News In and Around CSD

Noted for Leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Manuela Veloso, a computer scientist renowned for her work in artificial intelligence and robotics, is the new head of Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department, Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, announced today.

She succeeds Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor and the founding head of the Machine Learning Department (MLD), who remains a member of the faculty.

Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science,... Read More

by Ann Lyon Ritchie | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Computer science needs K-12 educators, especially ones like Leigh Ann DeLyser (CS 2010, 2014), a former high school teacher and now director of education and research for CSNYC - NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education.

In an announcement this past fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's public schools would offer computer science to all students. DeLyser helps coordinate with funded programs to ensure strong implementation within the city, which has reached more than 20,000 students in the past three years and plans to... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, February 29, 2016

Language Technologies Institute Director and Allen Newell Professor of Computer Science Jaime Carbonell will accept the 2015 Okawa Prize this week for "outstanding contributions to research in language technologies, machine learning and computational biology in the field of artificial intelligence."

Presented by the Okawa Foundation, the Okawa Prize pays... Read More

Yahoo! Releases Password Statistics of 70 Million Users For Cybersecurity Studies
by Byron Spice | Sunday, February 21, 2016

An unfortunate reality for cybersecurity researchers is that real-world data for their research too often comes via a security breach. Now computer scientists have devised a way to let organizations share statistics about their users' passwords without putting those same customers at risk of being hacked.

The work at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, part of an emerging field on rigorous human authentication, persuaded Yahoo! to publicly share password frequency... Read More

Program Wins Total Bankroll Category in Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'Em
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A computer poker program called Baby Tartanian8 continued Carnegie Mellon's hot streak at the Annual Computer Poker Competition, taking first place in the total bankroll category and third place in the bankroll instant run-off category in the Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em game.

Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the... Read More

Book Details How Carnegie Mellon Changed To Sustain Gender Diversity
by Byron Spice | Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fewer women than men pursue computer science, but correcting that imbalance won't be accomplished by quick fixes or making coursework less strenuous. Rather, the culture of computer science departments must change, as outlined in the new book, "Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University."

A cultural makeover at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, a... Read More

Goal Is To Make Computers Learn Like Humans
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans.

The research project, led by Tai Sing Lee, a professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, January 7, 2016

Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, was honored as Industrialist of the Year by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors' Western Pennsylvania chapter at a ceremony Jan. 7 at the Duquesne Club.

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by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Frank Pfenning, head of the Computer Science Department, and Kevin Fall, the deputy director and chief technology officer of the Software Engineering Institute, have been named 2015 fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery in recognition of their contributions to computer science.

The ACM, the world's leading computer society, cited Pfenning for "contributions to the logical foundations of automatic theorem proving and types for programming languages." Fall was... Read More

by Katelyn Howard | Sunday, December 6, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University students, faculty and alumni are recognized leaders in producing successful startup companies, and the university houses several centers and programs for promoting innovation and growth. Fueled by such entrepreneurship, the National Science Foundation-sponsored Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site is one of the Carnegie Mellon vehicles that drives relationships with internal and external partners in the business community.

The objective of the I-Corps Site... Read More


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