News In and Around CSD

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, May 20, 2021

Maria Florina "Nina" Balcan recently received the inaugural Cadence Design Systems Chair in Computer Science for the impact her work has had in her departments and across Carnegie Mellon University.

Balcan, a professor in the School of Computer Science's Machine Learning and Computer Science Departments, was described as a passionate serial innovator whose work touched many aspects of machine learning. Her research... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Huanchen Zhang, who earned his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science in 2020, has won the 2021 ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award, which recognizes the previous year's best dissertation in the database field.

His thesis, "Memory-Efficient Search Trees for Database Management Systems,"... Read More

SCS Alums, Faculty Found OtterTune
by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A School of Computer Science grad student's dissertation has been transformed into a service aimed at improving the databases that power popular websites.

OtterTune, a play on the once ubiquitous Auto-Tune, uses machine learning to automatically optimize databases, improving performance and efficiency and potentially saving companies time and money. Users could see faster loading times and improved services with a database humming along in the background.

"There are hundreds of settings to consider when optimizing a... Read More

Team Wins Top Paper Award at USENIX NSDI Conference
by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Research from Carnegie Mellon University may soon help Twitter run faster and more efficiently.

Juncheng Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, and Rashmi Vinayak, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, worked with Yao Yue from Twitter to develop Segcache to make better use of DRAM cache.

"We performed a large-scale study on how items were stored and accessed in the cache, and based on our... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, May 7, 2021

Three School of Computer Science faculty members will participate in the 2021-2022 Provost's Inclusive Teaching Fellowship program in the university's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation.

The program works with a small cohort of faculty to integrate inclusive teaching practices in their classes. The fellows work closely with the Eberly Center to redesign their courses.

The SCS faculty members selected are... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Two Ph.D. candidates in the School of Computer Science received Facebook Fellowships to support their ongoing research. Now in its 10th year, the fellowship program supports research on important computer science and engineering topics, such as computer vision, programming languages, computational social science and more.

Paul Pu Liang, a doctoral student in the... Read More

by Matthew Wein | Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Prithvi Okade is a pretty familiar face around the School of Computer Science. Some know her as the head teaching assistant for 15-112, Fundamentals of Programming. Some recognize her from the SCS tours they took as prospective students. And to some she was the orientation counselor who helped them get acclimated in their first semesters on campus.

"Every once in a while, I'll meet someone who'll tell me that I was all three for them," Okade said. "I'm glad that if there's a first-year who's seeing me, it's going to be in at... Read More

by Elizabeth Speed | Monday, May 3, 2021

Neil Batlivala has blended his expertise in computer science with his interest in medicine to help design a platform that allows doctors to concentrate on their patients.

Batlivala, who earned his bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in computational biology in 2014, collaborated with nurse Cassie Choi to found Pair Team, a health-tech startup that frees doctors to focus on patient conversations.

Designed for independent doctor's offices — especially those with... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, April 30, 2021

Three Carnegie Mellon University students will compete against some of the best computer programmers in North America this summer as part of the International Collegiate Programming Competition.

The CMU team of Chris Lambert, Zack Lee and Andy Yang placed third in its division and third overall among the 170 teams competing in last week's North American Divisional Championships. The result qualified the team for the upcoming North American Championship in... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, April 29, 2021

Duolingo's little green owl found itself among prestigious company this week when Time Magazine named the Carnegie Mellon University spinoff and Pittsburgh startup to its list of the 100 most influential companies for 2021.

The language learning app appeared on the list alongside tech heavyweights Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter; electronic vehicle competitors Tesla, GM and VW;... Read More


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