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Carnegie Mellon University alumnus and trustee Edward Frank, who led the development of four generations of Macintosh computers, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering — one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive.
Amazon has selected a Carnegie Mellon University team as one of eight worldwide to compete for its Alexa Prize by developing a socialbot to converse coherently and engagingly with people on a range of popular topics and current events, from sports to technology.
Each team, including CMU's 11-member group, will receive $250,000 to develop technology for conversational artificial intelligence. They are competing for a $500,000 top prize. The winning team's university will receive a $1 million research grant if its... Read More
School of Computer Science alumnus Andrew Widdowson will receive Carnegie Mellon University's 2018 Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for their dedication to serving CMU and the impact of that service on the university and its alumni.
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The School of Computer Science is a large component of Carnegie Mellon University's contingent this week at the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, through Jan. 26.
This year's theme at Davos, "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World," aims to rededicate international leaders from across industries and disciplines to developing a shared narrative that improves the world.
SCS participants include Associate Professor of Machine Learning... Read More
The Association for Computing Machinery has selected Mor Harchol-Balter and Venkatesan Guruswami, both professors in the Computer Science Department, as ACM Fellows in recognition of their major contributions to computer science.
They are among 54 members of the 2017 class of ACM fellows, including MIT’s Shafi Goldwasser, a CMU alumna and Turing Award recipient. They join 33 current and former CMU faculty members previously named as fellows.
''To be selected as a fellow is to join our most renowned member grade and an elite group that represents less than 1... Read More
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.
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
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
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.