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by Daniel Tkacik | Friday, November 15, 2019

Just weeks after a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers demonstrated that Google's new congestion control algorithm (CCA) gives an unfair advantage to its own traffic, the same team has proposed new guidelines for how future algorithms should be developed.

"Our work shows that it is not always the case that new CCAs will be fair to the old ones," said Justine Sherry, an assistant professor in CMU'... Read More

Gifts Totaling $6 Million by Cadence Design Systems and CEO Lip-Bu Tan Will Advance Research and Teaching
by Brian Thornton | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cadence Design Systems Inc. and its CEO, Lip-Bu Tan, have made significant gifts of $3 million each to support Carnegie Mellon University faculty members working in computer-related fields.

Cadence, a leading multinational company in the electronic design automation industry, has created the Cadence Design Systems Endowed Chair in Computer Science. Tan and his wife, Ysa Loo, have created the Tan Family Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Together, the gifts total $6 million, which will provide funding to advance faculty members' activities, including research... Read More

Annual Workshop Boosts Women in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
by Byron Spice | Friday, November 8, 2019

Women from Carnegie Mellon University outnumbered those from every other institution at Rising Stars 2019, an annual workshop for early career women in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. They also won two of the four prizes in the workshop's Research Pitch Competition.

The intensive workshop, designed for women pursuing academic careers, was hosted this year by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Oct. 29-Nov. 1. It included the largest class of participants to date, with 90... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, November 4, 2019

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Thomas Cortina, teaching professor in the Computer Science Department and assistant dean for undergraduate education in the School of Computer Science, one of 62 computer scientists worldwide to be recognized this year as Distinguished Members for their outstanding contributions.

All 2019 inductees are... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Tuesday, October 22, 2019

If the Internet had its own superhero, it might be the congestion control algorithm (CCA), an essential piece of code internet giants use to ensure that the web isn't crippled by a massive data traffic jam. They've been used since the 1980s to slow data transfers when they sense a network is becoming overloaded.

Like any great superhero, CCAs try to work fairly. When the network is becoming overloaded, they won't prioritize one company's services over another. But new research out of Carnegie Mellon University shows that a CCA... Read More

Grant Program Inspired by Success of SCS's Pioneering OurCS Workshop
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The School of Computer Science's OurCS research-focused workshop for undergraduate women considering graduate studies in computer science is among the recipients of this year's Google exploreCSR grants, which were inspired, in turn, by the success of OurCS.

CMU is one of 24... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Six Carnegie Mellon University students — five of them from the School of Computer Science — have been named 2020 Siebel Scholars, a highly competitive award that supports top graduate students in the fields of business, computer science, energy science and bioengineering.

Established in 2000 by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Siebel Scholars program awards grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy and Japan. The top graduate students from 27 partner programs are selected each year... Read More

Free Coursework Suitable for After-School Programs, Summer Camps, Middle Schools
by Byron Spice | Monday, September 16, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Academy has released a new version of its free online curriculum for teaching high school computer programming that's tailored for use in after-school programs, summer camps or middle schools.

"The new curriculum, called CS0 (CS Zero), covers the same topics as our original curriculum, CS1, and serves as an introduction to programming," said Erin Cawley, program manager for CMU CS... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nathan Beckmann, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, has received a five-year, roughly $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty members.

Beckmann's research interests include computer architecture and performance modeling. The NSF grant will... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Android users can choose from more than 2.7 million apps in the Google Play Store — a daunting number for a privacy researcher who wants to investigate if those apps comply with privacy laws.

But fear not, privacy researchers. There's a new tool in town, and it's revealed some eye-opening data about the state of privacy for Android apps.

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Fordham University recently created the Mobile App... Read More

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