News In and Around CSD

CMU's Director of Women@SCS and SCS4ALL Will Receive 2017 Habermann Award
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Computing Research Association has selected Carnegie Mellon University's Carol Frieze as the recipient of its 2017 A. Nico Habermann Award, recognizing her sustained, successful efforts to promote diversity in computer science.

Frieze directs Women@SCS, a student/faculty organization that promotes opportunities for women, and... Read More

High Honor Recognizes Leadership in Computer Vision and Robotics
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, has been named the 2017 recipient of the IEEE Founder's Medal — one of IEEE's highest honors.

The medal, which will be presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, in San Francisco, recognizes Kanade "for pioneering and seminal contributions to computer vision and robotics for automotive safety, facial recognition, virtual reality and medical robotics."

The Founder's Medal,... Read More

CMU AI Becomes First to Defeat Top Pros Playing No-Limit Texas Hold'em
by Byron Spice | Monday, February 6, 2017

"A major milestone for AI."

"A powerful and rather unsettling proposition: a machine that can out-bluff a human."

"Libratus's main attribute as a poker player is that it's inhumanly good."

These are just some of the observations that have appeared in the news media since a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus decisively defeated four... Read More

Historic Win at Rivers Casino Is First Against Best Human Players
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University, made history by defeating four of the world's best professional poker players in a marathon 20-day poker competition called "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante" at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Once the last of 120,000 hands of Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em were played on Jan. 30, Libratus led the pros by a collective $1,766,250 in chips. The developers of Libratus —... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Monday, January 30, 2017

Three School of Computer Science graduate students have been named to the 2017 class of Facebook fellows.

Founded in 2010, the Facebook Fellowship program is designed to help foster ties with the academic community, encourage and support promising Ph.D. students engaged in research across computer science and engineering, and provide those students with opportunities to work with Facebook on problems relevant to their research. Since its inception, the program has supported more than 50... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Thursday, January 26, 2017

With more than half the competition in the rearview mirror, Carnegie Mellon University's AI program Libratus has built up a substantial lead against four top poker professionals in Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante.

In our latest video, Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm and two of the poker professionals reflect on the competition to date and what it means for the future of artificial intelligence.

"You really have to pry every chip you can out of Libratus' hands, and... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni, students and faculty for their service to the university and their achievements in the arts, humanities, business and other fields. Since the first Alumni Awards were presented in 1950, more than 880 individuals have been honored through the program. 

This year, two awardees... Read More

Libratus Builds Substantial Lead in Brains Vs. AI Competition
by Byron Spice (Carnegie Mellon) and Garrett Allen (Rivers Casino) | Friday, January 20, 2017

As the "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante" poker competition nears its halfway point, Carnegie Mellon University's AI program, Libratus, is opening a lead over its human opponents — four of the world's best professional poker players.

One of the pros, Jimmy Chou, said he and his colleagues initially underestimated Libratus, but have come to regard it as one tough player.

"The bot gets better and better every day," Chou said. "It's like a tougher version of us."

Brains vs... Read More

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Former SCS faculty member Hans Berliner, a world champion correspondence chess player who built the first game-playing computer ever to defeat a human champion at any game, died Jan. 13 in Riviera Beach, Fla. He was 87.

Berliner, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1975 and served as a senior research scientist until his retirement in 1998, was at the center of computer chess research for two decades. He led the development of Hitech, the first chess computer to achieve the rank of senior... Read More

Top Pros Will Play 120,000 Hands With Libratus AI
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Game play began on schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus against four of the world's best professional poker players.

During the 20-day event, Libratus and the pros — Jason Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay and Jimmy Chou — will play a... Read More


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