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Girls of Steel Team Helps Construct Autodesk Robot and Vies at National FIRST® Robotics Competition

BY Byron Spice - Wednesday April 23, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The robot-development skills of the Girls of Steel, a team of high-school-age girls from the Pittsburgh area, are being tested at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo. Several team members, however, already have put those skills to practical use in helping to build a robot for Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software. 

Clarke Will Receive Bower Prize at Franklin Institute Ceremony

BY Heidi Opdyke - Wednesday April 23, 2014
The School of Computer Science’s Edmund M. Clarke has led the way for quality assurance processes in the computing industry for more than 30 years. His innovative techniques for automatically verifying the correctness of computer systems are used in transportation, communications and medicine. 

A Key To Enjoying Massive Online Photo Files May Be Giving Up Some Control, Researchers Say

BY Byron Spice - Wednesday April 23, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The ability of individuals to store and instantly access thousands of their photos online has become a commonplace luxury, but the sheer size of these archives can be intimidating. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, have found people might actually enjoy their collections more by giving up a bit of control and learning to wait. 

Carnegie Mellon System Lets iPad Users Explore Data With Their Fingers

BY Byron Spice - Wednesday April 23, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Spreadsheets may have been the original killer app for personal computers, but data tables don’t play to the strengths of multi-touch devices such as tablets. So researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a visualization approach that allows people to explore complex data with their fingers. 

Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates Of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

BY Byron Spice - Monday April 21, 2014
PITTSBURGH—With gene expression analysis growing in importance for both basic researchers and medical practitioners, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland have developed a new computational method that dramatically speeds up estimates of gene activity from RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) data. 

Google VP named Dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science

BY Ken Walters - Tuesday April 15, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Google vice president Andrew W. Moore has been selected as the new dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s renowned School of Computer Science (SCS), effective this August. Moore, a distinguished computer scientist with expertise in machine learning and robotics, served as a professor of computer science and robotics at CMU before being named founding director of Google’s Pittsburgh engineering office in 2006.   

National Order of the Sovereign Congress

BY Byron Spice - Monday April 14, 2014
The Guatemalan government will bestow its highest honor, the National Order of the Sovereign Congress, on native son Luis von Ahn, associate professor of computer science. The award recognizes von Ahn for his work on CAPTCHAs, reCAPTCHAs and Duolingo.com, for his entrepreneurial business career and for enhancing Guatemala’s reputation. 

Flight Test of Astrobotic Landing System Is Successful

BY Byron Spice - Friday April 11, 2014
Astrobotic Technology successfully tested the landing guidance system it will use to place a robot on the moon during a February test in the Mojave Desert aboard the Masten Aerospace Xombie, a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing suborbital rocket. 
Clarke Will Receive Bower Prize For Model Checking Research
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