News In and Around CSD

by Kayla Papakie | Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Three Carnegie Mellon University researchers in the School of Computer Science recently earned Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. The awards are the foundation's most prestigious for young faculty researchers.

Weina Wang

An assistant professor in the Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments,... Read More

by Josh Quicksall | Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Whether you are at the office, the gym, or even at a friend’s house for a BBQ this summer, chances are an IoT device is going to gather some sort of data about you. Compounding the fact that this data may be sensitive is the reality that many of these devices gather data on anyone within range, whether they are the owners of the device or not.

In new work presented at the 20th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys) last week, CyLab researchers aim to tackle precisely this problem. Authored by ... Read More

Dual-Shutter Vibration-Sensing System Uses Ordinary Cameras To Achieve Extraordinary Results
by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A camera system developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers can see sound vibrations with such precision and detail that it can reconstruct the music of a single instrument in a band or orchestra.

Even the most high-powered and directed microphones can't eliminate nearby sounds, ambient noise and the effect of acoustics when they capture audio. The novel system developed in the School of Computer Science's Robotics Institute (RI) uses two cameras and a laser to sense high-speed, low-amplitude surface vibrations... Read More

by Kayla Papakie | Friday, June 3, 2022

Genomics expert and School of Computer Science alumnus Michael Schatz was named to Time Magazine's 2022 list of the 100 most influential people for his work to fill in the gaps of the human genome sequence with the Telomere-to-Telomere Consortium (T2T).

Schatz, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from SCS in 2000. This past March, he and the... Read More

SCS Professor Will Head Institute for the Reliability of Autonomous Dynamical Systems at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Computer systems increasingly manage and control networks such as the trains crisscrossing a country or the planes taking off and landing at an airport. Failures in these systems not only disrupt critical infrastructure but can also put people's lives at risk.

Carnegie Mellon University's Andre Platzer, a professor in the School of Computer Science, focuses on ensuring these systems make the correct decisions to optimize performance, robustness and safety. He wants to make computer assistance systems so... Read More

by Lenore and Manuel Blum | Friday, May 27, 2022

The quest to understand consciousness, once the purview of philosophers and theologians, is now actively pursued by scientists of many stripes. This paper studies consciousness from the perspective of Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), a branch of mathematics concerned with understanding the underlying principles of computation and complexity.

This research demonstrates how a TCS perspective and insights can contribute to the understanding of consciousness and related... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, May 26, 2022

Eric Xing, a professor in the Machine Learning and Computer Science departments and the Language Technologies Institute, has been named a 2022 American Statistical Association (ASA) fellow for his pioneering contributions to machine learning research, entrepreneurship in artificial intelligence and leadership in AI education.

ASA fellows must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. Only one-third of 1% of the ASA’s total members may be designated... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, May 23, 2022

Privacy and security and control of those things are paramount in the world of cryptocurrencies.

“The whole cryptocurrency decentralized business is about giving control of the digital coins to you,” says Aravinda Thyagarajan, a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department advised by Associate Professor Elaine Shi. “You should control your coins, and you don’t want to leak any information about them.”

This week, Thyagarajan will be presenting a new paper outlining a new protocol towards... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Carnegie Mellon Women's Association (CMWA) has awarded Carmel Baharav, a senior graduating with a degree in computer science, a $1,500 scholarship as one of its 2022 award recipients. 

Baharav was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Society of Women Engineers and the Db choir. She was also a teacher's assistant, which she called one of the most impactful experiences she had at CMU. 

"I have gotten to know so many students and hopefully have been able to help some of them," Baharav said.

After graduation, Baharav will pursue... Read More

by Megan Harris and Heidi Opdyke | Thursday, May 12, 2022

Nadia Susanto and Michael OBroin will both earn degrees from the School of Computer Science during Carnegie Mellon University's upcoming Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15. But they'll also leave the university with something not every student can claim: top-notch records as athletes.

Nadia Susanto

Susanto, co-captain of the CMU's women's golf team, will earn degrees in business administration from the ... Read More

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