News In and Around CSD

Carnegie Mellon, Harvard Researchers Offer Free Online Service
by Byron Spice | Monday, November 7, 2016

A contentious presidential election can raise questions about whether the voting system produces the best possible candidates. While nothing is going to change the way Americans vote, a new online service,, enables anyone to use state-of-the-art voting methods to make optimal group decisions.

RoboVote, a project of researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Harvard universities, doesn't just tabulate votes, as any number of online survey tools already do. Rather, the site is driven by artificial intelligence and draws on... Read More

by Jenn Landefeld | Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Annual IMlay Lecture

Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, will present the Annual Imlay Lecture at Georgia Tech School of Computer Science on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Lenore’s lecture, “Alan Turing and the Other Theory of Computation,” explores one of Turing’s lesser known papers from 1948. She notes that it is a seminal paper from Turing, and “sets the... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, October 17, 2016

Four School of Computer Science seniors have been named ACS Scholars by Carnegie Mellon University's Andrew Carnegie Society. Kimberly Kleiven, Ananya Kumar, Benjamin Lichtman and Ariana Weinstock join 36 students from across the university honored for embodying CMU's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts.

Kleiven, from Whippany, NJ, is pursuing a double major in... Read More

SCS Dean Andrew Moore Discusses Impact of AI With Charlie Rose
by Byron Spice | Friday, October 7, 2016

When CBS's "60 Minutes" decided to do a two-part report on the state of artificial intelligence, they came to Pittsburgh to see the state of the art and talk with SCS Dean Andrew Moore about where AI is taking humankind. That report, by correspondent Charlie Rose, aired on Oct. 9.

In addition to Rose's interview with Moore, the second part of the report featured the National Robotics Engineering Center's autonomous boat; the... Read More

Honored for Contributions to Software Engineering and Computer Science Education
by Byron Spice | Monday, October 3, 2016

Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science, will receive the annual George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Pioneer Award on Friday, Oct. 7, at the American Computer and Robotics Museum in Bozeman, Mont.

 The award recognizes Shaw for "seminal and pioneering contributions to software... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Monday, September 19, 2016

The Siebel Scholars Foundation, a program recognizing exceptional students in the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science, has named six Carnegie Mellon University graduate students to the 2017 class of Siebel Scholars. Of the 92 distinguished students across the country, Jingkun Gao, Akash Bharadwaj, Kristen Gardner, Timothy Lee, Anqi Li, and... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, September 19, 2016

Raj Reddy, the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, will be among the distinguished researchers speaking this week at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Sept. 18–23, in Heidelberg, Germany.

Reddy will present his talk, "Too Much Information and Too Little Time," on Thursday, Sept. 22. Talks are being streamed live and are available later for playback.

Building on the successful model of the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel... Read More

Achievement Caps Decades of Effort to Increase Gender Diversity
by Byron Spice | Sunday, September 11, 2016

Women make up more than 48 percent of incoming first-year undergraduates this fall in Carnegie Mellon University's top-ranked School of Computer Science (SCS), setting a new school benchmark for diversity.

SCS has long been a national leader in increasing the participation of women in computer science, a discipline in which women have been significantly underrepresented nationwide.

A 38 percent increase in the number of women who applied for admission with SCS as their first choice contributed to this year's record enrollment, said... Read More

Method Sees Through Camouflage To Reveal Fake Followers, Reviewers
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 7, 2016

An algorithm developed at Carnegie Mellon University makes it easier to determine if someone has faked an Amazon or Yelp review, or if a politician with a suspiciously large number of Twitter followers might have bought and paid for that popularity.

The method, called FRAUDAR, marks the latest escalation in the cat-and-mouse game played by online fraudsters and the social media platforms that try to out them. In particular, the new algorithm makes it possible to see through camouflage that fraudsters use to make themselves look legitimate, said... Read More

Agreement Unites Top-Rated U.S. and Chinese Computer Science Programs
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Officials of Carnegie Mellon University and Tsinghua University signed a memorandum of understanding today to offer a dual-degree master's program in computer science. Students will study at both campuses, learning from faculty at the top-ranked computer science programs in both the United States and China.

Though the first year of instruction will be at Tsinghua, the program seeks to draw students from across China and will be advertised nationwide. Scholarships will be established to support... Read More


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