“All of the breakthroughs that look like science fiction to us—artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, automated assistants, natural language recognition—are powered by data,” says assistant professor Theo Rekatsinas, who joined the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2017.
Yingyu Liang, a new faculty member in machine learning in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, enjoys bringing his disparate interests together. In his free time, he enjoys hobbies ranging from badminton to classical Chinese poetry. Within computer science, he was drawn to machine learning because it pulls together so many things that fascinate him.
Alum LeBlanc, George Washington University's newest president, applies CS education to administrative career
"Badger blood doesn’t go away, even though we haven't lived in Madison in a very long time. My wife and I still think of ourselves as Badgers," says Thomas J. LeBlanc (MS '79, PhD '82). His education in computer science has taken him far: LeBlanc recently became the 17th president of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday's announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to researchers Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology, bears University of Wisconsin System connections.
Making algorithms more fair—and the outcomes that they reach more transparent—has become an urgent topic in the last few years. University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty in the Department of Computer Sciences are at the forefront of this critical issue.
To address issues of gender disparity within computer science, the Department of Computer Sciences has joined forces with NCWIT to create and begin implementing a strategic plan to recruit and retain more undergraduate women.
Despite the internet-dependent nature of our world, a thorough understanding of the internet’s physical makeup has only recently emerged, thanks to painstaking work by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers and their collaborators. Professor of Computer Sciences Paul Barford, Ph.D. candidate Ramakrishnan (Ram) Durairajan and colleagues have developed Internet Atlas, the first detailed map of the internet’s structure worldwide.
It’s no secret on campus that introductory computer science courses can be quite challenging—so a new tutoring lab within the Department of Computer Sciences is ready to provide students with the extra help they may need to succeed.
The Computer Sciences Learning Center opened on a pilot basis during the spring 2016 semester and has become more established this fall, with a roster of fifteen tutors who keep it open 6 hours per day, four days a week. Students can drop in for as-needed, peer-to-peer help, rather than needing to abide by the office hours of a professor or TA.
IEEE Computer Society awards committee has selected Dr. Gurindar S. Sohi to receive the 2016 B. Ramakrishna Rau Award.