News In and Around CSD

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, January 30, 2020

It's fitting that the installation of School of Computer Science Dean Martial Hebert would begin with a musical intro from Carnegie Mellon University's robot bagpiper, McBlare. After all, Hebert spent his career at the Robotics Institute until taking the helm of SCS this past August.

"When you hear bagpipes, you know something special is happening. When you hear bagpipes being played by a robot, you know you're at Carnegie Mellon University... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Four Ph.D. candidates in the School of Computer Science are among 36 outstanding students in computer science and engineering from 16 universities who have been named 2020 recipients of the Facebook Fellowship Program.

Each Facebook fellow receives tuition and fees for up to two academic years and a stipend of $42,000, which includes conference travel support. Facebook received applications from 1,876 students at more than 100 universities for this... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, December 23, 2019

School of Computer Science junior Harlene Samra has so many doubts about whether she belongs in SCS that she's slapped an "imposter" sticker on her laptop. After all, when other people are pulling all-nighters, she's keeping a healthy sleep schedule. She binges TV shows. She works all weekend on assignments that might take someone else all of two hours.

But her peers, professors and other admirers in SCS have no such doubts. In fact, they're so certain of her place in SCS that they've named her the inaugural recipient of the Scott... Read More

by Roberto Iriondo | Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The team of researchers was composed of Zico Kolter, Shaojie Bai, Devin Wilmott, Mordechai Kornbluth, and Jonathan Mailoa, who won a Kaggle competition onPredicting Molecular Properties this past September.

Shaojie Bai, a doctoral student with the Machine Learning Department and team member, said the team completed the project during an internship at the Bosch Center for AI (BCAI).

During the competition, the teams needed to develop machine learning algorithms that can predict... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Srinivasan Seshan, professor and head of the Computer Science Department, one of 58 new ACM fellows who are being honored for fundamental contributions in such areas as artificial intelligence, cloud computing and wireless networking.

The ACM cited Seshan "for contributions to computer networking, mobile computing and wireless communications."

Seshan... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, December 9, 2019

The School of Computer Science has announced that Carlo Angiuli, who recently earned his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department, has received the 2018-2019 SCS Dissertation Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes outstanding work by an SCS graduate student and includes a cash prize and distinguished lectures by the recipient.

Angiuli, now a post-doctoral fellow in CSD, earned the award for his thesis, "... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, December 2, 2019

School of Computer Science senior Wenxin (Freda) Ding always dreamed of being a teacher. And while she's majoring in computer science and math — not teaching — her dedication to helping others ranks high among the reasons she's earned the 2019 Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship.

Now in its fifth year, the Stehlik Scholarship recognizes undergraduate students near the end of their Carnegie Mellon careers whose reach for excellence extends beyond the classroom. Awardees are working to make a difference... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Friday, November 15, 2019

Just weeks after a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers demonstrated that Google's new congestion control algorithm (CCA) gives an unfair advantage to its own traffic, the same team has proposed new guidelines for how future algorithms should be developed.

"Our work shows that it is not always the case that new CCAs will be fair to the old ones," said Justine Sherry, an assistant professor in CMU'... Read More

Gifts Totaling $6 Million by Cadence Design Systems and CEO Lip-Bu Tan Will Advance Research and Teaching
by Brian Thornton | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cadence Design Systems Inc. and its CEO, Lip-Bu Tan, have made significant gifts of $3 million each to support Carnegie Mellon University faculty members working in computer-related fields.

Cadence, a leading multinational company in the electronic design automation industry, has created the Cadence Design Systems Endowed Chair in Computer Science. Tan and his wife, Ysa Loo, have created the Tan Family Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Together, the gifts total $6 million, which will provide funding to advance faculty members' activities, including research... Read More

Annual Workshop Boosts Women in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
by Byron Spice | Friday, November 8, 2019

Women from Carnegie Mellon University outnumbered those from every other institution at Rising Stars 2019, an annual workshop for early career women in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. They also won two of the four prizes in the workshop's Research Pitch Competition.

The intensive workshop, designed for women pursuing academic careers, was hosted this year by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Oct. 29-Nov. 1. It included the largest class of participants to date, with 90... Read More

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