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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... 

Moore Joins Board of Duolingo

Byron Spice Tuesday April 19, 2016
Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, has joined the board of directors of Duolingo, the language-learning app launched in 2011 by Luis von Ahn, adjunct professor of computer science, and SCS Ph.D. alumnus Severin Hacker."It's rare that I stumble upon technology that completely turns my preconceptions upside down," Moore said. "That's what happened when I first saw Duolingo."Pittsburgh is becoming a hub for artificial intelligence — not the 'scary robot' kind depicted in movies, but for technology that improves peoples' lives," he added. "Duolingo is helping spearhead... 

SCS Honors Faculty, Staff at Annual Founders' Day Celebration

Susie Cribbs Wednesday April 13, 2016
The School of Computer Science paid tribute to faculty and staff at its annual Founders' Day celebration on Thursday, April 7. Founders' Day honors members of the SCS community whose work best exemplifies the tradition of excellence established by Allen Newell (TPR’57), Herbert A. Simon (H’90) and Alan Perlis (S’42) — the fathers of computer science at Carnegie Mellon.Kayvon Fatahalian, assistant teaching professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), earned the Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award, sponsored by Lutron Electronics Co. to honor its founders. "What set Kayvon apart … is that... 

Manuela Veloso Named Head of Machine Learning Department

Byron Spice Wednesday March 23, 2016
Manuela Veloso, a computer scientist renowned for her work in artificial intelligence and robotics, is the new head of Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department, Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, announced today.She succeeds Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor and the founding head of the Machine Learning Department (MLD), who remains a member of the faculty.Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science, has been a faculty member since earning her Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1992."Carnegie Mellon's AI community has... 

Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance Funds CMU Clinical Genomics Project

Byron Spice Tuesday March 22, 2016
The Clinical Genomics Modeling Platform, a system for easily creating and deploying predictive models to help physicians make treatment decisions, is the first Carnegie Mellon University project to be funded by UPMC Enterprises under the umbrella of the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance.UPMC's funding for the initial set of projects, including several from the University of Pittsburgh, is expected to total more than $3 million over the next six months, as the commercial potential of these products is further explored."We are excited to move forward with the first of many exceptional ideas... 

From Teacher to Leader: One Alumna is Leading CS Efforts in NYC

Ann Lyon Ritchie Thursday March 17, 2016
Computer science needs K-12 educators, especially ones like Leigh Ann DeLyser (CS 2010, 2014), a former high school teacher and now director of education and research for CSNYC - NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education.In an announcement this past fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's public schools would offer computer science to all students. DeLyser helps coordinate with funded programs to ensure strong implementation within the city, which has reached more than 20,000 students in the past three years and plans to reach all 1.1 million students in the next 10 years.DeLyser has...