SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Tuesday December 16, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced today that Andy, a four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University, is the winner of a Milestone Prize for mobility after judges concluded it is thus far the only robot among the competing teams to meet development benchmarks for flight readiness.
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Byron Spice
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Monday December 15, 2014
Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and the founder of the Soft Robotics and Bionics Lab, is among the latest recipients of the Okawa Research Grant, which is awarded by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications.
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Daniel Tkacik
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Tuesday December 09, 2014
Treating patients with their own blood, modified to increase the concentration of heal-inducing platelets, has been touted as the ‘cure-all' for bone, muscle, and tissue repair for athletes, weekend warriors, or those with traumatic injuries.But the outcomes of this therapy, called platelet-rich plasma (PRP), have been unpredictable. So researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) have devised what they believe is a better way to deliver the therapy — as a putty — and the initial results have been encouraging.
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Byron Spice
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Friday December 05, 2014
Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and his Ph.D. student, John Dickerson, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, won the HPCwire Reader's Choice Award for Best Data-Intensive Application/Use for their work with PSC's Blacklight supercomputer to optimize living-donor kidney exchanges.
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D. Murry Evans
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Monday December 01, 2014
DOHA, Qatar—A team of faculty and students from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar recently introduced "Alice Middle East," 3-D interactive educational animation software designed to help primary and secondary school students learn the basics of computer programming and how to apply logical thinking and problem-solving techniques.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday November 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The rise of social media has seemed like a bonanza for behavioral scientists, who have eagerly tapped the social nets to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing. But computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University warn that those massive datasets may be misleading.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday November 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Some people say that reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" taught them the importance of friends, or that easy decisions are seldom right. Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of that book to learn a different lesson: identifying what different regions of the brain do when people read.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday November 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—For three years, a group of robots, known as CoBots, has been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon University's Gates and Hillman centers and Newell-Simon Hall, running errands and guiding visitors without human supervision. On Nov. 18, their collective odometer reached 1,000 kilometers — more than 620 miles — a first-ever accomplishment for indoor autonomous robots.And they have no plans to stop.
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Byron Spice
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Monday November 24, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon's pits, caves and polar ice.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday November 20, 2014
President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Carnegie Mellon University's Mary Shaw, citing her innovations to computer science education, during a White House ceremony Nov. 20.Shaw, who earned her Ph.D. in computer science at CMU, is the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science in the Institute for Software Research. She was honored along with 18 other recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. (Watch the video below.)

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