News In and Around CSD

Is Artificial Intelligence Superior to Wisdom of Crowds?
by Byron Spice | Friday, December 9, 2016

Computer scientists and statisticians at Carnegie Mellon University are using both artificial intelligence and the wisdom of crowds to guide their efforts in forecasting 2016-2017 flu activity. Past experience suggests it remains an open question as to which is better at predicting the disease's spread week by week.

The Delphi research group, uniting faculty and students from CMU's machine learning, statistics, computer science and computational biology departments, is part of... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, December 8, 2016

Three School of Computer Science faculty members  — Justine Cassell, Manuela Veloso and Todd Mowry — have been named Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellows for 2016 in recognition of their contributions to human-computer interaction, computer architecture and artificial intelligence, respectively. They are among 53 members of the ACM, the world's leading computing society, elevated to fellow status this year.

"As nearly 100,000 computing professionals are members... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The world premiere of "La Mare dels Peixos" (Mother Fish), a one-act opera co-written by Roger Dannenberg, professor of computer science, and Jorge Sastre, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and former visiting researcher at CMU, will be held Friday, Dec. 16, in Valencia, Spain. The opera, based on an old Valencian folktale about how a magical fish changes a family's fortunes, includes computer and electronic elements. Dannenberg, whose research focuses on computer music, hopes to arrange a... Read More

Dangerous Selfie Shots Have Become Worldwide Phenomenon
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

People love to take selfies, but it's a love that can prove fatal. A growing number of people die each year while snapping photos of themselves on cliffs, on railroad tracks and other hazardous spots. Researchers in Pittsburgh and in India are looking for ways to reduce this risk.

In a new study, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi (IIITD) scoured public records to compile a list of 127 deaths associated with selfies worldwide between March 2014 and September 2016. After analyzing those selfie deaths, they... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, November 14, 2016

The Verge technology and culture site is celebrating its fifth anniversary in November by looking at what's in store for the next five years, based on interviews with opinion leaders, such as Manuela Veloso, head of SCS's Machine Learning Department. Read Veloso's "The Verge 2021" interview and watch the accompanying video to get her insights on why humanity and artificial intelligence will be inseparable.

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by Byron Spice | Thursday, November 10, 2016

Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, received the prestigious 2016 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in a ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.

The international award is presented by the Inamori Foundation to individuals such as Kanade who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind. Kanade's... Read More

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


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