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LaunchCMU To Feature Technology Innovations and Startups From Carnegie Mellon Entrepreneurs
Venture capitalists and investment experts will unite with Carnegie Mellon University's entrepreneurship and technology community at LaunchCMU, a showcase for startups, cutting-edge research and innovations poised to impact the marketplace. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Students Take Stage To Share Funny, Touching Stories Behind the Science
PITTSBURGH—Is there something funny about sea urchins dying amidst a polar vortex? Is there drama in establishing an Internet connection at sea? These and other tales about scientific research, to be recounted by five Carnegie Mellon University students during a performance on the South Side, promise both laughter and tears. News Brief

Manuel Blum, Ph.D. Students Convene at Heidelberg Forum
JManuel Blum, professor of computer science, and four Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. students in computer science will be among the world’s top students and most distinguished researchers attending the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Sept. 21-26, in Heidelberg, Germany. News Brief

The Future is Here: 25 Years of SCS at CMU
Java inventor James Gosling (CS'83), Facebook's Serkan Piantino (CS'04) and Microsoft Research head Peter Lee will join faculty, alumni and students for "SCS25," a two-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of the School of Computer Science on Oct. 10 and 11. News Brief

WTAE's New Pittsburgh
WTAE’s recent special on the New Pittsburgh included a segment highlighting how high-tech research at CMU and the University of Pittsburgh helped revitalize the city. SCS Dean Andrew Moore predicts Google and CMU will "make revolutionary things happen" and "astonish the rest of the world" in one segment. News Brief

WEF Recognizes Hammer, Harrison as Outstanding Young Scientists
Jessica Hammer, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and the Entertainment Technology Center, and Chris Harrison, assistant professor in HCII, were among 30 exceptional young scientists under the age of 40 recognized at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Sept. 10–12, in Tianjin, China. News Brief

Five SCS Students Named 2015 Siebel Scholars
The Siebel Scholars Foundation has named five Carnegie Mellon University graduate students — Joydeep Biswas, Anca Dragan, Anirudh Viswanathan, Pengtao Xie, and Adams Wei Yu — to the 2015 class of Siebel Scholars. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon’s Smart Headlights Spare the Eyes of Oncoming Drivers
PITTSBURGH—A smart headlight developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night. News Brief

Symposium Celebrates Ed Clarke and Model Checking
More than 50 friends and colleagues of Edmund M. Clarke, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science, will deliver technical talks Sept. 19–20 at the Clarke Symposium 2014, celebrating the work of both the Turing Award winner and the model-checking community he helped create.In addition to technical talks on both days in the Asian Students Association conference room in the Gates and Hillman centers, the conference will include a Saturday evening banquet for Clarke’s planned retirement in 2015. News Brief

Pittsburgh Magazine
What's one of the "can’t miss" college courses in Pittsburgh? According to Pittsburgh magazine, it’s our own Operating System Design and Implementation (15-410 ) — the one students put on their resumes. News Brief

Former Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Dean Now Assisting in White House Policy Office
PITTSBURGH—Randal E. Bryant, who finished a decade of service as dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science on June 30, has begun a temporary assignment in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide analysis and advice on Big Data. News Brief

International Congress of Mathematicians
Ryan O’Donnell, associate professor of computer science, was an invited section lecturer and Alan Frieze, professor of mathematical sciences, was a plenary lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians Aug. 13–21 in Seoul, South Korea. Both are members of the ALADDIN theory group. Former ALADDIN member Ryan Williams, of Stanford, was also an invited section lecturer. News Brief

Gunhee Kim Receives KDD Dissertation Award
Gunhee Kim, who completed his Ph.D. in computer science last year and is now a post-doctoral researcher at Disney Research Pittsburgh, has received the 2014 SIGKDD Dissertation Award. The award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, recognizes outstanding work by graduate students in the areas of data science, machine learning and data mining. News Brief

Tech Review Names Severin Hacker to TR35 List of Innovators Under 35
Severin Hacker, the co-founder of Duolingo.com who received his Ph.D. in computer science this spring, has been named to MIT Technology Review’s annual TR35 list of outstanding innovators under the age of 35. News Brief

Grad programs remain at top of magazine's rankings
SCS's graduate program has again been ranked No. 1 (a Best Graduate School 2015) by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as one of the best computer science programs in the world. News Brief

Best Paper Award
Flávio Cruz, a dual degree doctoral student in Computer Science in the Carnegie Mellon|Portugal program whose advisors include Seth Copen Goldstein and Frank Pfenning, won a best paper award at the 30th International Conference on Logic Programming in Vienna for “A Linear Logic Programming Language for Concurrent Programming over Graph Structures.” News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Developing Programming Language That Accommodates Multiple Languages in Same Program
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have designed a way to safely use multiple programming languages within the same program, enabling programmers to use the language most appropriate for each function while guarding against code injection attacks — one of the most severe security threats in Web applications today. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Photo Editing Tool Enables Object Images To Be Manipulated in 3-D
PITTSBURGH—Editors of photos routinely resize objects, or move them up, down or sideways, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers are adding an extra dimension to photo editing by enabling editors to turn or flip objects any way they want, even exposing surfaces not visible in the original photograph.A chair in a photograph of a living room, for instance, can be turned around or even upside down in the photo, displaying sides of the chair that would have been hidden from the camera, yet appearing to be realistic. News Brief

Pop City
Efforts by Women@SCS and the Field Robotics Centers’ Girls of Steel to increase opportunities for women in STEM fields are highlighted in an article in Pop City. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Computer Poker and Robot Soccer Teams Shine in Major Competitions
Carnegie Mellon University’s computer poker team dealt its strongest performance to date, decisively beating its competitors in Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em at the Annual Computer Poker Competition at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) meeting in Quebec City.Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon’s team in the annual RoboCup robot soccer competition, the winningest team in the history of RoboCup’s small-size league, had another strong outing at the world championship in João Pessoa, Brazil, though ultimately the team came in second.. News Brief

Gene Changes in Breast Cancer Cells Pinpointed With New Computational Method
Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, working with high-throughput data generated by breast cancer biologists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have devised a computational method to determine how gene networks are rewired as normal breast cells turn malignant and as they respond to potential cancer therapy agents. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Will Partner With Duolingo To Evaluate English Language Certification Test
Carnegie Mellon University will partner with Duolingo, a CMU spinoff company that provides free online language education, to evaluate the company’s new low-cost test for certifying the English skills of college and job applicants. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon’s Roeder Finds Genetic Risk for Autism Stems Mostly From Common Genes
Using new statistical tools, Carnegie Mellon University’s Kathryn Roeder has led an international team of researchers to discover that most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches. News Brief

In an interview with Moviefone, the creators of Disney’s upcoming animated feature, Big Hero 6, talk about how Carnegie Mellon robotics research helped inspire “a huggable robot." News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Combines Hundreds of Videos To Reconstruct 3D Motion
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti. News Brief

New York Times
The New York Times talked with Lenore Blum, professor of computer science, for an article on how Carnegie Mellon and some other top universities are attracting more women to study computer science. News Brief

16 Alumni Startups Receive Investment From Carnegie Mellon Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund
Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF), administered by the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has awarded $800,000 to 16 startup companies to help them grow their business ventures. News Brief

New Computing Cluster Traces Lineage To Los Alamos Roadrunner Supercomputer
Parts of a decommissioned Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) supercomputer have found a new home at Carnegie Mellon University, where the components are being reconfigured into a new computing cluster for use in education and research related to large-scale computer systems. News Brief

Faloutsos Joins With Yahoo Colleagues to Uncover Fraudsters
As a recipient of a 2014 Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program (FREP) award, Computer Science Professor Christos Faloutsos will lead an effort to spot fraudsters who buy followers, pay others to post content, and otherwise manipulate trending topics and user popularity on the Tumblr microblogging site. News Brief

New Faculty Member Wins Dissertation Award in Distributed Computing
Bernhard Haeupler, who will join the Computer Science Department this summer as an assistant professor, received the 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Award in Distributed Computing . News Brief

Pavlo Receives SIGMOD Dissertation Award
Andy Pavlo, assistant professor of computer science, has received the 2014 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award, which recognizes the best dissertation in the field of databases for the previous year.Pavlo earned his Ph.D. in computer science last year at Brown University. His thesis, “On Scalable Transaction Execution in Partitioned Main Memory Database Management Systems,” was based on H-Store, an experimental, distributed main memory database management system. News Brief

Veloso Among Five To Earn Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon
Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science Manuela M. Veloso is among five faculty members to be named University Professor - the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon. News Brief

The winners of the 2012 Turing Award, MIT's Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, have significant ties to Carnegie Mellon. Both earned doctorates in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, where each was advised by Manuel Blum, now a CMU professor of computer science and himself a Turing laureate. Micali has been frequent lecturer here and maintains close ties to the ALADDIN/Theory Group. Goldwasser earned her bachelor degree in mathematics at CMU in 1979.

Carnegie Mellon Boosts Entrepreneurship Efforts By Merging Project Olympus and Don Jones Center
Carnegie Mellon University is bolstering its leadership in turning university research and ideas into commercial enterprises by establishing the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which merges the strengths of Project Olympus and the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. News Release

CMU Joins National Effort to Increase Number of Women in Computing
Carnegie Mellon University is one of 20 universities and 14 companies that will participate in the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Pacesetters, a two-year program that seeks to radically increase the number of women in technology and computing. News Brief

Kim Receives 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship
Seyoung Kim, assistant professor in the Lane Center for Computational Biology, is one of four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members awarded a prestigious 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship. They are among 126 scientists and scholars so honored this year by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. News Brief

Chinese Academy of Sciences Honors Carnegie Mellon's Edmund Clarke With 2013 Einstein Professorship
Chinese Academy of Sciences has named Edmund M. Clarke, the FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, an Einstein Professor for 2013. News Brief

Kyrölä Wins VMWare Graduate Fellowship
Aapo Kyrölä, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, has been awarded a 2013 Graduate Fellowship from the VMWare Academic Program to support his work on large-scale machine learning and graph computation. News Brief

Registration Open for TartanHacks
Registration is open for TartanHacks, the 24-hour hackathon run by the student group ScottyLabs. This year's event, which will include teams from the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University, begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 on the fourth floor of the Gates and Hillman centers. News Brief

Frank Pfenning Named Head of Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department
Frank Pfenning, a professor of computer science who played a key role in the recent update of Carnegie Mellon University's introductory computer science curriculum, is the new head of CMU's Computer Science Department (CSD). News Brief

ACM Honors Wanda Dann As Distinguished Educator
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Wanda P. Dann, senior systems scientist in the Computer Science Department and director of the Alice Project, as a 2012 Distinguished Educator, one of just six ACM members so honored this year. News Brief

Reddy, Gibson Named ACM Fellows
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Raj Reddy, the Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, and Garth Gibson, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, among its latest class of ACM Fellows. News Brief

Wing Will Lead Microsoft Research International
Jeannette Wing will step down as head of the Computer Science Department to join Microsoft Research in January. She will be Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research International, with responsibilities for research laboratories in Bangalore, India; Cambridge, UK; and Beijing, China. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Qatar researchers recognized for work on mobile devices
Imagine you're at a meeting and you need to download a video on your phone. Instead of choosing between wireless and 3G, what if you could combine them to download the clip in half the time? Or, what if you've written an email, hit the send button, but don't want to pay for it to go out through 3G? Perhaps your smartphone could wait until you're connected to free Wi-Fi before mailing it out. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Helps Launch Computer Systems Research Center in New Mexico
Carnegie Mellon University will join with the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Thursday Oct. 18 to celebrate the opening of the PRObE (Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment) Center, a one-of-a-kind computer systems research center located in Los Alamos, N.M. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Awarded Grant To Preserve Executable Content
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a two-year, $497,756 grant to Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists and library personnel led by University Libraries' Dean Gloriana St. Clair, to develop Olive, the first archiving system for the preservation for executable content. News Brief

Carnegie Mellon Students Have Option This Fall To Make Robotics An Additional Undergraduate Major Students pursuing computer science, engineering or other undergraduate degrees at Carnegie Mellon University will have the option this fall to include an additional major in robotics. News Release

Kevin J. Dowling (S'83, CS'94, '97) was among 15 Carnegie Mellon University alumni, students and faculty honored for their achievements and service to the university by the CMU Alumni Association as part of Cèilidh Weekend. News Brief

The School of Mark: It's the first fall semester in SCS history without Mark Stehlik advising and teaching undergraduates on the Pittsburgh campus. As Stehlik starts his new post in Qatar, alumni share some favorite stories. Read More

Five Years Later: A look at never-before-seen mail sent by people who were inspired by Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture". View Slideshow

In the Loop: Games have played a central role in Luis von Ahn's career, beginning with the computer games he hacked with a Commodore 64 as a child to the online "games with a purpose" he developed at CMU. Von Ahn (CS'05) talks about his first computer, Duolingo and staying focused on one project at a time. Read More

Jeannette Wing, head of the Computer Science Department, and Emma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science, were part of "Computing and Technology: A Springboard for the Human Mind with Carnegie Mellon University," an IdeasLab presentation at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of New Champions Sept. 11-13 in Tianjin, China. News Brief

The Simons Foundation has awarded Yuan Zhou, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department, a Simons Graduate Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science for his project "New Directions in Approximation Algorithms and Hardness of Approximations." News Brief

U.S. President Barack Obama today named Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Luis von Ahn as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Vincent Conitzer of Duke University, who earned his PhD in computer science at CMU in 2006, and Curtis Huttenhower of Harvard University, who received a master’s degree in language technologies in 2003, also were recipients of PECASE honors. News Release

More than 30 Turing Award recipients will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth with personal remembrances, talks, and panel discussions. And ACM plans to webcast the entire event live! It will include talks by Ed Clarke and Dana Scott, plus a panel with Raj Reddy. News Brief.

Emma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, is one of seven recipients this year of a prestigious Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes pioneering young academic researchers working in key areas of computer science. News Brief

The Association for Computing Machinery will honor Luis von Ahn, the A. Nico Habermann Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, with its Grace Murray Hopper Award for his work enabling humans and computers to work together to solve problems that neither humans nor computers could solve alone. News Release

The European Association for Theoretical Computer Science has named Venkatesan Guruswami, associate professor of computer science, and Mihai Pătraşcu of AT&T Labs as joint recipients of its 2012 Presburger Award for young scientists. News Brief

Emma Brunskill, assistant professor CSD, received a Berkman Faculty Development Fund Award for her research project: "Policy Mining to Improve Sequential Decision Making" (2012)

The RAID paper by Garth Gibson, along with co-authors David Patterson and Randy Katz, has been selected as one of the winners of the 2012 Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing.

Mark Stehlik, assistant dean of undergraduate education in SCS, is the recipient of this year’s Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education. News Brief

Lenore Blum, Manuela Veloso and Department Head Jeannette Wing – are among 55 women in an initial list of “Famous Women in Computer Science” compiled by the Anita Borg Center for Women and Technology. News Brief

Mark Stehlik Named Associate Dean at Carnegie Mellon Qatar
Tom Cortina Will Assume Duties as SCS Assistant Dean for Undergrads This Summer

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New Faculty Interview!
Meet Emma Brunskill, new faculty member in the Computer Science Department. Full Interview
The Computing Community Consortium Blog features Luis von Ahn and his Duolingo project: First Person: “The Man Who Wants to Translate the Web” CCC Blog Article
Chinese Academy of Sciences Names CMU’s Manuela Veloso As One of 20 Einstein Chair Professors for 2012
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ACM logoGuy Blelloch has been elected a Fellow of the ACM "for contributions to parallel computing." See complete list of 2011 ACM Fellows and ACM News Release
ACM logoComputer science / mathematical science majors Jon Adams, James Koppel and Jonathan Paulson – a team otherwise known as the Jimmy Jons – finished in third place in the regional competition for the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest. News Brief
ACM logoCarnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department has approved a new master of science degree for students who seek advanced coursework in computer science. News Release
ACM logoCongratulations to Brendan Meeder, a third-year PhD student in CSD, the first recipient of the Gordon Bell Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Computer Science! 
ACM logoEdmund M. Clarke, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was among 179 of the nation’s most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge, MA. News Brief
ACM logoNominations for the 5th Annual Smiley Award are open through 20 January 2012. The award recognizes student innovations in technology-assisted person-to-person communication.
ACM logoA team of Carnegie Mellon University undergraduates created a prototype file-sharing tool in just 24 hours at the Yahoo! Open Hack All-Stars event Sept. 13-14 in New York City, winning the inaugural Hack All-Stars competition and $10,000. News Brief
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It’s been 29 years since Scott Fahlman famously combined three keystrokes to create :-) and Carnegie Mellon computer scientists haven’t stopped working to improve interpersonal communications. The best student innovations are highlighted each year by the Smiley Award for Innovation in Technology-Assisted Person-to-Person Communication. News Brief

ACM logoCACM News article Features work on fast solvers for linear systems by Gary Miller (CSD) and colleagues Ioannis  Koutis, and Richard Peng. Article also references work by David Tolliver, Guy Blelloch, and Kanat Tangwongsan: Read article
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Adrien Treuille (CSD) named a PopTech Science Fellow for 2011!  Adrien is recognized for his work on EteRNA and Foldit as well as on modeling complex phenomena like crowd motion. Read more

ACM logoPop City features Flashgroup: "Will the CMU's Flashgroup be the next hot social media site?" Flashgroup is a new social media website developed by CS Professors Carlos Guestrin and Seth Goldstein and originally a Project Olympus Probe.
ACM logoProject Olympus featured on WPXI "Our Regions' Business". Kit Needham, Carlos Guestrin and Darren Olson were interviewed by Bill Flanagan. Watch the VIDEO
ACM logoDave Touretzky, research professor CSD, and his favorite project --a hexapod robot called the Chiara-- are featured front page and in interview on EEWeb. Read Full Interview. Ashwin Iyengar, Tekkotsu Lab research intern, won an Innovation Award at AAAI for his video of the Chiara robot playing the piano!  See video.
ACM logoPopTech, the global social innovation incubator and thought leadership network, has announced that Adrien Treuille, assistant professor of computer science and robotics, is one of its ten Science and Public Leadership Fellows for 2011. News Release.
ACM logoDriver assistance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, promise to someday ease traffic on crowded routes and prevent accidents. Proving that these automated systems will work as intended is a daunting task, but computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have now demonstrated it is possible to verify the safety of these highly complex systems. News Release
Swapnil Patil, a PhD student in computer science, took first place in the graduate student category of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition Grand Finals. Patil received the award for his development of a file system director service that scales to millions of files, which he presented at SC10, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. News Brief
ACM logoJeannette Wing, President's Professor of Computer Science and Head, Computer Science Department, wins CRA Distinguished Service Award, "nominated for the award for her thought leadership with respect to Computational Thinking, and for her extraordinary performance as NSF Assistant Director for CISE from 2007-2010." Read Complete CRA News Release
The Dragons, Carnegie Mellon’s team in the IBM-sponsored Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, tied for 13th overall among 105 competitors and second among the 18 U.S. teams at the World Finals in Orlando, Fla. News Brief and watch Video.
Luis von Ahn, associate professor of computer science and a native of Guatemala, was ranked as the most influential “New Face of Thought” in Spain and Latin America by the readers of Spanish Foreign Policy magazine. The list of 10 included thought leaders in economics, law, literature and politics. News Brief
Carnegie Mellon will host the 27th Conference on the Mathematical Foundations of Programming Semantics May 25-28. The meeting will include a special session honoring John Reynolds, professor of computer science, and marking his 75th birthday. News Release
Fostering enthusiasm for algorithms may sound like a stretch. Not when Avrim Blum is involved. The Carnegie Mellon University professor recently won the Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. And student nominations praised him for making the often abstract and difficult subject matter "exciting." CMU News Release
Rick Rashid, Head of Microsoft Research will receive Honorary Degree at 2011 Commencement and will be keynote speaker at the SCS Ceremonies. News Brief

Edmund M. Clarke, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among 212 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs to be elected members this year of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. News Release
Edmund M. Clarke, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among 212 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs to be elected members this year of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. News Release
Manuela Veloso, a professor of computer science and member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, is turning robots from joystick-operated poles on wheels into "CoBots" -- intelligent companions that can navigate and move. Read Article
“Thinking like a computer scientist means more than being able to program a computer,” said Jeannette M. Wing, Ph.D., the President’s Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon Qatar invited Wing to speak as part of its Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series. News Release
If anything is more welcome to a college student than food, it’s free food. And if anything is better than free food, it’s knowing where to get it. That’s the idea behind Food-bot, a website for identifying events offering free food on college campuses and this year’s winner of Carnegie Mellon University’s Smiley Award. News Release
Luis von Ahn is the new holder of the A. Nico Habermann development chair in computer science, which is awarded every three years to a junior faculty member of unusual promise in the School of Computer Science. News Brief
Jeannette Wing, whose ideas have helped shape conceptions of what computer science is and can be, will receive the 2011 Distinguished Service Award of the Computer Research Association (CRA), a leading advocate for computer science research and education. News Release
Four of the top 10 AI researchers listed in IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine are CMU-ers: Vincent Conitzer (PhD alum, Tuomas Sandholm's student), Jure Leskovec (PhD alum, Christos Faloutsos's student), Daniel Neill (Heinz Faculty and PhD alum, Andrew Moore's student), and Andre Platzer (CSD faculty). News Brief
Rock Prodigy,” an iPhone/iPad app that uses a signal processing algorithm developed by Roger Dannenberg, associate research professor of computer science and art, has won the 2011 Appy Award for Education. The Appy Awards, which honor mobile apps in a number of categories, were presented Feb. 28 at MediaPost’s annual OMMA Global Conference & Expo in San Francisco. News Brief
Turing Award Winners Frances Allen and Barbara Liskov will speak to 82 undergraduate women from across the United States and from several foreign countries who are attending this weekend’s OurCS (Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science) workshop. In addition, the women will spend the weekend working in research teams with Carnegie Mellon faculty members and other scientists and engineers, getting exposure to the type of research they could expect if they pursue graduate degrees in computer science. News Brief
Double Congratulations in Computer Science Dept.!
David Andersen has been named a 2011 Sloan Foundation Fellow.  See the complete list.
.....and Tom Cortina has been named an ACM Senior Member!
Andre Platzer Receives NSF CAREER Award
The National Science Foundation has awarded Andre Platzer, assistant professor of computer science, a five-year, $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to study "Logical Foundations of Cyber-Physical Systems." Platzer develops methods for verifying the performance of cyber-physical systems. News Brief
Entries for this year’s Smiley Award for innovation in technology-assisted person-to-person communication are due Feb. 28. The competition is open to graduate or undergraduate students, either individuals or teams, from any part of Carnegie Mellon. The winning entry will receive a $500 cash prize from the award’s corporate sponsor, Yahoo! Inc. News Brief
Scott Fahlman, professor in the Language Technologies Institute, is featured as the “father of emoticons” in the current issue of the Italian men’s style magazine, L’Uomo Vogue. He was photographed on the sixth floor terrace of the Gates Center on “a VERY cold day” in December.
A video of Andre Platzer, assistant professor computer science, is among those of other scientists, industry leaders, artists, politicians and students featured on the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum’s new JFK 50 microsite. Platzer, who was one of Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 in 2009, discusses his research in verifying that critical hybrid systems work as intended. News Brief
EteRNA, a new online game developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University researchers, harnesses game play to uncover principles for designing molecules of RNA, which biologists believe may be the key regulator of everything that happens in living cells. News Release
Double Congratulations! Manuela M. Veloso, recently named a IEEE Fellow, has been elected as a 2010 AAAS Fellow. News Release
Carnegie Mellon Computer Method Enables National Pool of Donor-Recipient Pairs. A man in St. Louis and a woman in New Hampshire have received the first kidney transplants made possible through a new national program of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) that uses a Carnegie Mellon University computer algorithm to match transplant candidates with living donors. News Release
Christos Faloutsos named ACM Fellow. News Release
Join us to celebrate Computer Science Education Day 2010 with Keynote Speaker Jan Cuny, Program Officer for the CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Program. Check out the schedule for CS Education Day

We are pleased to announce that Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon Professor, Computer Science Department, has been elected to be a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Congratulations Manuela! Check out SCS IEEE fellows. Read the News Release

A computer algorithm developed at Carnegie Mellon University matched living kidney donors with medically compatible transplant candidates late last month as the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), began a national pilot program to increase the number of kidney paired-donation (KPD) transplants. News Release
Carnegie Mellon Team Headed to Egypt for ACM-ICPC World Finals. News Brief
Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have devised an innovative and elegantly concise algorithm that can efficiently solve systems of linear equations that are critical to such important computer applications as image processing, logistics and scheduling problems, and recommendation systems. The theoretical breakthrough by Professor Gary Miller, Systems Scientist Ioannis Koutis and Ph.D. student Richard Peng, has enormous practical potential. News Release
Garth Gibson, professor of computer science, is part of a new $10 million project funded by the National Science Foundation that will build and operate the Parallel Reconfigurable Observational Environment (PRObE), a one-of-a-kind computer systems research center that will be housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This innovative concept uses decommissioned supercomputing systems from Department of Energy labs to provide a very large-scale systems research capability. News Release
Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings list Carnegie Mellon University as #11 worldwide in engineering and technology. Read article
Computer Science Professor Christos Faloutsos and his brothers, Michalis (University of California-Riverside) and Petros (UCLA), were honored with the Test of Time Award for their 1999 paper, "On the Power Law Relationships of the Internet Topology" by SIGCOMM, the premier computer communications conference. News Release
Advances in computer science are necessary for the United States to compete globally and to address some of its most pressing challenges, says Jeannette Wing, head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department, in remarks prepared for the Sept. 2 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). News Release
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will lead a three-year, $7.1 million effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a next-generation network architecture that fixes security and reliability deficiencies now threatening the viability of the Internet.News Release
Peter Lee, former head of the Computer Science Department and a professor of computer science, will become managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond this fall. Lee had joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last year to direct its new Transformational Convergence Technology Office. SCS News Release.
Congratulations to our RoboCup Teams! Carnegie Mellon’s teams had another great year at RoboCup! The CMDragons finished second in the small-size league to a tough team from Thailand and the CMurfs team of Nao humanoids finished fourth in the standard platform league. RoboCup Singapore
June 17, 2010. Adrien Treuille, assistant professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, was among the top U.S. scientists who participated in a panel discussion on how the U.S. government can tap the full potential of three “Golden Triangle” technologies: information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology. News release
June 22, 2010. Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon Professor, CSD, has been elected to the prestigious position of President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, AAAI. She will serve AAAI for six years as: President-Elect for 2010-2011, President for 2012-2013 and Past President for 2014-2105. Manuela will be the fourth AAAI president from Carnegie Mellon. Allen Newell was the first and Raj Reddy and Tom Mitchell have followed. See complete list of past AAAI presidents.
June 16, 2010. Congratulations to Andre Platzer, Assistant Professor CSD, recipient of the 2009 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Honorable Mention Award! News Brief
Jeannette M. WingMay 28, 2010. Congratulations to Luis von Ahn, Assistant professor CSD, named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010!
Jeannette M. WingMay 12, 2010. Jeannette Wing, assistant director for the NSF's CISE Division, will return to Carnegie Mellon University July 1 to once again head its Computer Science Department (CSD). News Release
April 15, 2010. The Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science ranks number one among computer science Ph.D. programs in U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, tying programs at MIT, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.
News Brief
April 29, 2010. John Reynolds, Professor CSD, is the 2010 recipient of the LoveLace Medal, presented by BCS, The Chartered Society for IT (formerly the British Computer Society) in recognition of his work of the last four decades and his contribution to the theory of programming languages. BCS Press release
Randal E. BryantJeannette M. WingApril 20, 2010. Randal E. Bryant and Jeannette M. Wing from the School of Computer Science are among 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs to be elected members this year of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. News Release
April 8, 2010. Steam evaporating. A shirt creasing. Hair mussed up. Recreating these small, deceivingly complex details of everyday reality is important for constructing virtual worlds that are faithful to perceptions of the real world. A lot of math, physics, and computer theory are inherent in this challenge, but so is poetry, says Adrien Treuille, assistant professor of computer science and robotics. Maybe even some magic is involved, too. Treuille is profiled in the latest issue of Carnegie Mellon Today.
March 30, 2010. A three-member team from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won Grand Champion honors at the 2010 Carnegie Mellon University Spring Programming Contest hosted by Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science with support from IMC Financial Markets. News Release
March 20, 2010. SCS Distinguished Dissertation Award Lecture presents Marina Florina Balcan, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology. Thursday, 25 March 2010 Rashid Auditorium, Gates & Hillman Centers. Abstract
February 10, 2010. Amar Phanishayee and Ravishankar Krishnaswamy (Ph.D. students, CSD) have been selected as recipients of the 2010 IBM Fellowship.  Congratulations to Amar and Ravi!
January 28, 2010. Luis von Ahn, assistant professor of computer science, will receive the 2010 Carnegie Science Center Award for Information Technology and will be honored with other recipients at a May 7 ceremony at Carnegie Music Hall. News Release
January 14, 2010. The Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), announced that effective 1 January 2010, Peter A. Steenkiste, professor CS and ECE, was elected an IEEE Fellow, with the accompanying citation: "for contributions to optimization and monitoring techniques for distributed communication systems". News brief
December 7, 2009. Computer Science Education Day at CMU. See photos of presentations and undergraduate research posters.
December 7, 2009. A Carnegie Mellon team will be competing at the World Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest in China next year. Judges of the East Central North American Regional Programming Contest say they misjudged one of the problems, mistakenly disallowing a solution to Problem B. Once the correction was made and points re-tallied, they proclaimed a team from the University of Waterloo as the champions and awarded second place to the Carnegie Mellon Dragons. News brief
Jeannette Wing, President''s Professor of Computer Science, featured in December issue of Communications of the ACM. Article title: "CS Woes: Deadline-Driven Research, Academic Inequality".
November 12, 2009. Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat Inc., will dedicate the Red Hat Computer Laboratory in the Gates Center and present a special talk about how Red Hat has built an S&P 500 business using open source as a business and organizational model. News release
October 15, 2009. Popular Science Chooses Andre Platzer for 2009 “Brilliant 10” List of Young Scientists! Andre Platzer. News release
October 15, 2009. Luis von Ahn, is one of 16 promising young scientists chosen by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a 2009 recipient of a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. News release
The Colloquium on Computer Science Pedagogy encourages presentations and discussions of teaching, learning, and technological issues related to computer science education. All SCS/CMU and other University faculty and students are welcome.
October 14, 2009. Congratulations to our Distinguished Students! Maria-Florina Balcan, is the winner of this year's SCS dissertation award: "New Theoretical Frameworks for Machine Learning". Honorable mentions go to Andreas Krause "Optimizing Sensing: Theory and Applications" and Jure Leskovec "Dynamics of Large Networks".
September 8, 2009. Dean Randal E. Bryant Receives Kaufman Award For Seminal Work on Electronic Design Automation. News Release
August 19, 2009. A multidisciplinary team led by computer scientist Edmund M. Clarke has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program to create revolutionary computational tools that will advance science on a broad array of fronts, from discovering new cancer treatments to designing safer aircraft. News Release
September 1, 2009. Red Hat Delivers Grant To Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science Partnership Creates Open Source Computer Laboratory. News Release
July 21, 2009. Students from Carnegie Mellon and four historically black universities teamed up to take first place and win a special acknowledgment in the IJCAI 2009 Student Robotics Challenge.  News brief
July 10, 2009. Carlos Guestrin, Finmeccanica Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Machine Learning in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). News release
July 2010. CS4HS Summer Workshop (July 24-27) and JAVA (July 27 - August 2 )will bring Computer Science high school teachers to Carnegie Mellon.
July 2010. High school teachers from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Western Maryland who want to tap the power of computing to help them teach students about science, mathematics and technology can gain valuable insights and materials during three four-day workshops that make up the ACTIVATE program offered for the first time this summer by the School of Computer Science. News releas
May 7, 2009. Venkatesan Guruswami will join the Computer Science Department faculty as an associate professor July 1. News release
April 17, 2009. Researchers at School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance systems, high-speed train controls and other devices, collectively known as cyber-physical systems (CPS).
News Release.
April 2009. NEW Faculty Interview!:
Peter Lee, Professor, and Head of Computer Science Department. Full interview
April 3, 2009. A two-member team of Philip Deets and Susannah Johnson of Grove City College won Grand Champion honors at the 2009 Carnegie Mellon University Spring Programming Contest hosted by the School of Computer Science.
News Release.
April 2009. By student acclamation, this year's winner of the SCS Herb Simon Teaching Award is Klaus Sutner, Teaching Professor, CSD, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs.  Check out all winners of the SCS Herb Simon Teaching Award.
February 17, 2009. Ryan O’Donnell and Luis von Ahn are recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2009. News Release
January 29, 2009 Lenore Blum Wins Carnegie Science Center Award
News Release
January 15, 2009. Carlos Guestrin is recipient of the 2009 IJCAI Computers and Thought Award. This award is given every two years to "outstanding young scientists in artificial intelligence."
January 15, 2009. The Association for Computing Machinery has recognized Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, as one of 44 new ACM Fellows. News release
November 21, 2008. Guestrin to Hold Finmeccanica Chair. News Release
November 3, 2008. MacArthur Fellow Luis von Ahn's programs harness human abilities to solve large-scale, complex problems. Read BusinessWeek article
October 14, 2008. Carlos Guestrin, assistant professor of machine learning and computer science, was named to Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10,” the magazine’s annual list of top young scientists.. News release
August 2010. THE SCS DISTINGUISHED HOMECOMING LECTURE SERIES... proudly presents The Turing Award Lecture Edmund M. Clarke, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and 2007 Turing Award Recipient.

August 2010. Jeannette M. Wing, President’s Professor of Computer Science, was honored by Gov. Ed Rendell and First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell as one of seven Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.

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August 2010. Tom Cortina (PI), Wanda Dann and Carol Frieze (co-PIs), have been awarded a $1.46 million 3-year NSF ITEST grant to run summer workshops in computing for high school STEM teachers in the Appalachian region including Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Workshops will include Alice, Java and computational thinking.
August 11, 2008. Disney Launches Global Research & Development Labs With Carnegie Mellon And Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) News release



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