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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... 

A Computer That Reads Body Language

Byron Spice Thursday July 06, 2017
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have enabled a computer to understand the body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time — including, for the first time, the pose of each individual's fingers.This new method was developed with the help of the Panoptic Studio, a two-story dome embedded with 500 video cameras. The insights gained from experiments in that facility now make it possible to detect the pose of a group of people using a single camera and a laptop computer.Yaser Sheikh, associate professor of robotics, said these methods for tracking... 

Making Good on "Ideas for Good"

Byron Spice Wednesday July 05, 2017
What began as a marketing campaign for a car company has turned into a passion project for a few Robotics Institute staff members: creating a solar-powered ventilation system to clear unhealthy cooking smoke from single-room African homes.Joshua Schapiro and Mike Taylor, both research associates in the CREATE Lab, have designed the system and are seeking support for their Breeze Project through a crowdfunding campaign. They plan to build and install the ventilation systems in 25 homes in a village four hours outside of Kampala, Uganda.Each system could fit easily in a shoebox: a solar cell... 

SCS Will Welcome Largest First-Year Class This Fall

Byron Spice Wednesday June 28, 2017
The School of Computer Science is preparing for its largest-ever incoming class of first-years this fall, with 206 students currently committed, continuing the school's efforts to meet the world's growing demand for computer scientists by increasing its undergraduate enrollment.The class represents a 24 percent increase over the size of last year's first-year class of 166, which was a record at the time. The increase also reflects this fall's launch of a new undergraduate degree in computational biology.For the second year in a row, almost half of the new students (49 percent) are women.... 

Carnegie Mellon Solidifies Leadership Role in Artificial Intelligence

Byron Spice Tuesday June 27, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS) has launched a new initiative, CMU AI, that marshals the school's work in artificial intelligence (AI) across departments and disciplines, creating one of the largest and most experienced AI research groups in the world."For AI to reach greater levels of sophistication, experts in each aspect of AI, such as how computers understand the way people talk or how computers can learn and improve with experience, will increasingly need to work in close collaboration," said SCS Dean Andrew Moore. "CMU AI provides a framework for our...