News In and Around CSD

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

Editors Cite "Strong Community of Female Coders"
by Byron Spice | Thursday, February 15, 2018

Seventeen magazine has named Carnegie Mellon University one of its 2018 "Cool Schools," citing the large number of women enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

The editors noted CMU's "strong community of female coders," and mentioned that the School of Computer Science class of 2020 is almost 50 percent female. Women@SCS, the pioneering group that has... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, February 15, 2018

School of Computer Science faculty members Chris Harrison, Bryan Parno, Andrew Pavlo and Andreas Pfenning have received 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships, which honor early career scholars whose achievements put them among the very best scientific minds working today. They, along with CMU mechanical engineer Venkat Viswanathan, are among 126 outstanding North American researchers honored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Winners receive a two-year, $65,000 fellowship to further their research.

"The Sloan Research... Read More

by Carnegie Mellon News | Friday, February 9, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University alumnus and trustee Edward Frank, who led the development of four generations of Macintosh computers, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering — one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive.

Frank earned his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science in 1985 and has been a member of CMU's Board of Trustees... Read More

CMU Team Will Receive $250,000 To Develop Socialbot
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Amazon has selected a Carnegie Mellon University team as one of eight worldwide to compete for its Alexa Prize by developing a socialbot to converse coherently and engagingly with people on a range of popular topics and current events, from sports to technology.

Each team, including CMU's 11-member group, will receive $250,000 to develop technology for conversational artificial intelligence. They are competing for a $500,000 top prize. The winning team's university will receive a $1 million research grant if its... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Friday, February 2, 2018

School of Computer Science alumnus Andrew Widdowson will receive Carnegie Mellon University's 2018 Alumni Service Award, which recognizes alumni for their dedication to serving CMU and the impact of that service on the university and its alumni.

First presented in 1950, the Alumni Awards pay tribute to individuals distinguished by their service to the university and outstanding accomplishments in the arts,... Read More

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