News In and Around CSD

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Computer Science Department's new course focusing on issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in computer science and society got its start when a group of graduate students decided to create the training they wished they had received.

And after hundreds of hours of work by 15 Ph.D. students —pilot programs, countless conversations with faculty and students, data gathering, and developing and tweaking course material — CS-JEDI: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is now a required part... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Carnegie Mellon Researchers in the School of Computer Science and College of Engineering will use nearly $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help develop intelligent, resilient and reliable next-generation (NextG) networks.

The NSF awarded $37 million to 37 different projects at universities across the country.

The investment, called RINGS – short for Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems – is... Read More

EyeMU Enables Users To Interact With Their Screens Without Lifting a Finger
by Chris Quirk | Monday, April 18, 2022

As more people watch movies, edit video, read the news and keep up with social media on their smartphones, these devices have grown to accommodate the bigger screens and higher processing power needed for more demanding activities.

The problem with unwieldy phones is they frequently require a second hand or voice commands to operate — which can be cumbersome and inconvenient.

In response, researchers in the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University's... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, March 31, 2022

The Society for Science included renowned Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists Mary Shaw and Dana Scott in its recent list of notable alumni from the Science Talent Search program.

The Science Talent Search is the oldest and among the most prestigious science and mathematics competitions in the country. It started in 1942 as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search to honor exceptional high school... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Amazon awarded its second round of research fellowships to five graduate students with ties to the School of Computer Science. They include Emily Black, Saurabh Garg, Natalia Lombardi de Oliveira, Emre Yolcu and Minji Yoon.

The program supports graduate students researching automated reasoning, computer vision, robotics, language technology, machine learning, operations research and data science. The students will be invited to interview for a science internship at Amazon.

Black is a Ph.D.... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Raj Reddy, a pioneer in robotics, artificial intelligence and speech recognition, will receive an honorary degree during Carnegie Mellon University's 2022 Commencement ceremonies in May.

Reddy, the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at CMU's School of Computer Science, will be awarded an honorary doctor of science and technology... Read More

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.

While it may seem like a big leap, the path from computer science undergraduate to published fiction author isn't as convoluted as it may seem.... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, March 3, 2022

At a time when researchers had abandoned neural networks as a tool for achieving deep learning, Geoffrey Hinton persisted.

His work on deep learning has spanned decades and eventually led to the technology enabling a smartphone to translate foreign languages in near-real time.

Hinton, a former professor of computer science at CMU and an ACM Turing Award winner, received Carnegie Mellon University's 2021 Dickson Prize in Science. He was virtually... Read More

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.

Working with Shimizu Corp., a Tokyo-based construction and civil engineering company, the... Read More

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.

But don't be surprised if the renowned artificial intelligence researcher and ethicist appears lost in the corridors and hallways of the Gates and Hillman Centers. When Conitzer... Read More

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