News In and Around CSD

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Former SCS faculty member Hans Berliner, a world champion correspondence chess player who built the first game-playing computer ever to defeat a human champion at any game, died Jan. 13 in Riviera Beach, Fla. He was 87.

Berliner, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1975 and served as a senior research scientist until his retirement in 1998, was at the center of computer chess research for two decades. He led the development of Hitech, the first chess computer to achieve the rank of senior... Read More

Top Pros Will Play 120,000 Hands With Libratus AI
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Game play began on schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus against four of the world's best professional poker players.

During the 20-day event, Libratus and the pros — Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou — will play a... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year: Forbes magazine has released its 30 Under 30 listings for 2017 and SCS alumni Matt Humphrey and Xi Chen are among those so honored. Humphrey, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science as well as an MBA at CMU, is a serial entrepreneur who founded LendingHome, which provides funds to unconventional borrowers; he was named to the 30 Under 30 Finance list. Chen, who earned a Ph.D in machine learning and is now an... Read More

20-Day Contest at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh Begins Jan. 11
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Four of the world’s best professional poker players will compete against artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University in an epic rematch to determine whether a computer can beat humans playing one of the world’s toughest poker games. 

In "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," beginning Jan. 11 at Rivers Casino, poker pros will play a collective 120,000 hands of Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em over 20 days against a CMU computer program called Libratus.                

The pros — Jason Les, Dong... Read More

by Aisha Rashid and Susie Cribbs | Thursday, December 15, 2016

When Facebook launched its Live video service last year, the social media giant's 1.5 billion global users began living their lives as if they had TV cameras in their back pockets. A team of Carnegie Mellon University students and alumni recently harnessed the power of the Live system to take first place in the 2016 Facebook Global Hackathon.

Over the course of 24 hours in November, Abdelwahab Bourai, who earned his bachelor's degree in computer science this past May and is... Read More

Is Artificial Intelligence Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?
by Byron Spice | Friday, December 9, 2016

Computer scientists and statisticians at Carnegie Mellon University are using both artificial intelligence and the wisdom of crowds to guide their efforts in forecasting 2016-2017 flu activity. Past experience suggests it remains an open question as to which is better at predicting the disease's spread week by week.

The Delphi research group, uniting faculty and students from CMU's machine learning, statistics, computer science and computational biology departments, is part of... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, December 8, 2016

Three School of Computer Science faculty members  — Justine Cassell, Manuela Veloso and Todd Mowry — have been named Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellows for 2016 in recognition of their contributions to human-computer interaction, computer architecture and artificial intelligence, respectively. They are among 53 members of the ACM, the world's leading computing society, elevated to fellow status this year.

"As nearly 100,000 computing professionals are members... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The world premiere of "La Mare dels Peixos" (Mother Fish), a one-act opera co-written by Roger Dannenberg, professor of computer science, and Jorge Sastre, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and former visiting researcher at CMU, will be held Friday, Dec. 16, in Valencia, Spain. The opera, based on an old Valencian folktale about how a magical fish changes a family's fortunes, includes computer and electronic elements. Dannenberg, whose research focuses on computer music, hopes to arrange a... Read More

Dangerous Selfie Shots Have Become Worldwide Phenomenon
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

People love to take selfies, but it's a love that can prove fatal. A growing number of people die each year while snapping photos of themselves on cliffs, on railroad tracks and other hazardous spots. Researchers in Pittsburgh and in India are looking for ways to reduce this risk.

In a new study, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi (IIITD) scoured public records to compile a list of 127 deaths associated with selfies worldwide between March 2014 and September 2016. After analyzing those selfie deaths, they... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, November 14, 2016

The Verge technology and culture site is celebrating its fifth anniversary in November by looking at what's in store for the next five years, based on interviews with opinion leaders, such as Manuela Veloso, head of SCS's Machine Learning Department. Read Veloso's "The Verge 2021" interview and watch the accompanying video to get her insights on why humanity and artificial intelligence will be inseparable.

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