News In and Around CSD

by Michael Henninger | Friday, March 5, 2021

Carnegie Mellon University lost a remarkable visionary this week with the death of Howard Wactlar, who pioneered computing on campus for nearly half a century while advancing the nation's research agenda through his work with the federal government.

Wactlar, Alumni Research Professor of Computer Science Emeritus, held appointments in multiple departments in the School of Computer Science, including the Computer Science Department and the Robotics Institute. He died March 1 at... Read More

by Matthew Wein | Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Katharine "Kit" Needham has been named the School of Computer Science's inaugural assistant dean for entrepreneurship initiatives.

Needham, who also serves as the director of Project Olympus, joined Carnegie Mellon in 2008 to work on the then newly formed startup incubator with its founding director Lenore Blum.

"Even today, many people don't know what Project Olympus is," Needham said. "... Read More

by Matthew Wein | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Veronica Peet has been named the School of Computer Science's first assistant dean for undergraduate experience.

Peet joined SCS nearly two years ago as a senior academic advisor to first-year students, working with Tom Cortina, then the assistant dean for undergraduate education. Her new position emerged from departmental restructuring that saw Cortina elevated to associate dean for undergraduate programs.

"My role very much focuses on the transition from high school to full-fledged college student, and all of... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Three Carnegie Mellon University research teams have received funding through the Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence, which the National Science Foundation sponsors in partnership with Amazon. The program supports computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of building trustworthy AI systems that can be deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society.

"There have been increasing concerns over biases in AI systems, for example computer vision algorithms working... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, February 8, 2021

A two-day virtual workshop organized by the AI4K12 Initiative involving education leaders from across the country has helped spark new K-12 artificial intelligence efforts in several states, said David Touretzky, research professor in computer science.

AI4K12 is developing national guidelines for teaching AI in elementary and secondary schools as a joint project of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Artur Dubrawski will receive the Alumni Research Professorship of Computer Science and Carleton Kingsford will receive the Herbert A. Simon Professorship of Computer Science in a virtual ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4.

The usual ceremonies for these and other new professorships were delayed last year by the pandemic... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Xinyu Wu, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department who studies the theoretical foundations of quantum computing, is one of five recipients of 2021 Ada Lovelace Fellowships, presented by Microsoft Research.

The three-year fellowships are awarded to second-year Ph.D. students who are pursuing research aligned with Microsoft Research. To... Read More

CS Faculty Jan Hoffman & PhD Student Ankush Das open-source Nomos
by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, January 25, 2021

In 2013, a Pennsylvania man became the richest person on Earth… for about two minutes. PayPal had accidentally credited his account $92 quadrillion dollars. That’s a 92 with 15 zeros behind it. But within minutes, PayPal realized their mistake, and took it all back. Too bad.

Mistakes like this—big, small, and humongous—happen all too often, and typically they come down to bugs in “smart contracts”—computer programs that facilitate digital transactions online. In the case of... Read More

by Heidi Opdyke | Monday, January 25, 2021

Brothers Andrew and Henry DeYoung have accomplished something very few siblings do: They defended their doctoral theses at Carnegie Mellon University within a few weeks of each other. Henry defended in December, and Andrew defended Jan. 22.

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by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

School of Computer Science faculty members Manuel Blum and Jodi Forlizzi are among 95 distinguished computer scientists named 2020 fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of the association's membership for outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding... Read More


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