SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Wednesday June 18, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised the first computerized method that can analyze a single photograph and determine where in the world the image likely was taken. It's a feat made possible by searching through millions of GPS-tagged images in the Flickr online photo collection. The IM2GPS algorithm developed by computer science graduate student James Hays and Alexei A.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday June 17, 2008
Event: Alan Taub, executive director of General Motors Research & Development and Mark S. Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon provost and senior vice president, will announce a joint, multi-year partnership to develop technologies that will revolutionize motor vehicles. The new initiative will be in addition to an existing GM-Carnegie Mellon Collaborative Research Laboratory established in 2000.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday May 29, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have taken an important step toward understanding how the human brain codes the meanings of words by creating the first computational model that can predict the unique brain activation patterns associated with names for things that you can see, hear, feel, taste or smell.Researchers previously have shown that they can use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to detect which areas of the brain are activated when a person thinks about a specific word.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday May 28, 2008
The School of Computer Science's small-size robot soccer team, CMDragons'08, took first place (out of two teams) at the RoboCup Federation's US Open RoboSoccer competition on Tuesday, May 27 at the Carnegie Science Center. The school's AIBO team, CMDash'08, was third in a five-team field behind Bowdoin College and the University of Texas at Austin.A joint team representing Carnegie Mellon and Georgia Tech was one of three participating in an exhibition of NAO humanoid robot teams.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday May 28, 2008
The ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory (SIGACT) will present the 2008 Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in theoretical computer science to Shang-Hua Teng, a 1991 ComputerScience PhD graduate, and Daniel A.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday May 21, 2008
A diverse crowd of soccer playing robots will demonstrate their capabilities and compete at the International RoboCup Federation's 2008 US Open RoboSoccer competition, hosted this year from May 24-27 by Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center. The public is invited to attend. The event, organized and chaired by Professor Manuela Veloso, of Carnegie Mellon University, and Professor Tucker Balch of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will feature soccer playing AIBOs, boxy, small-sized robots, microscopic nanobots and demonstrations of humanoids.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday May 14, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Most online game sites don't promise players anything besides some fun and a way to kill time, but a site being launched by scientists in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science will offer something else: a chance to make computers smarter.The new site, gwap.com, features what Luis von Ahn, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, calls "games with a purpose," or GWAPs.
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Byron Spice
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Saturday May 10, 2008
Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute took center stage Friday night at the Carnegie Science Center's (CSC) 2008 Science Awards event. The Institute received the CSC's prestigious Chairman's Award, which recognizes organizations that bring economic growth to the western Pennsylvania region. The university's Entertainment Technology Center also was honored for contributions to information technology and Associate Physics Professor Tiziana Di Matteo was recognized as an emerging woman scientist. Robotics Institute Director Matt Mason accepted the award for the institute.
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Byron Spice
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Friday May 09, 2008
A social robot being developed by Sara Kiesler and Jodi Forlizzi of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and Paul Rybski of the Robotics Institute is one of eight Human-Robot Interaction RFP proposals selected by Microsoft External Research to share $500,000 in funding.When finished, Snackbot will roam the halls of Newell-Simon and Wean halls selling snacks. It is intended to bridge the gap between social robots that interact with people in a natural way— but often are immobile— and autonomous mobile robots that can move around but generally are not social.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday May 08, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Beginning this fall, Carnegie Mellon University will offer a Bachelor of ComputerScience and Arts (BCSA), a new interdisciplinary program that will equip students to explore and expand the connections between computation and the arts.

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