Cockrell School Drives Innovative Conversations at SXSW 2013

Every March, a slew of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, media, entertainers and others descend on Austin for nearly two weeks of South by Southwest action. Again this year, the Cockrell School of Engineering is sharing ideas and driving conversations in multiple ways at SXSW 2013.

Cockrell School’s faculty and staff continue to be cutting-edge in the classroom, in labs and on the field, with the goal of providing society with smart solutions and technologies. And where better to showcase that expertise than in our own backyard at SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive? Below is a list of the bright minds and sharp research that will be showcased at SXSW, which runs March 4-17.

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Cockrell School at SXSW 2013


Workshop: Squishy Circuits, Toy Engineering and More!
March 5, 2-4 p.m.
-Didey Muniz and Tricia Berry, Women in Engineering Program
-Putting a creative twist on STEM teaching, this workshop presents educators with activities and methods to teach basic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts to all learners.

Panel: Hands on the Future in the Classroom
March 6, 3-4 p.m.
-Todd Humphreys, assistant professor of orbital mechanics, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
-The panel will discuss the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) in education.

SXSW Interactive

Burnt Orange Breakfast
March 8, 8-10 a.m.
The Cockrell School of Engineering hosts Burnt Orange Breakfast for InteractATX, a group of the brightest young entrepreneurs from the nation’s most prestigious universities. Created and led by UT Austin students, this group of undergraduate and graduate students are top innovators in technology, and they begin their SXSW Interactive trip with a breakfast on the UT Austin campus.
Twitter: @InteractATX

Extreme GPS: Limits of Security & Precision
March 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
-Presenter: Todd Humphreys, assistant professor
-GPS has its limits. Humphreys and his students The University of Texas Radionavigation Lab work to find them. For 20 years, GPS was so reliable it became navigation and timing crack for engineers. We all got addicted, Humphreys says. We put it in our phones, planes, power grid, communications networks. But there are limits. This presentation is a discussion of what happens when we push GPS to its limits — security limits, jamming limits, precision limits.
Twitter: #sxsw #hyperGPS

SXSW Accelerator
March 12, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
-Emcee: Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation
-On March 11, 48 companies battle for your taste-making, trend-setting attention, leading to a fireworks display of innovation. On March 12, the top 18 companies will be invited back, and at the end of the day winners of SXSW Accelerator will be announced.
Twitter: #sxsw #sxaccelerator