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Alumni director's message: New life on campus

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday November 29, 2012
Some people think of summer as a season of long, lazy, carefree days. They view autumn as a time when the world prepares to go into hibernation for the winter--the leaves turn color, fall from the trees and die; the temperature cools; we all turn on the heat and bundle up (preferably in Tartans clothing). But those of us on campus at Carnegie Mellon see the world differently. For us, summer is far from lazy, and autumn is a time of new beginnings and new promise. 

Alumni snapshot: Andrew Cove

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday November 29, 2012
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005M.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006Many great ideas to improve existing services have gone by the wayside because users decided the intangible costs of switching weren't worth the effort, says Andrew Cove (CS'05, '06). "If you need a certain app to do something, that's a hurdle, and it makes switching a very unappealing thing," he says. 

Alumni snapshot: Emile Litvak

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday November 29, 2012
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996M.S.E., software engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997Targeting advertising toward specific users isn't new, says Emile Litvak (CS'96,'97). As far back as the 1970s, marketers were using direct mail to target their pitches to people based on their catalog purchases and magazine subscriptions.But unlike direct mail, online advertisers can't work with windows measured in months or weeks. Their decisions must be made in milliseconds. 

SCS News in Brief

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday November 29, 2012
CMU launches undergraduate robotics majorStudents pursuing computer science, engineering or other undergraduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University now have the option to include an additional major in robotics. 

Then and now

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday November 29, 2012
That's Ivan Sutherland holding the great-granddaddy of today's Mobots. Long before his pioneering work in computer graphics, Sutherland (E'59, H'03) was interested in robots that could navigate mazes and react to stimuli much as an animal would. 

Letters to Randy Pausch

BY Jason Togyer - Thursday November 29, 2012
Five years ago, as Randy Pausch's "last lecture" spread around the world via email, social media and news broadcasts, tributes poured into his office at CMU. By early 2008, Pausch, a professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design, reported receiving more than 6,000 emails from people who said his lecture had (in his words) inspired them to "stop feeling sorry for themselves." 

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