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SCS Alumna Parlays Programming Into Publishing

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, March 17, 2022

Any Carnegie Mellon University grad who reads Sindya Bhanoo's short story, "His Holiness," will know she has a CMU connection the instant they see the line, "It will take time, but my heart is in this work." What might be more surprising is that Bhanoo, who just published her first collection of short fiction, "Seeking Fortune Elsewhere," majored in computer science.

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Reinforcement Learning Bolsters Automated Detection of Concrete Cracks

Method Could Enable Autonomous Drones To Monitor Safety of Bridges

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Rust never sleeps, and cracking concrete doesn't get a day off either.

The Jan. 28 collapse of Pittsburgh's Fern Hollow Bridge was a dramatic reminder of that fact. The exact cause of the collapse won't be known until the National Transportation Safety Board completes a months-long study, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed autonomous drone technology that someday might prevent similar catastrophes and lesser mishaps caused by deterioration.

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Expert in Ethics and AI Joins CMU Faculty This Fall

School Will Receive $3.5 Million To Support Work

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, February 24, 2022

Vincent Conitzer expects much to be the same when he returns to Carnegie Mellon University this coming fall.

It will still be the best place in the world for computer science and the technical expertise will still be unmatched. Many of the colleagues, professors and even his Ph.D. advisor will also still be around.

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Manuela Veloso Elected to National Academy of Engineering

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, February 17, 2022

Manuela Veloso, head of JPMorgan Chase AI Research and the Herbert A. Simon University Professor Emeritus in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, was elected as a 2022 member of the National Academy of Engineering for her contributions to machine learning and its applications in robotics and the financial services industry.

The honor is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed on engineers.

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Harper Honored for Contributions to Programming Languages

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, February 7, 2022

Robert Harper, a professor in the Computer Science Department, has received the 2021 ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the field.

Considered among the top honors in the field of programming languages, the award includes a $5,000 prize and was presented at SIGPLAN's Principles of Programming Languages conference in January.

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Namyong Park Selected for Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, January 27, 2022

Bloomberg recently announced that Namyong Park, a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department, was selected for its Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship.

The fellowship provides a $35,000 stipend, offers $5,000 to cover travel to professional conferences for the 2021-2022 school year, and can be renewed for up to three years. Park will also have a Bloomberg mentor and complete a 14-week paid summer internship at Bloomberg.

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Tuomas Sandholm Named AAAS Fellow

Lifetime Honor Conferred on Four CMU Faculty

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Tuomas Sandholm, serial entrepreneur and a professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been elected as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science — the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals

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Vinayak Receives VMware Systems Research Award

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, January 10, 2022

Rashmi Vinayak, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), received the 2021 VMware Systems Research Award for her work to enhance computer system reliability and efficiency by combining coding-theoretic algorithms, machine learning models and systems.

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Repulsive Energies Lead CMU Researchers To Rethink Computer Graphics

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, December 13, 2021

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are making beautiful shapes by simulating forces that are literally repulsive — like the force between two charged particles.

When computers reason about shapes, they assume that objects can move freely through each other, like a cartoon ghost passing through a wall. As anyone who has ever struggled to untangle a mass of headphone cables knows, that's not how real objects behave — yet it is a common and vexing problem in 3D modeling.

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Innovative Caching Method Honored With Best Paper at SOSP

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, November 19, 2021

Caching tiny objects can be a big deal to social media companies, IoT devices and other services scattered across the internet. Items like a tweet, the connections of a social network or identifying information about a smart doorbell may all be small in size — about 100 to 200 bytes — but delivering them quickly is largely important.

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Pamela McCorduck's Contributions to the Birth of AI Continued Through Her Generosity

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, October 26, 2021

As scientists laid the foundations of artificial intelligence, Pamela McCorduck was there.

The inquisitive, kind, gracious and open-minded woman soaked up the beginnings of modern technology through conversations and interactions with the researchers shaping the field.

McCorduck, an author who wrote some of the first novels and histories about AI and was a generous friend of CMU, died October 18. She was 80.

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Jan Hoffmann receives Amazon Research Award

by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Jan Hoffmann will receive an Amazon Research Award for his work on serverless computing. 

Hoffmann, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department and part of CMU's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, will use the award to fund his project, "Automatic Static Resource Analysis for Serverless Computing."

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Five SCS Students Named Siebel Scholars

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Five graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have received Siebel Scholars awards for 2022. Karan Ahuja, Priya Donti, Yasmine Kotturi, Ryan Shi and Kayo Yin will each receive $35,000 as part of the program.

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