News In and Around CSD

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

Goal Is To Make Computers Learn Like Humans
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans.

The research project, led by Tai Sing Lee, a professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects... Read More

by Byron Spice | Thursday, January 7, 2016

Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science, was honored as Industrialist of the Year by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors' Western Pennsylvania chapter at a ceremony Jan. 7 at the Duquesne Club.

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by Byron Spice | Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Frank Pfenning, head of the Computer Science Department, and Kevin Fall, the deputy director and chief technology officer of the Software Engineering Institute, have been named 2015 fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery in recognition of their contributions to computer science.

The ACM, the world's leading computer society, cited Pfenning for "contributions to the logical foundations of automatic theorem proving and types for programming languages." Fall was... Read More

by Katelyn Howard | Sunday, December 6, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University students, faculty and alumni are recognized leaders in producing successful startup companies, and the university houses several centers and programs for promoting innovation and growth. Fueled by such entrepreneurship, the National Science Foundation-sponsored Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site is one of the Carnegie Mellon vehicles that drives relationships with internal and external partners in the business community.

The objective of the I-Corps Site... Read More

Carnegie Mellon Developing Wearable Cognitive Assistant With NSF Support
by Byron Spice | Monday, November 30, 2015

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are building a computer system called Gabriel that, like the angel that is its namesake, will seemingly look over a person's shoulder and whisper instructions for tasks as varied as repairing industrial equipment, resuscitating a patient or assembling IKEA furniture.

The National Science Foundation has awarded CMU a four-year, $2.8 million grant to further develop the wearable cognitive assistance system. Gabriel uses a wearable vision system, such as Google Glass, and taps into the ubiquitous power of cloud computing via a CMU innovation... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Thursday, November 19, 2015

Carnegie Mellon's hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), won its seventh straight capture the flag competition last week at the annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) conference hosted by New York University. The contest consisted of 15 qualifying teams from the United States and Canada, while the qualifying round leading up to the final event drew 2,454 teams... Read More

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