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Research Notebook: The Discipline of Machine Learning

BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009
A scientific field is best defined by the central question it studies. In machine learning, that question is: "How can we build computer systems that automatically improve with experience, and what are the fundamental laws that govern all learning processes?" 

Alumni Director's Message: Thoughts on Giving Back

BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009
In this edition, SCS alumnus and Associate Dean Philip Lehman offers a perspective on giving to Carnegie Mellon. --- Tina 

Alumni Snapshot: Andrew Dubois

BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003He's gone from checking source code to checking vendor performance. And while they wouldn't seem that similar, Andrew Dubois (CS '03) says the two fields share some common virtues. For one thing, you need to troubleshoot and uncover hidden problems in both code and contracts. 

Alumni Snapshot: David M. Steier

BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009
B.S., computer science, Purdue University, 1982Ph.D., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1989Hollywood doesn't make flashy TV crime shows about people who develop accounting software. But as David Steier (CS'89) describes the work he and his colleagues do at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), it's clearly got many of the same elements --- it's fast-paced, involves high technology and unravels mysteries. 

SCS in the News

BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009
Gates delivers keynote as Qatar campus hosts ICTD 2009Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was the keynote speaker when the university's campus at Education City in Doha, Qatar, hosted the third International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development from April 17-19. 

Screenshot

BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009
We thought dragons were the only animals that flew over Wean Hall, but photographer Renee Rosensteel spotted this peregrine falcon high above the Pittsburgh campus. Although these birds of prey occasionally startle unsuspecting pedestrians along Frew Street, they're no danger --- unless you happen to be a tasty pigeon. 

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