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Byron Spice
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Monday October 02, 2006
PITTSBURGH— Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing team is one of 11 teams that will receive technology development funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help prepare for the agency's Urban Challenge event for autonomous vehicles.Each of the 11 "track A" teams will receive up to $1 million from DARPA, with monies paid out in increments as the teams achieve milestones over the next year.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday September 27, 2006
Latanya Sweeney, associate professor of computer science, technology and policy, will be inducted this fall as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday September 27, 2006
Officials from Sandia National Laboratories joined SCS Dean Randal E. Bryant on Wednesday to name Boris Sofman, a second-year graduate student in the Robotics Institute, as the first Sandia National Laboratories/Carnegie Mellon University Excellence in Computing Fellow."Boris Sofman is an excellent choice for this honor," said Matthew T. Mason, director of the Robotics Institute. "Boris's work on robot navigation using machine learning techniques just won a prestigious best student paper prize" at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday September 27, 2006
Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science, is spending her sabbatical year as one of 50 fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.Veloso was selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants for the highly competitive fellowship program, now in its sixth year. She is one of 14 scientists who have joined 16 humanists, 10 creative artists and 10 social scientists as fellows this academic year.Each fellow works individually and across disciplines on projects during the year-long residency.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday September 26, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon Associate Professor of Computer Science Seth Goldstein will co-present a class, lab and demonstrations of claytronics, the technology underlying Intel's work in Dynamic Physical Rendering (DPR), at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Sept. 26-28. The IDF is described as one of the world's premier technology events, attracting professionals and companies who are actively promoting new directions in technology.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday September 19, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Luis von Ahn, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist who has been named a 2006 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," has invented an online, multiple-player game that could help make the Internet more accessible to the visually impaired. The game, called Phetch, is an Internet scavenger hunt available at www.peekaboom.org/phetch in which players use a search engine to look for images that fit certain descriptions. In the process, the players produce and verify captions for unlabeled images from the Web.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday September 19, 2006
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Carnegie Mellon University's Luis von Ahn as one of 25 new MacArthur Fellows for 2006.Von Ahn, assistant professor of computer science, received a phone call Sept.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday September 14, 2006
PITTSBURGH—More than 1,000 scientists from around the world will explore the myriad ways in which people and computers use and understand the spoken word when they meet here for Interspeech 2006, the Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing. The conference, one of two major scientific meetings on speech processing held each year, will take place Sept. 17-21 at the Westin Convention Center.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday September 07, 2006
PITTSBURGH—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to researchers at three universities and five national laboratories to find new ways of managing the torrent of data that will be produced by the coming generation of supercomputers. The innovations developed by the new Petascale Data Storage Institute will enable U.S.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday August 31, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will partner with General Motors Corp. to form Tartan Racing, a team that will enter a driverless Chevy Tahoe in the $2 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge scheduled for November 2007. The race will require autonomous vehicles to travel 60 miles of streets in a mock urban setting. To succeed, vehicles must drive completely on their own — without drivers or remote control — and finish the course within six hours.

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