News In and Around CSD

Free, Online Coursework Helps Teach Programming Skills
by Byron Spice | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University, world-renowned for computer science and artificial intelligence, has launched a free, online curriculum for high school students that helps instructors teach programming skills using engaging graphics and animations.

The curriculum fills a gap between introductory computer science educational materials available for grades K-8 and the rigorous Advanced Placement courses that the most advanced students might take later in high school, said David Kosbie, an associate teaching professor and co-director... Read More

by Alexandra George | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Artificial intelligence systems are at work in many areas where we might not realize — making decisions about credit, what ads to show us and which job applicants to hire. While these systems are really good at systematically combing through lots of data to detect patterns and optimize decisions, the biases held by humans can be transmitted to these systems through the training data.

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University — including CyLab's Anupam Datta, professor of electrical and... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

David Kosbie and Mark Stehlik believe anyone can code. As course instructors for Principles of Computing — better known to Carnegie Mellon University students by its course number, 15-110 — that belief comes in handy. One of two introductory courses offered in the School of Computer Science, 15-110 covers programming constructs along with history and current events in computer science, tailored to students with little to no computer science background.

This fall semester, Kosbie and Stehlik switched up elements of the course... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University doesn't always consider itself cool. But this year, Seventeen magazine begged to differ, naming CMU one of its 2018 "Cool Schools." Their reasons? Our gender parity in STEM fields and strong community of female coders.

One person who has helped make CMU cool is Alexandra Johnson (CS 2014). The Washington state native played integral roles in strengthening programs like SCS Day and... Read More

Elite hacker Carolina Zarate was named this year’s EWF INI Fellow
by Jessica Corry | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

While women make up just 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, Carnegie Mellon University and its Information Networking Institute is closing the gender gap one student at a time.

Carolina Zarate, an elite hacker and aspiring security professional, is attending Carnegie Mellon through a partnership between the INI and the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy, sponsored by ... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Three School of Computer Science faculty members — Venkatesan Guruswami, Mor Harchol-Balter and Eric Xing — have been elevated to fellows in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional organization.

Fellow status is a distinction reserved for select members who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in an IEEE field of interest.

Guruswami, a professor in the... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Jessica Hodgins, professor of robotics and computer science, one of 56 new ACM fellows honored for their significant contributions to computer science.

Hodgins, who leads the Facebook AI Research lab in Pittsburgh in addition to her faculty duties, was cited by the ACM for her contributions to character animation, human simulation and humanoid robotics.

Hodgins's research focuses on computer graphics,... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, December 3, 2018

School of Computer Science master's student Hima Tammineedi has been named to the 2020 class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive graduate fellowship inspired by the Rhodes Scholarships that features one year of study at Tsinghua University in China.

Launched in 2016, the Schwarzman Scholars program prepares future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. During their year of study, the world's best young minds explore the economic, political and cultural factors that... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The School of Computer Science has named current seniors Tanvi Bajpai and Serena Wang the recipients of its 2018 Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship. The award, now in its fourth year, recognizes undergraduate students for their commitment and dedication both in and beyond the classroom. Bajpai and Wang have made noteworthy contributions both to SCS and the computer science field in general. And they both plan to continue doing so after graduation.

Bajpai, who hails from West Windsor, NJ, said that she... Read More

by Andy Ptaschinski (CFA) | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“5 Questions” is a series by the School of Art that asks alumni who are transforming art, culture, and technology about their current work and time at Carnegie Mellon.

Doug Fritz is a creative technologist with a keen interest in systems architecture and a passion for using technology to solve pressing real-world challenges.

After graduating with a BFA in art and BS in computer science, Doug earned his MS from MIT. He had the opportunity to work with Yahoo Research as well as with the team that developed Siri and has worked for Google in many different roles. He now... Read More


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