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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

by Aisha Rashid | Wednesday, March 28, 2018

From building transportation devices with the CMU Hyperloop team to organizing hackathons with CMU MellonHeads, School of Computer Science junior Hima Tammineedi is busy. But the computer science major — who's also pursuing a machine learning minor —  knows that he's been incredibly fortunate to have the chance to expand his computer science interests and participate in meaningful activities with his friends. And because of that, he's made it a personal goal to give back to his... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, March 26, 2018

Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, has appointed Srinivasan Seshan head of the Computer Science Department, the school's oldest and largest department, effective July 1.

He succeeds Frank Pfenning, who will return to full-time teaching and research.

"I'm sorry that Frank has decided to step down, because he's done an excellent job leading the Computer Science... Read More

Newly Established Departmental Dissertation Award has First Recipient
by Jenn Landefeld | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Recent Ph.D graduate, Euiwoong Lee, is the first recipient of the newly established Edmund M. Clarke Dissertation Award. Lee was advised by Computer Science Department Professor Venkat Guruswami and is currently doing postdoctoral work at New York University.

He successfully defended his thesis... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Friday, March 2, 2018

If you're anything like the average internet user, you probably didn't spend the estimated 244 hours it would take to read every privacy policy for every website you visited last year. That's exactly why a team led by Carnegie Mellon University just launched an interactive website aimed at helping users make sense of their privacy on the web.

"We've combined crowdsourcing, machine learning and natural... Read More

by Shannon Riffe | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Crucial World War II encryption devices have found a home at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries thanks to the generosity of author Pamela McCorduck, wife of late Computer Science Department Head Joseph Traub.

Totaling more than 50 calculating machines, letters and books, the collection contains important items in the history of computing. Included are two Enigma machines, electro-mechanical rotor cipher machines used to encrypt communication. Most notably, they were used by Nazi Germany to protect military... Read More

NSF Awards $10 Million to Interdisciplinary Researchers at Five Universities
by Byron Spice | Monday, February 26, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University is part of a five-year, $10 million program sponsored by the National Science Foundation to develop a new type of camera that peers deep beneath the skin to help diagnose and monitor a wide variety of health conditions.

The interdisciplinary effort, led by Rice University, will combine advanced optics and sophisticated computation to make sense of light that penetrates the skin but scatters off internal tissues and anatomical structures. This will enable noninvasive bio-optical imaging at a cellular scale — something not... Read More

New chair honors late Carnegie Mellon provost, tech visionary
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuomas Sandholm, a computer scientist whose innovative algorithms have paired donors of life-saving kidneys with recipients and also defeated top professionals in a poker contest, will be the first recipient of Carnegie Mellon University's Angel Jordan Professorship in Computer Science.

Sandholm, a professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD) and a leader of the CMU AI initiative to promote artificial intelligence research, is the founder and director... Read More

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