News In and Around CSD

by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In security, almost nothing is guaranteed. It's impossible to test the infinite ways a criminal hacker may penetrate a proverbial firewall. But what if, by the laws of mathematics, something could be proven to be secure without running an infinite number of test cases?

This is what CyLab's Bryan Parno is trying to do with for critical internet software.

Parno and his Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Ph.D. student Aymeric Fromherz, in collaboration with researchers from Microsoft, have developed a programming tool... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Computer Science Department Ph.D. students Daehyeok Kim and Katherine Ye are among 10 students nationwide who have been awarded two-year Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowships for 2019.

"These are the best Ph.D. students in North America," Neel Joshi, a senior researcher at Microsoft's research lab in Redmond, Wash., and chair of the Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship, said... Read More

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Free, Online Coursework Helps Teach Programming Skills
by Byron Spice | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University, world-renowned for computer science and artificial intelligence, has launched a free, online curriculum for high school students that helps instructors teach programming skills using engaging graphics and animations.

The curriculum fills a gap between introductory computer science educational materials available for grades K-8 and the rigorous Advanced Placement courses that the most advanced students might take later in high school, said David Kosbie, an associate teaching professor and co-director... Read More

by Alexandra George | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Artificial intelligence systems are at work in many areas where we might not realize — making decisions about credit, what ads to show us and which job applicants to hire. While these systems are really good at systematically combing through lots of data to detect patterns and optimize decisions, the biases held by humans can be transmitted to these systems through the training data.

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University — including CyLab's Anupam Datta, professor of electrical and... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

David Kosbie and Mark Stehlik believe anyone can code. As course instructors for Principles of Computing — better known to Carnegie Mellon University students by its course number, 15-110 — that belief comes in handy. One of two introductory courses offered in the School of Computer Science, 15-110 covers programming constructs along with history and current events in computer science, tailored to students with little to no computer science background.

This fall semester, Kosbie and Stehlik switched up elements of the course... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University doesn't always consider itself cool. But this year, Seventeen magazine begged to differ, naming CMU one of its 2018 "Cool Schools." Their reasons? Our gender parity in STEM fields and strong community of female coders.

One person who has helped make CMU cool is Alexandra Johnson (CS 2014). The Washington state native played integral roles in strengthening programs like SCS Day and... Read More

Elite hacker Carolina Zarate was named this year’s EWF INI Fellow
by Jessica Corry | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

While women make up just 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, Carnegie Mellon University and its Information Networking Institute is closing the gender gap one student at a time.

Carolina Zarate, an elite hacker and aspiring security professional, is attending Carnegie Mellon through a partnership between the INI and the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy, sponsored by ... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Three School of Computer Science faculty members — Venkatesan Guruswami, Mor Harchol-Balter and Eric Xing — have been elevated to fellows in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional organization.

Fellow status is a distinction reserved for select members who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in an IEEE field of interest.

Guruswami, a professor in the... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Jessica Hodgins, professor of robotics and computer science, one of 56 new ACM fellows honored for their significant contributions to computer science.

Hodgins, who leads the Facebook AI Research lab in Pittsburgh in addition to her faculty duties, was cited by the ACM for her contributions to character animation, human simulation and humanoid robotics.

Hodgins's research focuses on computer graphics,... Read More

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