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Thwarting Bias in AI Systems

by Alexandra George | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Artificial intelligence systems are at work in many areas where we might not realize — making decisions about credit, what ads to show us and which job applicants to hire. While these systems are really good at systematically combing through lots of data to detect patterns and optimize decisions, the biases held by humans can be transmitted to these systems through the training data.

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SCS Professors Reimagine What It Takes To Code

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

David Kosbie and Mark Stehlik believe anyone can code. As course instructors for Principles of Computing — better known to Carnegie Mellon University students by its course number, 15-110 — that belief comes in handy. One of two introductory courses offered in the School of Computer Science, 15-110 covers programming constructs along with history and current events in computer science, tailored to students with little to no computer science background.

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Alumna Q&A: Alexandra Johnson

by Susie Cribbs | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University doesn't always consider itself cool. But this year, Seventeen magazine begged to differ, naming CMU one of its 2018 "Cool Schools." Their reasons? Our gender parity in STEM fields and strong community of female coders.

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Fellowship Advances Women in Cybersecurity

Elite hacker Carolina Zarate was named this year’s EWF INI Fellow

by Jessica Corry | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

While women make up just 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, Carnegie Mellon University and its Information Networking Institute is closing the gender gap one student at a time.

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Three SCS Faculty Members Named 2019 IEEE Fellows

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Three School of Computer Science faculty members — Venkatesan Guruswami, Mor Harchol-Balter and Eric Xing — have been elevated to fellows in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional organization.

Fellow status is a distinction reserved for select members who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in an IEEE field of interest.

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Hodgins Named 2018 ACM Fellow

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Jessica Hodgins, professor of robotics and computer science, one of 56 new ACM fellows honored for their significant contributions to computer science.

Hodgins, who leads the Facebook AI Research lab in Pittsburgh in addition to her faculty duties, was cited by the ACM for her contributions to character animation, human simulation and humanoid robotics.

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SCS Master's Student Named Schwarzman Scholar

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, December 3, 2018

School of Computer Science master's student Hima Tammineedi has been named to the 2020 class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive graduate fellowship inspired by the Rhodes Scholarships that features one year of study at Tsinghua University in China.

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Bajpai, Wang Earn Stehlik Scholarships

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The School of Computer Science has named current seniors Tanvi Bajpai and Serena Wang the recipients of its 2018 Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship. The award, now in its fourth year, recognizes undergraduate students for their commitment and dedication both in and beyond the classroom. Bajpai and Wang have made noteworthy contributions both to SCS and the computer science field in general. And they both plan to continue doing so after graduation.

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5 Questions for Doug Fritz BFA & BS ’07

by Andy Ptaschinski (CFA) | Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“5 Questions” is a series by the School of Art that asks alumni who are transforming art, culture, and technology about their current work and time at Carnegie Mellon.

Doug Fritz is a creative technologist with a keen interest in systems architecture and a passion for using technology to solve pressing real-world challenges.

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Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Edge Computing Research

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University today announced it will collaborate with Microsoft on a joint effort to innovate in edge computing, an exciting field of research for intensive computing applications that require rapid response times in remote and low-connectivity environments. By bringing artificial intelligence to the "edge," devices such as connected vehicles, drones or factory equipment can quickly learn and respond to their environments, which is critical to scenarios like search and rescue, disaster recovery, and safety.

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Sandholm, Brown To Receive Minsky Medal

The Duo's Libratus AI Program Was the First To Beat Top No-Limit Poker Professionals

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm and Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, are the second-ever recipients of the prestigious Marvin Minsky Medal, which will be presented by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in recognition of their outstanding achievements in AI.

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Researchers Reinvent the Wheel for Vehicles of the Future

Shape-Shifting Tires, Digital Driving Assistants Could Enable Safe Driving Over All Kinds of Terrain

by Byron Spice | Monday, October 29, 2018

Wheels that transform into tracks on the fly and a digital assistant that helps drivers find the safest, surest route across steep terrain — or even does the driving at times — are technologies that could change expectations of what vehicles can do.

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SCS Sophomores Share Their CMU Firsts: Semesters, Years and Experiences

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, October 22, 2018

When we last spoke to School of Computer Science students Trevor Arashiro, Chris Choi, Lauren Morgenthaler, and Peter Wu, they were first-years, entirely new to the undergraduate computer science program, the city of Pittsburgh, and most importantly, college. Last fall, these talented students provided insightful snapshots of their first semesters in the School of Computer Science. Now — with a year of college under their belts — they're back with more.

Trevor Arashiro

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Crane Receives Packard Fellowship

by Byron Spice | Monday, October 15, 2018

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced that Keenan Crane, assistant professor of computer science and robotics, is one of 18 recipients of its 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. The fellowship recognizes innovative early-career researchers and includes $875,000 to aid in each fellow's research for five years.

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Lights, Camera, Science!

SCS Sophomore Abraham Riedel-Mishaan Featured in "Science Fair" Documentary

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Abraham Riedel-Mishaan seems an unlikely movie star. He's not an actor. No one stops the sophomore computer science major on the Carnegie Mellon University campus to ask for autographs. But he is featured in "Science Fair," a film festival darling now showing nationwide.

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Education App Uses Photos To Help People Form Proper Sentences

CMU Design for America Project Assists People With Language Deficits

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Students in the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Design for America (DFA @ CMU) have developed a free mobile app that uses visual cues to help children and adults — particularly those with language difficulties — form meaningful, grammatically correct sentences. The education app, called Sentence Mosaics, uses photos and color-coded parts of speech to prompt users as they construct sentences.

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Von Ahn Wins 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 12, 2018

School of Computer Science alumnus Luis von Ahn, who is a consulting professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD) and the co-founder of the popular language-learning platform Duolingo, has won the prestigious 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize — a $500,000 award that honors mid-career inventors.

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Carnegie Mellon Joins Meltwater To Advance Data Science

New AI Platform Will Help Students, Researchers Rapidly Solve Real-World Problems

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are collaborating with the digital media intelligence firm Meltwater to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence education and research using the company's AI platform.

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From high school hacker to DefCon champ

SCS’s Zach Wade and PPP teammates seek to shatter DefCon records

by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

While many kids dream of a shopping spree at their favorite toy store or the local candy shop, Zach Wade's preference was a bit uncommon for a youngster: RadioShack.

''I had a RadioShack kit that had bajillions of components, and I kept hand-drawn books on how to connect circuits and how to build stuff,'' says Wade, now a fourth-year undergraduate in the School of Computer Science. ''That kit was my absolute favorite. I spent hours and hours playing with that.''

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How a Computer Learns To Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice

Deep Reinforcement Learning Makes Basketball Video Games Look More Realistic

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Basketball players need lots of practice before they master the dribble, and it turns out that's true for computer-animated players as well. By using deep reinforcement learning, players in basketball video games can glean insights from motion-capture data to sharpen their dribbling skills.

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Hodgins, Gupta Join Facebook AI Research

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University's Jessica Hodgins will lead a newly established Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab in Pittsburgh, where she will be joined by CMU's Abhinav Gupta. The appointments are part of an expansion of Facebook's artificial intelligence research activities with academic communities.

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