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CMU Remembers Computer Science Visionary Howard Wactlar

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.

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Peet Named Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Experience

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.

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CMU Researchers Win NSF-Amazon Fairness in AI Awards

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.

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Workshop Sparks State Initiatives in AI Education

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.

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SCS Celebrates Simon, Alumni Research Professorships

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.

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Xinyu Wu Wins Ada Lovelace Fellowship

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.

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How CyLab researchers are safeguarding digital transactions

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.

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Blum, Forlizzi Named ACM Fellows

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).

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From Video Signals to Bytes: Preserving the Legacy of CS at CMU

by Cristina Rouvalis | Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The image from the videotape is blurry, deteriorated from the passage of time, but the professor is razor-sharp as he talks about the future. Herb Simon stands in front of a class at Carnegie Mellon University, musing about the difference between artificial and natural intelligence.

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Edmund Clarke Pioneered Methods for Detecting Software, Hardware Errors

CMU Professor Earned Turing Award, Computer Science's Highest Honor

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Edmund M. Clarke, University Professor Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University and co-recipient of the 2007 Turing Award – computer science's equivalent of the Nobel Prize – died Dec. 22 of COVID-19, following a long illness.

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CyLab Researchers Design Privacy Icon for Use by California Law

by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

This past January, you may have noticed the phrase "Do not sell my personal information" at the bottom of many webpages. If you didn't, it could be because there's no icon next to it — even though the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) suggests using one.

After a year without guidance on what that icon should look like, California has proposed an official icon to include with the opt-out text — one developed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab and the University of Michigan's School of Information.

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The Salad Days of AI

Students Create Digital Green Thumbs To Nurture Vegetables in Automated Greenhouses

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Nidhi Jain has never had much luck growing plants.

"I've tried to work with plants, but they didn't want to work with me," said the senior computer science major from California. "So I've stuck to succulents."

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Justine Sherry Wins 2020 VMWare Systems Research Award

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Justine Sherry, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), has won the 2020 VMWare Systems Research Award, in recognition of her seminal contributions to the networking field.

VMWare presents the award each year to a faculty member who is within the first five years of their first tenure-track appointment. It includes a $125,000 award to support her research.

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SCS Team Wins Most Influential Paper Award at Data Mining Conference

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 9, 2020

A 2010 paper by a trio of School of Computer Science researchers that described an algorithm for detecting spammers, faulty equipment, credit card fraud and other anomalous behavior won the Most Influential Paper Award at the 2020 Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD).

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Von Ahn Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Luis von Ahn, a consulting professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department and co-founder and CEO of the language-learning platform Duolingo, is among 175 academic inventors elected as 2020 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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Sandholm Wins AAAI Engelmore Award

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tuomas Sandholm, the Angel Jordan University Professor of Computer Science, has received the 2021 Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Lecture Award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for his AI research and service to the AI community.

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Cranor, Touretzky Named 2020 AAAS Fellows

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Lorrie Cranor and David S. Touretzky, both faculty members in the School of Computer Science, are among almost 500 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to be named 2020 AAAS fellows.

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World's Fastest Open-Source Intrusion Detection Arrives

by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, November 16, 2020

Intrusion-detection systems are the invisible intelligence agencies in computer networks. They scan every packet of data passed through the network, looking for signs of any one of the tens of thousands of cyberattack styles they recognize.

As internet speeds increase, data volumes grow. To keep up, intrusion-detection systems have morphed into giant racks and stacks of servers, driving up energy costs for organizations that rely on them.

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Fragkiadaki Wins Air Force Young Investigator Award

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Katerina Fragkiadaki, an assistant professor in the Machine Learning Department, is one of 36 scientists and engineers nationwide — and one of just two from Carnegie Mellon University — to receive funding this year through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).

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SCS Celebrates New Professorships

Faloutsos, Harchol-Balter, Sycara Honored During Virtual Event

by Byron Spice | Thursday, October 22, 2020

A trio of distinguished School of Computer Science faculty members — Christos Faloutsos, Mor Harchol-Balter and Katia Sycara — formally received professorships during a virtual celebration on Thursday, Oct. 22.

"The onset of the pandemic forced us to delay and modify the usual ceremonies that accompany these professorships, but our appreciation for the academic excellence and service to the school of these three faculty members is in no way diminished," said SCS Dean Martial Hebert.

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Five SCS Seniors Named ACS Scholars

by Byron Spice | Monday, October 19, 2020

Five School of Computer Science seniors have been selected as Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars for 2021. The award recognizes their academic excellence; volunteerism; leadership; and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts.

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Sandholm Named Among Top 100 Entrepreneurs

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Goldman Sachs has named Tuomas Sandholm, the Angel Jordan University Professor of Computer Science, one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2020.

Sandholm was cited for his role as founder, president and CEO of Strategy Robot Inc., a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff that applies game theory, artificial intelligence and optimization to military, war gaming, force design, portfolio planning, course-of-action creation, security, intelligence, cybersecurity, world stability and policy challenges.

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