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SCS Undergrads Named KPCB Fellows

Aisha Rashid Tuesday March 21, 2017
The Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) Fellowship Program has announced that two School of Computer Science undergraduates are among the fellows in its 2017 Engineering Fellows Program.  Allison Wang and Serena Wang are among 54 students selected from almost 2,000 applicants across the country to represent their universities this summer in Silicon Valley. The three-month summer program helps fellows develop their technical and design skills under the mentorship of innovative Silicon Valley startups.Junior Allison Wang will complete her fellowship with Airbnb, an online marketplace... 

Scientists Put Human Interaction Under the Microscope

Angela Ford Friday March 10, 2017
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Pittsburgh have joined forces to explore the behavior of successful negotiators — very, very closely.In the study, 10 students from CMU-Q engaged in a mock trading exercise in the Panoptic Studio at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, a two-story geodesic dome fitted with nearly 500 synchronized video cameras to capture the fine details of human interaction — eye movements, eye contact, hand gestures and subtle body language."Negotiation is the essence of business," said John O'Brien, associate dean at CMU-Q and associate... 

Frieze Honored for Increasing Diversity in Computer Science

Byron Spice Tuesday March 07, 2017
The Computing Research Association has selected Carnegie Mellon University's Carol Frieze as the recipient of its 2017 A. Nico Habermann Award, recognizing her sustained, successful efforts to promote diversity in computer science.Frieze directs Women@SCS, a student/faculty organization that promotes opportunities for women, and SCS4ALL, a student-run initiative to broaden participation in computing by underrepresented groups, in CMU's School of Computer Science (SCS). Her work has helped SCS consistently enroll and graduate a higher percentage of women than the national average.Last fall,... 

Computational Method Makes Gene Expression Analyses More Accurate

Byron Spice Monday March 06, 2017
A new computational method can improve the accuracy of gene expression analyses, which are increasingly used to diagnose and monitor cancers and are a major tool for basic biological research.Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Stony Brook University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute said their method, called Salmon, can correct for the technical biases known to occur during RNA sequencing (RNA-seq), the leading method for estimating gene expression. Furthermore, it operates at similar speeds as other fast methods — a critical factor as these tests grow more common and numerous.Their... 

Expert Panelists To Discuss Bots, Lies and the New Information Environment

Byron Spice Friday March 03, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University will host a free, public webcast sponsored by the South Big Data Innovation Hub about how bots and other technological phenomena are reshaping public discourse.Kathleen Carley, professor in the Institute for Software Research and director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, will be one of the panelists for the roundtable discussion, "Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies and the New Information Environment," from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 9.The explosion of social media, blogs and websites purporting to be news... 

Amazon Launches Alexa Fund Fellowship

Byron Spice Thursday March 02, 2017
Ran Zhao, a Ph.D. student in the Language Technologies Institute (LTI), has been named Carnegie Mellon University's first Alexa Fund fellow, and CMU is one of the first four universities to be chosen to be part of the Alexa Fund Fellowship.The Alexa Fund Fellowship is a new program from Amazon that supports universities and researchers focused on transformative voice technologies such as text-to-speech, natural language understanding, automatic speech recognition and conversational artificial intelligence. Amazon named the fellowship program for Alexa, its voice service that powers devices... 

Computer Science Faculty Members Earn SIGCHI Honors

Aisha Rashid and Susie Cribbs Tuesday February 21, 2017
The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) has named two School of Computer Science professors among its award recipients for 2017 and elected a third to its honorary organization.Scott Hudson and Brad Myers, both professors in Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), will receive the organization's Lifetime Service Award and Lifetime Research Award, respectively. Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, has been named to the CHI Academy.SIGCHI is the... 

Computational Biologist Part of All-Star Alzheimer's Collaboration

Byron Spice Monday February 20, 2017
Andreas Pfenning, assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Computational Biology Department, is part of an all-star research team that aims to find new ways to translate genetic findings into new therapies for Alzheimer's disease.As part of an international research team assembled by the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, Pfenning will use computational techniques to potentially identify thousands of genetic sequences that hold therapeutic potential for Alzheimer's. He is also developing new biological techniques to test the function of those human DNA fragments in the brains of mice.The two-...