by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, July 31, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University’s hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning or PPP, won its fourth World Series of Hacking title this weekend at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas.
With four titles under their belt, the team has more wins than any other team in the 21-year history of the international competition. The 10 current members of PPP include eight undergraduates from the School of Computer Science and one Ph.D. student in SCS’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute.
''The problem-solving skills required to win these contests mimic those needed by governments...
Robots That Readily Expand or Shrink Would Be Possible
by Byron Spice | Thursday, July 27, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found a way to design telescoping structures that can bend and twist, enabling robots of various shapes to collapse themselves for transport or entering tiny spaces, and making possible robotic arms and claws that can reach over or around large obstacles.
The researchers devised algorithms that can take a target shape that includes curves or twists and design a telescoping structure to match. They also created a design tool that enables even a novice to create complex, collapsible assemblies. The design possibilities range from something...
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
What do Pittsburgh's "food boom," the establishment of Uber's Advanced Technologies Center and the return of Jean Yang to her hometown have in common? The School of Computer Science, says writer Steven Kurutz in the July 23 edition of The New York Times.
Kurutz' Style section article, "Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover," explains how SCS has helped change not only the economy of Pittsburgh, but also its culture...
by Daniel Tkacik | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
At a time when cybersecurity pervades news headlines, it's fitting that a team of cybersecurity experts from Carnegie Mellon University may grab an unprecedented win this weekend in Las Vegas.
Carnegie Mellon's competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, looks to win a fourth title at this year's DefCon cybersecurity conference. No other team has ever won more than three times in DefCon's 21-year history of what many refer to as the "World Series of Hacking."
"More now than ever...
by Shilo Rea and Byron Spice | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University's Ruslan "Russ" Salakhutdinov, Kathryn Roeder and Larry Wasserman have received endowed professorships from UPMC to fund work in statistics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to help shape the future of healthcare.
The financial support continues nearly three decades of UPMC's investment in CMU, which includes the...
Women Once Again Make Up Almost Half of Incoming Students
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The School of Computer Science is preparing for its largest-ever incoming class of first-years this fall, with 206 students currently committed, continuing the school's efforts to meet the world's growing demand for computer scientists by increasing its undergraduate enrollment.
The class represents a 24 percent increase over the size of last year's first-year class of 166, which was a record at the time. The increase also reflects this fall's launch of a new undergraduate degree in computational...
New Initiative, CMU AI, Unifies Expertise Across Departments and Disciplines
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS) has launched a new initiative, CMU AI, that marshals the school's work in artificial intelligence (AI) across departments and disciplines, creating one of the largest and most experienced AI research groups in the world.
"For AI to reach greater levels of sophistication, experts in each aspect of AI, such as how computers understand the way people talk or how computers can learn and improve with experience, will increasingly need to work in close collaboration," said SCS...