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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. 

Carnegie Mellon Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins First Milestone Prize for Development Toward Flight Readiness

Byron Spice Tuesday December 16, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced today that Andy, a four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University, is the winner of a Milestone Prize for mobility after judges concluded it is thus far the only robot among the competing teams to meet development benchmarks for flight readiness.Other teams continue to contend for Milestone Prizes, which will be awarded Jan. 26, 2015, in San Francisco, but the CMU team is the first and only team to meet the Milestone mobility objectives thus far, XPRIZE said. Likewise, CMU’s partner, Pittsburgh’s Astrobotic Technology, is... 

Okawa Foundation Awards Research Grant To Yong-Lae Park

Byron Spice Monday December 15, 2014
Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and the founder of the Soft Robotics and Bionics Lab, is among the latest recipients of the Okawa Research Grant, which is awarded by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.The grants sponsor research in the United States, China, Japan and Korea in eight topic areas pertaining to information and telecommunications. Park's research focuses on bio-inspired design and manufacturing of soft robots and microrobots for healthcare.The grant will support his work on novel sensing and... 

New Product Developed at Carnegie Mellon Could Revolutionize Bone Fracture Treatment

Daniel Tkacik Tuesday December 09, 2014
Treating patients with their own blood, modified to increase the concentration of heal-inducing platelets, has been touted as the ‘cure-all' for bone, muscle, and tissue repair for athletes, weekend warriors, or those with traumatic injuries.But the outcomes of this therapy, called platelet-rich plasma (PRP), have been unpredictable. So researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) have devised what they believe is a better way to deliver the therapy — as a putty — and the initial results have been encouraging.In its first clinical trial, REPAIR™ Bone Putty, a... 

CMU and PSC Researchers Win HPCwire Awards

Byron Spice Friday December 05, 2014
Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and his Ph.D. student, John Dickerson, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, won the HPCwire Reader's Choice Award for Best Data-Intensive Application/Use for their work with PSC's Blacklight supercomputer to optimize living-donor kidney exchanges.They investigated how to optimize current kidney exchanges using distributional knowledge of the future state of the kidney exchange pool, and how to incorporate human expert value judgment into a concrete, numeric optimization objective using data.Their algorithm matches living kidney... 

Carnegie Mellon Animation Software, "Alice," Supports Computing Curricula in Qatar's Schools

D. Murry Evans Monday December 01, 2014
DOHA, Qatar—A team of faculty and students from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar recently introduced "Alice Middle East," 3-D interactive educational animation software designed to help primary and secondary school students learn the basics of computer programming and how to apply logical thinking and problem-solving techniques.In learning to program, many students struggle with developing algorithms and figuring out how to apply problem-solving methods, but Alice enables students to learn these skills through 3-D animations and storytelling.Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser expressed... 

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... 

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