News In and Around CSD

China Exhibition Includes $290,000 Winner-Take-All Prize
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A version of Carnegie Mellon University's Libratus, which in January became the first artificial intelligence to defeat top poker pros at Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em, will play six top Chinese players for a $290,000 winner-take-all purse.

The 36,000-hand exhibition featuring a different AI, named Lengpudashi or "cold poker master," will take place April 6–10 on the island province of Hainan, China.

The human... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two Carnegie Mellon University students outcoded more than a hundred of their peers at the 2017 Global CodeCon Finals — a two-hour long coding competition at Bloomberg's offices in New York City and London. Raymond Kang, a junior studying computer science and mathematical sciences, earned ninth place; and Gabriele Farina, a Ph.D. student in computer science, came in 13th. Kang took first place in... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lenore Blum will join a panel, "Mothers of Invention: Celebrating Women Innovators," hosted by the Congressional Inventions Caucus on Wednesday, March 22, in Washington, D.C.  Blum will speak about Project Olympus and Women@SCS and the roles they play in increasing the participation of women in computer science and entrepreneurship. Blum is founding director of Project Olympus, an incubator for CMU startups, and co-founder of Women... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) Fellowship Program has announced that two School of Computer Science undergraduates are among the fellows in its 2017 Engineering Fellows Program.  

Allison Wang and Serena Wang are among 54 students selected from almost 2,000 applicants across the country to represent their universities this summer in Silicon Valley. The three-month summer program helps fellows develop their technical and design skills under the mentorship of innovative Silicon Valley startups.

Junior Allison... Read More

CMU's Director of Women@SCS and SCS4ALL Will Receive 2017 Habermann Award
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Computing Research Association has selected Carnegie Mellon University's Carol Frieze as the recipient of its 2017 A. Nico Habermann Award, recognizing her sustained, successful efforts to promote diversity in computer science.

Frieze directs Women@SCS, a student/faculty organization that promotes opportunities for women, and... Read More

High Honor Recognizes Leadership in Computer Vision and Robotics
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, has been named the 2017 recipient of the IEEE Founder's Medal — one of IEEE's highest honors.

The medal, which will be presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, in San Francisco, recognizes Kanade "for pioneering and seminal contributions to computer vision and robotics for automotive safety, facial recognition, virtual reality and medical robotics."

The Founder's Medal,... Read More

CMU AI Becomes First to Defeat Top Pros Playing No-Limit Texas Hold'em
by Byron Spice | Monday, February 6, 2017

"A major milestone for AI."

"A powerful and rather unsettling proposition: a machine that can out-bluff a human."

"Libratus's main attribute as a poker player is that it's inhumanly good."

These are just some of the observations that have appeared in the news media since a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus decisively defeated four... Read More

Historic Win at Rivers Casino Is First Against Best Human Players
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University, made history by defeating four of the world's best professional poker players in a marathon 20-day poker competition called "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante" at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Once the last of 120,000 hands of Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em were played on Jan. 30, Libratus led the pros by a collective $1,766,250 in chips. The developers of Libratus —... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Monday, January 30, 2017

Three School of Computer Science graduate students have been named to the 2017 class of Facebook fellows.

Founded in 2010, the Facebook Fellowship program is designed to help foster ties with the academic community, encourage and support promising Ph.D. students engaged in research across computer science and engineering, and provide those students with opportunities to work with Facebook on problems relevant to their research. Since its inception, the program has supported more than 50... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, January 26, 2017

With more than half the competition in the rearview mirror, Carnegie Mellon University's AI program Libratus has built up a substantial lead against four top poker professionals in Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante.

In our latest video, Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm and two of the poker professionals reflect on the competition to date and what it means for the future of artificial intelligence.

"You really have to pry every chip you can out of Libratus' hands, and... Read More


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