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Bhiksha Raj Named IEEE Fellow

Susie Cribbs Friday December 02, 2016
Bhiksha Raj, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science's Language Technologies Institute, has been named to the 2017 class of IEEE fellows for his "contributions to speech recognition," according to IEEE. Established more than a hundred years ago, the IEEE fellow grade is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the organization's fields of interest are deemed fitting of this grade elevation. The total number of fellows selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting IEEE membership. Raj,... 

SCS Dean Moore Testifies on Artificial Intelligence Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee

Byron Spice Wednesday November 30, 2016
Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, told the U.S. Senate today that the nation should be preparing a million of today's high school students to join a growing artificial intelligence industry.In testimony before the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Moore said that such dramatic increases in the number of AI experts will be essential to meet the growing demands of industry and to maintain global competitiveness."Based upon my experience, a computer science grad with... 

LTI Student Tops LiveQA Evaluation for Second Consecutive Year

Bryan Burtner Tuesday November 22, 2016
For the second consecutive year, Carnegie Mellon came out on top in the LiveQA evaluation — an exercise that requires question-answering (QA) software to respond to real-time questions received by the Yahoo! Answers website — at the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2016).A system designed by Di Wang, a Language Technologies Institute Ph.D. student and member of Professor Eric Nyberg's Open Advancement of Question Answering (OAQA) research group, out-paced competitors in answering user-generated questions in real time.The questions, ranging from the mundane to the perplexing (e.g., "How do I... 

Researchers Seek Solution to Selfie-Related Deaths

Byron Spice Tuesday November 22, 2016
People love to take selfies, but it's a love that can prove fatal. A growing number of people die each year while snapping photos of themselves on cliffs, on railroad tracks and other hazardous spots. Researchers in Pittsburgh and in India are looking for ways to reduce this risk.In a new study, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi (IIITD) scoured public records to compile a list of 127 deaths associated with selfies worldwide between March 2014 and September 2016. After analyzing those selfie deaths, they designed a... 

Facebook to Acquire CMU Facial Analysis Spinoff

Byron Spice Wednesday November 16, 2016
Facebook has agreed to acquire Faciometrics, a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute that develops facial analysis software for mobile applications. "Now, we’re taking a big step forward by joining the team at Facebook, where we’ll be able to advance our work at an incredible scale, reaching people from across the globe," said Fernando De la Torre, associate research professor of robotics and head of the Human Sensing Laboratory.Facial analysis tools have many applications including in animation and virtual/augmented reality. At CMU, De la Torre and his colleagues... 

Petuum Platform Promises To Run Machine Learning Programs Efficiently On Any Hardware

Byron Spice Wednesday November 16, 2016
Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have spent years inventing and perfecting a platform that uses workstations, distributed computers, mobile devices or embedded devices to solve large machine learning problems efficiently and effectively, and have now spun off a company, Petuum Inc., to make those capabilities available commercially.Eric Xing, a professor in the Machine Learning Department and founder and CEO of the company, said the company has already obtained $15 million in initial venture capital funding and expects to have its first products on the market early next year... 

Mobile App Behavior Often Appears at Odds With Privacy Policies

Byron Spice Tuesday November 15, 2016
How a mobile app says it will collect or share a user’s personal information with third parties often appears to be inconsistent with how the app actually behaves, a new automated analysis system developed by Carnegie Mellon University has revealed.An analysis of almost 18,000 popular free apps from the Google Play store found almost half lacked a privacy policy, even though 71 percent of those appear to be processing personally identifiable information and would thus be required to explain how under state laws such as the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA).Even those apps... 

LTI Students Earn Top Honors in Question-Answering Competition

Susie Cribbs Thursday November 10, 2016
A team of students from the Language Technologies Institute (LTI), one of seven departments in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, recently earned top honors for their performance in the BioASQ 2016 Biomedical Semantic Question Answering challenge.Held annually, BioASQ pushes for a solution to the information access problem biomedical experts face by posing challenges on both biomedical semantic indexing and question answering. The CMU team, comprising Zi Yang, a student in the LTI's Ph.D. program; Yue Zhou, a student in the Master of Computational Data Science (MCDS)...