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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. 

Using Social Media for Large Behavioral Studies Is Fast and Cheap, But Fraught With Biases and Distortion

Byron Spice Tuesday November 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The rise of social media has seemed like a bonanza for behavioral scientists, who have eagerly tapped the social nets to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing. But computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University warn that those massive datasets may be misleading.In a perspective article published in the Nov. 28 issue of the journal Science, Carnegie Mellon's Juergen Pfeffer and McGill's Derek Ruths contend that scientists need to find ways of correcting for the biases inherent in the information gathered... 

Reading Harry Potter: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Brain Regions That Encode Words, Grammar, Character Development

Byron Spice Tuesday November 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Some people say that reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" taught them the importance of friends, or that easy decisions are seldom right. Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of that book to learn a different lesson: identifying what different regions of the brain do when people read.Researchers from CMU's Machine Learning Department performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of eight people as they read a chapter of that Potter book. They then analyzed the scans, cubic millimeter by cubic millimeter, for every four-word segment of that... 

Carnegie Mellon's CoBot Robots Reach 1,000-Kilometer Milestone of Autonomous Operation

Byron Spice Tuesday November 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—For three years, a group of robots, known as CoBots, has been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon University's Gates and Hillman centers and Newell-Simon Hall, running errands and guiding visitors without human supervision. On Nov. 18, their collective odometer reached 1,000 kilometers — more than 620 miles — a first-ever accomplishment for indoor autonomous robots.And they have no plans to stop.Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science and founder and leader of the CoBot project, said reaching 1,000 kilometers is a scientific and engineering milestone that clearly... 

Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover "Andy"

Byron Spice Monday November 24, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon's pits, caves and polar ice."Every extraterrestrial robot carries some DNA from Carnegie Mellon, but Andy would be the first true CMU robot to make the leap from Earth," said William "Red" Whittaker, professor of robotics and director of the Field Robotics Center. "This is the culmination of lots of work by lots of people and is the next step toward Carnegie Mellon becoming a spacefaring... 

Shaw Receives National Medal of Technology at White House Ceremony

Byron Spice Thursday November 20, 2014
President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Carnegie Mellon University's Mary Shaw, citing her innovations to computer science education, during a White House ceremony Nov. 20.Shaw, who earned her Ph.D. in computer science at CMU, is the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science in the Institute for Software Research. She was honored along with 18 other recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. (Watch the video below.)"The story of these trailblazers reflect our bigger American story... 

Harrison Named Packard Fellow

Susie Cribbs Wednesday November 19, 2014
Human-Computer Interaction Institute Assistant Professor Chris Harrison joined 17 of the nation's most innovative early career scientists and engineers as a recipient of a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.Established in 1988, the Packard Fellowship program provides early-career scientists with flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields. Each year, the foundation invites 50 U.S. universities to nominate two faculty members for consideration. Those honored as fellows receive $875,000 over a five-year period to pursue their... 

Meet Andy: Lunar Rover Unveiling and Tech Fair Slated for Monday

Byron Spice Wednesday November 19, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University will unveil its latest robot and present lunar exploration technologies at a technology fair, "Meet Andy: Technology for the New Moon,” from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, in the Planetary Robotics Laboratory, located on the first floor of the Gates and Hillman centers.The robot is Carnegie Mellon's contribution to an effort led by Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Technology to land a robot on the Moon and win the $20 million-plus Google Lunar XPrize. The three-foot-long rover is designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation... 
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