The National Science Foundation website features a video of Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, explaining his development of a new auction system for buying and selling advertising time. He received support from the NSF's Accelerating Innovation Research program
Jim Osborn, executive director of the Quality of Life Technology Center, spoke with the Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch about robots that could help people with everyday tasks in their homes. Listen to the podcast.
Robert Harper, professor of computer science, is quoted in a Science News article about category theory, which the magazine calls "perhaps the most abstract area in all of mathematics."
The Institute for Software Research's Norman Sadeh and Lorrie Cranor discuss the need and growing industry demand for privacy engineers in an article in Computing Now. Cranor and Sadeh head the SCS's new masters program in privacy engineering.
Former SCS faculty member Carlos Guestrin and a number of CMU students/alumni launch GraphLab as company, providing machine learning technology to analyze graph data for recommendation engines. TechCrunch reports the company has raised $6.75 million in funding.
The May 5 episode of WPXI's "Our Region's Business" focused on the Quality of Life Technology Center and is available on YouTube.
Lorrie Cranor, associate professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, has a solo exhibit of six of her quilts at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. She expects the quilts will be on display for about a month.
PhD alumnus Tom Murphy's submission to this year's SIGBOVIK—essentially a robot for playing Super Mario Brothers on the classic 8-bit Nintendo system—has caught the attention of such news sites as TechCrunch and Wired UK.
New Faculty Interview
You probably know that our new head of the Computer Science Department, Frank Pfenning, is a renowned computer scientist and an accomplished squash player but guess what he might have been if he hadn't become a computer science professor? Read our latest faculty interview with Frank.
Latest PUZZLE! to tickle the grey cells... The Puzzle Toad brings you Puzzle No. 38: "Crush the Rebellion". Check solution to Puzzle No. 37 along with other puzzles and their solutions!
Celebrating Ravi Kannan and his 60th Birthday
A few of Ravi Kannan's friends and colleagues — including some of the biggest names in theoretical computer science, optimization and discrete math — will gather May 23-25 at Carnegie Mellon University for a workshop celebrating his 60th birthday.
Carnegie Mellon Joins Launch of NSF-Sponsored Alliance To Mentor African-American Computer Scientists
Carnegie Mellon University has joined Clemson University and five other university partners to launch the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Science (iAAMCS), a U.S. resource for increasing African-American participation in computing.
Outstanding Students Honored at SCS Diploma Ceremony
Six graduating students received special honors during the SCS Diploma Ceremony May 19, which included the first presentation of an award named for Mark Stehlik, former assistant dean for undergraduate education.
Research and Entrepreneurial Showcase, Launch|CMU, Debuts in Silicon Valley
SCS faculty members, students and alumni will predominate among the speakers at the inaugural Launch|CMU, a new semiannual event of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) that will showcase the university's technology, cutting-edge research and some of its most promising startup companies.
Robotics Institute Helps Make Stunning Satellite Imagery Easily Accessible
Members of the public can now easily explore almost 30 years of Earth imagery from NASA's Landsat through TIME Magazine's new Timelapse project.
Charles Geschke To Receive Honorary Degree From Carnegie Mellon; Will Speak at SCS Diploma Ceremony
Carnegie Mellon University will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Science and Technology to computer science alumnus Charles M. Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., at its 116th Commencement May 19. Also that day, Geschke will speak at the School of Computer Science Diploma Ceremony in Carnegie Music Hall.
More Than a Good Eye: Carnegie Mellon Robot Uses Arms, Location and More To Discover Objects
A robot can struggle to discover objects in its surroundings when it relies on computer vision alone. But by taking advantage of all of the information available to it — an object's location, size, shape and even whether it can be lifted — a robot can continually discover and refine its understanding of objects, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.
Ellis School Student and "Girl of Steel" Wins Dean's List Honor at FIRST Championship
Naoka Gunawardena, a junior at The Ellis School and a member of the Girls of Steel, a robotics team sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University’s Field Robotics Center, was one of 10 national winners of Dean’s List honors at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Championship April 27 in St. Louis. She is the daughter of Ananda Gunawardena, associate teaching professor in the Computer Science Department.
Carnegie Mellon's CREATE Lab and Partners Display Projects at Assemble Gallery
Robots that interpret poetry, the electronic innards of toys and low-cost sensors that count the pollution particles in the air are among the artifacts that will be on display when Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab takes over the Assemble gallery May 3-31.
John C. Reynolds, 1935-2013
John C. Reynolds, a long-time Computer Science Department professor known for his incisive work on the logical foundations of programs and programming languages and for his mentoring of students and junior faculty members, died April 28 of cancer and congestive heart disease.
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Zooming Technique For Entering Text Into Smartwatches, Ultra-small Computers
Technology blogs have been abuzz that smartwatches may soon be on their way from companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. But as capable as these ultra-small computers may be, how will users enter an address, a name, or a search term into them?
Engaging Online Crowds in the Classroom Could Be Important Tool for Teaching Innovation
Online crowds can be an important tool for teaching the ins and outs of innovation, educators at Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University say, even when the quality of the feedback provided by online sources doesn't always match the quantity.
NREC's Robotic Paint-stripping System Is Edison Award Winner
A robotic paint-stripping system being developed by Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center and Concurrent Technologies Corporation of Johnstown, Pa., was named a Gold winner in the materials science category of the 2013 Edison Awards, announced April 25 at an awards ceremony in Chicago.
Robotics Grad Student Competes on Discovery Channel's "Big Brain Theory"
It was mid-October, the first day of filming for Discovery's new reality show, "Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius," and Eric Whitman and his fellow contestants were standing in a California desert, not sure what to expect.
With Wave of the Hand, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Touch-based Interfaces on Everyday Surfaces
Researchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen. But now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated how these touch-based interfaces can be created almost at will, with the wave of a hand.
David Notkin (SCS '84) Passes Away
David Notkin, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering who earned his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in 1984, died April 22 at the age of 58.
Silly Phone Game Puts Illiterate Pakistanis In Touch With Potential Employers
A silly telephone game that became a viral phenomenon in Pakistan has demonstrated some serious potential for teaching poorly educated people about automated voice services and provided a new tool for them to learn about jobs, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Pakistan's Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Oracle and Curriki Release Curriculum for Alice
The Oracle Academy, an educational initiative of Oracle, and Curriki, a non-profit, global community for sharing educational resources, are working to make a curriculum for Carnegie Mellon University’s Alice software widely available to secondary school teachers and students.
Aarti Singh Receives NSF CAREER Award
Aarti Singh, assistant professor of machine learning, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation to develop computationally efficient and principled methods of extracting clusters and graphs from "big and dirty" data sets.
Technique Finds Software Bugs in Surgical Robots And Helps Developers Fix Flaws, Ensure Safety
Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective, but proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.
Carnegie Mellon Student Startup Places Payments at Users' Fingertips
It may take two to tango, but payments now are as easy as one touch.
Four Carnegie Mellon University seniors tired of digging through backpacks, pockets and purses for their student identification and debit cards have developed PayTango, a fingerprint-based identification and payment system.
Carnegie Mellon's Human-Scale CHIMP Robot Has Four Limbs, But Moves on Treads Like a Tank
A team from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center is building a new class of robot to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Robotics Challenge — a human-size robot that moves, not by walking, but on rubberized tracks on the extremities of each of its four limbs. Read More