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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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"Superhuman" Card Shark Achieves New AI Milestone
by Jason Maderer and Virginia Alvino Young | Thursday, July 11, 2019

An artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI has defeated leading professionals in six-player No-Limit Texas Hold'em, the world's most popular form of poker.

The AI, called Pluribus, defeated poker professional Darren Elias, who holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles; and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, winner of six World Series of Poker events. Each pro separately played 5,000 hands of poker against five copies of Pluribus.

In another experiment involving 13 pros, all of whom have won more than $1 million... Read More

Computer Science Ph.D. Student Cited for AI That Beat Poker Pros
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department who helped develop an artificial intelligence that bested professional poker players, has been named to MIT Technology Review's prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 in the Visionary category.

Brown worked with his advisor, Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm, to create the Libratus AI. It was the first computer program to beat top professional poker players at Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, June 10, 2019

Roy Maxion, research professor in the Computer Science and Machine Learning departments, will receive the 2019 Test of Time Award at the IEEE/International Federation for Information Processing Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019), held June 24–27 in Portland, Oregon.

The award from DSN — whose primary concern is the reliability of computer... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Jan Hoffmann, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, has received a five-year, $519,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty members.

Hoffmann's research specialties are programming languages and verification. The NSF award will support his work regarding quantitative properties, such as available memory and execution time, associated with formal verification... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cloud computing has enabled huge triumphs in big data, from searching the web in a millisecond to decoding the human genome. But to keep cloud servers running smoothly, developers have applied different techniques to minimize disrupting their central processing units (CPUs) — techniques that don't often work together.

Thanks to a team of computer science researchers, that's all changed.

Historically, developers have relied on containerization or remote direct memory access (RDMA) to keep cloud applications running smoothly. The first technique creates an isolated computing... Read More

by Byron Spice | Friday, May 10, 2019

Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, received the inaugural Dean's Professorship in Technology Entrepreneurship at a May 3 ceremony and celebration.

Blum is the founding director of Project Olympus, an incubator that helps Carnegie Mellon University students and faculty assess the commercial prospects of their ideas and research findings, and begin the process of... Read More

Graduating Senior Discovered Her Passion for Teaching at SCS
by Byron Spice | Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tanvi Bajpai, who came to Carnegie Mellon University to become a software engineer and discovered a passion for teaching in the process, will receive the 2019 K&L Gates Prize.

The $5,000 prize, supported by the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics and Computational Technologies, recognizes a graduating senior who has best inspired fellow students at the university to love learning through a combination of intellect, high scholarly achievement, engagement with others and character.

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Sandholm Says Multi-Organ Exchanges Could Boost Number of Transplants
by Byron Spice | Thursday, May 2, 2019

Aliana Deveza was desperate. Her mother's health was failing after years of fighting a hereditary kidney disease. Aliana wasn't a good donor candidate for her mother because she eventually might face the same disease herself.

But what if she donated part of her liver instead? Specifically, what if she donated part of her liver to a patient who needed it and then a loved one of that patient donated a kidney to her mother?

It wasn't Aliana's idea, but one she gleaned from a ... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, April 29, 2019

Joy Arulraj, a Computer Science Department alumnus who earned his Ph.D. in 2018, is the recipient of the Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award of 2019, which recognizes the best dissertation in the field of databases for the previous year. It is presented by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on the Management of Data (SIGMOD).

Arulraj is an assistant professor of computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology. His doctoral research focused on... Read More


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