News In and Around CSD

by Julie Mattera | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Robots who converse, provide empathy and play music were among the reasons NPR's "Science Friday" visited the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on Saturday, May 19, to build a show about Pittsburgh scientists and roboticists. The special live event had the theme "No Assembly Required," and included interviews with Carnegie Mellon University faculty and students.

"Science Friday" host Ira Flatow said that 90.5 WESA had invited the show to town for a night of science... Read More

Don’t miss Calypso, a robotics education tool that harnesses Cozmo’s powerful robotics technologies and is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
by Kaiser | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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by Byron Spice | Monday, May 14, 2018

Amal Nanavati, a double major in computer science and global studies in the Class of 2018, has received two prestigious prizes — the Fulbright Award and the inaugural K&L Gates Prize.

The Fulbright Award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers new and recent graduates research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries. Nanavati is one of five Carnegie Mellon University recipients this... Read More

New AI Major Addresses Growing Demand for AI Specialists
by Byron Spice | Thursday, May 10, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science will offer a new undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence beginning this fall, providing students with in-depth knowledge of how to transform large amounts of data into actionable decisions.

SCS has created the new AI degree, the first offered by a U.S. university, in response to extraordinary technical breakthroughs in AI and the growing demand by students and employers for training that prepares people for careers in AI.

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by Heidi Opdyke | Monday, May 7, 2018

Professor James Morris, former dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, is a legend in his field. But in a rich and lively lecture looking back on his career, it was the other giants he encountered along the way that Morris wanted to talk about — stories of Alan Perlis, Herb Simon, Robert Taylor, Allen Newell, Raj Reddy and others.

The standing-room-only crowd reveled in Morris' journey through the early days of computer science, and also gave Morris his rightful place among those founders. CMU President Farnam Jahanian, who introduced Morris, described... Read More

by Byron Spice | Friday, May 4, 2018

Manuela Veloso, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Computer Science and head of the Machine Learning Department, will take a leave of absence to join J.P. Morgan as its head of artificial intelligence research, beginning July 1.

In this newly created position, Veloso will establish an AI research capability at J.P. Morgan, Wall Street's leading technology bank and the largest U.S. bank by assets. The company already has started to apply machine learning... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has named Associate Professor of Computer Science Ariel Procaccia a recipient of its 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The fellowship recognizes Procaccia for his research in artificial intelligence and algorithmic economics, specifically in algorithms for participatory democracy, and will support his work on mechanisms that would enable voters to participate in the process of... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, April 16, 2018

When School of Computer Science undergrad Tanvi Bajpai came to CMU from her competitive New Jersey high school, she knew she was going to be a small fish in a big pond. The intense curriculum and fast-paced culture can sometimes overwhelm incoming first-year students, and Tanvi was no stranger to that feeling. "Getting over the fear and being secure in your own intellect is difficult," she said, "but once you do, there's nothing that gets in the way of your ability to learn and flourish."

While Bajpai says she hasn't gotten over that fear entirely, she's definitely learned a thing... Read More

Carlow University Awards Recognize Leadership, Service
by Byron Spice | Friday, April 6, 2018

Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, was one of six women honored at the 2018 Women of Spirit Awards Gala April 5 at Carnegie Music Hall.

Established by Carlow University in 1993, the Women of Spirit Awards recognize outstanding women who exemplify the university's mission of providing access to under-represented groups and closing educational, socioeconomic and leadership gaps, particularly those that disproportionately affect women... Read More

CMU Researchers Foresee Machines Capable of On-Demand Knitting
by Byron Spice | Thursday, March 29, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have developed a system that can translate a wide variety of 3-D shapes into stitch-by-stitch instructions that enable a computer-controlled knitting machine to automatically produce those shapes.

Researchers in the Carnegie Mellon Textiles Lab have used the system to produce a variety of plush toys and garments. What's more, this ability to generate knitting instructions... Read More

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