News In and Around CSD

Carnegie Mellon Uses Simulated User Profiles To Probe Online Ad Ecosystem
by Byron Spice | Monday, July 6, 2015

Experiments by Carnegie Mellon University show that significantly fewer women than men were shown online ads promising them help getting jobs paying more than $200,000, raising questions about the fairness of targeting ads online.

The study of Google ads, using a CMU-developed tool called AdFisher that runs experiments with simulated user profiles, established that the gender discrimination was... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Manuela Veloso and Andre Platzer are among the initial researchers funded by the Elon Musk-backed Future of Life Institute to explore ways to keep artificial intelligence beneficial to mankind.

Musk, the entrepreneur behind both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has expressed his concerns that people might lose control of AI. He donated $10 million to the Boston-based institute, which has now awarded $7 million to 37 researchers to explore the risks and opportunities surrounding AI.

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Google-Funded Project Seeks Ways To Meet Growing Demand for Classes
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University will begin adding online instructional tools and targeted study groups to a popular introductory computer science course this fall in an effort to accommodate more students while maintaining instructional quality.

The idea behind the multiyear research project, sponsored by Google, is to find a way to leverage existing faculty to meet a growing demand for computer science courses, while also expanding the opportunities for underrepresented minorities, high school students and community college students, said... Read More

Thursday, June 11, 2015

David Kosbie's "Fundamentals of Programming" (15-112) was named one of the five best computer science courses in the country by Bloomberg Business.

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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

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 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

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