News In and Around CSD

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rachel Holladay (CS 2017), Ananya Kumar (CS 2017) and Eric Zhu (CS 2018) were a few of the earliest recipients of the Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship. The award — now in its fourth year — recognizes undergraduate students for their commitment and dedication to the field of computer science both in and beyond the classroom.

While receiving the scholarship was an incredible milestone for these three alumni, their pursuits to advance their interests in computer science didn't stop at CMU. Well after... Read More

by Mara Falk | Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Faculty from the Tepper School of Business, School of Computer Science, and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy are launching a course in which student groups address issues that can be brokered by blockchain technology, including the design of the university's own cryptocurrency.

Developing Blockchain Use Cases — co-taught by Vipul Goyal, associate professor... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bernhard Haeupler, assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, and Hosein Mohimani, assistant professor in the Computational Biology Department, are among 126 recipients of 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships, which honor early career scholars whose achievements put them among the very best scientific minds working today.

The new Sloan fellows also include... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sara Kiesler, Hillman Chair Emerita of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Her citation is "for leadership, technical innovation, and identification of social trends with the adoption of computers and robots in work and society." She is among... Read More

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

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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


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