News In and Around CSD

by Melanie Simko | Monday, August 21, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University's Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship recently received a continuing grant from the National Science Foundation for its Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites program.

The I-Corps Sites program supports exploratory businesses created by teams interested in moving STEM research out of the lab and into the marketplace.... Read More

Friday, August 4, 2017

School of Computer Science students captained teams that finished first and second in the Cambridge2Cambridge (C2C) three-day cybersecurity competition that ended July 27 at the University of Cambridge.

Robert Xiao, a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, led the Unstoppables team, which won the £9,000 top prize, and won the £3,000 Leidos C2C Individual award as well. Carolina Zarate, a senior computer science major, captained the CrypticCrushers team, which took the second-place £4500 prize.

C2C is organized jointly by the University of Cambridge and the... Read More

by Ann Lyon Ritchie | Thursday, August 3, 2017

Computer scientists need to collaborate with their counterparts in the natural and social sciences to advance cybersecurity research, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Carnegie Mellon University's Baruch Fischhoff co-chaired the Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

by Barb Helfer | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) has named Jessica Hodgins, professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, the 2017 recipient of its Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics.

Hodgins was selected as this year's recipient in recognition... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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