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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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Byron Spice
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Friday March 07, 2014
Innovation and entrepreneurship took center stage at Carnegie Mellon University’s 2014 McGinnis Venture Competition, a cross-campus entrepreneurial challenge in which students compete for $60,000 in investments for their startup companies.Three teams that included School of Computer Science students and alumni were among the five winners announced March 5 at the conclusion of the multi-round competition.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday March 06, 2014
The World Economic Forum has posted videos of the presentations that SCS faculty members Justine Cassell, Emma Brunskill and Ken Koedinger presented at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland this past January.
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Jennie Dorris
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Wednesday March 05, 2014
Katie Correll (MET'14) has worked with puppets on Broadway and Sesame Street. Now she's helping Carnegie Mellon University's HERB perfect his acting skills for the robot's stage debut. She also recently made her game show debut on TBS' "King of the Nerds." HERB — the Home Exploring Robot Butler from the Robotics Institute (RI) — is no thespian. He's a mobile, two-armed robot that serves as a testbed for software and technologies that will someday enable robots to assist people in their homes.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 04, 2014
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has announced that Aarti Singh, assistant professor of machine learning, is one of 42 scientists selected this year to receive research funding for three years through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). 

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