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Project Olympus Hosts Spring Carnival "Show and Tell"

Byron Spice Friday April 14, 2017
The Project Olympus innovation program will host its annual Spring Carnival Show and Tell event, highlighting research and startups of interest to the investment community, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 20, in the Cohon University Center's McConomy Auditorium.Andreas Pfenning, assistant professor of computational biology, will discuss his efforts to translate genetics findings into Alzheimer's disease treatments; and Adam Feinberg, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will discuss his work on 3D bioprinting for organ repair. Viola Gauci, program lead at X — the Alphabet... 

Policymakers "Flying Blind" Into the Future of Work

Byron Spice Thursday April 13, 2017
Will a robot take away my job? Many people ask that question, yet policymakers don't have the kind of information they need to answer it intelligently, say the co-chairs of a new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)."Policymakers are flying blind into what has been called the fourth industrial revolution," said study co-chairs Tom M. Mitchell, the E. Fredkin University Professor in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, and Erik Brynjolfsson, the Schussel Family Professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management.Government agencies... 

Carnegie Mellon AI Beats Chinese Poker Players

Byron Spice Monday April 10, 2017
Artificial intelligence has once again triumphed over human poker players, as a program developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers beat six Chinese players by a total of $792,327 in virtual chips during a five-day, 36,000-hand exhibition that ended today in Hainan, China.The AI program, called Lengpudashi or "cold poker master," is a version of Libratus, the CMU AI that beat four top poker professionals during a 20-day, 120,000-hand Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em competition in January in Pittsburgh.Strategic Machine Inc., a company founded by Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer... 

Carnegie Mellon AI Takes On Chinese Poker Players

Byron Spice Wednesday April 05, 2017
A version of Carnegie Mellon University's Libratus, which in January became the first artificial intelligence to defeat top poker pros at Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em, will play six top Chinese players for a $290,000 winner-take-all purse.The 36,000-hand exhibition featuring a different AI, named Lengpudashi or "cold poker master," will take place April 6–10 on the island province of Hainan, China.The human players, called Team Dragons, will be led by Alan (Yue) Du, a Shanghai venture capitalist and amateur player who won the $5,000 Buy-In, No-Limit Hold'em category of the 2016 World... 

HCII Hosts Demo Day April 13

Aisha Rashid Monday April 03, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute will host its first Demo Day on Thursday, April 13. Starting at 2 p.m., the institute will open its labs and share ongoing research, present demonstrations and give talks to friends, fellow researchers, industry partners and community members. The event will culminate in a student poster session and evening reception.Since 1994, the HCII has led innovative interactions between people and technology. Demo Day will continue that tradition by connecting groundbreaking work from HCII faculty and students with the rest of the CMU... 

Finding Faces in a Crowd

Byron Spice Thursday March 30, 2017
Spotting a face in a crowd, or recognizing any small or distant object within a large image, is a major challenge for computer vision systems. The trick to finding tiny objects, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, is to look for larger things associated with them.An improved method for coding that crucial context from an image has enabled Associate Professor of Robotics Deva Ramanan and robotics Ph.D. student Peiyun Hu to demonstrate a significant advance in detecting tiny faces.When applied to benchmarked datasets of faces, their method reduced error by a factor of two, and 81... 

Carnegie Mellon Makes Strong Showing at Global CodeCon Finals

Aisha Rashid Thursday March 23, 2017
Two Carnegie Mellon University students outcoded more than a hundred of their peers at the 2017 Global CodeCon Finals — a two-hour long coding competition at Bloomberg's offices in New York City and London. Raymond Kang, a junior studying computer science and mathematical sciences, earned ninth place; and Gabriele Farina, a Ph.D. student in computer science, came in 13th. Kang took first place in last year's competition.The Bloomberg CodeCon platform, launched in 2015, provides students with an opportunity to improve their coding abilities. According to Bloomberg developer Rangan Prabhakaran... 

SCS Undergrads Named KPCB Fellows

Aisha Rashid Tuesday March 21, 2017
The Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) Fellowship Program has announced that two School of Computer Science undergraduates are among the fellows in its 2017 Engineering Fellows Program.  Allison Wang and Serena Wang are among 54 students selected from almost 2,000 applicants across the country to represent their universities this summer in Silicon Valley. The three-month summer program helps fellows develop their technical and design skills under the mentorship of innovative Silicon Valley startups.Junior Allison Wang will complete her fellowship with Airbnb, an online marketplace...