SCS News & Press Releases

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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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Byron Spice
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Wednesday August 30, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Principal Systems Scientist Hagen Schempf and his team at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute are among 100 inventors this year who will receive R&D Magazine's prestigious "100 Award" for outstanding innovation. Schempf and his team are being recognized for designing, building and deploying Explorer™, the first remote-controlled, untethered, wireless, crawling robot that inspects underground natural gas distribution pipelines.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday August 09, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new type of mobile robot that balances on a ball instead of legs or wheels. "Ballbot" is a self-contained, battery-operated, omnidirectional robot that balances dynamically on a single urethane-coated metal sphere. It weighs 95 pounds and is the approximate height and width of a person.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday August 08, 2006
PITTSBURGH—Educators at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Academy say robotics could become an even more powerful teaching tool with curriculum they developed for the new version of LEGO Education's popular MINDSTORMS robot-building set. The co-branded LEGO Education/Carnegie Mellon curriculum takes advantage of upgraded software and hardware, such as simplified programming and Bluetooth wireless capability, in the newly released MINDSTORMS Education NXT robotics set.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday August 03, 2006
PITTSBURGH—In just a few weeks, hundreds of programmers from all over the world who "virtually" converged on Pittsburgh in late July to decipher the mysterious "Monroeville Codex" will learn who was most successful. The codex is the key to a series of programming challenges created by Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists as part of the 11th annual ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP), which sponsors the contest as part of their annual meeting.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday August 02, 2006
PITTSBURGH—A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has received a three year,$646,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop computational methods that willquickly identify key regions of the human genome that can be traced to prehistoric times. These regionscan then be used to reconstruct human genetic histories.

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