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Byron Spice
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Monday March 31, 2014
PITTSBURGH—A high-power wall connector for Tesla electric cars has been installed for public use at Carnegie Mellon University’s Electric Garage in Oakland, joining eight existing vehicle recharging stations. The garage at 4621 Forbes Ave. will host an open house to celebrate the addition from 4 to 7 p.m., April 4.“This is definitely the largest charging infrastructure of any institution in this half of Pennsylvania, and likely anywhere in the state,” said Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics. “And the Tesla charger is the only one available to the public locally.”
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 31, 2014
The School of Computer Science honored outstanding faculty and staff members March 27 during the annual Founder’s Day ceremony in the Gates and Hillman centers’ Rashid Auditorium.David Eckhardt, associate teaching professor of computer science, was the winner of the inaugural Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award, sponsored by Lutron Electronics Co. of Coopersburg, Pa., in honor of the company’s founders and the inventor of the electronic dimmer switch.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday March 27, 2014
TIME magazine has employed the GigaPan technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab and NASA to produce a breathtaking panorama from atop the country’s newest and tallest skyscraper, One World Trade Center.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday March 27, 2014
Carlow University has received a $205,000 grant commitment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to establish a satellite on its campus of Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab. The satellite will join three previously established CREATE Lab satellites at Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Liberty University in West Virginia.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Victor is obsessed with SCRABBLE. Seated in a corner of a student lounge in Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science building, Victor plays anyone who pulls up a stool. He’s ready with a taunt — “Is that all you’ve got?” — as well as a brag — “This one is going to be good.” And he has plenty of excuses — “Dude, I let you win.”Victor is a robot. You can call him a gamebot, but don’t use it in a game — that word is not in the official SCRABBLE dictionary.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 18, 2014
CLOUDS, a visually groundbreaking interactive documentary that allows the viewer to explore creativity through the language of code, will have its Pittsburgh premiere at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. This project was developed with significant support from the Center for Computational Thinking and the Computer Science Department. 
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 17, 2014
PITTSBURGH—So many variables can contribute to shortness of breath that no person can keep them all straight. But a computer program, capable of tracking more than 100 clinical variables for almost 400 people, has shown it can identify various subtypes of asthma, which perhaps could lead to targeted, more effective treatments.
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 17, 2014
Justine Cassell, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Tom Mitchell, head of the Machine Learning Department, appeared on WPXI-TV’s Our Region’s Business to discuss Project InMind. They direct the joint project with Yahoo, developing personalization technologies for mobile devices.
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 17, 2014
Victor the Gamebot, who plays SCRABBLE and trashtalks with humans on the third floor of the Gates and Hillman centers, is the subject of a feature in the Wall Street Journal. Victor is the latest social robot developed under the leadership of Reid Simmons, research professor in the Robotics Institute.
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Byron Spice
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Friday March 07, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University’s popular educational software tool, Alice 3, is now available in Arabic thanks to a four-month translation project that involved university students across Jordan working with CMU and the Oracle Academy.

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