News In and Around CSD

SCS Sophomore Abraham Riedel-Mishaan Featured in "Science Fair" Documentary
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Abraham Riedel-Mishaan seems an unlikely movie star. He's not an actor. No one stops the sophomore computer science major on the Carnegie Mellon University campus to ask for autographs. But he is featured in "Science Fair," a film festival darling now showing nationwide.

The documentary follows Riedel-Mishaan and eight other high school students as they prepare for and compete at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Critics have described the film as "immensely... Read More

AI and Machine Learning Pioneer To Lead Nation's Top-Ranked Program
by Byron Spice | Monday, October 1, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University has named Tom Mitchell, the E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning and Computer Science, interim dean of the School of Computer Science.

Mitchell is a pioneer in the field of machine learning, a burgeoning branch of artificial intelligence that develops systems capable of learning from data, identifying patterns and making decisions. In 1997, he co-founded the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery, which became the world's first ... Read More

CMU Design for America Project Assists People With Language Deficits
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Students in the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Design for America (DFA @ CMU) have developed a free mobile app that uses visual cues to help children and adults — particularly those with language difficulties — form meaningful, grammatically correct sentences. The education app, called Sentence Mosaics, uses photos and color-coded parts of speech to prompt users as they construct sentences.

The app is useful for elementary school students and for a wide range of... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 12, 2018

School of Computer Science alumnus Luis von Ahn, who is a consulting professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD) and the co-founder of the popular language-learning platform Duolingo, has won the prestigious 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize — a $500,000 award that honors mid-career inventors.

The prize recognizes Von Ahn for his... Read More

New AI Platform Will Help Students, Researchers Rapidly Solve Real-World Problems
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are collaborating with the digital media intelligence firm Meltwater to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence education and research using the company's AI platform.

Meltwater, which has the world's most diverse collection of open and licensed data, has opened its underlying AI platform,, to Carnegie Mellon and other select universities. The platform allows students and faculty to create, connect and... Read More

SCS’s Zach Wade and PPP teammates seek to shatter DefCon records
by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

While many kids dream of a shopping spree at their favorite toy store or the local candy shop, Zach Wade's preference was a bit uncommon for a youngster: RadioShack.

''I had a RadioShack kit that had bajillions of components, and I kept hand-drawn books on how to connect circuits and how to build stuff,'' says Wade, now a fourth-year undergraduate in the School of Computer Science. ''That kit was my absolute favorite. I spent hours and hours playing with that.''

That RadioShack kit may have been the beginning of a path that would eventually lead Wade to the ranks of the Plaid... Read More

Deep Reinforcement Learning Makes Basketball Video Games Look More Realistic
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Basketball players need lots of practice before they master the dribble, and it turns out that's true for computer-animated players as well. By using deep reinforcement learning, players in basketball video games can glean insights from motion-capture data to sharpen their dribbling skills.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and DeepMotion Inc., a California company that develops smart avatars, have for the first time developed a physics-based, real-time method for controlling... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University's Jessica Hodgins will lead a newly established Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab in Pittsburgh, where she will be joined by CMU's Abhinav Gupta. The appointments are part of an expansion of Facebook's artificial intelligence research activities with academic communities.

The FAIR Pittsburgh lab will focus on robotics, lifelong-learning systems that learn... Read More

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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by Byron Spice | Friday, July 6, 2018

Bernhard Haeupler, Louis-Philippe Morency and Jean Yang are the latest School of Computer Science faculty members to receive the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

They are among 307 CAREER recipients this year in computer science and engineering in which the NSF has invested $150 million over the next five years, placing their academic careers on firm scientific footing and giving them the opportunity to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Those recipients include Claire Le Goues of the Institute... Read More


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