SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Thursday September 20, 2007
Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector for NASA that can creep over rocky slopes and then anchor itself as a stable platform for drilling deep into extraterrestrial soils. Called "Scarab," this four-wheeled robot will never leave the Earth.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday September 18, 2007
MEDIA EVENTEVENT:The Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science will demonstrate a robotic prospector, "Scarab." The four-wheeled rover was built for NASA to test robotic technologies that could be used to find recoverable resources on the moon. Scarab is equipped with a Canadian-built drill that can obtain one-meter-long geologic cores for analysis. Scarab's novel suspension enables it to lower its belly to the ground for drilling operations.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday September 13, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University roboticist William "Red" Whittaker is assembling a team to land and operate a robot on the moon by 2012 with the intent of winning a $20 million challenge announced today by the X Prize Foundation and Google Inc. The Google Lunar X Prize, www.googlelunarxprize.org, is the richest international competition in history, with a total prize purse of $30 million. To win the grand prize of $20 million, a team must drive a robot for at least 500 meters on the lunar surface and transmit images to Earth.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday September 13, 2007
Michael Stilman, a PhD. student in the Robotics Institute's humanoid group, received an honorable mention and was one of three finalists for the first Robotdalen Scientific Award, an international award established by a Swedish research initiative to recognize and encourage young, innovative people in the field of robotics and automation.Mel Siegel, RI professor, was one of four jury members to select the winners.Eric Demeester of Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium received the Robotdalen Award and its 20,000-euro prize during a ceremony in Sweden Sept. 5.
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Byron Spice
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Monday September 10, 2007
New computer security threats posed by online multiplayer games and the potential for political dirty tricks on the Web are among the topics that electronic crime researchers will discuss at the second annual Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) eCrime Researchers Summit, Oct.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday September 05, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University and Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction, mining and other heavy equipment, have signed a three-year master agreement for sponsored research. Initial projects involve work at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.
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Byron Spice
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Friday August 17, 2007
The 1,436 freshman arriving for orientation have a new means of getting acquainted— a social networking site called Mindkin that was developed by four SCS graduate students.Unlike Facebook and other conventional social networking sites, Mindkin is designed to connect people based on whether they like each other's thoughts, not their response to a questionnaire or the photos that they post.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday August 16, 2007
More than 100 local students spent hours in McConomy Auditorium poring over linguistics problems during the first North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) March 29, a low-key beginning to a process that would yield high honors for U.S. students in international competition this summer.NACLO, which was co-chaired by Lori Levin, associate research professor in the Language Technologies Institute and Tom Payne, research faculty at the University of Oregon, identified eight talented high school students, including Shadyside Academy's Joshua Falk. From Aug.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday August 15, 2007
Luis von Ahn, assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, today was named one of this year's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine in recognition of his pioneering work in the field known as human computation. A panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review selected this year's TR35 from more than 300 nominees. Von Ahn and the other TR35 winners for 2007 will be featured in the September issue of the magazine and honored Sept.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday August 09, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing team is one of 36 contenders that advanced today toward a spot in the DARPA Urban Challenge, a $2 million robotic vehicle race that will take place Nov. 3 at an urban military training facility in Victorville, Calif.BossTartan Racing's self-driving Chevy Tahoe, "Boss," must now compete for one of 20 positions in the starting lineup at the National Qualification Event (NQE) Oct. 26-31, which will also be at the Victorville training facility on the former George Air Force Base.

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