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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. 

Research Team Identifies 33 Genes That Contribute to Autism Risk

Shilo Rea, Byron Spice Tuesday October 28, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The list of genes identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by deep DNA sequencing has expanded from nine to 33, according to a new study by an international research team led by the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC), including Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathryn Roeder and the University of Pittsburgh’s Bernie Devlin.Published today in Nature, the study examined data on several types of rare, genetic differences in more than 14,000 DNA samples from parents, affected children and unrelated individuals. It is the largest sample to date, and provides evidence that small... 

Carnegie Mellon’s Inflatable Robotic Arm Inspires Design of Disney's Latest Character

Byron Spice Tuesday October 28, 2014
PITTSBURGH—When Don Hall saw a robot arm made of balloons while visiting Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute several years ago, he knew instantly that Baymax, a pivotal character in the animated feature he was co-directing for Disney, would also be an inflatable robot.That movie, "Big Hero 6," set to light up movie screens Nov. 7, is an action-packed, comedy-adventure in which Baymax, a gentle robot designed to care for humans, is transformed into a warrior and joins a band of high-tech heroes. As realized by Hall and his team of writers and animators, Baymax is both more huggable... 

Carnegie Mellon I-Corps Site Chooses Teams for Inaugural Cohort

Byron Spice Thursday October 23, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Fifteen teams have been chosen to work at the Carnegie Mellon University Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site, designed to create an effective and replicable process to commercialize innovations based on customer discovery and product adaptation.The objective of the I-Corps Site is to help students and faculty members hone their skills, collaborate with industry professionals and entrepreneurs, and transition their research out of the lab and into commercial sectors. As a vehicle for promoting university innovation, entrepreneurship and growth, the program leverages CMU’s acknowledged... 

ISR’s Cranshaw Helps Develop Microsoft App for Commuters

Byron Spice Thursday October 23, 2014
People are always coming and going, leaving one place on their way to another. And often they spend the time in those “non-places” in between staring at a mobile device. Justin Cranshaw, a Ph.D. student in the Institute for Software Research, helped Microsoft develop an app to see if those people in non-places might constitute communities.The app, announced by Microsoft this week, has been released for Android, and eventually will be for iOS and Windows phones. Cranshaw, whose research explores the future of cities in this age of ubiquitous and social computation, helped develop the app,... 

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards Data Science Grant to Carnegie Mellon Researcher

Byron Spice Wednesday October 22, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced the selection of Carl Kingsford, associate professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Lane Center for Computational Biology, as one of 14 recipients of its Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery awards.The five-year, $1.5 million grant will support Kingsford’s efforts to develop efficient new methods for searching the massive amounts of DNA and RNA sequencing data now available worldwide. Many insights into the most basic and important processes of life are awaiting discovery within that data. The databases are of such scale... 

Clarke Receives Honorary Degree From University of Crete

Byron Spice Wednesday October 15, 2014
On Oct. 13, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science Edmund M. Clarke received an honorary doctorate from the University of Crete’s Department of Computer Science — the first honorary degree ever awarded by the department.The University of Crete is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented institution located in the cities of Rethymno and Heraklion on the island of Crete.  It is ranked 48th in the the Times Higher Education (THE) annual list of the top 100 universities founded in the past 50 years.Christos Nikolaou, a Ph.D. student of Clarke’s at Harvard... 

PayPal Founder Levchin Visiting Campus

Byron Spice Tuesday October 14, 2014
The School of Computer Science will host Max Levchin, an entrepreneur, investor in early-stage startups and a co-founder of PayPal and Yelp, for his Oct. 21 visit to Carnegie Mellon University as part of a University Tech Tour organized by HVF, his San Francisco-based innovation and investment lab.He will join David Mawhinney, co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for a 5:30 p.m. “Fireside Chat” in the Gates and Hillman center’s Rashid Auditorium focusing on consumer finance and healthcare.  He is also scheduling an open pitch session with students who want to... 
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