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Kraut Earns 2016 SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Research Award

Susie Cribbs Friday February 05, 2016
Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Robert Kraut has been named the recipient of the 2016 SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Research Award. Presented annually by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, the award recognizes an individual for the very best, most fundamental and influential research contributions to the human-computer interaction field. According to SIGCHI, "It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership."A founding member of Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (... 

Giving a Hand to Those in Need

Susie Cribbs Thursday February 04, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science aims to change the world — the planet and its people — for the better by the year 2040. A team of Human-Computer Interaction Institute researchers has joined with colleagues at CMU and other organizations to do just that by improving how assistive technologies like prosthetic hands are fabricated and distributed.A professionally made prosthetic hand can cost between $6,000 and $10,000. But a global network of volunteer makers called e-NABLE uses relatively affordable 3D printing technology to produce simple mechanical prosthetic hands... 

Carnegie Mellon Joins IARPA Project To Reverse-Engineer Brain Algorithms

Byron Spice Wednesday February 03, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans.The research project, led by Tai Sing Lee, a professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) through its Machine Intelligence From Cortical Networks (MICrONS) research program. MICrONS is... 

White House CTO Ed Felten To Address Latest Privacy Concerns at Carnegie Mellon's Privacy Day

Daniel Tkacik Monday January 25, 2016
Ed Felten, the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will be this year's keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon University's Privacy Day celebration on Thursday, Jan. 28."Ed is at the center of the privacy policy debate at a time when technology development and security imperatives are requiring society to ask itself some really tough questions," said Norman Sadeh, a professor in the School of Computer Science and co-director of Carnegie Mellon's Privacy Engineering program. "I could not think of a better keynote speaker for our Privacy... 

National Academy of Sciences To Honor John R. Anderson for Revolutionizing How We Learn

Shilo Rea and Byron Spice Thursday January 21, 2016
If the field of cognitive science is to truly understand how the mind works, researchers need to integrate the many theories about memory, language, problem-solving and other mental functions. Carnegie Mellon University's John R. Anderson has spent decades doing this — developing a unified theory of cognition and using it to create successful cognitive-based tutors that have revolutionized education.For these accomplishments, the National Academy of Sciences will award Anderson the 2016 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences for his "foundational contributions to systematic... 

CMU Scientists Star in Werner Herzog's Latest Film

Shilo Rea and Byron Spice Wednesday January 20, 2016
Award-winning filmmaker Werner Herzog's latest film delves into society's dependence on the Internet for just about everything. Premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, "Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" prominently features several Carnegie Mellon University scientists, as well as robots and other innovative technologies.The film, described as a "playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives" includes a "treasure trove of interviews of strange and beguiling individuals, ranging from Internet pioneers to victims of wireless radiation, whose... 

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky Team Up for Unprecedented Robotic Mission

Byron Spice Wednesday January 20, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions.A Black Hawk helicopter equipped for autonomous operation by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., delivered a Land Tamer autonomous unmanned ground vehicle from CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center to a remote site, where the vehicle performed environmental monitoring for potential contamination. (Check out the video below.)Such a robotic mission could prevent... 

Sutherland's "Trojan Cockroach" Celebrated in Posner Center Exhibit

Byron Spice Thursday January 14, 2016
A six-legged walking robot built at Carnegie Mellon University in the early 1980s under the leadership of noted alumnus Ivan Sutherland is the subject of an exhibit opening Jan. 15 at the university's Posner Center.The exhibit, "Ivan Sutherland's Trojan Cockroach," was developed by Daniel Pillis, a master's degree student in the School of Art, and tells the story not only of walking robots, but also of computer graphics and the origins of the technology underlying modern advances in robots.Sutherland, who earned a bachelor's degree in science at Carnegie Tech in 1959, is best known for his...