News In and Around CSD

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, October 22, 2018

When we last spoke to School of Computer Science students Trevor Arashiro, Chris Choi, Lauren Morgenthaler, and Peter Wu, they were first-years, entirely new to the undergraduate computer science program, the city of Pittsburgh, and most importantly, college. Last fall, these talented students provided insightful snapshots of their first semesters in the School of Computer Science. Now — with a year of college under their belts — they're back with more.

Trevor Arashiro

"The most memorable SCS... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, October 18, 2018

Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science Lenore Blum, and University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics Raj Reddy will be keynote speakers at the Computing in the 21st Century Conference, Nov. 6–7, in Beijing.

The conference, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Justine Sherry, assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, is among 10 researchers chosen as this year's N²Women Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications.

N²Women – or Networking Networking Women — is a community of researchers that promotes diversity and fosters connections among... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, October 15, 2018

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced that Keenan Crane, assistant professor of computer science and robotics, is one of 18 recipients of its 2018 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. The fellowship recognizes innovative early-career researchers and includes $875,000 to aid in each fellow's research for five years.

Crane's... Read More

SCS Sophomore Abraham Riedel-Mishaan Featured in "Science Fair" Documentary
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Abraham Riedel-Mishaan seems an unlikely movie star. He's not an actor. No one stops the sophomore computer science major on the Carnegie Mellon University campus to ask for autographs. But he is featured in "Science Fair," a film festival darling now showing nationwide.

The documentary follows Riedel-Mishaan and eight other high school students as they prepare for and compete at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Critics have described the film as "immensely... Read More

AI and Machine Learning Pioneer To Lead Nation's Top-Ranked Program
by Byron Spice | Monday, October 1, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University has named Tom Mitchell, the E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning and Computer Science, interim dean of the School of Computer Science.

Mitchell is a pioneer in the field of machine learning, a burgeoning branch of artificial intelligence that develops systems capable of learning from data, identifying patterns and making decisions. In 1997, he co-founded the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery, which became the world's first ... Read More

CMU Design for America Project Assists People With Language Deficits
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Students in the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Design for America (DFA @ CMU) have developed a free mobile app that uses visual cues to help children and adults — particularly those with language difficulties — form meaningful, grammatically correct sentences. The education app, called Sentence Mosaics, uses photos and color-coded parts of speech to prompt users as they construct sentences.

The app is useful for elementary school students and for a wide range of... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 12, 2018

School of Computer Science alumnus Luis von Ahn, who is a consulting professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD) and the co-founder of the popular language-learning platform Duolingo, has won the prestigious 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize — a $500,000 award that honors mid-career inventors.

The prize recognizes Von Ahn for his... Read More

New AI Platform Will Help Students, Researchers Rapidly Solve Real-World Problems
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are collaborating with the digital media intelligence firm Meltwater to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence education and research using the company's AI platform.

Meltwater, which has the world's most diverse collection of open and licensed data, has opened its underlying AI platform, Fairhair.ai, to Carnegie Mellon and other select universities. The Fairhair.ai platform allows students and faculty to create, connect and... Read More

SCS’s Zach Wade and PPP teammates seek to shatter DefCon records
by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

While many kids dream of a shopping spree at their favorite toy store or the local candy shop, Zach Wade's preference was a bit uncommon for a youngster: RadioShack.

''I had a RadioShack kit that had bajillions of components, and I kept hand-drawn books on how to connect circuits and how to build stuff,'' says Wade, now a fourth-year undergraduate in the School of Computer Science. ''That kit was my absolute favorite. I spent hours and hours playing with that.''

That RadioShack kit may have been the beginning of a path that would eventually lead Wade to the ranks of the Plaid... Read More

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