News In and Around CSD

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Anupam Gupta and Matthew T. Mason 2021 ACM fellows.

The ACM recognized Gupta, a professor in the Computer Science Department, for his contributions to approximation algorithms, online algorithms, stochastic algorithms and metric embeddings.... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, January 10, 2022

Rashmi Vinayak, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), received the 2021 VMware Systems Research Award for her work to enhance computer system reliability and efficiency by combining coding-theoretic algorithms, machine learning models and systems.

Vinayak has established herself as... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, December 16, 2021

Four School of Computer Science professors recently received endowed faculty chairs in recognition of their work and to support further research.

Keenan Crane received the inaugural Michael B. Donohue Career Development Chair. Crane's work focuses on algorithms for processing and analyzing three-dimensional geometric data. He joined the SCS faculty in 2015 after earning his Ph.D. in computer science from the California Institute of Technology and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, December 13, 2021

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are making beautiful shapes by simulating forces that are literally repulsive — like the force between two charged particles.

When computers reason about shapes, they assume that objects can move freely through each other, like a cartoon ghost passing through a wall. As anyone who has ever struggled to untangle a mass of headphone cables knows, that's not how real objects behave — yet it is a common and vexing problem in 3D modeling.

A research team from CMU's School of Computer Science and RWTH Aachen University... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Tuesday, November 23, 2021

A Ph.D. candidate in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department wants group messaging apps like WhatsApp to give their users more control over their messages.

Matthew Weidner was the lead author on a study presented at last week's ACM Conference on Computer and... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, November 19, 2021

Caching tiny objects can be a big deal to social media companies, IoT devices and other services scattered across the internet. Items like a tweet, the connections of a social network or identifying information about a smart doorbell may all be small in size — about 100 to 200 bytes — but delivering them quickly is largely important.

Sara McAllister, a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, led... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, November 15, 2021

David Touretzky, a research professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, will receive the 2022 AAAI/EAAI Outstanding Educator award for his work with the Artificial Intelligence for K-12 Initiative.

The award is presented annually by the... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, November 12, 2021

Advancements in artificial intelligence will present society with both progress and problems, but Kai-Fu Lee, a venture capitalist attempting to peer into the future of AI, believes that humanity will push through those challenges and move forward.

Lee, who described himself as optimistic but pragmatic about AI in the next decades, spoke with Martial Hebert, dean of Carnegie Mellon... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, October 26, 2021

As scientists laid the foundations of artificial intelligence, Pamela McCorduck was there.

The inquisitive, kind, gracious and open-minded woman soaked up the beginnings of modern technology through conversations and interactions with the researchers shaping the field.

McCorduck, an author who wrote some of the first novels and histories about AI and was a generous friend of CMU, died October 18. She was 80.

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by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, October 18, 2021

Two School of Computer Science graduates have received Alumni Achievement Awards for their exceptional accomplishments and leadership.

Luis von Ahna 2003 and 2005 SCS graduate, invented reCAPTCHA, a security feature to protect websites and applications from fraud and abuse. He also co-founded Duolingo, the world’s most popular language learning program. He was named a MacArthur Fellow, one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular... Read More


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