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by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Two Ph.D. candidates in the School of Computer Science received Facebook Fellowships to support their ongoing research. Now in its 10th year, the fellowship program supports research on important computer science and engineering topics, such as computer vision, programming languages, computational social science and more.

Paul Pu Liang, a doctoral student in the... Read More

by Matthew Wein | Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Prithvi Okade is a pretty familiar face around the School of Computer Science. Some know her as the head teaching assistant for 15-112, Fundamentals of Programming. Some recognize her from the SCS tours they took as prospective students. And to some she was the orientation counselor who helped them get acclimated in their first semesters on campus.

"Every once in a while, I'll meet someone who'll tell me that I was all three for them," Okade said. "I'm glad that if there's a first-year who's seeing me, it's going to be in at... Read More

by Elizabeth Speed | Monday, May 3, 2021

Neil Batlivala has blended his expertise in computer science with his interest in medicine to help design a platform that allows doctors to concentrate on their patients.

Batlivala, who earned his bachelor's degree in computer science with a minor in computational biology in 2014, collaborated with nurse Cassie Choi to found Pair Team, a health-tech startup that frees doctors to focus on patient conversations.

Designed for independent doctor's offices — especially those with... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, April 30, 2021

Three Carnegie Mellon University students will compete against some of the best computer programmers in North America this summer as part of the International Collegiate Programming Competition.

The CMU team of Chris Lambert, Zack Lee and Andy Yang placed third in its division and third overall among the 170 teams competing in last week's North American Divisional Championships. The result qualified the team for the upcoming North American Championship in... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, April 29, 2021

Duolingo's little green owl found itself among prestigious company this week when Time Magazine named the Carnegie Mellon University spinoff and Pittsburgh startup to its list of the 100 most influential companies for 2021.

The language learning app appeared on the list alongside tech heavyweights Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter; electronic vehicle competitors Tesla, GM and VW;... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Misha Ivkov's hands shook during his first college computer science exam. Carnegie Mellon University was a bit overwhelming, much different from high school.

But Ivkov got through that first exam — after that, everything was fine, he said — and the soon-to-graduate computer science major went from fearing college during his first weeks to relishing his classes and helping other students find the same experience.

"I really enjoyed taking all these classes, so I wanted to be sure other students did too," Ivkov said. "I wanted students to succeed."

Throughout his time in... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Tuesday, April 27, 2021

A creator of software that revolutionized the way people collaborate, Charles M. Geschke left his mark on Carnegie Mellon University long after earning his degree.

"Chuck" Geschke, who received a Ph.D. in computer science from CMU in 1973 and continued to give back to the university throughout his life, died Friday, April 16, at 81.

"An influential leader in the software industry for nearly 50 years, Chuck Geschke helped to expand the usability and accessibility of computers for a broad audience," said CMU President... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ads peddling the victims of human trafficking hide among millions of escort listings online. While identifying similar ads could be the key to taking down a human trafficking organization, the sheer volume of listings — with new ones added each day — makes the task a daunting one for law enforcement.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University hope to simplify that task by adapting an algorithm first used to spot anomalies in data, like typos in patient information at hospitals or errant figures in accounting, to identify similarities across escort ads. The... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Chess turned out to be an easy one. Translating speech in near real-time is mostly done. The accident-avoiding car? Maybe halfway there.

In 1988, Raj Reddy, the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, proposed an ambitious set of grand challenges for artificial intelligence to tackle in the coming 30 years. With that deadline past, Ganesh Mani, Reddy's colleague and an adjunct... Read More

by Aaron Aupperlee | Friday, April 9, 2021

Six Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, including five affiliated with the School of Computer Science, received grants through Google's inaugural Research Scholar Program. The program provides up to $60,000 to support the research efforts of early career professors.

SCS-affiliated faculty who received grants include Pravesh Kothari, an assistant professor in the ... Read More


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