News from the School of Computing

EAE Play! on Dec. 9

EAE Play! on Dec. 9

December 5th, 2016

Virtual reality is all the rage in video gaming, and the University of Utah’s No. 1-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game development program is exploring all the ways this hyper-realistic form of interactivity can be informative as well as fun.  Read more...

The Digital ‘Utah Teapot’

The Digital 'Utah Teapot'

December 5th, 2016

It’s just a 3D graphic of a porcelain teapot, but it became the legendary launching point for computer graphics throughout the world. The Salt Lake Tribune has written a history of the “Utah Teapot,” the digital computer model created in 1975 here at the University of Utah.  Read more...

SoC Undergraduates take 2nd Place at SC2016

SoC Undergraduates take 2nd Place at SC2016

November 18th, 2016

The University of Utah’s School of Computing undergraduate team took second place overall at the 2016 Super Computing Student Cluster Competition.  Read more...

Hall Gets Exascale Computing Award

Hall Gets Exascale Computing Award

November 11th, 2016

University of Utah School of Computing professor Mary Hall was awarded a $871,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for an exascale computing project designed to make it easier for programmers to write code for different kinds of high-speed exascale computing systems.  Read more...

SoC Women Attend Grace Hopper Celebration Conference

SoC Women Attend Grace Hopper Celebration Conference

October 27th, 2016

With nine undergraduates and five graduate students, the School of Computing (SoC) had a record number of attendees at this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing conference. The conference was held in Houston October 19-21st, 2016 .  Read more...

SoC Welcomes New Faculty

SoC Welcomes New Faculty

October 10th, 2016

The faculty in the School of Computing at the University of Utah is growing with a number of new strategic hires. It’s a great time to be a member of our faculty. We invite you to learn more about these new faculty members and would like to welcome them to the School of Computing.  Read more...

Visualizing the Universe

Visualizing the Universe

September 7th, 2016

Computer scientists from the U will be developing OpenSpace, open-source 3-D software for visualizing NASA astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science and Earth science missions for planetariums and other immersive environments. The software also will be developed for use in schools and on home computers.  Read more...

Gretchen McClain to Give Gould Lecture

Gretchen McClain to Give Gould Lecture

September 6th, 2016

Gretchen McClain, NASA's former chief director of the International Space Station program and University of Utah mechanical engineering alumna, will be giving this year's William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and The Quality of Life.  Read more...

The School of Computing and Utah’s Growing Tech Sector

The School of Computing and Utah's Growing Tech Sector

September 1st, 2016

What does the educational environment supporting workforce development within Utah's IT industry look like? To answer that question EDCUtah sat down for a conversation with Dr. Ross T. Whitaker, director of the University of Utah School of Computing.  Read more...

Matthew Turner wins CoE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Matthew Turner wins CoE Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

August 23rd, 2016

Matthew Turner, a beloved TA in the School of Computing proves that all of those qualities, along with a deep understanding of what students need, are the hallmarks of a successful assistant.  Read more...

David Johnson Wins CoE Outstanding Service Award

David Johnson Wins CoE Outstanding Service Award

August 23rd, 2016

Thanks to David’s dedication, ingenuity and hard work, the summer-long camps have grown in just a short time from two sessions with 30 kids to more than a dozen camps that serve more than 700 students.  Read more...

GREAT Camp – Another Successful Summer

GREAT Camp - Another Successful Summer

August 16th, 2016

This year’s GREAT Camps at the University of Utah proved to be another successful summer journey for hundreds of Utah students wanting to learn about the power of computers, graphics and robots.  Read more...

To Catch a Wireless Thief

To Catch a Wireless Thief

July 20th, 2016

University of Utah School of Computing professor Sneha Kumar Kasera and his team of researchers are tasked with creating a system that allows cellphone and laptop users to help detect and locate someone who is stealing bandwidth on radio frequency waves.  Read more...

Feifei Li wins best paper award

Feifei Li wins best paper award

July 6th, 2016

Feifei Li has won the Best Paper Award at the ACM SIGMOD 2016 conference, for the paper titled "Wander Join: Online Aggregation via Random Walks". The paper is co-authored with Bin Wu, Ke Yi, and Zhuoyue Zhao.  Read more...

U graduate Kallie Bracken reflects on coding as an art form

U graduate Kallie Bracken reflects on coding as an art form

July 5th, 2016

“Coding fulfills what I enjoy most: I get to solve problems, gain a bird eye’s view of a situation, put pieces of a puzzle together and engage my artistic side. It can be intimidating at first, but now I see it as a tool for my craft."  Read more...

SoC Alum Honored With Prestigious Award

SoC Alum Honored With Prestigious Award

June 27th, 2016

Uri Weiser (PhD '81), a University of Utah computer science graduate and emeritus professor in the electrical engineering department at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology was presented with the prestigious 2016 Eckert-Maulchy Award.  Read more...

RoboUtes Placed Third in National Competition

RoboUtes Placed Third in National Competition

May 31st, 2016

The University of Utah RoboUtes robotics team placed third in the NASA-sponsored RASC-AL Robo-Ops robotic competition in Houston, Texas.  Read more...

Erik Brunvand’s class featured on KSL

Erik Brunvand's class featured on KSL

May 26th, 2016

A class taught by School of Computing professor Erik Brunvand was featured on the KSL news, the news story highlights a new class titled Making Noise: Sound Art and Digital Media. The course, developed by Brunvand is part of his University Professorship that he was awarded in 2014.  Read more...

SoC faculty and students honored during graduation reception

SoC faculty and students honored during graduation reception

May 24th, 2016

Following this year’s convocation ceremonies the School of Computing hosted a graduation reception honoring its 2016 graduates. Students and families were invited to attend the lunch giving them an opportunity to mingle and congratulate one another.  Read more...

School of Computing Graduation 2016
John LaLonde awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Service Award

John LaLonde awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Service Award

May 10th, 2016

University of Utah School of Computing alum, John LaLonde, was awarded the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Service Award at the College’s convocation May 6.  Read more...

Daniel Khoury awarded the College of Engineering Graduating Student Leadership Award

Daniel Khoury awarded the College of Engineering Graduating Student Leadership Award

May 10th, 2016

Daniel Khoury an undergraduate student in the University of Utah’s School of Computing, was awarded the College of Engineering Graduating Student Leadership Award at the College of Engineering Convocation May 6 in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.  Read more...

Senior Capstone Demo Day

Senior Capstone Demo Day

May 5th, 2016

The University of Utah's School of Computing showcased 17 Senior Capstone Projects, ranging in topic from Clean Air Monitors, to Physics Trainers, to Dog Walker Aids, to Child Development Trackers  Read more...

Valerio Pascucci to receive Distinguished Mentor Award

Valerio Pascucci to receive Distinguished Mentor Award

May 4th, 2016

Valerio Pascucci, Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah will receive the Graduate School's Distinguished Mentor Award.  Read more...

Matt Might and Mike Kirby among coauthors of ISC 2016 award winning paper

Matt Might and Mike Kirby among coauthors of ISC 2016 award winning paper

April 7th, 2016

Congratulations to students, Jim King and Tom Gilray, along with Robert M. Kirby and Matt Might for best paper award  Read more...

Celebrate U Event Congratulates SoC Faculty

Celebrate U Event Congratulates SoC Faculty

April 5th, 2016

Congratulations to Robert M. Kirby, Martin Berzins, Valerio Pascucci, Rob Ricci and Eric Eide who were recently honored at this years Celebrate U: A Showcase of Extraordinary Faculty Achievements event.  Read more...

Ali Shafiee Receives University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship

Ali Shafiee Receives University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship

April 4th, 2016

Congratulations to Ali Shafiee on receiving a University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship. Shafiee is a PhD student in Utah Arch group working with Rajeev Balasubramonian.  Read more...

Danielle Pruss Receives an NSF Graduate Fellowship

Danielle Pruss Receives an NSF Graduate Fellowship

April 1st, 2016

Congratulations to Danielle (Dasha) Pruss on receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Pruss is an undergrad student researcher working with Professor Miriah Meyer.  Read more...

Computer Pioneer Robert Royce Johnson Dies

Computer Pioneer Robert Royce Johnson Dies

March 31st, 2016

Robert Royce Johnson, former chairman of the University of Utah computer science department, passed away Friday, March 25, in Salt Lake County due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 87.  Read more...

ARCS Foundation

ARCS Foundation

March 29th, 2016

Utah Chapter presents Matthew Might, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Adviser to President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative will present, "An Algorithm for Precision Medicine: What do you do when you're the first and only?”  Read more...

Matt Might receives White House Appointment

Matt Might receives White House Appointment

March 29th, 2016

Professor Matt Might has joined the Executive Office of the President at the White House to serve as an Advisor for the Precision Medicine Initiative. In this role, Matt will deploy his broad expertise in computer science and genomic medicine toward a successful launch and scaling of the President's Precision Medicine Initiative.  Read more...

USS web team: Creating functional, feature-rich websites

USS web team: Creating functional, feature-rich websites

March 28th, 2016

USS started transitioning to OmniUpdate’s (OU) OU Campus content management system in 2011, a move that enabled the strategic retirement of older systems like Vignette and HumIS.  Read more...

School of Computing Undergraduate Gaming Emphasis Ranked No. 1

School of Computing Undergraduate Gaming Emphasis Ranked No. 1

March 16th, 2016

The University of Utah’s School of Computing undergraduate computer science degree with an emphasis in video game design ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the new 2016 rankings by Princeton Review.  Read more...

Utah Robotics Center Launches

Utah Robotics Center Launches

February 11th, 2016

The university’s School of Computing and Department of Mechanical Engineering, both part of the College of Engineering, have announced the creation of the University of Utah Robotics Center (UURC).  Read more...

Dean Brown Receives Prestigious Honors

Dean Brown Receives Prestigious Honors

January 4th, 2016

Richard B. Brown, the University’s 11th dean of the College of Engineering, received two prestigious honors on the same day. The medals will be awarded at an event January 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.  Read more...

Computer Engineering Demo Day Shows Senior Projects

Computer Engineering Demo Day Shows Senior Projects

December 18th, 2015

University of Utah computer engineering students demonstrated their final projects on Dec. 11 to cap off the CS 4710 Senior Project course.  Read more...

SoC Professor Elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows

SoC Professor Elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows

December 16th, 2015

The AIMBE College of Fellows represents the most accomplished and distinguished medical and biological engineers responsible for innovation and discovery.  Read more...

SOC Junior Wins Harvard Hackathon Award

SOC Junior Wins Harvard Hackathon Award

November 30th, 2015

Calvin Chhour, a junior in the University of Utah’s School of Computing, took first place in the first annual Harvard Hackathon. Chhour along with three other team members won the International Development award for their project, Stegosaurus.  Read more...

U Students Win Programming Contest

U Students Win Programming Contest

November 17th, 2015

Three freshmen in the University of Utah’s School of Computing took first place in the Rocky Mountain Regional ACM Programming Contest Saturday, Nov. 14, at Utah State University in Logan.  Read more...

Studying Policy Behind Augmented Reality

Studying Policy Behind Augmented Reality

November 5th, 2015

University of Utah assistant professor Tamera Denning has co-authored a white paper looking at policy issues that can help drive the development of augmented reality, the technology of laying computer graphics over real-world views.  Read more...

DIGITAL DEFENSE:  Fighting Back Against Cyber-crime

DIGITAL DEFENSE: Fighting Back Against Cyber-crime

October 13th, 2015

For the general public, the term “hacker” often conjures Hollywood-style images of socially awkward misanthropes bathed in the soft blue light of their tricked-out laptops.  Read more...

Visualizing Hurricanes

Visualizing Hurricanes

October 9th, 2015

On September 27th, Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm developed over the Atlantic Ocean pounding the Bahamas. There were a number of predications as to which way the storm would travel,  Read more...

Do you want Windows 10 peeking into your private information?

Do you want Windows 10 peeking into your private information?

September 1st, 2015

Tamara Denning was recently interviewed by KSL.  Read more...

Exploring Large Data for Scientific Discovery

Exploring Large Data for Scientific Discovery

August 28th, 2015

More elegant techniques combined with highly interdisciplinary, multi-scale collaboration are essential for dealing with massive amounts of information, plenary speaker says at the XSEDE15 conference.  Read more...

Professor Joe Zachary Named Outstanding Teacher

Professor Joe Zachary Named Outstanding Teacher

August 25th, 2015

Joe has tackled and mastered complex topics in computer science and conveyed them in classrooms with passion, dedication and an innate ability to reach out to students in an effective way.  Read more...

GREAT Camps Conclude Another Successful Summer

GREAT Camps Conclude Another Successful Summer

August 25th, 2015

The GREAT Camps, hosted by the University of Utah’s School of Computing, finished a summer of fun activities for school kids eager to learn about graphics and computer programming.  Read more...

Programming and Prejudice

Programming and Prejudice

August 24th, 2015

University of Utah School of Computing associate professor Suresh Venkatasubramanian has discovered a technique to find out if algorithms used for hiring employees or issuing housing loans can be biased.  Read more...

Rendering Science

Rendering Science

August 10th, 2015

University of Utah computer science professor Charles Hansen is part of a team developing new software that will allow researchers to visualize their work through computer simulations with much more realistic graphics.  Read more...

Salt Lake City is #1 for Startups

Salt Lake City is #1 for Startups

August 5th, 2015

Entrepreneur has listed Salt Lake City as their first choice for startup companies. VCs invested nearly $1 billion in local startups last year, making Salt Lake tops nationally in dollar-per-deal average. “Utah is open for business.”  Read more...

School of Computing welcomes new grad students
Erik Brunvand featured speaker in TEDx Salt Lake City this fall

Erik Brunvand featured speaker in TEDx Salt Lake City this fall

July 16th, 2015

The theme of this year's event is "Upcycling." I'll be talking about upcycling old toys to turn them into weird-sounding electronic "musical" instruments.  Read more...

University of Utah Computer Science Alum Receives 2015 Steven A. Coons Award

University of Utah Computer Science Alum Receives 2015 Steven A. Coons Award

June 15th, 2015

Henry Fuchs, a University of Utah computer science graduate was presented the Steven A. Coons Award for his outstanding creative contributions to computer graphics.  Read more...

Robert Christensen and Feifei Li received the SIGMOD 2015 Best Demonstration Award

Robert Christensen and Feifei Li received the SIGMOD 2015 Best Demonstration Award

June 10th, 2015

Robert Christensen and Feifei Li received the SIGMOD 2015 Best Demonstration Award for their paper and system demo "STORM."  Read more...

Faculty and Students recognized with Top Awards at Graduation Reception

Faculty and Students recognized with Top Awards at Graduation Reception

May 11th, 2015

Following this year’s College of Engineering convocation ceremony the School of Computing hosted a graduation reception honoring its 2015 graduates.  Read more...

School of Computing Graduates Attend Inaugural Alumni Day

School of Computing Graduates Attend Inaugural Alumni Day

May 11th, 2015

Alumni from the University of Utah’s School of Computing were invited to a new event to meet other graduates of the department.  Read more...

SoC Students Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

SoC Students Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

April 20th, 2015

Congratulations to both Nina McCurdy and Hannah Swan for receiving an NSF Graduate Fellowships  Read more...

Fighting the Next Generation of Cyberattacks

Fighting the Next Generation of Cyberattacks

April 16th, 2015

Utah computer scientists working on analyzer that will sniff out future form of security vulnerability. The next generation of cyberattacks will be more sophisticated...  Read more...

SoC Undergraduate Receives Best Talk Award

SoC Undergraduate Receives Best Talk Award

April 15th, 2015

Charlie Jacobsen received a Best Talk Award for his paper A Parameterized Floating-Point Formalization in HOL Light.  Read more...

Mary Hall has been appointed a new member of CRA Board of Directors

Mary Hall has been appointed a new member of CRA Board of Directors

April 13th, 2015

The CRA is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields...  Read more...

School of Computing Undergraduate Gaming Emphasis Ranked No. 2

School of Computing Undergraduate Gaming Emphasis Ranked No. 2

March 31st, 2015

The University of Utah’s School of Computing undergraduate computer science degree with an emphasis in video game design ranked No. 2 in the nation.  Read more...

U Computer Science Grad to Receive Governor’s Technology Award

U Computer Science Grad to Receive Governor's Technology Award

March 18th, 2015

University of Utah School of Computing graduate and Westminster computer science professor Helen Hu will receive the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.  Read more...

Inside the U’s Big Data Certification Program

Inside the U’s Big Data Certification Program

March 6th, 2015

The University of Utah's big data certification program helps prepare students for a world where data analysis is playing an ever-growing part in business.  Read more...

U Computer Scientist Leads Student Robotics Team to Regionals

U Computer Scientist Leads Student Robotics Team to Regionals

February 26th, 2015

University of Utah computer scientist Mary Hall's student team, the "Skeleton Crew," was chosen to compete in the regional FIRST Tech Challenge robotics contest in Oakland after a great showing at the state competition in Ogden.  Read more...

SOC Professor Receives Google Award

SOC Professor Receives Google Award

February 17th, 2015

University of Utah School of Computing Associate Professor Feifei Li received the Google Research Award for his work developing an online engine that analyzes different databases.  Read more...

SoC alum, Robert McDermott passes away

SoC alum, Robert McDermott passes away

February 9th, 2015

Robert McDermott, passed away on January 20, 2015. Robert received his PhD from University of Utah computer science department in 1980.  Read more...

U Grad Wins Academy Award

U Grad Wins Academy Award

February 9th, 2015

University of Utah computer science graduate Colette Mullenhoff won a technical Academy Award for her work on a new digital system that helps Hollywood artists with their CGI.  Read more...

U Computer Science Team Researching ’05 Spanish Fork Explosion

U Computer Science Team Researching ’05 Spanish Fork Explosion

January 8th, 2015

University of Utah Computer Science Professor Martin Berzins and his research team are using supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility in Illinois to simulate a 2005 explosion in Spanish Fork Canyon.  Read more...

University of Utah Computer Science Alum Receives Prestigious Okawa Prize

University of Utah Computer Science Alum Receives Prestigious Okawa Prize

January 7th, 2015

U computer science alum Olivier Faugeras was awarded The Okawa Prize for his work in computer vision and computational neuroscience.  Read more...

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and Matthew Flatt named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and Matthew Flatt named ACM Distinguished Scientist

December 10th, 2014

On Dec. 4, the ACM recognized Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and Matthew Flatt among 49 other scientists, engineers and educators as Distinguished Members for their contributions and impact on computing.  Read more...

U Computer Scientists Create Self-Repairing Software

U Computer Scientists Create Self-Repairing Software

November 13th, 2014

University of Utah computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them.  Read more...

Martin Berzins appointed Member of ASCAC

Martin Berzins appointed Member of ASCAC

November 11th, 2014

Martin Berzins has been appointed a member of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC). The committee provides advice and recommendations on scientific, technical, and programmatic issues relating to the ASCAC Program.  Read more...

Li Receives $1.2M for Data-Driven Science

Li Receives $1.2M for Data-Driven Science

November 11th, 2014

Feifei Li received a $1.2M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program.  Read more...

Utah Graduate Awarded Young Scientist Publication Impact Award

Utah Graduate Awarded Young Scientist Publication Impact Award

November 10th, 2014

Sam Gerber was honored earlier this month for his impact on the field and in the understanding of Alzheimer's after researching a new method of analyzing medical brain scans.  Read more...

Women In Tech Honors Utah Alum

Women In Tech Honors Utah Alum

November 9th, 2014

Helen Hu is being honored for making a difference in the percentage of underrepresented minorities and women in the tech industry.  Read more...

NSF Awards School of Computing $10M for CloudLab

NSF Awards School of Computing $10M for CloudLab

November 8th, 2014

University of Utah computer scientists received a three-year, $10 million grant to build and support a new cloud computing research facility.  Read more...