In a posting on the Software Engineering Institute Blog, the SEI’s new chief technology officer, Kevin Fall, introduces himself and discusses his strategic goals, which include greater collaboration between SEI and Carnegie Mellon researchers.
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.
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.
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LTI Ph.D. Student Awarded 2013 Google U.S./Canada Fellowship
Bhavana Dalvi Mishra, a Ph.D. student in the Language Technologies Institute advised by William Cohen and Jamie Callan, was recently awarded the 2013 Google U.S./Canada Ph.D. Fellowship in Information Extraction.
SIGMETRICS Conference Here June 17–21
Carnegie Mellon University will host SIGMETRICS 2013, the flagship conference of the ACM special interest group for the computer systems performance evaluation community, June 17-21. Most sessions are scheduled in the Gates and Hillman centers.
Zoë Robot Returns to Chile's Atacama Desert On NASA Mission To Search for Subsurface Life
The autonomous, solar-powered Zoë, which became the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile's Atacama Desert, is heading back to the world's driest desert this month on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute.
Startup by RI Alums Gets High-Profile Spot at Apple WWDC
Anki, a robotics startup founded by a trio of Robotics Institute alumni, emerged from stealth mode to announce its first product during one of the highest profile events in the tech world: the keynote of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference June 10 in San Francisco.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.