SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Thursday April 08, 2010
Steam evaporating. A shirt creasing. Hair mussed up. Recreating these small,deceivingly complex details of everyday reality is important forconstructing virtual worlds that are faithful to perceptions of the realworld. A lot of math, physics, and computer theory are inherent in thischallenge, but so is poetry, says Adrien Treuille, assistant professor ofcomputer science and robotics. Maybe even some magic is involved, too.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday April 07, 2010
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy announces the release of ROBOTC2.0®, a programming language for robots and an accompanying suite of training tools that are easy enough for elementary students to use, but powerful enough for college-level engineering courses.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday April 06, 2010
In January, Discover magazine and the National Science Foundation continued their Grand Challenges event series with a panel discussion at Carnegie Mellon University exploring the dynamic world of robotics.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday April 06, 2010
PITTSBURGH—A combination of simple bio-acoustic sensors and some sophisticated machine learning makes it possible for people to use their fingers or forearms — potentially, any part of their bodies — as touchpads to control smart phones or other mobile devices.
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Byron Spice
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Monday April 05, 2010
PITTSBURGH—Randal E. Bryant, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, has announced the appointment of Justine Cassell as the new director of the school's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII). Cassell, whose research focuses on computer systems that interact with people in human-like ways, succeeds Daniel P. Siewiorek, who will resume his research and teaching duties at the university.
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Byron Spice
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Friday April 02, 2010
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University engineering and computer science students are putting their computer skills to competitive use as members of the award-winning "Capture The Flag" team.David Brumley, an assistant professor in the university's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and Carnegie Mellon CyLab, said "Capture The Flag" is a computer security war game in which each participating team or individual competes to find a key source of information by solving a litany of challenging problems.
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Byron Spice
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Friday April 02, 2010
People can now explore Pennsylvania's Civil War Trails online with the help of Carnegie Mellon's GigaPan technology and Google Earth.The Robotics Institute's CREATE Lab produced gigapixel panoramas, or GigaPans, of Civil War battlegrounds, cemeteries, museum exhibits, monuments and other sites of interest to Civil War enthusiasts that can now be accessed by anyone via a Pennsylvania Tourism Office Web site, www.pacivilwartrails.com.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday April 01, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Don Marinelli, the executive producer of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), has released his first book, "The Comet and The Tornado: Reflections on the Legacy of Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture & the Creation of Our Carnegie Mellon Dream Fulfillment Factory." Published by Sterling Publishing, Co., the book recounts his remarkable journey from his early days as assistant head of the Drama Department at Carnegie Mellon, through the years he spent building the ETC with the late Randy
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday March 31, 2010
As it has for more than six years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity surveyed a bleak Martian landscape on March 4. The robot could see more than 50 rocks but, for the first time in those six long years, decided on its own to take a closer look at one of them.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 30, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Mellon University's David Brumley has received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, its most prestigious award for junior faculty.Brumley, 35, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Computer Science, received a five-year, $521,494 award to develop a system that will track and eliminate annoying software bugs.

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