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Byron Spice
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Monday January 06, 2014
A feature in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tells the story of how Bob Harper, professor of computer science, received a kidney transplant through the generosity of a living donor – the future son-in-law of Computer Science Department Head Frank Pfenning.
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Byron Spice
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Monday December 23, 2013
The Tartan Rescue Team from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center ranked third among teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials this weekend in Homestead, Fla., and was selected by the agency as one of eight teams eligible for DARPA funding to prepare for next December’s Finals.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday December 17, 2013
Collaborative robots, or CoBots, developed by Manuela Veloso and her Carnegie Mellon research team, have been running errands for occupants of the Gates and Hillman centers for more than two years. Now, they are the subject of a “Science Nation” video and special report by the National Science Foundation.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday December 17, 2013
The Tartan Rescue Team and its CHIMP robot will be Carnegie Mellon University’s most visible presence at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials in Homestead, Fla., Dec. 20-21, but CMU also will play an important role on a second participant, Team WRECS, based at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
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Tuesday December 17, 2013
Apple has named Duolingo.com, the free foreign language education site created by SCS’s Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker, as free iPhone App of the Year.
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Byron Spice
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Friday December 13, 2013
PITTSBURGH—It’s only been a few weeks since Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) completed assembly of its four-limbed CHIMP robot, but the Tartan Rescue Team has high hopes for the robot’s performance at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials Dec. 20-21.
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Thursday December 12, 2013
A research study by two Ph.D. alumni – Hanghang Tong (ML ’09) and Leman Akoglu (CS ’12) – was featured Dec. 3 in an article, “Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers,” in MIT Technology Review. Their analysis of Q&As from the Stack Overflow site is purported to be the first to quantitatively prove that good questions are more likely to result in good answers.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday December 10, 2013
Carnegie Mellon University faculty members Raj Reddy and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and President Subra Suresh have been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).NAI Fellows are recognized for their “prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday December 10, 2013
David Garlan, professor in the Institute for Software Research, is among 50 innovators from the world’s leading universities and corporations named by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as 2013 Fellows. The list also includes three additional Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. alumni:  James Gosling, Greg Morrisett and Milind Tambe.
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Kelly Solman
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Monday December 09, 2013
BirdBrain Technologies, a Carnegie Mellon University startup, has released a flock of its Finch robots for Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9–15.  Developed at CMU's Robotics Institute, the low-cost, tabletop robots are on loan to educators across the U.S. who are using them to help get kids excited about computer programming.

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