News from the Kahlert School of Computing

Researchers Demonstrate the First Autonomous Medical Robot That Steers Needles In Vivo

To safely operate, an autonomous vehicle needs to be able to recognize and avoid obstacles in real time. Even a momentary lapse could lead to disastrous consequences, especially if the vehicle is a medical needle, less than a millimeter wide, navigating through the cluttered tissue of a…

2023 Organick Lecture Series

Elizabeth ChurchillSenior Director of UX at Google October 18, 2023The past, present, and future of Human Computer Interaction5:45pm Reception 6:00pm Lecture Location: The Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House Ballroom Abstract / Calendar EventOctober 19, 2023Reflections on the study of…

Adobe Co-Founder and Kahlert School of Computing Alum John Warnock Passes Away

John Warnock, U alum (Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering ’69,) and computer scientist pioneer, died on Saturday, August 19. He co-founded Adobe in 1982 with the late Dr. Charles Geschke, and together, built Adobe from a small start-up into one of the largest, most recognized…

U of U SIGGRAPH Reception

Current and former faculty and alumni from the Kahlert School of Computing gathered for a special U of U reception at the SIGGRAPH conference last week in LA. Thanks to Professor Cem Yuksel and students Elie Diaz, Gaurav Bhokare and Eisen Montalvo for organizing this fun event.

William B. Thompson (1948-2023)

William B. Thompson passed away peacefully in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 26, 2023. We remember Bill for his enthusiasm for the outdoors, his incredible slide shows and stories, and his scientific contributions and mentoring.  Bill exemplified work-life balance before it was trendy. He…

New ‘Open Testing and Integration Center’ Designation Expands POWDER’s Reach

As the power and ubiquity of mobile devices increases, so does the strain they put on wireless networks. The continuous rollout of new wireless deployments, such as the current “5G” standard, is necessary to keep up with this demand. However, upgrading these standards is a massive undertaking,…

Kessler Inducted into HEVGA Fellows

Bob Kessler, Ph.D., EAE's co-founder and founding director, will be posthumously inducted as a HEVGA Fellow during a ceremony to be held at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco, CA, the week of March 20th, 2023. Kessler was a towering figure in the history of EAE, serving to co-found…

Manish Parashar Receives Achievement Award in High Performance Distributed Computing

Congratulations to Manish Parashar for receiving the 2023 Achievement Award in High Performance Distributed Computing for pioneering strategic and technical contributions, and international leadership in high performance parallel and distributed computing, computational science, and…

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Prof. Patil Selected as Faculty Co-Director of the University of Utah’s DATASET Initiative

Associate Prof. Sameer Patil from the Kahlert School of Computing has been selected as a faculty co-director of the Data Science & Ethics of Technology (DATASET) Initiative at the University of Utah to serve alongside co-director Prof. Manish Parashar. Prof. Patil replaces past co-director…

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Kahlert School Research on Visualizations for Metabolic Networks Published in Nature Cell Biology and Science

In September 2019, Jordan Berg, then a PhD student in the lab of Professor Jared Rutter in the Biochemistry Department, contacted Professor Bei Wang Phillips in the Kahlert School of Computing and the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute regarding how best to design a tool for the analysis…

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Award-winning Research from the Kahlert School Examines Student Understanding of Code Quality

Kahlert School of Computing Ph.D. student Sara Nurollahian and Assistant Prof. Eliane Wiese have received the best paper award for the Software Engineering Education and Training Track at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2023) for their paper titled Improving Assessment…

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A New Technique by Kahlert School Researchers Paves the Way for Enhancing Training Efficiency for Physics-Informed Neural Networks

Kahlert School of Computing researchers Ramansh Sharma, an incoming PhD student, and Dr. Varun Shankar, an Assistant Professor, have developed a novel method that expedites the training of a specific type of artificial intelligence (AI) system known as Physics-Informed Neural Networks…

U’s Air Quality Network Receives Award

University of Utah air quality researchers along with the Salt Lake County Health Department have received a Smart Cities North America Award for its Air Quality and You project, a network of air quality sensors deployed throughout the county that monitor air pollution in real time.

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Kahlert School of Computing Faculty and Students Heading to Hamburg for CHI 2023

The Kahlert School of Computing is heading to Hamburg, Germany for the CHI 2023 conference, which will be held from April 23rd - April 28th. Considered to be the leading global conference on Human-Computer Interaction, the  ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems brings…

Giving Day

Giving Day, March 28-29

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Kahlert School Ph.D. Student Noelle Brown Presents Work on Ethics & Technology at the Embedded Ethics conference

Noelle Brown How can we teach computer science students about the ethical implications of technology? PhD student Noelle Brown is synthesizing the state of the field regarding this issue and presented her work at Stanford’s Embedded Ethics conference held on March 7, 2023 at Stanford University.…

National Science Foundation Selects the Kahlert School to Serve as the Site for Engaging Undergraduates in Research on Trust and Reproducibility of Intelligent Computation

The National Science Foundation has awarded a prestigious new research experience for undergraduates (REU) site to the Kahlert School of Computing entitled Trust and Reproducibility of Intelligent Computation (TREU). Led by Principal Investigator Prof. Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and Co-Principal…

50th Anniversary of Computing at the University of Utah and IEEE Milestone Event

50th Anniversary of Computing at the University of Utah and IEEE Milestone Event (March 23-24, 2023). This once-in-a-lifetime two-day event, which is open to the public, will be held in the ballroom of the University of Utah’s Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House, 155 S. Central Campus Drive, in…

50th Anniversary Celebration and IEEE Milestone

Celebrate our 50th anniversary and IEEE Milestone, March 23-24

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Prof. Jason Wiese Receives Google Award for Inclusion Research

Kahlert School of Computing Assistant Professor Jason Wiese is a recipient of the 2022 Google Research Award for Inclusion Research aimed at developing personal tracking technology that addresses a major challenge faced by power wheelchair users: avoiding pressure ulcers. The research supported…

Award-Winning Tentacle Robots Help Create Less Invasive Surgeries

Assistant professor Alan Kuntz and recent PhD graduate Michael Bentley from the University of Utah Kahlert School of Computing and Robotics Center, have won the 2022 IEEE Access Best Video Award (Part 1). This award is given to the best video of papers submitted within a 6-month period to the…

Prof. Kogan Receives Grant from Meta to Investigate Meme-based Campaigns to Counter Online Propaganda

Kahlert School of Computing Assistant Professor Marina Kogan has received a grant of US $99,562 through Foundational Integrity & Social Impact Research program of Meta to investigate emotionally-driven, meme-based campaigns for countering online propaganda. Memes, which have risen in…

Mu Zhang Receives $65K Grant from Cisco to Enhance the Security of Smart Contracts

Mu Zhang, an assistant professor at the Kahlert School of Computing, and his research team have received a grant of US $65,421 from Cisco Research to look into safety issues surrounding smart contracts. Zhang’s research aims to develop new techniques to automatically and robustly understand the…

Capstone Demo Day

Senior Capstone Demo Day

The University of Utah’s Kahlert School of Computing recently showcased Senior Capstone Projects. Each project demonstrated the keen abilities of the seniors in computer science, and the wide range of skills they possess to solve diverse problems. Judges from academia and local industry…

Data Science Day 2023

Data Science Day 2023

On January 13, 2023, the Utah Center for Data Science hosted at least 280 participants at Data Science Day, making this perhaps the largest data science event ever at the University of Utah. The event was a gathering of all those interested in data science around campus, including students,…

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Marcin Copik, Masado Alexander Ishii, and Shelby Lockhart Named Recipients 
of 2022 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

New York, NY, October 19, 2022 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the IEEE Computer Society announced today that Marcin Copik of ETH Zurich and Masado Alexander Ishii of the University of Utah are the recipients of the 2022 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships.…

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School of Computing Welcomes 11 New Faculty Members

The School of Computing is delighted to announce that eleven new faculty members have joined the School at the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year. The accomplished group of renowned scholars covers a breadth of research areas across the school. “The new faculty bring research expertise that…

Vermont POWDER Project

Vermont Researchers Use POWDER for Unique Testing

Researchers from the University of Vermont visited Utah recently to utilize the University of Utah’s POWDER wireless communications testbed for experiments involving a new tool that helps contractors detect objects underground. This new ground-penetrating radar system, being developed by University…

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Developing 5G Tech for the Government

A team led by University of Utah computer science researchers is one of 16 multidisciplinary groups selected nationwide for the first phase of a new convergence research track to develop advanced 5G communications technologies for the U.S. military, federal government and infrastructure operators.…

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Reaching Out to Students in Crisis

For many students, the college experience can be unbearably stressful. Academic pressure, separation from the family and a sense of vulnerability can all lead to a mental-health crisis. And for this generation of young adults, they’ve also had to contend with a stifling once-in-a-century pandemic.…

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Lab Safety Day 2022

At the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, lab safety is a priority. To increase awareness of university safety policies, the college is hosting its first annual “Lab Safety Day” for faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students. This free special event will be held Friday, Sept.…

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Parashar Named Presidential Professor

School of Computing professor Manish Parashar, who is the director of the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, was recently named Presidential Professor.

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Van der Merwe receives U Research Award

Congratulations to University of Utah School of Computing professor Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Merwe, who is one of six U faculty to receive this year’s Distinguished Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research. 


Vivek Gupta receives prestigious Bloomberg Fellowship

Vivek Gupta, a PhD student working with Vivek Srikumar was selected as a recipient of the 2021-2022 Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship. Vivek will receive financial and professional support to pursue his research interests over the course of the academic year as he work towards the completion…

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SOC Student receives Women in Tech Award

Congratulations to University of Utah School of Computing student Anna Bell, who received the student 2021 Women Tech Award from the Women Tech Council (WTC).

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SoC Faculty Receive DOE/ASCR X-Stack Award

University of Utah School of Computing professor Ganesh Gopalakrishnan and assistant professor Pavel Panchekha have received one of the five DOE/ASCR X-Stack awards from the U.S. Department of Energy to adapt scientific software for next-generation high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

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Inclusive Computing Center

The School of Computing has officially launched the new Utah Center for Inclusive Computing (UCIC), which recognizes the importance of inclusion in engineering and computing and is designed to boost the percentage of students from groups currently underrepresented in computing.

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SoC’s Ricci Tops Research Grants for 2021

University of Utah research funding continues to grow, totaling $641 million in fiscal year 2021, which ended June 30. The total is a new record high for the U, which achieved milestones of $600 million in funding last year and $500 million three years ago.

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Welcome Back

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester! As I begin my second year as the Director of the School of Computing, it is good to reflect on the resilience of the School of Computing community over the past year and look forward to changes in the coming year. In recognition of the importance of the computing…

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Introduction to The Data Science Club

When and why did the club start? The Data Science Center is a passion project that has been in the works for several years. Prof. Jeff Phillips and others spent months trying for a data science center to help students interested in Data Science, which was still a fringe issue at the University when…