From the latest issue:
BY Jason Togyer - Tuesday April 30, 2013
Computer science's future depends on attracting people who aren't white male gamers--and making women and other under-represented groups feel less aloneIt's a Monday night at the Raj Reddy Conference Room in the Hillman Center. Groups of squirming middle-school girls are sitting cross-legged on the floor. In the middle of each group there's an old desktop computer, donated by the School of Computer Science's IT team. Each computer is about to give its life for science.
BY Tina Carr - Tuesday April 30, 2013
Building our legacy with youThe School of Computer Science turns 25 this year. Although SCS is the youngest of CMU's seven colleges, its history stretches back to the 1950s, and is intertwined with our other colleges and schools, including CIT, MCS and Tepper. As a result, our events for computer science alumni are an interesting mix of people--many of the alumni who attend are undergraduate or graduate alumni from the 1990s and 2000s, but often we get people who graduated in the 1970s or '80s with a "math-CS" degree.
BY Meghan Holohan - Monday April 08, 2013
SCS startup Safaba develops smarter translations for specialized clientsSay a marketing executive at a large company needs to translate new product information on her company website from English to French within a few hours. She's not fluent enough in French to do it herself, so she has several options--she can hire a human translator or a translation agency. She can also use a readily available online translation program, such as those offered by Google and Microsoft's Bing.
BY Ken Chiacchia - Monday April 08, 2013
Voiceprint authentication a la "Star Trek" could be poised to become reality Now, what was that password? This was the system that needed eight digits, right? Did it require symbols, or just letters and numbers? Today's password-driven electronic security systems have a face only a system security administrator could love. Better to use some kind of biometric--something physically a part of us, marking us as ourselves. Some systems already use fingerprints.
BY Linda K. Schmitmeyer - Monday April 08, 2013
Traffic-sensitive signals developed at the Robotics Institute are saving fuel, time and drivers' nerves Gregory Barlow knows a lot about traffic, and not just how long it takes to commute from his home in Squirrel Hill to his office in Newell-Simon Hall, where he works with CMU research professor Stephen Smith on tackling traffic congestion in urban areas.
BY Mark W. Dorgan - Monday April 08, 2013
As founder, vice chairman and chief technology officer of Juniper Networks, Pradeep Sindhu has his eyes on sustainable business models and the bottom line. But Sindhu (CS'83,'84) remains a computer scientist at heart, with an interest both in the design of complex systems and in the work of the School of Computer Science. Recipient of an alumni achievement award in 2008, Sindhu says he values the connections he maintains with SCS.