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Carnegie Mellon Solidifies Leadership Role in Artificial Intelligence

Byron Spice Tuesday June 27, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS) has launched a new initiative, CMU AI, that marshals the school's work in artificial intelligence (AI) across departments and disciplines, creating one of the largest and most experienced AI research groups in the world."For AI to reach greater levels of sophistication, experts in each aspect of AI, such as how computers understand the way people talk or how computers can learn and improve with experience, will increasingly need to work in close collaboration," said SCS Dean Andrew Moore. "CMU AI provides a framework for our... 

SCS Faculty and Staff Participate in "Summer Davos"

Byron Spice Monday June 26, 2017
SCS faculty members Illah Nourbakhsh, Tom Mitchell and James McCann and research programmer Gabriel O'Donnell will be part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, convening this week in Dalian, China, with the theme "Achieving Inclusive Growth in the Fourth Industrial Revolution."Almost 2,000 people from 90 countries are expected at the meeting June 27–29, often called "Summer Davos," in reference to the WEF's famous annual winter meeting in Switzerland. This summer meeting will feature the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and... 

Skip the Password, Use "Secret Knock" Instead

Daniel Tkacik Monday June 26, 2017
In the days of Prohibition, thirsty men and women used a secret knock to enter speakeasies. Occasionally, a nefarious sort who'd been rejected from the club would study the secret knock from afar and use it to gain admission.Thanks to new research from Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab, secret knocks may be on their way to your shared online accounts. But this time around, machine learning will ensure that no unwanted onlookers use that knock to gain access to your information."You can imagine having a shared smart refrigerator, or a shared iPad," says Sauvik Das, a researcher in the Human-... 

Carnegie Mellon's RoboTutor Advances to Global Learning XPRIZE Semifinals

Shilo Rea Thursday June 22, 2017
RoboTutor, educational technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University that teaches children basic math and reading skills, has been named a semifinalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write or do fundamental arithmetic, and many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to schools or teachers. XPRIZE is attempting to address the acute shortage of teachers in developing countries by funding an international competition to create open-source Android tablet apps that enable... 

Smell Something? Say Something

Byron Spice Thursday June 22, 2017
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab are rolling out new features in Smell PGH, a smartphone app that helps Pittsburgh area residents collectively report foul odors and alert each other to suspicious smells that waft through city neighborhoods and suburbs.Smell PGH now includes time-lapse animations on its map based on times and locations of smell reports. This feature gives people a better idea of which way a plume of possible pollution is drifting. Also, a new companion website allows anyone to interact with the Smell PGH map visualization and improve their understanding... 

Two Student Teams Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships

Byron Spice Wednesday June 14, 2017
Two teams of Ph.D. students in the School of Computer Science are among eight U.S. winners of 2017 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships.The team of Yang Zhang and Abdelkareem Bedri, both Ph.D. students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and the team of Minh Vo and Aayush Bansal, Ph.D. students in the Robotics Institute, were selected from 116 teams at 18 schools that submitted proposals.The Qualcomm fellowship program is unusual because it requires pairs of students to submit proposals. The company says this approach reflects its core values of innovation, execution and partnership. Each... 

Dunietz Receives AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Byron Spice Monday June 05, 2017
Jesse Dunietz, a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department, will spend 10 weeks this summer at the New York offices of Scientific American magazine as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media fellow.The highly competitive Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship program places science, engineering and mathematics students at leading media organizations nationwide. By reporting, writing and editing for publications and broadcasts, fellows sharpen their communication skills and learn how to make scientific and engineering issues easy for the public to... 

Surtrac Traffic System Wins Le Monde Honors

Wednesday May 31, 2017
The Surtrac intelligent traffic signaling system developed by the Robotics Institute and spun off as Rapid Flow Technologies has won the Smart Cities Global Innovation Award for Mobility organized by France's Le Monde newspaper.RoadBotics, another Robotics Institute project and spin-off, received a runner-up prize.The leader of the Surtrac project, Research Professor of Robotics Stephen Smith, will accept the award at a ceremony in Singapore on Friday, June 2. The ceremony is part of a Smart Cities conference organized by Le Monde, Business France and the Straits Times — Singapore's most-read...