News In and Around CSD

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Siebel Scholars Foundation has named six Carnegie Mellon University graduate students to the 2016 class of Siebel Scholars, including one in the field of energy science, which is newly added to the program this year.

Matt Wytock was named as a scholar in energy science, while John Dickerson, Rohit Girdhar, Po-Yao Huang, Jeffrey Rzeszotarski and Xun Zheng were honored as exceptional students in computer science.

The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students at the world's leading graduate... Read More

Carnegie Mellon Students Develop Open Source Tools With Bangalore School
by Byron Spice | Monday, September 14, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University's TechBridgeWorld research group today announced the release of open source software that can help educators of children with hearing disabilities create video dictionaries of sign languages and use games that encourage vocalization by children learning to speak.    

The software, produced in collaboration with the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind in Bangalore, India, is particularly suited for use in underdeveloped... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pittsburgh magazine’s annual listing of the 50 Most Powerful People includes CMU President Subra Suresh and SCS Dean Andrew Moore. Luis von Ahn, associate professor of computer science, and John Bares, a civil engineering alumnus, former director of the National Robotics Engineering Center and now director of the Uber Advanced Technology Center, are among 15 “... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Joseph F. Traub, a pioneering computer scientist who led Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department during a crucial period in its history, died unexpectedly Aug. 24 in Santa Fe, NM. He was 83.

Traub, most recently the Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science at Columbia... Read More

Cited for Java Language and Other Contributions to Programming
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The IEEE has honored James A. Gosling (CS'83), chief software architect at Liquid Robotics, with the 2015 John von Neumann Medal for his pioneering work on Java and other programming languages and environments.

Gosling's development of Java in 1995 was a major milestone in computing, the IEEE noted when presenting him with the medal at its June 20 awards ceremony in New York City. Java, one of the most popular programming languages in history, was the first widely deployed language that enabled... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, August 10, 2015

Carnegie Mellon's cybersecurity team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, took second place at this year's DefCon Capture the Flag competition. The competition, widely considered the "World Series of Hacking," took place Aug. 6–9 in the Bally's Events Center in Las Vegas.

"Every year this contest gets harder and harder," said David Brumley, the team's faculty adviser and director of Carnegie Mellon’s cybersecurity... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, August 10, 2015

Manuela Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Computer Science, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Oct. 14–16 in Houston. 

"I am thrilled to be a keynote speaker at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration, and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the importance of recruiting, retaining and advancing more prominent women in technology," Veloso said. "I am excited to encourage all these talented... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The newly established Siebel Energy Institute, a consortium of Carnegie Mellon and seven other research universities, marked its official launch Aug. 4 by announcing 24 seed grants, including three to CMU researchers.

Zico Kolter, assistant professor in the Institute for Software Research and Computer Science Department, will lead a project with Sebastian Scherer, systems scientist in the Robotics Institute, using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, July 9, 2015

A newly released video from Time magazine, "Pittsburgh The Comeback," highlights the role of technology — particularly the contributions of Carnegie Mellon University — in the revitalization of Pittsburgh. SCS Dean Andrew Moore is among the community leaders interviewed on camera.

"My most important duty here as dean is to create the computer scientists who are frankly, I believe, going to be running the world in 2040," Moore said.

The Robotics Institute's Martial Hebert, Tony Stentz and Clark Haynes also are prominently featured.

View the video on... Read More

Carnegie Mellon Uses Simulated User Profiles To Probe Online Ad Ecosystem
by Byron Spice | Monday, July 6, 2015

Experiments by Carnegie Mellon University show that significantly fewer women than men were shown online ads promising them help getting jobs paying more than $200,000, raising questions about the fairness of targeting ads online.

The study of Google ads, using a CMU-developed tool called AdFisher that runs experiments with simulated user profiles, established that the gender discrimination was... Read More


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