News Category: ai-&-machine-learning

Microsoft Research Partners with UT Austin, Texas iSchool for Microsoft Ability Initiative

March 29, 2019

Despite significant developments in the world of automated image captioning, current image captioning approaches are not well-aligned with the needs of people with visual impairments. People who are blind or with low vision share a unique and real challenge –their visual impairment exposes them to a time-consuming, and sometimes, impossible task of learning what content is present in an image without visual assistance. As such, these communities often seek a visual assistant to describe photos they take themselves or find online. 

The University of Texas at Austin Awarded Grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Support Human Cell Atlas

July 13, 2018

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF (CZI), a donor-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, recently awarded a grant to the University of Texas at Austin to support the work of Assistant Professor Danna Gurari. The project titled, “Video Analysis: Efficiently Tracking and Detecting Life Cycle Phase Transitions for Live Cells,” aims to design frameworks and systems that close the gap between computer vision (CV) algorithm and human performance for analyzing living cells observed in videos.

 

Dr. Sholler appointed to Berkeley postdoc

July 17, 2017

Recent iSchool graduate Dr. Dan Sholler has been appointed to a postdoctoral fellowship with the rOpenSci project at the University of California, Berkeley.

An expert in qualitative research, Dr. Sholler studies digital infrastructure creation, growth and maintenance efforts. 

Professor Lease wins HCOMP 2016 Best Paper Award

Nov. 30, 2016
A research article co-authored by School of Information Associate Professor Matthew Lease received the Best Paper Award from the 2016 Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) this November.
 

Professor Bias Receives Research Grants

Feb. 8, 2016

In June, iSchool associate professor and Information eXperience Lab co-director Randolph Bias received funding for two research threads.  He earned a $34,000 research grant from the UT-Austin Center for Identity to fulfill his research program “An Empirical Study of the Level of Agreement between Social Media Users’ Perceived and Actual Privacy Settings.” The CID serves as a center of excellence for identity management, privacy and security. 

Matt Lease receives grant from QNRF to improve Arabic language search engine technology

Nov. 4, 2015

While search engines have become incredibly accurate for navigating through websites written in English, finding relevant webpages in other languages is often more difficult.

UT iSchool, Iron Mountain kick off partnership with 'Roundup on Big Data Analytics' event Feb. 24

Feb. 23, 2015

The University of Texas School of Information and Iron Mountain Incorporated, a storage and information management company, have partnered together to advance the study and practice of information management and governance. To launch this initiative, the UT School of Information and Iron Mountain will co-host "A Two-Gun Texas Roundup on Big Data Analytics," on Feb. 24 at the AT&T Conference Center, located at 1900 University Ave., Austin, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hyun Joon Jung Receives 2015 Samsung Human-Tech Paper Award

Feb. 7, 2015

Hyun Joon Jung, a PhD candidate in the School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Texas at Austin, was awarded a distinguished Silver Prize in Computer Science at the 21st Annual International Samsung Human-Tech Paper Awards, held on February 11, 2015.

UT iSchool Welcomes New Faculty Member Byron Wallace

June 12, 2014

The UT iSchool is pleased to welcome Byron Wallace, who will be joining us this fall as an assistant professor. His research interests are in data mining/machine learning and natural language processing, with an emphasis on applications in health. Byron is presently a research assistant professor at Brown University, where he is based in the Department of Health Services, Policy & Practice and is also affiliated with the Brown Laboratory for Linguistic and Information Processing (BLLIP) in computer science.