News In and Around CSD

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Jessica Lee, a junior majoring in computer science, is one of four Carnegie Mellon University students selected to receive a 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which is awarded to sophomores and juniors who show promise as leaders in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Lee, along with CMU biological sciences major Cassandra Bishop, neuroscience major Shiv Sethi and math major Noah Stevenson (all... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Monday, March 30, 2020

"Remote learning takes more energy than I expected," said Daryl Detrick, who teaches high schoolers how to code in New Jersey, and, like thousands of his peers, is working from home due to the novel coronavirus. But CMU CS Academy is easing his transition to the virtual classroom. CS Academy is a free, online, interactive computer science curriculum that includes teacher training and online technical support.

Detrick enrolled in the program earlier this year. He wanted to introduce the programming language Python into... Read More

Research Will Help Software Users Make Use of 3D Data
by Byron Spice | Thursday, March 19, 2020

Keenan Crane, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and Robotics Institute, has been awarded a four-year, $519,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty members.

The award will sponsor his development of methods that allow... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, March 9, 2020

A team from Seneca Valley High School took top honors in the second annual Carnegie Mellon University High School Programming Contest, hosted by the School of Computer Science on Saturday, March 7.

Twenty-six teams — almost twice as many as last year — competed for more than three hours during the contest. The competition is modeled after the International Collegiate Programming Contest and requires students to use logic, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they attempt to solve eight... Read More

Research Aims To Improve Efficiency of Large-Scale Data Centers
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Rashmi Vinayak, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, has won a five-year, $650,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for young faculty members.

The award will support Vinayak's work to improve the resource and energy efficiency of large-scale data centers, which together serve as the... Read More

Distinguished Professor Founded CMU's Language Technologies Institute
by Byron Spice | Friday, February 28, 2020

Jaime Carbonell foresaw a world where people could freely communicate with each other, no matter what language they spoke. He knew that making this dream a reality would require automation, so he spent his career building machines that could understand human language.

He knew full well that earlier attempts at machine translation had largely come to naught. Nevertheless, as a young computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University in 1985, Carbonell persuaded his superiors to let him start a Center for Machine Translation. For the next 35 years, he and his colleagues would... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Friday, February 21, 2020

Nihar Shah, an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science's Machine Learning and Computer Science Departments, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the organization's most prestigious award for young faculty members. The five-year, $648,000 award will support his work... Read More

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Zico Kolter, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), and Ioannis Gkioulekas, an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute, are among 126 early career researchers to receive 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships.

The prestigious fellowships honor outstanding scholars in the U.S. and Canada in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics,... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Friday, February 7, 2020

Ranysha Ware, a Ph.D. student in Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department, has received a 2020 Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) from the Internet Engineering Task Force. She is being recognized for her work on congestion control fairness.

Ware leads a research project on internet fairness that recently demonstrated how Google’s new congestion control algorithm (CCA)... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, January 30, 2020

It's fitting that the installation of School of Computer Science Dean Martial Hebert would begin with a musical intro from Carnegie Mellon University's robot bagpiper, McBlare. After all, Hebert spent his career at the Robotics Institute until taking the helm of SCS this past August.

"When you hear bagpipes, you know something special is happening. When you hear bagpipes being played by a robot, you know you're at Carnegie Mellon University... Read More


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