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by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Misha Ivkov's hands shook during his first college computer science exam. Carnegie Mellon University was a bit overwhelming, much different from high school.

But Ivkov got through that first exam — after that, everything was fine, he said — and the soon-to-graduate computer science major went from fearing college during his first weeks to relishing his classes and helping other students find the same experience.

"I really enjoyed taking all these classes, so I wanted to be sure other students did too," Ivkov said. "I wanted students to succeed."

Throughout his time in... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A creator of software that revolutionized the way people collaborate, Charles M. Geschke left his mark on Carnegie Mellon University long after earning his degree.

"Chuck" Geschke, who received a Ph.D. in computer science from CMU in 1973 and continued to give back to the university throughout his life, died Friday, April 16, at 81.

"An influential leader in the software industry for nearly 50 years, Chuck Geschke helped to expand the usability and accessibility of computers for a broad audience," said CMU President... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ads peddling the victims of human trafficking hide among millions of escort listings online. While identifying similar ads could be the key to taking down a human trafficking organization, the sheer volume of listings — with new ones added each day — makes the task a daunting one for law enforcement.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University hope to simplify that task by adapting an algorithm first used to spot anomalies in data, like typos in patient information at hospitals or errant figures in accounting, to identify similarities across escort ads. The... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Chess turned out to be an easy one. Translating speech in near real-time is mostly done. The accident-avoiding car? Maybe halfway there.

In 1988, Raj Reddy, the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, proposed an ambitious set of grand challenges for artificial intelligence to tackle in the coming 30 years. With that deadline past, Ganesh Mani, Reddy's colleague and an adjunct... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, April 9, 2021

Six Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, including five affiliated with the School of Computer Science, received grants through Google's inaugural Research Scholar Program. The program provides up to $60,000 to support the research efforts of early career professors.

SCS-affiliated faculty who received grants include Pravesh Kothari, an assistant professor in the ... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Two School of Computer Science students received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship for 2021.

Arvind Mahankali and Jinhyung Park were among four Carnegie Mellon University students granted the scholarship, which is awarded to sophomores and juniors who show promise as leaders in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Park, a junior, studies artificial intelligence and recently worked on computer vision projects related to autonomous vehicles. He has sought to create better models of the... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The IEEE Computer Society has honored Guy Blelloch with the 2021 Charles Babbage Award for his contributions to parallel programming, parallel algorithms and the interface between them.

"The award committee was glad to recognize Guy Blelloch for his seminal contributions to the field," said Marc Snir, chair of the Babbage Award Committee and the Michael Faiman Emeritus Professor in the... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, March 29, 2021

To adjust to teaching virtually during the pandemic, David Woodruff let his students set the pace. That meant sticking around on Zoom for an extra 20 minutes at the end of lectures. It meant longer office hours — two hours instead of one. And it meant cutting one lecture from his courses to slow the pace.

"On almost every slide, I try to ask a question. I want the student to teach the material themselves," Woodruff said. "I went at the pace students were most comfortable with on Zoom. Dropping one lecture was worth it if... Read More

by Michael Henninger | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Down here on Earth, nearly 130 million miles from Mars, Adithya Balaji eagerly watched high-definition video of Perseverance and its successful descent onto the red planet. From his desk in Raleigh, North Carolina, Balaji took note of the rover's parachute and its peculiar orange and white pattern. He thought it was likely functional, perhaps for aligning cameras. Within the pattern, however, lay hidden a call for humanity to continue to push out toward the unknown.

After NASA released that video — four days following Perseverance's Feb. 18 touchdown — systems engineer Allen Chen... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, March 8, 2021

School of Computer Science faculty members Lujo Bauer and Matt Fredrikson are part of a research team that won a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award. The team's project aims to address the challenge of human-bot cybersecurity teams (HBCTs), which are commonly deployed to combat cybersecurity threats and... Read More

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