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Graeme Henkelman's 2017 Peter O’Donnell Distinguished Research Award Recognizes Innovative Battery Research Graeme Henkelman's 2017 Peter O’Donnell Distinguished Research Award Recognizes Innovative Battery Research

Graeme Henkelman is a hidden asset in building better batteries--for cars, cell phones, and all manner of energy-saving devices. Read more.

Posted: Aug. 23, 2017
George Biros' research group pushes computational efficiency by programming with hardware in mind George Biros' research group pushes computational efficiency by programming with hardware in mind

For decades, scientists have been increasing the speed and efficiency of high performance computing (HPC) by cramming more and more transistors onto processing cores, a phenomenon described by the famous Moore’s Law.

However, there’s a limit to how small transistors can get. And Intel, one of the leaders in transistor miniaturization, gives it five years until the end of Moore’s Law. Without a way to increase computing power, high performance data analysis and simulation—from medical research to climate modeling —could plateau, limiting the complexity and the types of problems that we are able to solve. Read more.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2017
Student John Hawkins Helps Develop New Technique To Enable Safer Gene-Editing Student John Hawkins Helps Develop New Technique To Enable Safer Gene-Editing

John Hawkins, a CSEM student and a team of UT scientists, took an important step toward safer gene-editing cures for life-threatening disorders, from cancer to HIV to Huntington’s disease, by developing a technique that can spot editing mistakes a popular tool known as CRISPR makes to an individual’s genome. The research appears today in the journal Cell. Read more.

Posted: June 29, 2017
Robot Control:  Ufuk Topcu's mathematics to improve autonomous system design Robot Control: Ufuk Topcu's mathematics to improve autonomous system design

Wondering how soon you’ll be able to leave the driving to an autonomous vehicle? The statistics from companies developing driver-less cars sound pretty good at first blush. A few dozen Google-related vehicles have logged more than 1 million autonomous miles nationally in the past five years, while negotiating 600,000-plus stop lights, millions of other vehicles and 200,000 stop signs. Dig deeper into the facts, however, and the relaxing day dream starts to stall out. Read more.

Posted: May 30, 2017
Remembering Peter Flawn, visionary university president, ICES board member Remembering Peter Flawn, visionary university president, ICES board member

ICES Director Tinsley Oden penned a brief remembrance of his friend and colleague Peter Flawn, and will expand on his thoughts at the memorial ceremony.

Services honoring the former UT president and ICES board member will be held Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. in the
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, LBJ Presidential Library. Oden will speak as part of the ceremony. Read more.

Posted: May 9, 2017