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Grad programs remain at top of magazine's rankings

Monday August 18, 2014
SCS's graduate program has again been ranked No. 1 (a Best Graduate School 2015) by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as one of the best computer science programs in the world. 

Manuel Blum, Ph.D. Students Convene at Heidelberg Forum

Byron Spice Thursday September 18, 2014
Manuel Blum, professor of computer science, and four Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. students in computer science will be among the world’s top students and most distinguished researchers attending the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Sept. 21-26, in Heidelberg, Germany.Building on the successful model of the annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings together students and early-career researchers with winners of the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize in computer science, as well as the Abel Prize and Fields Medal in mathematics. Formal lectures occur each... 

The Future is Here: 25 Years of SCS at CMU

Thursday September 18, 2014
Java inventor James Gosling (CS'83), Facebook's Serkan Piantino (CS'04) and Microsoft Research head Peter Lee will join faculty, alumni and students for "SCS25," a two-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of the School of Computer Science on Oct. 10 and 11. 

WEF Recognizes Hammer, Harrison as Outstanding Young Scientists

Byron Spice Wednesday September 10, 2014
Jessica Hammer, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and the Entertainment Technology Center, and Chris Harrison, assistant professor in HCII, were among 30 exceptional young scientists under the age of 40 recognized at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Sept. 10–12, in Tianjin, China.Hammer and Harrison were among a healthy contingent of Carnegie Mellon faculty members attending this year’s “Summer Davos,” including Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science, and Justine Cassell, professor of HCII as well as associate... 

Five SCS Students Named 2015 Siebel Scholars

Byron Spice Tuesday September 09, 2014
The Siebel Scholars Foundation has named five Carnegie Mellon University graduate students —  Joydeep Biswas, Anca Dragan, Anirudh Viswanathan, Pengtao Xie, and Adams Wei Yu — to the 2015 class of Siebel Scholars.The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, bioengineering and computer science. They are chosen based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top five percent of their class, many within the top one percent. Each receives a $35,000 award... 

Carnegie Mellon’s Smart Headlights Spare the Eyes of Oncoming Drivers

Byron Spice Tuesday September 09, 2014
PITTSBURGH—A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night.The programmable headlight senses and tracks virtually any number of oncoming drivers, blacking out only the small parts of the headlight beam that would otherwise shine into their eyes. During snow or rain showers, the headlight improves driver vision by tracking individual flakes and drops in the immediate vicinity of the... 

Symposium Celebrates Ed Clarke and Model Checking

Byron Spice Friday September 05, 2014
More than 50 friends and colleagues of Edmund M. Clarke, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science, will deliver technical talks Sept. 19–20 at the Clarke Symposium 2014, celebrating the work of both the Turing Award winner and the model-checking community he helped create.In addition to technical talks on both days in the Asian Students Association conference room in the Gates and Hillman centers, the conference will include a Saturday evening banquet for Clarke’s planned retirement in 2015.Clarke played a leading role in developing model checking, a formal method for verifying... 

Former Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Dean Now Assisting in White House Policy Office

Byron Spice Thursday August 21, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Randal E. Bryant, who finished a decade of service as dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science on June 30, has begun a temporary assignment in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide analysis and advice on Big Data.Bryant, who is on sabbatical from his position as University Professor of Computer Science, expects to spend 10-12 months in the OSTP’s Technology and Innovation Division, where he is working as an adviser to Thomas Kalil, deputy director of policy.“My plan is to work on initiatives involving the application of... 
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