News In and Around CSD

by Heidi Opdyke | Monday, May 7, 2018

Professor James Morris, former dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, is a legend in his field. But in a rich and lively lecture looking back on his career, it was the other giants he encountered along the way that Morris wanted to talk about — stories of Alan Perlis, Herb Simon, Robert Taylor, Allen Newell, Raj Reddy and others.

The standing-room-only crowd reveled in Morris' journey through the early days of computer science, and also gave Morris his rightful place among those founders. CMU President Farnam Jahanian, who introduced Morris, described... Read More

by Byron Spice | Friday, May 4, 2018

Manuela Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Computer Science and head of the Machine Learning Department, will take a leave of absence to join J.P. Morgan as its head of artificial intelligence research, beginning July 1.

In this newly created position, Veloso will establish an AI research capability at J.P. Morgan, Wall Street's leading technology bank and the largest U.S. bank by assets. The company already has started to apply machine learning... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has named Associate Professor of Computer Science Ariel Procaccia a recipient of its 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The fellowship recognizes Procaccia for his research in artificial intelligence and algorithmic economics, specifically in algorithms for participatory democracy, and will support his work on mechanisms that would enable voters to participate in the process of... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, April 16, 2018

When School of Computer Science undergrad Tanvi Bajpai came to CMU from her competitive New Jersey high school, she knew she was going to be a small fish in a big pond. The intense curriculum and fast-paced culture can sometimes overwhelm incoming first-year students, and Tanvi was no stranger to that feeling. "Getting over the fear and being secure in your own intellect is difficult," she said, "but once you do, there's nothing that gets in the way of your ability to learn and flourish."

While Bajpai says she hasn't gotten over that fear entirely, she's definitely learned a thing... Read More

Carlow University Awards Recognize Leadership, Service
by Byron Spice | Friday, April 6, 2018

Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, was one of six women honored at the 2018 Women of Spirit Awards Gala April 5 at Carnegie Music Hall.

Established by Carlow University in 1993, the Women of Spirit Awards recognize outstanding women who exemplify the university's mission of providing access to under-represented groups and closing educational, socioeconomic and leadership gaps, particularly those that disproportionately affect women... Read More

CMU Researchers Foresee Machines Capable of On-Demand Knitting
by Byron Spice | Thursday, March 29, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have developed a system that can translate a wide variety of 3-D shapes into stitch-by-stitch instructions that enable a computer-controlled knitting machine to automatically produce those shapes.

Researchers in the Carnegie Mellon Textiles Lab have used the system to produce a variety of plush toys and garments. What's more, this ability to generate knitting instructions... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Wednesday, March 28, 2018

From building transportation devices with the CMU Hyperloop team to organizing hackathons with CMU MellonHeads, School of Computer Science junior Hima Tammineedi is busy. But the computer science major — who's also pursuing a machine learning minor —  knows that he's been incredibly fortunate to have the chance to expand his computer science interests and participate in meaningful activities with his friends. And because of that, he's made it a personal goal to give back to his... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, March 26, 2018

Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, has appointed Srinivasan Seshan head of the Computer Science Department, the school's oldest and largest department, effective July 1.

He succeeds Frank Pfenning, who will return to full-time teaching and research.

"I'm sorry that Frank has decided to step down, because he's done an excellent job leading the Computer Science... Read More

Newly Established Departmental Dissertation Award has First Recipient
by Jenn Landefeld | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Recent Ph.D graduate, Euiwoong Lee, is the first recipient of the newly established Edmund M. Clarke Dissertation Award. Lee was advised by Computer Science Department Professor Venkat Guruswami and is currently doing postdoctoral work at New York University.

He successfully defended his thesis... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Friday, March 2, 2018

If you're anything like the average internet user, you probably didn't spend the estimated 244 hours it would take to read every privacy policy for every website you visited last year. That's exactly why a team led by Carnegie Mellon University just launched an interactive website aimed at helping users make sense of their privacy on the web.

"We've combined crowdsourcing, machine learning and natural... Read More


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