SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Thursday March 27, 2008
Amen Corner Charities will honor Randy Pausch with the 2008 Dr. John E. Murray Jr. Award for Academic Leadership and Excellence during a luncheon at noon April 17 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.Pausch has videotaped his acceptance speech for the luncheon and SCS Dean Randal E. Bryant will accept the award on Pausch's behalf. Scholarship recipients supported by Amen Corner Charities, which is affiliated with the local business and civic affairs group called Amen Corner, also will be announced during the luncheon.Past recipients of the award include oncologist Dr. Stanley M.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 25, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University, in cooperation with the Tokyo University of Technology (TUT) in Tokyo, Japan, will award the second annual Katayanagi Prizes in Computer Science to two outstanding members of the world's computer science community. The prizes have been endowed with a gift from Japanese entrepreneur and education advocate Mr. Koh Katayanagi, who founded TUT and several other technical institutions in Japan over the last 60 years.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday March 20, 2008
PITTSBURGH—The Easter bunny made an early visit to Carnegie Mellon University's GigaPan Web site, www.gigapan.org, leaving behind eggs and other goodies hidden in a series of panoramic images that can be explored by young and old alike via the Internet.The GigaPan site is a place where people can upload and interactively explore panoramic images, including the GigaPan panoramic image format developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and NASA's Ames Research Center.
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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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