News In and Around CSD

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

Program Wins Total Bankroll Category in Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'Em
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A computer poker program called Baby Tartanian8 continued Carnegie Mellon's hot streak at the Annual Computer Poker Competition, taking first place in the total bankroll category and third place in the bankroll instant run-off category in the Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em game.

Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science, and Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the... Read More

Book Details How Carnegie Mellon Changed To Sustain Gender Diversity
by Byron Spice | Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fewer women than men pursue computer science, but correcting that imbalance won't be accomplished by quick fixes or making coursework less strenuous. Rather, the culture of computer science departments must change, as outlined in the new book, "Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University."

A cultural makeover at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, a... Read More


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