SCS News & Press Releases

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Byron Spice
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Tuesday March 09, 2010
Alexei Efros, associate professor of robotics and computer science, has been awarded a three-year Finmeccanica Career Development Chair.Since 1989, the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica has an endowed a chair to support outstanding young faculty members in the School of Computer Science. For the first time, however, the endowment is now supporting two simultaneous chairs— one filled by Efros and another that was filled last year by Carlos Guestrin, associate professor of machine learning and computer science.
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Byron Spice
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Monday March 08, 2010
PITTSBURGH—An already promising initiative to assist start-up firms that commercialize technologies associated with the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center is now expanding thanks to a three-year, $1.5 million Innovation Award from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Engineering Education and Centers.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday March 04, 2010
Chris Harrison, a third-year PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has worked with scientists at Microsoft Research to develop Skinput, a technology that turns the human body into a giant touchscreen.Harrison previously had developed a way to turn ordinary tabletops and whiteboards into finger input surfaces. Skinput, developed with Microsoft researchers Dan Morris and Desney Tan, extends that idea further, providing an alternative to ever-shrinking and increasingly uncomfortable mobile keypads.
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Byron Spice
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Wednesday March 03, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Mellon University researchers in the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLTC) will embed wireless sensors in the residences of about 50 older adults who live alone to see if they can detect subtle changes in everyday activities that indicate the onset of dementia or physical infirmities.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday February 18, 2010
PITTSBURGH-Three prominent members of the Carnegie Mellon University community - Jacobo Bielak, University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Tom M. Mitchell, University Professor of Computer Science and Machine Learning; and Paul Nielsen, director and CEO of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) - have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
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Byron Spice
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Monday February 15, 2010
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science is the latest research institution to host a site as part of Open Cirrus™, a global, open-source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education.
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Byron Spice
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Friday February 12, 2010
A team of three Carnegie Mellon undergraduates, the Dragons, tied for 14th place Feb. 5 at the World Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) in Harbin, China.
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Byron Spice
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Friday February 12, 2010
PITTSBURGH) February 12, 2010 - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City of Pittsburgh will seek designation by Google Inc. as a target community for the company's plan to construct an ultra-high speed broadband network in one or more locations across the country. The City will be assisted in this effort by Carnegie Mellon University, a recognized leader in networking and computer science as well as engineering research and education.
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Byron Spice
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Thursday February 04, 2010
Dafna Shahaf (Ph.D. student CSD) and Chris Harrison (Ph.D. student HCII) recipients of the highly competitive 2010 Microsoft fellowships! There were 176 nominations for these fellowships worldwide, and only 10 were granted!  Aruna Balakrishnan (Ph.D. student HCII) received the IBM PhD fellowship and the IBM Fran Allen fellowship given to just one of the IBM fellowship recipients each year.
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Byron Spice
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Tuesday February 02, 2010
Google Inc. has announced the first-ever round of Google Focused Research Awards and Carnegie Mellon research teams received three of the 12 awards. Google has identified machine learning, privacy, use of mobile phones as data collection devices and energy efficient computing as four areas in which the company is deeply invested but where much remains to be studied.

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