Formed in 1964, the Department of Computer Science consistently ranks in the top ten computer science departments in the U.S.
Seven projects in the College of Letters & Science have received funding to advance the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s commitment to Education Innovation. Educational Innovation is a campus-wide initiative to create innovative approaches to education and research and set the university on the path to greater self-sufficiency. All of the EI projects were chosen based on [...]
“Visualizing English Print” uses Mellon Foundation funding to advance our understanding of literature and data visualization There are hundreds of millions of books in the world, a collection so stupendously large that even the most well-read among us can’t hope to make a dent. This means our ability to make connections and spot trends across [...]
Several graduate programs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters & Science are ranked among the nation’s best in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” “We’re proud of all of our graduate programs and particularly pleased that once again many have been rated so highly,” says Provost Paul [...]
Three faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters & Science are among 126 scientists from around the country who have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. Elena D’Onghia, assistant professor of astronomy, Christopher Ré, assistant professor of computer sciences, and Jennifer Schomaker, assistant professor of chemistry, will receive two-year, $50,000 grants from [...]
It’s a chilly day in Madison, and three preschoolers have important decisions to make: What should they wear? They look out the windows and are told of the frigid conditions outside. They’re already dressed, of course; this is merely an exercise designed to sharpen their cognitive skills. Their task: build suitable theoretical outfits for paper [...]
Monumental discoveries were made. Critical projects were finished. Laudable programs were celebrated. And scholars and alumni were remembered in the College of Letters & Science’s 124th year.
These were just some of the markers of 2012 in L&S. Here are some of the moments that made 2012 a memorable year for the College.
The school day has ended, but there’s another assignment awaiting the small group of fourth- and fifth-graders gathered in the library of Shorewood Hills Elementary School in Madison. They must build a story or game in Scratch, a computer programming language as their final project in an after-school computer science club run by University of [...]
Computer sciences professor Shuchi Chawla and physics professor Karsten M. Heeger have been selected as Kavli Frontiers of Science fellows, and recently participated in the Kavli Foundation’s Frontiers of Science symposium. Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Kavli Foundation, the symposium – held Nov. 2-4 in Irvine, Calif. – brought together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances [...]
Larry Landweber, a University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science professor who was one of 31 inaugural members of the Internet Society’s global hall of fame, will speak Nov. 13 at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison. The conference, sponsored by the Wisconsin Technology Council, gives selected companies the opportunity to make presentations and meet with investors, and [...]
Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have received a $23.6 million grant as part of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA 11-02) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to address threats arising from the development process of [...]
Paul Barford, a UW-Madison professor of computer science, has a proposition, and he’s got five minutes to make it. He’s consciously mimicking the “product pitch” that entrepreneurs make before venture capitalists, except his audience is undergraduates in a class on starting a software company. Time is tight, so Barford lunges ahead. “Google is earning $40 [...]
How does mathematics research affect approaches to everyday problems? What is the “Netflix problem” and what does it have to do with math? To find out, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) communications sat down with Ben Recht, assistant professor of computer science and WID researcher, who recently received the Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization for studying the math [...]
Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences Ben Recht can add another award to his CV. Recht and Stanford mathematics and statistics professor Emmanuel Candes were awarded the Lagrange Prize in Continuous Optimization at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming on Aug. 19 in Berlin. Recht and Candes were honored for their paper “Exact Matrix Completion via [...]
Hundreds of millions of daily posts on the social networking service Twitter are providing a new window into bullying — a tough nut to crack for researchers. “Kids are pretty savvy about keeping bullying outside of adult supervision, and bullying victims are very reluctant to tell adults about it happening to them for a host [...]
When scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced the appearance of a new particle among the pieces of smashed protons, Miron Livny saw a huge scientific success. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison computer scientist reveled in more than a fascinating research finding. “It’s also a huge triumph for mankind,” Livny says. “There were [...]
While Bradley Wiggins of Britain captured the 2012 Tour de France title on Sunday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has its own award-winning cyclists, including Cary Forest (Physics), Ullrich Langer (French and Italian), Steve Nadler (Philosophy), and Mark Craven (Biostatistics and Medical Informatics/Computer Science). True, their national and international awards are for research and teaching rather [...]
Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, aided by scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have narrowed the search for the elusive Higgs boson, discovering a new particle with a mass in the region of 125 GeV.
Every day researchers add another sea of data to an ocean of knowledge on the world around us — billions on top of billions of measurements, images and observations of the tiniest subatomic particles up to the movement of planets and stars.
Speech and language pathology graduate students in the Department of Communicative Disorders are pioneering new ways to support children with severe and complex communication needs. The AAC Story Time Preschool at the University of Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Clinic is incorporating technology, such as iPads, to help facilitate speech and language development in children ages 2-4. [...]
Researchers are programming robot teachers to gaze and gesture like humans When it comes to communication, sometimes it’s our body language that says the most–especially when it comes to our eyes. “It turns out that gaze tells us all sorts of things about attention, about mental states, about roles in conversations,” says Bilge Mutlu, a [...]
The College of Letters & Science is proud to announce that to the seven L&S professors received 2012 Kellett Mid-Career Awards. The Kellett award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who are five to 20 years past the first promotion to a tenured position. Each winner, chosen by [...]
As founder of the Guatemala-based Range of Motion Project (ROMP), Eric Neufeld ’98 has worked to provide more than 1,500 custom-made prosthetic limbs to people in developing countries since 2005—people who, without Neufeld’s help, might have never regained mobility. With B.A. in Biological Aspects of Conservation, Neufeld represents one of the 13 outstanding alumni of [...]
Two members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty are among 126 scientists from around the country who have been awarded prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. Benjamin Recht, assistant professor of computer sciences, and Jordan Schmidt, assistant professor of chemistry, will receive two-year, $50,000 grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships are awarded [...]
The L&S Honors Program held its Second Annual Distinguished Honors Faculty Award program to recognize seven faculty members for their contributions to the Honors Program. All were nominated by students and their contributions to enriching the undergraduate educational experience at Wisconsin have been enormous.
Professor Gurindar “Guri” Sohi (Computer Sciences) will be honored for techniques that contributed to the design of high-performance microprocessors.
Emeritus Professor Olvi Mangasarian and Professor Steve Wright of the Computer Sciences Department were recently elected as Fellows of The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Class of 2011.
For the third year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Computer Sciences will host local high-school and middle-school participants in the 2011 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) open competition.
The WiRover project, led by Professor Suman Banerjee of the Computer Sciences Department, has been turning two Madison Metro and one Van Galder bus into roving WiFi hotspots …
Assistant Professor Li Zhang (Computer Sciences) won a 2010 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. This highly prestigious award was made to just 17 researchers nationally, and carries with it an unrestricted award of $875,000 over five years. Zhang was the only awardee in the field of Computer [...]
The Department of Botany has received a $4.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research the functions of plant genes in seedlings. The interdisciplinary team, led by Botany Professor Edgar Spalding, will be using computer technology to analyze images of seedling growth and development. There are many tools available to study and characterize genotypes, but [...]
We are pleased to announce that the following 13 individuals received a 2010-2011 College of Letters & Science Professional Development Grant …
When Google recently announced it would be upgrading its systems to use the Linux ext4 open-source file system, a key piece of technology developed at the UW-Madison Computer Sciences Department became a key part of the world’s data-storage infrastructure.
Computer Sciences undergraduate students Tom Duffield, Nathalie Cheng, and Jamie McMahon won this year’s Hirsch Family Award with a project they developed in Professor Bilge Mutlu’s Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction course.
A team of UW-Madison researchers recently brought robots right into the hands of K-12 students and parents.
Researchers in Botany, Horticulture, Statistics and Computer Scienced, led by Assistant Professor Cecile Ane (Statistics and Botany) are collaborating to find out why different genes tell different stories about the past history of species.
Several University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate programs — many in the College of Letters & Science — are ranked among the nation’s best in the 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”
Computer Sciences Department Graduate Student Bill Harris was selected recently as a 2010 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow.
Computer Sciences Professor Mark Hill has received a 2010-11 Kellett Mid-Career Award from UW-Madison.
Computer Sciences Assistant Professor Li Zhang received a 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Computer Sciences Professor Bilge Mutlu’s work on organizational use of robots was featured in NewScientist in December: “Learning to love to hate robots.”
‘Tis the season and L&S faculty and students are racking up the awards – congratulations to all!
Computer Sciences alumnus David Hoffert (BS’2008), now a graduate student at Stanford University, is working on autonomous vehicles that are able to drive and avoid accidents better than most humans.
For the 9th straight year a team of computer science students advances to the world finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.
The 2009 Computer Sciences Distinguished Alumni Lecture was delivered on October 15 by Judith Faulkner, Founder and CEO of Epic.
The Computer Sciences Department will host the 2009 Madison Area Computer Science Job Fair on November 5, 1:30pm-4:30pm in Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue.
The Computer Sciences Department is very pleased to welcome three new faculty who will be joining us in the fall of 2009.
Computer Sciences Professor Michael Gleicher and the Graphics Group have developed a new video stabilization technique in collaboration with colleagues at Adobe.
The Computer Sciences Department is pleased to announce four CS graduate students have been awarded highly competitive 2009-10 graduate fellowships.
The Department of Computer Sciences is proud to announce that two of their alumni have been appointed to significant positions. Both have been featured prominently in national news stories in recent weeks.
Four current, emeritus, and affiliate faculty from Computer Sciences are members of the inaugural class of Fellows of The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM): Carl de Boor, Seymour Parter, Stephen Robinson, and Grace Wahba.
The Department of Computer Sciences received the 2009 Software System Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for their work on a new database system.