News In and Around CSD

by Aisha Rashid | Monday, January 30, 2017

Three School of Computer Science graduate students have been named to the 2017 class of Facebook fellows.

Founded in 2010, the Facebook Fellowship program is designed to help foster ties with the academic community, encourage and support promising Ph.D. students engaged in research across computer science and engineering, and provide those students with opportunities to work with Facebook on problems relevant to their research. Since its inception, the program has supported more than 50... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, January 26, 2017

With more than half the competition in the rearview mirror, Carnegie Mellon University's AI program Libratus has built up a substantial lead against four top poker professionals in Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante.

In our latest video, Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm and two of the poker professionals reflect on the competition to date and what it means for the future of artificial intelligence.

"You really have to pry every chip you can out of Libratus' hands, and... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni, students and faculty for their service to the university and their achievements in the arts, humanities, business and other fields. Since the first Alumni Awards were presented in 1950, more than 880 individuals have been honored through the program. 

This year, two awardees... Read More

Libratus Builds Substantial Lead in Brains Vs. AI Competition
by Byron Spice (Carnegie Mellon) and Garrett Allen (Rivers Casino) | Friday, January 20, 2017

As the "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante" poker competition nears its halfway point, Carnegie Mellon University's AI program, Libratus, is opening a lead over its human opponents — four of the world's best professional poker players.

One of the pros, Jimmy Chou, said he and his colleagues initially underestimated Libratus, but have come to regard it as one tough player.

"The bot gets better and better every day," Chou said. "It's like a tougher version of us."

Brains vs... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Former SCS faculty member Hans Berliner, a world champion correspondence chess player who built the first game-playing computer ever to defeat a human champion at any game, died Jan. 13 in Riviera Beach, Fla. He was 87.

Berliner, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1975 and served as a senior research scientist until his retirement in 1998, was at the center of computer chess research for two decades. He led the development of Hitech, the first chess computer to achieve the rank of senior... Read More

Top Pros Will Play 120,000 Hands With Libratus AI
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Game play began on schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus against four of the world's best professional poker players.

During the 20-day event, Libratus and the pros — Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou — will play a... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year: Forbes magazine has released its 30 Under 30 listings for 2017 and SCS alumni Matt Humphrey and Xi Chen are among those so honored. Humphrey, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science as well as an MBA at CMU, is a serial entrepreneur who founded LendingHome, which provides funds to unconventional borrowers; he was named to the 30 Under 30 Finance list. Chen, who earned a Ph.D in machine learning and is now an... Read More

20-Day Contest at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh Begins Jan. 11
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Four of the world’s best professional poker players will compete against artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University in an epic rematch to determine whether a computer can beat humans playing one of the world’s toughest poker games. 

In "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," beginning Jan. 11 at Rivers Casino, poker pros will play a collective 120,000 hands of Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em over 20 days against a CMU computer program called Libratus.                

The pros — Jason Les, Dong... Read More

by Aisha Rashid and Susie Cribbs | Thursday, December 15, 2016

When Facebook launched its Live video service last year, the social media giant's 1.5 billion global users began living their lives as if they had TV cameras in their back pockets. A team of Carnegie Mellon University students and alumni recently harnessed the power of the Live system to take first place in the 2016 Facebook Global Hackathon.

Over the course of 24 hours in November, Abdelwahab Bourai, who earned his bachelor's degree in computer science this past May and is... Read More

Is Artificial Intelligence Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?
by Byron Spice | Friday, December 9, 2016

Computer scientists and statisticians at Carnegie Mellon University are using both artificial intelligence and the wisdom of crowds to guide their efforts in forecasting 2016-2017 flu activity. Past experience suggests it remains an open question as to which is better at predicting the disease's spread week by week.

The Delphi research group, uniting faculty and students from CMU's machine learning, statistics, computer science and computational biology departments, is part of... Read More


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