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Computer Out-Plays Humans in "Doom"

Byron Spice Tuesday September 27, 2016
Kill or be killed is the essence of the classic video game Doom, and an artificial intelligence agent developed by two Carnegie Mellon University computer science students has proven to be the game's ultimate survivor — outplaying both the game's built-in AI agents and human players.The students, Devendra Chaplot and Guillaume Lample, used deep-learning techniques to train the AI agent to negotiate the game's 3-D environment, still challenging after more than two decades because players must act based only on the portion of the game visible on the screen.Their work follows the groundbreaking... 

Presidential Fellowships and Scholarship Program Recognizes 21 SCS Students

Aisha Rashid Monday September 26, 2016
In 2014, Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh launched the Presidential Fellowship and Scholarship program as a financial resource for accomplished undergraduate and graduate students across the university's seven colleges and schools. Funds and commitments of more than $169 million support current and future classes of Presidential Fellows and Scholars through tuition expenses and graduate research stipends."This program addresses one of the most pressing challenges for CMU as we compete globally for the best students, as well as attract and retain the faculty who mentor them,"... 

Six Students With SCS Ties Recognized as Siebel Scholars

Aisha Rashid Monday September 19, 2016
The Siebel Scholars Foundation, a program recognizing exceptional students in the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering and energy science, has named six Carnegie Mellon University graduate students to the 2017 class of Siebel Scholars. Of the 92 distinguished students across the country, Jingkun Gao, Akash Bharadwaj, Kristen Gardner, Timothy Lee, Anqi Li, and Jennifer Olsen, all with ties to the School of Computer Science, represent Carnegie Mellon on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership.Jingkun Gao is a fifth-year... 

Raj Reddy Speaks at Heidelberg Forum

Byron Spice Monday September 19, 2016
Raj Reddy, the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, will be among the distinguished researchers speaking this week at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Sept. 18–23, in Heidelberg, Germany.Reddy will present his talk, "Too Much Information and Too Little Time," on Thursday, Sept. 22. Talks are being streamed live and are available later for playback.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... 

Object-Detecting Technology Wins Fast Company Award

Byron Spice Thursday September 15, 2016
EM-Sense, a technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research for automatically identifying an electrical or electromagnetic device that a person is touching, is the student category winner of Fast Company magazine's prestigious Innovation by Design Awards.The technology was invented by a team that included Gierad Laput and Robert Xiao, both Ph.D. students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Other team members are Chris Harrison, assistant professor in the HCII; and Alanson Sample and Chouchang Yang of Disney Research.EM-Sense could enable smartwatches to... 

Predicting a Future Where the Future Is Routinely Predicted

Byron Spice Wednesday September 14, 2016
Artificial intelligence systems will be able to give managers real-time insights about their business operations, as well as detect early warnings of problems before they occur, writes SCS Dean Andrew Moore in an essay commissioned by Sloan MIT Management Review.Moore was one of 14 thought leaders invited by the management journal to inaugurate its new Frontiers section, which will explore how technology is reshaping management.In the essay, Moore explains how AI will be able to recognize anomalies — not just in business data, but in how employees are behaving — that can provide managers with... 

Women Are Almost Half of Carnegie Mellon's Incoming Computer Science Undergraduates

Byron Spice Monday September 12, 2016
Women make up more than 48 percent of incoming first-year undergraduates this fall in Carnegie Mellon University's top-ranked School of Computer Science (SCS), setting a new school benchmark for diversity.SCS has long been a national leader in increasing the participation of women in computer science, a discipline in which women have been significantly underrepresented nationwide.A 38 percent increase in the number of women who applied for admission with SCS as their first choice contributed to this year's record enrollment, said Guy Blelloch, associate dean for undergraduate programs."Even... 

CMU Algorithm Detects Online Fraudsters

Byron Spice Thursday September 08, 2016
An algorithm developed at Carnegie Mellon University makes it easier to determine if someone has faked an Amazon or Yelp review, or if a politician with a suspiciously large number of Twitter followers might have bought and paid for that popularity.The method, called FRAUDAR, marks the latest escalation in the cat-and-mouse game played by online fraudsters and the social media platforms that try to out them. In particular, the new algorithm makes it possible to see through camouflage that fraudsters use to make themselves look legitimate, said Christos Faloutsos, professor of machine learning...