News In and Around CSD

by Thomas R. O'Donnell | Friday, November 10, 2017

Priya Donti, a doctoral candidate co-advised by Zico Kolter and Inês Azevedo at Carnegie Mellon University, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) to support her Computer Science and Energy Policy research.

Donti, from North Andover, Massachusetts, received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College. Less than 5 percent of... Read More

CMU Researchers Say Fair Redistricting Possible Even With Partisan Maneuvering
by Byron Spice (SCS) and Jocelyn Duffy (MCS) | Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Getting two political parties to equitably draw congressional district boundaries can seem hopeless, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers say the process can be improved by using an approach children use to share a piece of cake.

Just as having one child cut the cake and giving the second child first choice of the pieces avoids either feeling envious, having two political parties sequentially divide up a state in an "I-Cut-You-Freeze" protocol would minimize the practice of gerrymandering, where a dominant political party draws districts to maximize its electoral advantage.... Read More

by Byron Spice | Friday, October 20, 2017

About 100 female computer science majors from across the U.S. and overseas will gather at Carnegie Mellon University this weekend to attend OurCS, a workshop designed to give them hands-on experience with research.

Nancy Amato, Regents Professor and Unocal Professor in computer science and engineering at Texas A& M University, and Alison Derbenwick Miller, vice president of Oracle Academy, will share their insights on computer science research during the three-day event, which begins today.

OurCS... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University senior Eric Zhu technically majors in computer science, but he's a true Renaissance man. He's served two years on CMU's Student Senate, spent a year as a resident assistant, made an effort to take at least one humanities course each semester, participated in CMU Mock Trial and has never abandoned his love of classical piano.

For those reasons and more, he's received this year's... Read More

CMU Professor Is Renowned for Work in Robotic Manipulation
by Byron Spice | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Matthew T. Mason, a researcher renowned for his work in robotic manipulation, has won the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award — one of the top awards in the field of robotics.

The IEEE awards committee cited Mason, professor of computer science and robotics and a former director of CMU's Robotics Institute, "for scientific and... Read More

Educators Address Challenges of Burgeoning CS Enrollments
by Byron Spice | Friday, September 29, 2017

The School of Computer Science is bringing together about 80 educators and computer science leaders for a two-day summit to discuss the challenges facing undergraduate computer science programs as enrollments continue to surge.

"Many colleges and universities are seeing a huge increase of students in computing-related disciplines," said Tom Cortina, assistant dean for undergraduate education and organizer of the Computer Science Education Summit. "Interest... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, September 25, 2017

Jessica Hodgins, professor of computer science and robotics, has been elected president of SIGGRAPH, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

SIGGRAPH convenes the premier annual conference on computer graphics, which is attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals. The SIGGRAPH president serves a three-year term.

This summer, SIGGRAPH named Hodgins the 2017 recipient of its... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, September 25, 2017

The Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Special Interest Group on High-Performance Computing (SIGHPC) has named School of Computer Science master's student Shefali Umrania a 2017 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science fellow. She is one of 12 graduate students worldwide to receive the award.

Umrania earned her B.S. at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing an master's in ... Read More

Mayor Peduto Joins Uptake CEO To Talk Innovation, Collaboration
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will sit down with Brad Keywell, Uptake CEO, for a fireside chat about cities as centers of innovation and other issues as Carnegie Mellon University celebrates the launch of the Machine Learning for Social Good fund.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Rangos Ballroom of the Cohon University Center, and will be followed by a reception. Interim Provost Laurie Weingart, Machine Learning Department Head Manuela Veloso and Professor Roni Rosenfeld of the Machine Learning... Read More

Decision To Share Personal Data Need Not Be All or Nothing
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A smartphone app that uses the raw feed from a device's microphone or accesses its contact list can raise red flags for a user concerned about privacy. In many cases, however, the app doesn't need all the details that users find most sensitive.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Peking universities have addressed this dilemma by creating a service, PrivacyStreams, that enables app developers to access the smartphone data they need for app functionality while assuring users that their... Read More


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