SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Tuesday June 13, 2006
PITTSBURGH— Gazing at a snapshot from a family picnic, you recognize instantly that the tuft of leaves hanging over Uncle John is not part of a tree growing out the top of his head. Any fool can see he is standing in front of the tree. Perceiving a three-dimensional world in a two-dimensional image is something humans take for granted, but it's something that has long flummoxed computer vision systems.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday June 08, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University is sending two small bipedal robots to the RoboCup 2006 World Championship June 14-18 in Bremen, Germany, to provide color commentary for robot soccer matches — a first for humanoid robots. The walking robots are perfectly capable of kicking a ball, but in this new application they will instead be moving their heads and bodies to track the soccer ball with their electronic eyes. During the championships, they will provide commentary for matches between teams of four-legged robots that were developed by Sony Corporation.
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Byron Spice
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Monday May 08, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University's Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science, will receive the 2006 Vannevar Bush Award, an honor presented by the National Science Board in recognition of his contributions to science and his statesmanship on behalf of science and the nation. The board cited Reddy for his pioneering research in robotics and intelligent systems, and his significant contributions in the formulation of national information and telecommunications policy. Reddy and Charles Townes, a Nobel
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Byron Spice
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Monday May 08, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Professor Manuela Veloso hasbeen named the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science.The chaired professorship is named after the late Herbert A. Simon, university professor andNobel Laureate who helped to found the field of artificial intelligence and establish Carnegie Mellon as oneof the foremost computer science institutions in the world.
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Byron Spice
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Monday April 24, 2006
Two Carnegie Mellon RoboCup teams brought home four trophies from last weekend's RoboCup U.S. Open, hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.In the league for four-legged AIBO robots, CMDash '06 was the best of the U.S. teams and was second overall, losing in the final to Dortmund, Germany. Eight AIBO teams competed. The University of Pennsylvania was third overall, followed by the University of Texas-Austin.Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science, noted this is the first time that the AIBO team is composed mainly of undergraduates.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday April 19, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Five robots, ranging from an iconic female humanoid in a classic silent film to a ubiquitous industrial robot that helped make electronics inexpensive and commonplace, will be inducted into Carnegie Mellon University's Robot Hall of Fame® during a ceremony this June. The third class of inductees includes Maria, the art deco star of Fritz Lang's 1927 film "Metropolis"; Gort, the metallic giant from an alien world in the 1951 sci-fi thriller "The Day the Earth Stood Still"; David, the boy-like android that stole his adoptive mother's heart in Steven Spielberg's "Artifi
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Byron Spice
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Monday April 17, 2006
PITTSBURGH—The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected John R. Anderson, the Richard King Mellon Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as the recipient of the inaugural Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science.The Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science, which carries a $150,000 award, is one of six prizes that are awarded every two years by the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation to outstanding researchers selected by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday April 13, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Computers were crude, number-crunching machines when the then-Carnegie Institute of Technology installed its first electronic computer in the summer of 1956. But professors Herbert Simon and Allen Newell already had figured out how to make them think.Their invention, the first artificially intelligent computer program, only scratched the surface of the computer's potential.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday April 13, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Computers can store more information and the Internet can transmit that information faster than humans can comprehend, so meshing the computer's capabilities with human needs has long been a concern of Carnegie Mellon University scientists.In recognition of these challenges and the broader issues of how people use telephones, appliances and other increasingly complex technologies, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) was founded in 1994.
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Byron Spice
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Friday April 07, 2006
See also.You could call it a "Tale of Two Buildings."Initial designs for the new Gates Center for Computer Science were introduced to the university community last week, revealing not one but two contemporary structures that will make up the new home for the School of Computer Science (SCS).Mack Scogin, principal of the Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects Inc., gave a preview of plans for the new center during a School of Architecture-sponsored lecture at the Carnegie Museum Lecture Hall on April 3 and an

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