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Carnegie Mellon Method Enables Telescoping Devices That Bend and Twist

Byron Spice Thursday July 27, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found a way to design telescoping structures that can bend and twist, enabling robots of various shapes to collapse themselves for transport or entering tiny spaces, and making possible robotic arms and claws that can reach over or around large obstacles.The researchers devised algorithms that can take a target shape that includes curves or twists and design a telescoping structure to match. They also created a design tool that enables even a novice to create complex, collapsible assemblies. The design possibilities range from something as practical... 

Graphics and Robotics Pioneer Receives Highest Honor in Computer Graphics

Jessica Hodgins
Barb Helfer Tuesday July 25, 2017
The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) has named Jessica Hodgins, professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, the 2017 recipient of its Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics.Hodgins was selected as this year's recipient in recognition of her foundational work in character animation, her support and cultivation of emerging researchers, and her extensive volunteer service to the computer graphics community, She exemplifies the type... 

CMU Hacking Team Looks for Win at DefCon

Daniel Tkacik Tuesday July 25, 2017
At a time when cybersecurity pervades news headlines, it's fitting that a team of cybersecurity experts from Carnegie Mellon University may grab an unprecedented win this weekend in Las Vegas.Carnegie Mellon's competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, looks to win a fourth title at this year's DefCon cybersecurity conference. No other team has ever won more than three times in DefCon's 21-year history of what many refer to as the "World Series of Hacking.""More now than ever, the skills used in this competition are becoming more relevant because cybersecurity is impacting all... 

NY Times Examines How SCS Remade Pittsburgh

Byron Spice Tuesday July 25, 2017
What do Pittsburgh's "food boom," the establishment of Uber's Advanced Technologies Center and the return of Jean Yang to her hometown have in common? The School of Computer Science, says writer Steven Kurutz in the July 23 edition of The New York Times.Kurutz' Style section article, "Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover," explains how SCS has helped change not only the economy of Pittsburgh, but also its culture – making the city more attractive to young, single people."While young, cool Pittsburgh may be a recent development, the research at Carnegie Mellon in the field of artificial... 

Dey To Lead UW Information School

Byron Spice Thursday July 13, 2017
Anind Dey, the Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has been named dean of the University of Washington's Information School.Dey, who joined the HCII in 2005 and was appointed director in 2014, will continue as director while a search committee finds his replacement. Jennifer Mankoff, a professor in the HCII and Dey's wife, also will be leaving Carnegie Mellon to join UW's Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering."We are incredibly sad to see them go," said Andrew Moore, dean of CMU's School of Computer Science. "We warmly wish them all the best, and have... 

UPMC Professorships Will Help Shape the Future of Healthcare

Shilo Rea and Byron Spice Wednesday July 12, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University's Ruslan "Russ" Salakhutdinov, Kathryn Roeder and Larry Wasserman have received endowed professorships from UPMC to fund work in statistics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to help shape the future of healthcare.The financial support continues nearly three decades of UPMC's investment in CMU, which includes the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance — a collaboration between CMU and the University of Pittsburgh that uses data to improve health outcomes and hopes to transform the practice of medicine."With the unprecedented access to data and... 

Waibel Named to National Academy of Germany

Byron Spice Wednesday July 12, 2017
Alexander Waibel, professor in the Language Technologies Institute and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, has been named to the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Germany.Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina is one of the oldest scientific academies in the world, with about 1,500 current members in 30 countries. The ranks of its members total 7,000 since its founding, and include such eminent scholars at Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi and Max Planck. Waibel will be inducted in March 2018.Waibel leads the International Center for Advanced Communications... 

Garlan Will Receive Nancy Mead Award

Ed Desautels Friday July 07, 2017
David Garlan, professor of computer science in the Institute for Software Research, has been named the recipient of the Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education.The award will be presented at the 2017 Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T), Nov. 7–9 in Savannah, Ga. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to software engineering education and training, as well as software engineering professionalism."David's work exemplifies the leadership, commitment and achievement that the Nancy Mead Award...