SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Monday March 17, 2008
PITTSBURGH— A graduate student in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University has developed a non-partisan Web site, www.VoteChooser.com, which helps voters find a presidential candidate whose views are most compatible with theirs. Bryant Lee, who is pursuing a doctorate in computer science, said more than 1.5 million people have visited the site since he launched it in January.
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Byron Spice
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Friday March 14, 2008
The Human-Computer Interaction Institute is well represented among the nominees for the second annual YouTube Awards. http://www.youtube.com/ytawards07 . The video of Prof. Randy Pausch's Sept. 18 lecture, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," has been nominated for Most Inspirational. PhD student Johnny Chung Lee and his "Head Tracking for Desktop VR" video are nominated in the Instructional Video category.Winners will be chosen based on popular voting.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 04, 2008
PITTSBURGH— Computers, long used as tools to design and manipulate three-dimensional objects, may soon provide people with a way to sense the texture of those objects or feel how they fit together, thanks to a haptic, or touch-based, interface developed at Carnegie Mellon University. Unlike most other haptic interfaces that rely on motors and mechanical linkages to provide some sense of touch or force feedback, the device developed by Ralph Hollis, research professor in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, uses magnetic levitation and a single moving part to give users a highl
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 03, 2008
PITTSBURGH— Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, is the 2008 recipient of the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science from the historic Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
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Byron Spice
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Friday February 29, 2008
PITTSBURGH–"One Cold Hand," (www.onecoldhand.com), a Web site designed to reunite lost gloves with their mates, is the winner of Carnegie Mellon University's first Smiley Award. This award, sponsored by Yahoo! Inc., will be presented annually to recognize "innovation in technology-assisted person-to-person communication." The award competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon. The award is named in honor of the ubiquitous Smiley emoticon, :-), created at the university 25 years ago.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday February 27, 2008
PITTSBURGH— Educators at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy have developed ROBOTC, a programming environment optimized for use with educational robots at the high school and college levels. Its industry-leading features enable the beginning student to successfully design and program sophisticated robots in hours, rather than the weeks of instruction typical of other systems. The ROBOTC programming language works with LEGO Mindstorms RCX & NXT, as well as with the Innovation First VEX and FRC controllers.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday February 20, 2008
PITTSBURGH— The Henry L. Hillman Foundation has given Carnegie Mellon University a gift of $10 million for a research building in the university's new computer science complex. The Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, one of two structures in the 200,000-square-foot complex that also includes the Gates Center for Computer Science, will face Forbes Avenue, one of Pittsburgh's main thoroughfares, and serve as the main entrance to the university's world-renowned School of Computer Science.
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Byron Spice
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Monday February 18, 2008
PITTSBURGH— Have you ever wondered why NASCAR racing appeals to such a vast audience? Or are you puzzled over the difference between a "crew" chief and a "car" chief?
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday February 12, 2008
PITTSBURGH— Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University's Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, has been awarded the IEEE's James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award "for leadership and pioneering contributions to speech recognition, natural language understanding, and machine intelligence." The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) established the award in 2002 to honor achievements in all aspects of speech and audio technology.
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Byron Spice
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Monday February 04, 2008
Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Professor Edmund M. Clarke and two computer scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Grenoble in France, are winners of the 2007 A.M. Turing Award in recognition of their pioneering work on an automated method for finding design errors in computer hardware and software. The method, called Model Checking, is the most widely used technique for detecting and diagnosing errors in complex hardware and software design.

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