News In and Around CSD

Libratus AI Defeated Top Pros in 20 Days of Poker Play
by Byron Spice | Sunday, December 17, 2017

Libratus, an artificial intelligence that defeated four top professional poker players in No-Limit Texas Hold'em earlier this year, uses a three-pronged approach to master a game with more decision points than atoms in the universe, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University report.

In a paper being published online today by the journal... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

GeekWire is coming to Pittsburgh — at least for a while.

The Seattle-based technology news hub announced today that it will establish a second, temporary headquarters in Pittsburgh for the month of February. The idea to create a reporting outpost was prompted by the much-publicized Amazon HQ2, with GeekWire placing special emphasis on choosing a city that it considers a strong contender for the Amazon prize.

Two or three reporters will arrive in Pittsburgh in late January to begin exploring Pittsburgh. Throughout... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, December 7, 2017

David Garlan, professor of computer science in the Institute for Software Research, has been named associate dean for master's programs in the School of Computer Science.

"We are very lucky to have David in this role because he was one of the original pioneers of master's education within the college, successfully nurturing the Master of Science in Software Engineering to its current status as the gold standard around the world for graduate education in software engineering," said SCS Dean Andrew Moore.

A faculty member... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A research paper describing a key component of Libratus, an artificial intelligence that displayed its poker prowess earlier this year, won one of three best paper awards at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2017) conference this week in Long Beach, Calif.

Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, will present their paper, "... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We're racing toward the end of the semester in the School of Computer Science, and now seemed like an opportune time to catch up with a few first-year students. We asked them what kinds of expectations they had coming into SCS, and how their experiences on campus this semester compared to those expectations. Here are their answers, in their own words.

Trevor Arashiro

"I decided to come to CMU because I wanted to experience four seasons. I'm from Hawaii and it's summer year-round there. On top of being able to experience something new... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, November 13, 2017

The School of Computer Science's Ph.D. women are hard at work bringing new and exciting opportunities to Carnegie Mellon's Women @ SCS program. Directed by Carol Frieze, Women @ SCS creates and supports academic, social and professional opportunities for women in computer science. The program includes a wide range of women including undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students — as well as faculty.

While Women @ SCS aims to promote a healthy and supportive... Read More

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives Five HPCwire Awards
by Byron Spice | Monday, November 13, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University's Libratus artificial intelligence, which scored an historic victory over four human poker pros earlier this year, has won the HPCwire Reader's Choice Award for Best Use of AI. The award from the supercomputing trade publication was announced at the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17) in Denver, Colo.

Libratus, developed by Computer Science Profesor Tuomas Sandholm and Ph.D. student Noam Brown, used the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges computer to compute its strategy both before... Read More

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


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