SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Thursday April 15, 2004
PITTSBURGH—Teams of Carnegie Mellon University students will compete for more than $2,000 in cash prizes as they race small autonomous robots they've designed and built on a torturous, 255-foot-long, downhill course in the School of Computer Science 10th annual Mobot Slalom Race. (Mobot=MObile roBOT) The Mobots must find their way along a marked path on the paved sidewalk beside the front entrance to Wean Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus. There are several forks in the pathway where they must make decisions about which direction to take to reach the finish line.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday April 07, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C.— April 5, 2004— Today, National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, announced that it has appointed Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Professor David J. Farber as Chief Scientist. In this role, Farber will coordinate the overall research agenda of the organization as well as serve as a key public spokesperson for that agenda. He will report directly to NLR CEO, Tom West.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday April 01, 2004
PITTSBURGH--Sara Kiesler, professor of human-computer interaction in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS), has been named to the Hillman Professorship in Computer Science, a chaired professorship created in 1986 through the Hillman Foundation, Inc., to attract the best and brightest faculty to SCS. The Hillman Professorship was previously held by Dana S. Scott, one of the world's most distinguished researchers on the logical foundations of programming. Scott became an emeritus professor last year.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 16, 2004
PITTSBURGH---Randal E. Bryant, the Robert Mehrabian Professor ofComputer Science and head of the Computer Science Department in CarnegieMellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS), has been nameddean of the college, effective April 1.He succeeds James H. Morris, who will step down as dean to pursue otherduties at the university, including greater involvement in CarnegieMellon's West Coast Campus. Morris had served as dean of SCS since1999.Bryant has been a member of the SCS faculty since 1984.
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 15, 2004
BARSTOW, Calif.—Sandstorm, the autonomous robot vehicle developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team to compete in the DARPA Grand Challenge, traveled 7.4 miles into the desert near Barstow, Calif., setting a record for distance before hanging up on a trail in the mountains. It was one of 15 robotic vehicles given the okay by DARPA to attempt to traverse a 142-mile course from Barstow to Primm, Nevada for a $1 million prize. Sandstorm was coming off of a switchback when it high-centered on the berm of a road.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday February 18, 2004
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has "hired" Valerie, one of the world's first storytelling roboceptionists, to greet visitors and set the stage as they enter the computer science building on the university campus.Valerie is a "woman" with lots of attitude and many stories to tell. Professionally attired and carefully coifed, she sits in a specially designed reception booth in the lobby of Newell-Simon Hall, turning her brilliant blue gaze on everyone who passes by.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday February 17, 2004
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team, directed by Fredkin Research Professor William L. "Red" Whittaker, collaborating with his students, colleagues and corporate sponsors, is preparing their robot vehicle Sandstorm to qualify in the DARPA Grand Challenge, an unmanned, off-road race for robots that will take place March 13, 2004.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday February 12, 2004
PITTSBURGH--Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Karlsruhe inGermany, both ranked number one in computer science in their respectivecountries, have agreed to jointly establish a new International Center forAdvanced Communication Technologies (InterACT).The focus of InterACT is to support human-to-human interaction acrosslanguage and cultural barriers, and to do research in pervasive multimodaland multilingual computing environments."We are very pleased to be collaborating with an institution as prestigiousas the University of Karlsruhe," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L
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Byron Spice
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Monday January 12, 2004
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Carnegie Learning Inc. and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Mass.), has received a $1.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to test a Web-based computer tutor Assistment system that will help middle-school students prepare for standardized mathematics tests like those required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The No Child Left Behind Act requires public schools to demonstrate yearly improvement as measured by students' scores on standardized tests.
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Byron Spice
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Monday January 05, 2004
Event: Unveiling Sandstorm, Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team entry in the $1 million DARPA Grand Challenge, an unmanned, off-road race for robots that will take place March 13, 2004. Sandstorm will be competing against a field of 19 other robots for a $1 million cash prize as it travels 210 tortuous miles from Barstow, Calif., through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas, Nevada, on its own. Competitors will learn the race route only two hours before it begins at 6 a.m. PST. Once it starts, no human intervention is allowed.

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