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SCS faculty members Maria Florina Balcan, Roger B. Dannenberg, Ken Koedinger and Elaine Shi have been named 2023 ACM fellows.

Four SCS Faculty Named 2023 ACM Fellows

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, January 24, 2024

School of Computer Science faculty members Maria Florina Balcan, Roger B. Dannenberg, Ken Koedinger and Elaine Shi have been recognized as 2023 fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The distinction, reserved for the top 1% of the association's membership, honors recipients' outstanding work in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

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Computer Science Department researchers have designed a method to more efficiently and effectively kick unnecessary items out of the cache, improving the performance of software, servers and websites that rely on cached items. (Image created with…

Researchers Design Simple, High-Performing Cache Eviction Algorithm

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department (CSD) have designed a method to more efficiently and effectively kick unnecessary items out of the cache, improving the performance of software, servers and websites that rely on cached items.

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SCS senior Rachel Wilson received the 2023 Scott Robert Krulcik Scholarship in Computer Science, which honors an SCS student who has clearly demonstrated the qualities that made Krulcik so beloved at CMU: a leader with a positive attitude, an…

Wilson Earns 2023 Krulcik Scholarship

by Kayla Papakie | Thursday, November 30, 2023

School of Computer Science senior Rachel Wilson's favorite thing about Carnegie Mellon University is being immersed in a community of people who are incredibly passionate about their work. She'd even argue she's learned as much outside the classroom as she has inside.

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Anjali Thontakudi and Helena Yang, Computer Science Majors

Yang, Thontakudi Earn 2023 Stehlik Scholarship

by Susie Cribbs | Friday, November 17, 2023

School of Computer Science senior Helena Yang and recent graduate Anjali Thontakudi (SCS 2023) don't think they've met, but they have lots in common. Both women served as teaching assistants (TAs) for 15-112: Introduction to Computer Programming. They both experienced an education interrupted by a global pandemic and rose to the resulting challenges. Both have an artistic side they indulged at Carnegie Mellon University, even taking similar-but-different classes in storytelling.

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SCS graduate students Lea Albaugh, Paul Pu Liang (top) and Maxwell Jones, Shih-Lun Wu and Bailey Flanigan (bottom) have been named Siebel Scholars for 2024. (Image courtesy of Siebel Scholars.)

Five SCS Students Named 2024 Siebel Scholars

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Five graduate students in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have been named Siebel Scholars for 2024. Lea Albaugh, Bailey Flanigan, Maxwell Jones, Paul Pu Liang and Shih-Lun Wu will each receive $35,000 as part of the program.

Founded in 2000 by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Siebel Scholars program recognizes nearly 100 students each year whose work influences the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future.

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Summer Awards Roundup

Monday, September 18, 2023

CSD faculty and students win awards, grants, and recognition every day. Here's a look at recent awards we know about through Summer 2023. 

CSD Students & Teams

Diya Dinesh, a sophomore computer science and robotics major, was a finalist for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Program’s NCWIT Collegiate Award.

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Junior AI major Dongkyun Kim designed the winning deep learning model in a recent competition to accurately classify diseases based on chest X-rays.

AI Major Wins Automated Medical Diagnosis Challenge

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, September 7, 2023

Dongkyun Kim, a junior artificial intelligence major in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, designed the winning deep learning model in a recent competition to accurately classify diseases based on chest X-rays.

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SCS researchers teamed up with colleagues at Intel, Microsoft and NYU to develop a new system that changes how CPUs communicate with network interface cards, dramatically improving server communication speeds.

CSD Researchers Develop System That Dramatically Speeds Up Server Communication

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, August 17, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University researchers in the School of Computer Science collaborated with colleagues at Intel, Microsoft and New York University to develop a new system for internet servers that changes how CPUs communicate with network interface cards. The system, called Ensō, increases the rate at which servers can service requests by up to 600%.

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The winningest team in DEF CON's Capture the Flag (CTF) competition history, CMU's Plaid Parliament of Pwning recently defended its title, earning its seventh victory in the past 11 years as part of the Maple Mallard Magistrates.

CMU Hacking Team Wins Seventh DEF CON Capture the Flag Title

by Ryan Noone | Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The winningest team in DEF CON's Capture the Flag (CTF) competition history, Carnegie Mellon University's Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), was back at it again as the team recently defended its title, earning its seventh victory in the past 11 years.

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Obituary: SCS Mourns Loss of Computer Visionary, Entrepreneur Edward Fredkin

by Matthew Wein | Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Fifty years ago, few people, if any, could possibly have foreseen the way artificial intelligence would grip our imaginations and consume the public discourse. But if anyone did, it was probably Edward Fredkin.

Fredkin, one of the most influential computer science theorists and thinkers of his generation who spent part of his career as a distinguished career professor at Carnegie Mellon University, died June 13 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was 88.

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Rashmi Vinayak was named the 2023 Goldsmith Lecturer by the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Rashmi Vinayak Named Goldsmith Lecturer by IEEE Information Theory Society

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, July 3, 2023

The School of Computer Science’s Rashmi Vinayak was named the 2023 Goldsmith Lecturer by the IEEE Information Theory Society.

The Goldsmith Lecturer Program highlights the technical achievements of early-career women and helps build their professional career and recognition. The program contributes to the public visibility of the chosen lecturer and seeks to increase the diversity of IEEE.

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Weina Wang

Computer Science Professor Named ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, June 29, 2023

The School of Computer Science's Weina Wang received the 2023 Rising Star Research Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for the Computer Performance Evaluation Community (ACM SIGMETRIC) for her development of new mathematical tools and algorithms that significantly deepen our understanding of the performance of complex, heterogeneous stochastic systems.

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CSD post-doc Sam Westrick received ACM SIGPLAN's John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award for his work on memory disentanglement.

CSD Post-Doc Wins Top Dissertation Award

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, June 29, 2023

Sam Westrick, a post-doctoral researcher in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, received the John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (ACM SIGPLAN).

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A team of SCS and Meta researchers redesigned operating systems and hardware to improve memory management in datacenters, earning them a Best Paper Award at the 50th International Symposium on Computer Architecture.

SCS, Meta Researchers Resolve Chronic Memory-Management Problem in Datacenters

Works Wins Best Paper Award at ISCA

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, June 26, 2023

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and Meta have redesigned operating systems and hardware to drastically improve memory management in datacenters.

As memory capacity increases in datacenters, virtual memory has become a major performance bottleneck. A vast body of prior work relies on the assumption that an operating system can allocate large, physically contiguous memory to reduce the costs associated with that bottleneck. However, the team identified that in reality, memory contiguity is scarce in datacenters.

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CMU's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) team came in second overall at the 2023 North America Championship.

CMU Programming Team Places Top in the U.S., Second in North America

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) team beat its U.S. competitors and came in second overall at this year’s North America Championship. 

The CMU team finished behind the University of Waterloo but bested top U.S. schools including MIT; the University of California, Berkeley; and Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford universities. A total of 51 schools participated in the May 29 competition in Orlando, Florida. 

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Our faculty and students routinely earn top honors for their research and teaching excellence. We celebrate their successes and value their contributions to furthering computer science and its related fields.

Spring 2023 Awards Roundup

by Compiled by Susie Cribbs | Wednesday, May 31, 2023

SCS faculty and students win awards, grants and recognition every day. Here's a look — neither exhaustive nor abbreviated — at who won what this semester. Keep an eye out at the end of the summer and during the fall semester for updates. Spot a glaring omission? Email the SCS News team with details.*

The Dean's Business Office also maintains a sortable archive of major faculty honors on the Faculty Awards website.

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CMU-led research shows that large language models can perform tedious or repetitive tasks by completing keyboard and mouse actions.

CMU Researcher Uses ChatGPT To Execute Computer Tasks

Large Language Models Can Solve Computer Tasks Using Keyboard, Mouse Actions

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Research spearheaded by Carnegie Mellon University shows that AI systems such as ChatGPT and Midjourney, known best for generating text, code or images, can also handle repetitive tasks.

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