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Sandholm Receives Honorary Degree From University of Zurich

Byron Spice Tuesday May 03, 2016
The University of Zurich conferred an honorary doctorate in economics on Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, during ceremonies on April 30.The honor was presented by the university's Faculty of Economics in recognition of his work at the intersection of computer science and game theory, in particular on electronic market design. To celebrate, the university sponsored a symposium in Sandholm's honor, "Electronic Market Design," on April 29.Sandholm, who joined the CMU Computer Science Department in 2001, is the founder and director of the Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory. He has... 

SCS Alums Serve as Presidential Innovation Fellows

Byron Spice Monday May 02, 2016
More than 100 of the top minds in the private sector have participated in the Presidential Innovation Fellowship (PIF) program since it began in 2012, and the 11 new fellows who joined this year include three with Carnegie Mellon University ties and two who are alumni of the School of Computer Science.Eric Daimler, who earned master's and doctor's degrees from the Institute for Software Research and helped found CMU's Silicon Valley campus, and Erren Lester, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science before getting an MBA from the Tepper School, will spend the year embedded in the... 

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...