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AI Researcher Ariel Procaccia Wins Computers and Thought Award

Byron Spice Monday June 22, 2015
The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) has named Ariel Procaccia, assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, as the recipient of its prestigious Computers and Thought Award for 2015.The award, presented every other year since 1971, recognizes outstanding young scientists in artificial intelligence. The judges cited Procaccia for his contributions to the fields of computational social choice and computational economics, and for efforts to make advanced fair-division techniques more widely accessible.Procaccia's studies in artificial... 

Baloonr Helps Teams Get Ideas Off the Ground

Susie Cribbs Monday June 22, 2015
Ask a roomful of kindergarteners if they're artists, and all of them will unanimously boom "YES!" Ask adults, though, and the story changes dramatically. Maybe one or two people assert their creativity, but everyone else looks awkwardly at the floor or each other. Somehow between kindergarten and adulthood, we lose the confidence that made us all feel like artists.Noah Bornstein (CS'13) and co-founder Amanda Greenberg want to change all that through their start-up, Baloonr.Founded in 2013, Baloonr is on a mission to unleash the hidden potential of every team in the world by providing a highly... 

Carnegie Mellon Will Use Blended Learning To Boost Capacity of Computer Science Course

Byron Spice Thursday June 18, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University will begin adding online instructional tools and targeted study groups to a popular introductory computer science course this fall in an effort to accommodate more students while maintaining instructional quality.The idea behind the multiyear research project, sponsored by Google, is to find a way to leverage existing faculty to meet a growing demand for computer science courses, while also expanding the opportunities for underrepresented minorities, high school students and community college students, said Jacobo Carrasquel, associate teaching professor of computer... 

"Make for Humanity" Campaign Launches During National Week of Making in D.C.

Byron Spice Thursday June 11, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new campaign, "Make for Humanity," begins this week, seeking to harness the excitement and creativity surrounding the growing Maker Movement to improve the world, one community at a time. Carnegie Mellon University's Illah Nourbakhsh will launch "M4H" in a keynote address Friday, June 12, sponsored by Infosys at the White House's "Week of Making.""The Maker Movement has empowered people to incorporate digital technology and tools into creative projects," said Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics and director of CMU's CREATE Lab. "Now it's time to use those skills for projects... 

Carnegie Mellon Robot Finishes Third In DARPA Robotics Challenge

Byron Spice Monday June 08, 2015
POMONA, Calif.—CHIMP, a four-limbed robot designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartan Rescue Team, finished third and won $500,000 Saturday at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a two-day event that pitted 24 of the world’s most advanced robots against each other in a test of their ability to respond to disasters.During its best run on Friday, the robot engaged the enthusiastic audience as it overcame several mishaps and missteps to complete all eight of the possible tasks in 55 minutes, 15 seconds — good enough to put the team in first place on the first day of competition.But... 

Levin Named ELATE Fellow

Susie Cribbs Friday May 29, 2015
LTI Research Professor Lorraine Levin has been named to the 2015-2016 class of fellows for Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel®). Part of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics within the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership® at Drexel University College of Medicine, ELATE is a one-year part-time national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.... 

Carnegie Mellon's CHIMP Robot Prepares for DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals June 5–6

Byron Spice Tuesday May 26, 2015
"Faster" is the byword for the Tartan Rescue Team from Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) as it makes final preparations for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals June 5–6.The team's four-limbed robot, CHIMP, is capable of performing all eight tasks, including driving a vehicle, climbing stairs and using power tools, that it will encounter in a simulated disaster course the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is assembling at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. But it will need to complete all tasks within the one-hour run time if it is to win the $2... 

Carnegie Mellon Phone Service Uses Funny Recordings To Make Anti-Ebola Health Messages "Go Viral" in Guinea

Byron Spice Wednesday May 20, 2015
Halting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no laughing matter, but a phone information service developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers is leveraging people's interest in phone games and wacky humor to help spread urgent health information in Guinea.The phone project, called Polly, began operating in March through the U.S. Embassy in Guinea, where the current Ebola epidemic began in December 2013 and where people are still grappling with the outbreak. This week, Polly is part of an anti-Ebola campaign in Forecariah, a territory in western Guinea hard hit by the virus.Listen to...