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SkinTrack Technology Turns Arm Into Smartwatch Touchpad

Byron Spice Thursday May 05, 2016
Since the advent of smartwatches, technologists have been looking to expand interactions beyond the confines of the small watch face. A new wearable technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University suggests turning the entire lower arm into a touchpad.Called SkinTrack and developed by the Human-Computer Interaction Institute's Future Interfaces Group, the new system allows for continuous touch tracking on the hands and arms. It also can detect touches at discrete locations on the skin, enabling functionality similar to buttons or slider controls.Previous "skin to screen" approaches have... 

Larry Wasserman Elected To National Academy of Sciences

Shilo Rea Wednesday May 04, 2016
Acclaimed Carnegie Mellon University statistician Larry Wasserman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive."Larry is a no-nonsense, brilliant academic, but a playful and warm human being," said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "He is a prototypical CMU interdisciplinary researcher — he has made deep foundational contributions, strayed widely into areas like machine learning... 

Ogan Awarded Jacobs Early Career Research Fellowship

Susie Cribbs Tuesday May 03, 2016
Amy Ogan, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has earned a Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship to support her work on international education technology.Ogan will use the fellowship to continue her strong research collaborations and field work in Latin America and the Philippines, where she investigates how personalized learning technologies developed in the United States can be deployed in different cultural settings — and how those cultural settings influence the success or use of the technologies."I do a lot of different types of work, but one of... 

Sandholm Receives Honorary Degree From University of Zurich

Byron Spice Tuesday May 03, 2016
The University of Zurich conferred an honorary doctorate in economics on Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, during ceremonies on April 30.The honor was presented by the university's Faculty of Economics in recognition of his work at the intersection of computer science and game theory, in particular on electronic market design. To celebrate, the university sponsored a symposium in Sandholm's honor, "Electronic Market Design," on April 29.Sandholm, who joined the CMU Computer Science Department in 2001, is the founder and director of the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory. He has... 

SCS Alums Serve as Presidential Innovation Fellows

Byron Spice Monday May 02, 2016
More than 100 of the top minds in the private sector have participated in the Presidential Innovation Fellowship (PIF) program since it began in 2012, and the 11 new fellows who joined this year include three with Carnegie Mellon University ties and two who are alumni of the School of Computer Science.Eric Daimler, who earned master's and doctor's degrees from the Institute for Software Research and helped found CMU's Silicon Valley campus, and Erren Lester, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science before getting an MBA from the Tepper School, will spend the year embedded in the... 

Herbsleb Wins SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award

Byron Spice Thursday April 28, 2016
Jim Herbsleb, famed for his research in collaboration and coordination on large-scale software engineering projects, is this year's winner of the Outstanding Research Award presented by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT).The award "is the single most prestigious award a researcher in our community can receive," said Nenad Medvidovic, chair of the SIGSOFT executive committee. It is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have made significant and lasting research contributions to the theory or practice of software... 

Robotics Students Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Byron Spice Monday April 25, 2016
The team of Daniel Maturana and Sankalp Arora, both Ph.D. students in the Robotics Institute, was one of just eight nationwide to win a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Each winning team receives $100,000 and will be mentored by Qualcomm engineers.The research proposal by Arora and Maturana, "Semantic Exploration Through UAVs," was selected from among 129 proposals from 18 schools.Their research focuses on exploration path planning and computer vision algorithms that will allow drones to intelligently seek and categorize objects such as cars, buildings and people. This capability would be... 

Mitchell Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Byron Spice Wednesday April 20, 2016
Tom Mitchell, the Fredkin University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), joining the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic leaders.Mitchell founded the world's first Machine Learning Department at CMU's School of Computer Science in 2006 and led the department until earlier this year. His research focuses on statistical learning algorithms for understanding natural language text and on understanding how the human brain represents...