SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Tuesday December 02, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.7 million effort to advance public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design.
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Byron Spice
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Monday November 24, 2008
Connexis, anOakbrook, Ill.,company that develops vehicle telematics, has donated $120,000 to the ComputerScience Department to support work on natural language processing. Connexis isdeveloping a natural language interface between drivers and in-vehiclecomputers, such as navigation systems. "This will allow drivers to keep theirhands on the wheel and formulate their requests naturally as if they weretalking to a live agent," according to a company press release. See the full New Release 
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Byron Spice
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Friday November 21, 2008
Carlos Guestrin, assistantprofessor of computer science and machine learning, has been appointed theFinmeccanica Chair in Computer Science for 2009-2011.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday November 20, 2008
Randy Pausch'srole in increasing public support for pancreatic cancer research was cited in aU.S. Senate resolution introduced November 19 by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., andSen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, and co-sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday November 19, 2008
PITTSBURGH--Business Week Senior Writer and Carnegie Mellon alum Steve Hamm (HS'74), author of the new book "The Race For Perfect, The Quest To Design The Ultimate Personal Computer," will be visiting Carnegie Mellon, Thursday, Nov. 20, to take part in the CIT Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Research's annual Media Summit.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday November 19, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Two groups of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build automated farming systems. One is for apple growers and one is for orange growers, but both are designed to improve fruit quality and lower production costs.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday November 19, 2008
Associate Professor Lorrie Cranor published in December's issue of Scientific American:"Can Phishing Be Foiled? - Understanding the human factors that makepeople vulnerable to online criminals can improve both securitytraining & technology". Read Article
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday November 19, 2008
PITTSBURGH— Sun Microsystems, Inc., is teaming up with Carnegie Mellon University to support the continuing development of Alice, the university's innovative, Java technology-based computer programming environment that teaches students to program Java software while having fun creating 3D animations, stories and video games.
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Byron Spice
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Friday November 14, 2008
Discover magazine's December cover story features the "50 Best Brains in Science" and the editors have included Luis von Ahn, assistant professor of computer science, on their list. They cite his work on human computation, including his reCAPTCHA project to improve Web security while digitally transcribing old books and periodicals and his games with a purpose (GWAPs) that use human intelligence to help computers overcome their shortcomings."I don't think we've even scratched the surface of what we can do," von Ahn told Discover.

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