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Grad programs remain at top of magazine's rankings

Monday August 18, 2014
SCS's graduate program has again been ranked No. 1 (a Best Graduate School 2015) by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as one of the best computer science programs in the world. 

ISR’s Cranshaw Helps Develop Microsoft App for Commuters

Byron Spice Thursday October 23, 2014
People are always coming and going, leaving one place on their way to another. And often they spend the time in those “non-places” in between staring at a mobile device. Justin Cranshaw, a Ph.D. student in the Institute for Software Research, helped Microsoft develop an app to see if those people in non-places might constitute communities.The app, announced by Microsoft this week, has been released for Android, and eventually will be for iOS and Windows phones. Cranshaw, whose research explores the future of cities in this age of ubiquitous and social computation, helped develop the app,... 

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards Data Science Grant to Carnegie Mellon Researcher

Byron Spice Wednesday October 22, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced the selection of Carl Kingsford, associate professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Lane Center for Computational Biology, as one of 14 recipients of its Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery awards.The five-year, $1.5 million grant will support Kingsford’s efforts to develop efficient new methods for searching the massive amounts of DNA and RNA sequencing data now available worldwide. Many insights into the most basic and important processes of life are awaiting discovery within that data. The databases are of such scale... 

Clarke Receives Honorary Degree From University of Crete

Byron Spice Wednesday October 15, 2014
On Oct. 13, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science Edmund M. Clarke received an honorary doctorate from the University of Crete’s Department of Computer Science — the first honorary degree ever awarded by the department.The University of Crete is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented institution located in the cities of Rethymno and Heraklion on the island of Crete.  It is ranked 48th in the the Times Higher Education (THE) annual list of the top 100 universities founded in the past 50 years.Christos Nikolaou, a Ph.D. student of Clarke’s at Harvard... 

PayPal Founder Levchin Visiting Campus

Byron Spice Tuesday October 14, 2014
The School of Computer Science will host Max Levchin, an entrepreneur, investor in early-stage startups and a co-founder of PayPal and Yelp, for his Oct. 21 visit to Carnegie Mellon University as part of a University Tech Tour organized by HVF, his San Francisco-based innovation and investment lab.He will join David Mawhinney, co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for a 5:30 p.m. “Fireside Chat” in the Gates and Hillman center’s Rashid Auditorium focusing on consumer finance and healthcare.  He is also scheduling an open pitch session with students who want to... 

Carnegie Mellon Hacks and Cracks its Way to Win at DEFCON 22

Byron Spice Monday October 13, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University demonstrated its cyber prowess by winning the “Capture the Flag” and “Crack Me If You Can” contests at DEFCON 22, one of the world’s largest annual computer security conferences.Carnegie Mellon’s computer hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), took first place for the second consecutive year in the Capture the Flag (CTF) contest, with a score of 11,263, more than 3,400 points above the second-place team.  Globally, hundreds of teams battle throughout the year for one of 20 slots at DEFCON’s CTF competition, which has been called the “World Series... 

Carnegie Mellon Researcher Shares Hidden Side of Energy

Byron Spice Friday October 10, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Is it possible to run the entire country on wind power?Stephen Rose, a post-doctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, will share his views on wind power and the inner workings of American energy in an informal discussion beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 15, at Biddle’s Escape, 401 Biddle Ave. in Wilkinsburg, Pa.The event will kick off a series of monthly conversations with scientists, called Speakeasy Science. The series is organized by Science and Engineering Ambassadors, a Pittsburgh-based program of the National Academies, and Public Communication for... 

Snakes and Snake-Like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes

Byron Spice Thursday October 09, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.In a study published in the October 10 issue of the journal Science, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University and Zoo Atlanta report that... 
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