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Faloutsos Joins With Yahoo Colleagues to Uncover Fraudsters

BY Byron Spice - Thursday July 03, 2014
As a recipient of a 2014 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award, Computer Science Professor Christos Faloutsos will lead an effort to spot fraudsters who buy followers, pay others to post content, and otherwise manipulate trending topics and user popularity on the Tumblr microblogging site.FREP supports Internet research studies and experiments between academics and their counterparts at Yahoo. In their FREP project, Faloutsos and Alex Beutel, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, will collaborate with Alejandro Jaimes, director of research at Yahoo, who... 

New Faculty Member Wins Dissertation Award in Distributed Computing

BY Byron Spice - Wednesday July 02, 2014
Bernhard Haeupler, who will join the Computer Science Department this summer as an assistant professor, received the 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Award in Distributed Computing.His thesis, “Probabilistic Methods for Distributed Information Dissemination,” is a sweeping multidisciplinary study of information dissemination in a network that makes fundamental contributions to distributed computing and its connections to theoretical computer science and information theory. Haeupler received his Ph.D. in computer science at MIT, where his dissertation won the George Sprouls Award for best... 

Pavlo Receives SIGMOD Dissertation Award

BY Byron Spice - Wednesday July 02, 2014
Andy Pavlo, assistant professor of computer science, has received the 2014 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, which recognizes the best dissertation in the field of databases for the previous year.Pavlo earned his Ph.D. in computer science last year at Brown University. His thesis, “On Scalable Transaction Execution in Partitioned Main Memory Database Management Systems,” was based on H-Store, an experimental, distributed main memory database management system.H-Store was the first of a new class of database systems, known as NewSQL, that support highly-concurrent workloads without... 

Shrivastava Named 2014 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow

BY Byron Spice - Monday June 30, 2014
Abhinav Shrivastava, a Ph.D. student in robotics, is one of a dozen computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics students nationwide to receive a 2014 Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship.Shrivastava’s research interest is computer vision. Specifically, he is developing visual learning algorithms that can leverage existing databases of labeled images, vast numbers of unlabeled images from the Internet and the implicit structure of the world — cars are generally found on roads, the sky is above the ground, buildings are upright — to improve computer vision systems at large scales.... 

CMU Spinoff Astrobotic Successfully Tests Visually Guided Rocket Landing System

BY Byron Spice - Friday June 27, 2014
Astrobotic Technology and Masten Space Systems say a computer vision and navigation system developed by Astrobotic successfully landed Masten’s Xombie vertical-takeoff vertical-landing suborbital rocket at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.In this June 20 technology demonstration, the Astrobotic Autolanding System (AAS) scanned the landscape, selected a landing spot, and directed a rocket-powered lander to a safe landing point, all without a human operator and without terrestrial aids such as GPS.The flight test was funded by the Flight Opportunities Program of NASA's Space... 

Gupta Awarded Bosch Young Faculty Fellowship

BY Byron Spice - Thursday June 26, 2014
Abhinav Gupta, assistant research professor in the Robotics Institute, has received a Bosch Young Faculty Fellowship to support his research on computer vision and large-scale visual learning. The fellowship, which includes a $45,000 gift for the first year, is renewable for up to three years.Gupta, who came to the Robotics Institute in 2009 as a post-doctoral researcher and joined its faculty in 2011, leads the Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) project. The computer program constantly searches the Web for images, doing its best to identify objects and characterize scenes on its own. As NEIL... 

Doersch Wins Google PhD Fellowship

BY Byron Spice - Thursday June 26, 2014
Carl Doersch, a PhD student in the Machine Learning Department, has received a 2014 Google PhD Fellowship.The Google PhD Fellowship program supports PhD students in computer science or closely related fields, and reflects Google’s commitment to building strong relations with the global academic community. Now in its sixth year, the program covers North America, Europe, China, India and Australia. The two-year fellowship includes tuition, fees and a yearly stipend.Doersch’s Google Fellowship in computer vision will support his research in applying data mining techniques to images, which will... 

Three SCS Students Receive Facebook Fellowships

BY Byron Spice - Wednesday June 25, 2014
Three School of Computer Science graduate students are among just 11 winners of 2014-2015 Facebook Graduate Fellowships. Four additional Carnegie Mellon University students were finalists.The fellowships support emerging research leaders who demonstrate potential to advance Facebook’s mission of making the world more open and connected. Fellowships cover tuition and fees, and provide a stipend in addition to conference travel and other benefits. This year’s winners include:Alex Beutel, a third-year PhD student in the Computer Science Department (CSD). His current research focuses on... 
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