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CMU Gets Early Screening of "Ex Machina"

Byron Spice Wednesday April 15, 2015
Carnegie Mellon, where so many people are preoccupied with robots, artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness, will get an early screening of "Ex Machina," a new sci-fi thriller that explores those themes.The movie was written and directed by Alex Garland, writer of "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine." The School of Computer Science will host a screening at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in McConomy Auditorium. A CMU ID is required for attendance.Though already released in some markets, it won't be available in local theaters until April 24. Carnegie Mellon is one of several universities... 

Carnegie Mellon Places Fifth in 2014 Putnam Mathematics Competition

Jocelyn Duffy Friday April 03, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University has placed fifth in the Mathematical Association of America's 75th William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. Additionally, Carnegie Mellon had 55 students who scored among the top 507, the second most of any university.Computer science was well-represented among the top scorers, with senior mathematical sciences and computer science major Albert Gu among the top 16 overall.This marks the fourth consecutive year that Carnegie Mellon has placed among the top five teams."Our showing at this year’s Putnam... 

Pittsburgh's Girls of Steel Win Chairman's Award in Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

Byron Spice Wednesday April 01, 2015
The Girls of Steel, a team of teenaged girls from the Pittsburgh area, won the Chairman's Award at the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in Cleveland March 28, qualifying the team for its fifth consecutive trip to the FRC Championship, April 22–25, in St. Louis.The Chairman's Award is the highest regional award that the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization bestows on a team, recognizing the team that best represents a model for others to emulate and embodies FIRST's goal of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders."... 

Autodesk Kicks Off Reality Computing Partnership With CMU

Tuesday March 31, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University's Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) and Autodesk Inc., a world leader in 3-D design software, are launching a Reality Computing studio course for advanced undergraduate and graduate students."Reality computing encompasses a constellation of technologies focused on capturing reality, working with spatial data, and using data to interact with and influence the physical world," said Reality Computing Teaching Fellow Pyry Matikainen of the Robotics Institute. Autodesk is supporting the creation of the Reality Computing Teaching Fellow... 

Turning Your Smartphone Into a Ruler: Camera and IMU Combine for Accurate Measurements

Byron Spice Monday March 30, 2015
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a way to use a smartphone's sensors to build 3-D models of faces or other objects and — literally, with the wave of a hand — provide accurate measurements of those objects.Using video from smartphones or other devices to create 3-D models of the world has become increasingly common as computer vision has grown more sophisticated. Determining the scale of these models, however, has been problematic. CMU researchers were able to solve that problem by leveraging the cheap inertial measurement units (IMU) used to automatically switch a... 

Top Achievers Honored At SCS Founder’s Day Ceremony

Byron Spice Thursday March 26, 2015
The School of Computer Science honored outstanding faculty and staff members March 24 during the annual Founder’s Day ceremony in Rashid Auditorium. It was the fourth year for the event and the first to be hosted by Dean Andrew Moore.Charlie Garrod, associate teaching professor in the Institute for Software Research (ISR), was the winner of the Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award, sponsored by Lutron Electronics Co. of Coopersburg, Pa., in honor of the company’s founders and the inventor of the electronic dimmer switch.Red Whittaker, professor of robotics, was the winner of the Alan Perlis... 

HCII Researchers Earns Newell Award for Research Excellence

Susie Cribbs Tuesday March 24, 2015
School of Computer Science Professor Scott Hudson and a team of former and current students have earned the school's 2015 Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence.The award recognizes an outstanding body of work that epitomizes Newell's research style as expressed in his words: "Good science responds to real phenomena or real problems. Good science is in the details. Good science makes a difference."In this case, that work is the "innovative and practical physical interaction techniques" that Hudson, a professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, developed with former Ph.D.... 

Carnegie Mellon's Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius Prize

Byron Spice Tuesday March 24, 2015
An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University's TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus has won the 2014 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation.The $20,000 Touch of Genius prize recognizes technical innovations that promote Braille literacy. It is presented by the National Braille Press' Center for Braille Innovation and is sponsored by the Gibney Family Foundation. The prize will be presented April 2 at an awards ceremony at the Microsoft New England R&D Center in Boston.... 
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