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Computational Biologist Part of All-Star Alzheimer's Collaboration

Byron Spice Monday February 20, 2017
Andreas Pfenning, assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Computational Biology Department, is part of an all-star research team that aims to find new ways to translate genetic findings into new therapies for Alzheimer's disease.As part of an international research team assembled by the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, Pfenning will use computational techniques to potentially identify thousands of genetic sequences that hold therapeutic potential for Alzheimer's. He is also developing new biological techniques to test the function of those human DNA fragments in the brains of mice.The two-... 

Bhat, Matthews Win Academy Awards for Technical Achievement

Heidi Opdyke Friday February 17, 2017
School of Computer Science alumnus Kiran Bhat and former Robotics Institute faculty member Iain Matthews are among 18 winners of this year's Scientific & Technical Achievements Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.Both were recognized for their work in capturing facial performances. The technical awards were presented during a Feb. 11 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel hosted by actors John Cho and Leslie Mann. Portions of the presentation will be included in the Oscars telecast that begins at 7 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC.Bhat, who earned his... 

CMU Veterans Head Automotive AI Startup

Byron Spice Monday February 13, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University alumni and former staff members at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have founded Argo AI, an artificial intelligence startup in which Ford Motor Company is investing $1 billion over the next five years.The startup, based in Pittsburgh with sites in Michigan and the San Francisco Bay Area, will develop a self-driving system for an autonomous vehicle that Ford plans to produce in 2021. In the future, Argo AI might also license the software platform to other companies and in other sectors.All four of Argo AI's senior leaders have strong ties to Carnegie... 

SCS Alumnus Harry Shum Elected to NAE

Byron Spice Thursday February 09, 2017
Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research group, has been elected as a foreign member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Shum, who was born in China, earned a Ph.D. in robotics at Carnegie Mellon in 1996.Sridhar Tayur, a professor in the Tepper School of Business who specializes in optimizing supply chain systems, also is among the 84 new members and 22 foreign members announced by the NAE Feb. 8.Shum was recognized by the NAE "for contributions to computer vision and computer graphics, and for leadership in industrial... 

Kanade Will Receive IEEE Founder's Medal

Byron Spice Tuesday February 07, 2017
Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, has been named the 2017 recipient of the IEEE Founder's Medal — one of IEEE's highest honors.The medal, which will be presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, in San Francisco, recognizes Kanade "for pioneering and seminal contributions to computer vision and robotics for automotive safety, facial recognition, virtual reality and medical robotics."The Founder's Medal, established in 1952, is presented for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning... 

Libratus Making Headlines in Wake of Historic Poker Win

Byron Spice Monday February 06, 2017
"A major milestone for AI.""A powerful and rather unsettling proposition: a machine that can out-bluff a human.""Libratus's main attribute as a poker player is that it's inhumanly good."These are just some of the observations that have appeared in the news media since a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus decisively defeated four top poker professionals in 120,000 hands of Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em.Libratus, created by Professor Tuomas Sandholm and Ph.D. student Noam Brown of the Computer Science Department, led the pros collectively by more than $1.... 

Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Beats Top Poker Pros

Byron Spice Tuesday January 31, 2017
Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University, made history by defeating four of the world's best professional poker players in a marathon 20-day poker competition called "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante" at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.Once the last of 120,000 hands of Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em were played on Jan. 30, Libratus led the pros by a collective $1,766,250 in chips. The developers of Libratus — Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in computer science — said the sizable victory is... 

SCS Students Named 2017 Facebook Fellows

Aisha Rashid Monday January 30, 2017
Three School of Computer Science graduate students have been named to the 2017 class of Facebook fellows.Founded in 2010, the Facebook Fellowship program is designed to help foster ties with the academic community, encourage and support promising Ph.D. students engaged in research across computer science and engineering, and provide those students with opportunities to work with Facebook on problems relevant to their research. Since its inception, the program has supported more than 50 Ph.D. candidates, whose research covers topics that range from from power systems and microgrids to the...