News In and Around CSD

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Virtual World Society will award its first Nextant Prize to the late Randy Pausch, a renowned Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist and virtual world innovator, on June 1 at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. Pausch, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science at CMU, and was a professor in the Computer Science Department and Human-Computer Interaction Institute, co-founded the Entertainment Technology Center and created the famed Building Virtual... Read More

Figuring Out Why the Computer Rejected Your Loan Application
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Machine-learning algorithms increasingly make decisions about credit, medical diagnoses, personalized recommendations, advertising and job opportunities, among other things, but exactly how usually remains a mystery. Now, new measurement methods developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers could provide important insights to this process.

Was it a person's age, gender or education level that had the most influence on a decision? Was it a particular combination of factors? CMU's Quantitative Input Influence (QII) measures can provide the relative weight of each factor in the... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Julian Shun, who received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department, is the winner of the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his work describing new approaches for designing and implementing scalable parallel programs.

His dissertation, "Shared-Memory Parallelism Can Be Simple, Fast and Scalable," was also awarded the SCS Doctoral Dissertation Award last year. Shun is now a post-doctoral researcher... Read More

He and Peter W. O'Hearn Honored for Inventing Concurrent Separation Logic
by Byron Spice | Sunday, May 8, 2016

Stephen Brookes, professor of computer science, and Peter W. O'Hearn, engineering manager at Facebook and professor of computer science at University College London, will receive the 2016 Gödel Prize for their invention of concurrent separation logic (CSL), a major advance in the design and analysis of programs that can take advantage of multicore and multiprocessor systems.

Brookes and... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, May 2, 2016

The University of Zurich conferred an honorary doctorate in economics on Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, during ceremonies on April 30.

The honor was presented by the university's Faculty of Economics in recognition of his work at the intersection of computer science and game theory, in particular on electronic market design. To celebrate, the university sponsored a symposium in Sandholm's honor,... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The School of Computer Science paid tribute to faculty and staff at its annual Founders' Day celebration on Thursday, April 7. Founders' Day honors members of the SCS community whose work best exemplifies the tradition of excellence established by Allen Newell (TPR’57), Herbert A. Simon (H’90) and Alan Perlis (S’42) — the fathers of computer science at Carnegie Mellon.

Kayvon Fatahalian, assistant teaching professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD), earned the Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award, sponsored by... Read More

Noted for Leadership in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Manuela Veloso, a computer scientist renowned for her work in artificial intelligence and robotics, is the new head of Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department, Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, announced today.

She succeeds Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor and the founding head of the Machine Learning Department (MLD), who remains a member of the faculty.

Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science,... Read More

by Ann Lyon Ritchie | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Computer science needs K-12 educators, especially ones like Leigh Ann DeLyser (CS 2010, 2014), a former high school teacher and now director of education and research for CSNYC - NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education.

In an announcement this past fall, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's public schools would offer computer science to all students. DeLyser helps coordinate with funded programs to ensure strong implementation within the city, which has reached more than 20,000 students in the past three years and plans to... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Monday, February 29, 2016

Language Technologies Institute Director and Allen Newell Professor of Computer Science Jaime Carbonell will accept the 2015 Okawa Prize this week for "outstanding contributions to research in language technologies, machine learning and computational biology in the field of artificial intelligence."

Presented by the Okawa Foundation, the Okawa Prize pays... Read More

Yahoo! Releases Password Statistics of 70 Million Users For Cybersecurity Studies
by Byron Spice | Sunday, February 21, 2016

An unfortunate reality for cybersecurity researchers is that real-world data for their research too often comes via a security breach. Now computer scientists have devised a way to let organizations share statistics about their users' passwords without putting those same customers at risk of being hacked.

The work at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, part of an emerging field on rigorous human authentication, persuaded Yahoo! to publicly share password frequency... Read More

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