SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Tuesday July 12, 2005
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's autonomous robotic HUMMER Sandstorm drove an unprecedented 200 miles in seven hours without human guidance last week in preparation for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, a 175-mile driverless desert race with a $2 million winner-take-all prize. Sandstorm uses sensors to "see" and computers to "drive." It drove 131 laps on the 1.5-mile racecourse at the BeaveRun MotorSports Complex near Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 4. The drive was an endurance evaluation for the robot's computers, sensors and mechanical systems.
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Byron Spice
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Monday July 11, 2005
Vivísimo, a company built on unique Web search technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with the grand opening of its new headquarters in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, a mile up the road from campus.Vivisimo's key products are meta-search engines that quickly and automatically group clusters of information gathered from the Web for more easy access and understanding.The event, which was celebrated in Vivísimo's new office on the corner of Forbes St.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday July 05, 2005
CS Associate Teaching Professor Ananda Gunawardena has made such significant progress using 25 Tablet PCs to foster education that their donor, Hewlett-Packard Corp. has awarded him 50 additional Tablets and an extension grant of $200,000 to continue his work. The first HP technology grant was given to Gunawardena last year to study the educational applications of Tablet technology and consisted of 25 Tablet PCs and a $100,000 grant. A Tablet PC is a cross between a notebook PC and a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday June 14, 2005
Principles of Robot Motion, a new textbook written by a team headed by Associate Professor of Robotics Howie Choset, was published last week by MIT Press. Robotics Institute Project Scientist George Kantor and Robotics PhD alumnus Kevin Lynch are among the other co-authors. Principles of Robot Motion is the next textbook for the motion planning field, where the only other textbook, written by Stanford Professor Jean-Claude Latombe, was written in 1991.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday June 07, 2005
PITTSBURGH—Two driverless HUMMERS developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team have been chosen to compete in the semi-finals of the second DARPA Grand Challenge, a 175-mile desert race for robots, on Oct. 8. The first robot to complete the course in less than 10 hours will take home a $2-million prize. The duo, Sandstorm and H1ghlander, are among a field of 40 contenders, cut from a field of 118 after a series of trial runs conducted by DARPA evaluators during the month of May.
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Byron Spice
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Monday June 06, 2005
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced the 40 teams selected to advance to the semifinals of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 autonomous ground vehicle competition.
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Byron Spice
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Monday May 23, 2005
HCI doctoral student Andrew J. Ko, HCI Research Associate Htet Htet Aung, along with Professor of Human Computer Interaction Brad A. Myers, have won one of four best paper awards at the 27th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'05), the premier software engineering conference, held May 15-21 in St. Louis, Mo.
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Byron Spice
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Monday May 16, 2005
PITTSBURGH—Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, is being honored today in Washington, D.C., as a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).The PAESMEM Program, administered on behalf of the White House by the National Science Foundation (NSF), seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups, including women, minorities and persons with disabilities that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and m
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday May 11, 2005
Carnegie Mellon University's Sandstorm robot, being groomed for the 2005 Grand Challenge desert race, made four successful runs yesterday during tests by DARPA evaluators at the Nevada Automotive Test Center near Carson City. Successful performance in these tests is critical to Sandstorm being chosen as a semi-finalist in the quest to enter the Grand Challenge, a 175-mile rumble for robots that will take place Oct.
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Byron Spice
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Friday May 06, 2005
PITTSBURGH—On May 10, Carnegie Mellon University's Sandstorm robot will demonstrate that it has the skills to compete in the 2005 Grand Challenge, a no-holds-barred, driverless race across 175 miles of hostile desert terrain, for a $2-million prize. Sandstorm, which went furthest and fastest in the first Grand Challenge, held in March 2004, will be tested by DARPA evaluators at the Nevada Automotive Test Center (www.natc-ht.com) near Carson City, Nev. Carnegie Mellon's Red Team, which built Sandstorm, is one of 118 teams hosting similar evaluations.

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