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by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Virginia Smith, an assistant professor in the Machine Learning Department, and Priya Donti, a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science and Engineering and Public Policy departments, have been named to MIT Technology Review's prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35. The list recognizes exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.

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Pioneer in Robotics, AI, Speech Recognition Inducted as Fellow
by Aaron Aupperlee | Monday, June 21, 2021

The Computer History Museum (CHM) celebrated a pioneer in robotics, artificial intelligence, and speech recognition as it inducted Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University's Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, as a fellow on Thursday, June 24.

The honor recognizes extraordinary individuals for a lifetime of achievement in computing and technology.

"Being selected to be a fellow of the Computer History Museum seems like you have become an antique," Reddy said after the... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, June 4, 2021

Amazon selected five Carnegie Mellon University faculty members to receive funding in its latest round of Amazon Research Awards. Of the five selected, three are School of Computer Science faculty members: Katerina Fragkiadaki, Ruben Martins and Heather Miller. David Danks and Sivaraman Balakrishnan from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences also received fellowships.

The awards provide funding, access to Amazon public datasets, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning services and tools... Read More

by Heidi Opdyke | Thursday, June 3, 2021

Two alumni with ties to the School of Computer Science were among the eight from Carnegie Mellon University recently awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Sara Adkins, who graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and arts, earned a study/research award for graduate studies in sound and music computing at... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Five Carnegie Mellon University students with ties to the School of Computer Science were selected for the inaugural Amazon Graduate Research Fellows Program.

Amazon and CMU established the program to further the company's commitment to supporting promising researchers across academia. In recent years, the company has collaborated with several major universities to help amplify the work being done by master's and Ph.D. students.

The five fellows are Nil-Jana Akpinar, Natalia Lombardi de Oliveria, Divyansh Kaushik, Emre Yolcu and Minji Yoon.

The program supports... Read More

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

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