inspiration Award Ceremony were held by the Computer Science Department at UT Dallas on Friday, 10/24/2014.  Inspiration Awards were given to teachers who inspired Computer Science students at UT Dallas to pursue an education in Computer Science (CS).  Teachers were nominated by freshmen students from the CS Department.  The program was(…)

Helping Computers to Understand Human Language

Helping Computers to Understand Human Language

Dr. Yang Liu’s graduate students help computers to understand human language.  Pictured left to right are: Mohammad Hadi Bokaei, Yandi Xia, Yang Liu, Youngchan Kim, Chen Li, and Rui Xia. The research in Dr. Yang Liu’s Speech and Language Processing Lab reflects the myriad of problems humans encounter when understanding language.  Written communication tends to(…)

Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

The Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at Dallas conducts a ten-week summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for undergraduate students.  For the summer class of 2014 (pictured above) the focus was on “software safety” however, the technology and skills learned by the students have general applicability to research(…)

Recent CS Research Associate from UT Dallas Wins 2014 Emerging Leader Award

Recent CS Research Associate from UT Dallas Wins 2014 Emerging Leader Award

Thamar Solorio, 2014 Winner of the Grace Hopper Celebration Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to this position, she held a post-doctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas(…)

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