SCS News & Press Releases

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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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Byron Spice
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Wednesday November 12, 2008
For the first time, Carnegie Mellon teams took the top two places in the ACM-ICPC East Central North America Regional Programming Contest in Cincinnati on Nov. 1.The Tartans— computer science sophomores Tom Conerly and Alan Pierce and electrical and computer engineering senior Celestine Lau— completed seven of the eight problems in 1,287 minutes to take first place and move on to the World Finals April 22, 2009, in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Byron Spice
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Monday November 10, 2008
Popular Science has named Tartan Racing's self-driving SUV, Boss, to its 21st annual "Best of What's New" list, featured in the magazine's December issue.A year ago, Boss won the $2 million DARPA Urban Challenge race in Victorville, Calif. "Boss drove the course at up to 30 mph and took corners hard, finishing almost 20 minutes faster than its closest competitor," the magazine reports. "Its performance suggests that self-driving cars might not be so far off after all."
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Byron Spice
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Friday November 07, 2008
SCS Distinguished Career Professor David Farber was one of nine IT luminaries asked by ComputerWorld magazine to tell incoming President Barack Obama what we need to do to tackle America's ongoing decline in global technological competitiveness.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday November 04, 2008
PITTSBURGH?A 21st Century "pen pal" program in which students in Pittsburgh, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago exchange explorable digital images of their communities is the focus of an international trio of art gallery shows featuring the giant panoramas created by the students. The show, "GigaPan Conversations," will run Nov. 4-16 at Artists Image Resource (AIR) on Pittsburgh's North Side. A special event, open to the public, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday October 23, 2008
PITTSBURGH—Judith Klein-Seetharaman,a research scientist in Carnegie Mellon University's LanguageTechnologies Institute, has received a $100,000 grant from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation to use computational tools in the searchfor new anti-HIV therapies.
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Byron Spice
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Monday October 20, 2008
Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute is celebrating University Professor William L. "Red" Whittaker's 60th birthday and the 25th anniversary of Field Robotics, a discipline he founded, with a two-day event Oct. 24-25. Whittaker who is also the Fredkin professor of robotics, established the area of research that focuses on creation and deployment of robots in the natural world. He will deliver a public lecture titled "Robots at Work" at 3:30 pm, Oct. 24, in 7500 Wean Hall.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday October 14, 2008
The November issue of Popular Science magazine, on newsstands October 14, features PopSci's seventh annual "Brilliant 10," a list of the country's top young scientists to watch. "The Brilliant 10 are the brightest researchers of 2008, making the breakthroughs of tomorrow," says Mark Jannot, editor in chief of Popular Science. "PopSci is paying homage to these young scientists, who explore the world with an altogether original eye."
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday October 14, 2008
NASA Rover Was Developed by Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute PITTSBURGH—Thecool, rocky slopes of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that is Hawaii'shighest mountain, will serve as a stand-in for the moon as researchersfrom Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, NASA and otherorganizations test a robot designed for lunar prospecting.                
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Byron Spice
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Monday October 13, 2008
Pradeep Sindhu, who founded Juniper Networks after earning hismaster's and doctorate degrees in computer science at Carnegie Mellon,is one of 19 alumni and honorary alumni who will be recognized with2008 Alumni Awards. Three invaluable supporters of CarnegieMellon's Tartan Racing team— Chip Ganassi and Joseph C. and MollyWalton— will be named honorary alumni at the ceremony in Rangos Hallin the University Center, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

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