Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News

Personal Computer Inventor to Join College of Engineering Faculty

Alumnus Mark Dean, co-inventor of the personal computer, will join UT’s College of Engineering faculty this fall. Dean arrives at UT from IBM, where he most recently served as chief technology officer for IBM Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. He begins on September 1 as the John Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Professor Helps Design Software for the Next Generation of Supercomputer

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at UT is designing software that will be critical in making the next generation of supercomputers operational. For decades, supercomputers have been tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, from sequencing the human genome to predicting climate changes. But their power is limited and thus, so is our knowledge.

Professor Jack Dongarra Announces New Supercomputer Benchmark

The way the power of supercomputers is measured is about to change. Since 1993, Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at UT has led the ranking of the world’s top 500 supercomputers. The much-celebrated bi-annual TOP500 list is compiled using Dongarra’s benchmark system, called Linpack. But Dongarra says Linpack hasn’t kept pace with supercomputing needs and must be updated.

HPRWire: Full Details Uncovered on Chinese Top Supercomputer

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory, was interviewed by HPCWire about China’s reveal of supercomputer of the Tianhe-2, which will, barring any completely unexpected surprises, far surpass the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan. Dongarra helps release the Top500 lists of supercomputers

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Professors Create Code that Turns Large-Scale Data into Art

How does a computer view the human world—say, the human genome or literary works such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick? Two UT professors have provided some insight, thanks to a code they’ve created that allows the computer to transform large-scale data and information into digital images—compressed pictures composed of colorful lines.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Evan Meaney and Amy Szczepanski

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Evan Meaney, an assistant professor of art, and Amy Szczepanski, an assistant research professor in electrical engineering and computer science, had the big idea of turning large-scale data and information into art. httpvh://youtu.be/U8GE7tca6Bc

Engineering Team to Use EPA Award to Teach High Schoolers about E-Bikes

How likely is a new teenage driver to trade in his or her keys for an electric bike? That’s a question some UT professors are trying to answer. Together, professors from four different departments within the College of Engineering have won a $15,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The grant is phase one of the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet annual student design competition, which offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Mark Dean

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Mark Dean, a 1979 graduate in electrical engineering, has the big idea of building a device that will replace everything that you carry in your wallet. Dean is one of the lead inventors of the personal computer and is chief technology officer for IBM Middle East and Africa.