News In and Around CSD

But Scientifically Speaking, Human Lead Not Large Enough To Avoid a Statistical Tie
by Ken Walters (Carnegie Mellon) and Emily Watts (Rivers Casino) | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Four of the world's best players of heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em amassed more poker chips than the Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence program called Claudico as they collectively played 80,000 hands of poker in a two-week competition that concluded today at Rivers Casino.

Though three of the four pros had higher winnings than Claudico, their $732,713 collective lead over the A.I. program was not quite large enough to attain statistical significance — in other words, the results can't be accepted... Read More

by Byron Spice | Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Department of the Navy has named Emma Brunskill, assistant professor of computer science, one of 36 recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program — one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country.

Brunskill was awarded $510,000 to support her research regarding online reinforcement learning. This work concentrates on developing algorithms that can learn with very little data to find good strategies. These algorithms will help chose individualized activities to help... Read More

40,000 Hands of No-Limit, Texas Hold'Em Remain To Be Played
by Ken Walters (Carnegie Mellon) and Emily Watts (Rivers Casino) | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Today marks the halfway point of an 80,000-hand journey in the "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" poker competition. After 40,000 hands, the humans — four professional poker players — have taken a lead over Carnegie Mellon University's artificial intelligence program, Claudico.

Hosted at Rivers Casino, this first-ever challenge began on Friday, April 24.  The pros — Doug Polk, Dong Kim, Bjorn Li and Jason Les — were confident that they would crush Claudico... Read More

Spliddit.org Site Implements a Nobel Laureate's Insights To Split Cab Fares
by Byron Spice | Sunday, April 26, 2015

The next time you share a cab, get a little help on splitting the fare from a Nobel laureate in economics. That's possible as of today through Carnegie Mellon University's Spliddit.org website, which offers "provably fair" solutions to everyday dilemmas.

The free, not-for-profit website, which launched last fall to provide help in dividing rents, sharing credit on work and splitting inheritances, is adding two new services today: how to divide chores or work shifts, and how to fairly divide cab fares. Like the previous Spliddit... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With the Computer Science Department boasting record-breaking 40 percent women in its first-year class last fall, Carol Frieze's colleagues thought it was the perfect time to nominate her for Carnegie Mellon University's Mark Gelfand Award for Educational Outreach. After all, she's devoted the past 15 years to creating opportunities for women and underrepresented groups in computer science. She will accept the award at the Celebration of Education today at 4:30 p.m. in the Cohon University Center's Rangos Hall.... Read More

80,000 Hands Will Be Played in Two-Week Contest at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh
by Ken Walters (Carnegie Mellon) and Emily Watts (Rivers Casino) | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In a contest that echoes Deep Blue's chess victory over Garry Kasparov and Watson beating two Jeopardy! Champions, computer poker software developed at Carnegie Mellon University will challenge four of the world's best professional poker players in a "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition beginning Friday, April 24, at Rivers Casino.

Over the course of two weeks, the CMU computer program Claudico will play 20,000 hands of heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em with each of the four poker pros. The pros – Doug Polk... Read More

by Jocelyn Duffy | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University has placed fifth in the Mathematical Association of America's 75th William Lowell Putnam Competition, the premier mathematics contest for undergraduate students. Additionally, Carnegie Mellon had 55 students who scored among the top 507, the second most of any university.

Computer science was well-represented among the top scorers, with senior mathematical sciences and computer science major Albert Gu among the top 16 overall.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Carnegie Mellon has placed among the... Read More

Studio Course Taught by Pyry Matikainen Will Launch This Fall
Monday, March 30, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University's Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) and Autodesk Inc., a world leader in 3-D design software, are launching a Reality Computing studio course for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.

"Reality computing encompasses a constellation of technologies focused on capturing reality, working with spatial data, and using data to interact with and influence the physical world," said Reality Computing Teaching Fellow Pyry... Read More

Reconfigured Spaces Help CMU Train Students To Work in Teams
by Byron Spice | Thursday, January 22, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science has dedicated the new Citadel Teaching Commons — a lab and study space featuring collaborative and high-performance clusters that will help educate and train the next generation of computer scientists.

Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, hosted the Jan. 27 event at which Joseph Squeri, Citadel's chief information officer, cut a ceremonial ribbon before chatting with students and faculty members.

The enhancements to the fifth floor of the Gates Center for Computer Science were made possible by a generous... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PITTSBURGH—Women, who historically have been under-represented among computer science majors nationwide, will make up 40 percent of the incoming class of undergraduates this fall in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS).

The school has been a leader in efforts to increase the number of women in the discipline of computer science and its female enrollment has long exceeded national averages. The number of women in this fall’s first-year class nevertheless sets a new benchmark for the school.

“Like many programs, we’re seeing unprecedented interest from... Read More