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Current Open Faculty Search Positions in CS

The Department of Computer Science (CS) invites applications for one tenure-track Assistant Professor and two open-rank positions (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) starting in Fall 2020 in the general areas of algorithms/theory, computer systems/big data, and data science/artificial intelligence. Internationally recognized outstanding candidates in other areas are also encouraged to apply.

Researchers Study Methods to Best Teach Kids Augmented Reality

Researchers at UTSA are working to identify the best approach to help children operate augmented reality technology. According to UTSA computer science experts, a major barrier to wider adoption of AR for experiential learning is that designs tend to be geared toward adults’ voice or gesture commands. 

By conducting in-classroom testing among elementary school students, UTSA researchers have uncovered that AR programs are best delivered using controller commands, followed by programs that communicate with age-specific language. 

New Research Exposes Security Risk for E-Scooters and Riders

Micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters, zip in and out of traffic. In San Antonio alone, over 12,000 scooters are on the road. For this reason, micromobility is seen as an alleviating trend to help tackle traffic congestion.

However, new research out of UTSA finds e-scooters have risks beyond the perils of potential collisions. Computer science experts at UTSA have published the first review of the security and privacy risks posed by e-scooters and their related software services and applications. 

Researchers to Help Diversify STEM with Program for Hispanic Educators

A team of UTSA researchers is helping to bring more diversity to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by growing the Hispanic population of teachers in these areas. 

A team from the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences is teaming up with San Antonio ISD to create a teacher professional development program that would train in-service teachers to become high school computer science teachers with support from a $999,556 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

UTSA Computer Scientists Work to Combat Photoshopped Videos Called Deep Fakes

Reprinted from KSAT News Article

A deep fake is basically a photoshopped video. It’s a video that was fabricated. An example could be where someone else’s face and voice was edited over another person, and these videos can be very convincing and may appear real. Deep fakes are already out in the world, and so now schools, professors, and computer scientists are already working to combat them.

Artificial Intelligence Rolls Out Across Academic Disciplines

Reprinted from UTSA Today

The University of Texas at San Antonio is participating in a pioneering program to introduce artificial intelligence principles to students in all academic disciplines.

UTSA is working with MITRE, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research and development in the public interest, to help faculty develop lesson modules incorporating AI, big data analytics and data visualization in classrooms across campus this academic year.

AI Summit to Mark UTSA Commitment to Transdisciplinary Research

Reprinted from UTSA Today

Artificial Intelligence is a key focus for The University of Texas at San Antonio. Solidifying this cluster of research activity into a collaborative forum is the launch of the university’s inaugural AI Summit, taking place Nov. 11. Nationally recognized AI experts from across the country will discuss their advanced research with the UTSA community. 

UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Light Bulbs

Reprinted from UTSA Today

Smart bulbs are expected to be a popular purchase this holiday season. But could lighting your home open up your personal information to hackers?

Earlier this year Amazon’s Echo made global headlines when it was reported that consumers’ conversations were recorded and heard by thousands of employees.

Now researchers at UTSA have conducted a review of the security holes that exist in popular smart-light brands. According to the analysis, the next prime target could be that smart bulb that shoppers buy this coming holiday season.