“It Happens Here” – Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

We're first:
  • To launch undergraduate program in Artificial Intelligence – 2018
  • To award B.S. degree in Artificial Intelligence – 1988
  • Rated Graduate Program in Computer Science* - 2018 U.S. News and World Report College Rankings
  • Rated Graduate Program in Computer Science With Artificial Intelligence Specialty* - 2018 U.S. News and World Report College Ranking

It Happens Here

  • 1956 “Logic Theorist,” the first Artificial Intelligence program, debuts
  • 1958 Nation’s first freshman-level programming courses offered at CMU (Carnegie Tech)
  • 1975 Turing Award presented to Herbert Simon and Allen Newell for their work in A.I.
  • 1978 Herbert Simon awarded Nobel Prize in Economics
  • 1978 Production of the first commercially available computer with graphic interface
  • 1982 Smiley, the precursor of emoticons, created :-)
  • 1985 Mach kernel developed – powers all iOS and MacOS devices
  • 1988 School of Computer Science officially launched
  • 1990 “Hitech” computer achieves Grandmaster chess ranking
  • 1991 Java programming language debuts
  • 1994 Raj Reddy wins Turing Award for continuous speech recognition
  • 1994 Lycos web search engine premieres – one of first profitable internet businesses
  • 1999 CMU becomes first fully wireless campus
  • 2007 Edmund Clarke wins Turing Award for model checking
  • 2007 CMU’s Autonomous SUV wins the DARPA Urban Challenge
  • 2008 Kidney donor-matching algorithm debuts using game theory
  • 2012 Shafrira Goldwasser (S 1979, H 2018) wins Turing Award for work in online computer security
  • 2013 CMU spinoff Duolingo wins Apple “App of the Year” award
  • 2015 Modular surgical robots – Medrobotics approved by FDA
  • 2016 Emotion recognition developed (FacioMetrics acquired by Facebook)
  • 2017 A.I. beats professional poker players at No-Limit Texas Hold’em
SCS enrolls twice as many women as the national average
School of Computer Science - Academic Milestone

Computational Biology Department

First master’s program in automated science (biology)

Computer Science Department

First undergraduate program offered in Artificial Intelligence

Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII)

“The Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction” written by Card, Moran and Newell popularizes the term H.C.I.

Institute for Software Research (ISR)

Established software architecture as a significant discipline within software engineering

Language Technologies Institute (LTI)

“Harpy” speech recognition system lays groundwork for Siri, Alexa and others

Machine Learning Department

World’s first machine learning department

Robotics Institute

Nation’s first robotics center

The Company We Keep

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • General Electric
  • Ford
  • Disney Research
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
  • Sony
  • ARGO AI
  • U.S. Army
  • Oculus
  • IBM
  • Autodesk
  • Target
  • CAT
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • NetApp
  • Delphi Technologies
  • Bae Systems
  • General Dynamics
  • Bosch
  • Lockheed Martin

SCS seeks qualified applicants for director and professor in its Robotics Institute.

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science is widely recognized as one of the first and best computer science programs in the world. Our programs train the next generation of innovators to solve real-world problems and improve the way people live and work.