News In and Around CSD

by Byron Spice | Wednesday, September 12, 2018

School of Computer Science alumnus Luis von Ahn, who is a consulting professor in the Computer Science Department (CSD) and the co-founder of the popular language-learning platform Duolingo, has won the prestigious 2018 Lemelson-MIT Prize — a $500,000 award that honors mid-career inventors.

The prize recognizes Von Ahn for his... Read More

New AI Platform Will Help Students, Researchers Rapidly Solve Real-World Problems
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are collaborating with the digital media intelligence firm Meltwater to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence education and research using the company's AI platform.

Meltwater, which has the world's most diverse collection of open and licensed data, has opened its underlying AI platform, Fairhair.ai, to Carnegie Mellon and other select universities. The Fairhair.ai platform allows students and faculty to create, connect and... Read More

SCS’s Zach Wade and PPP teammates seek to shatter DefCon records
by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

While many kids dream of a shopping spree at their favorite toy store or the local candy shop, Zach Wade's preference was a bit uncommon for a youngster: RadioShack.

''I had a RadioShack kit that had bajillions of components, and I kept hand-drawn books on how to connect circuits and how to build stuff,'' says Wade, now a fourth-year undergraduate in the School of Computer Science. ''That kit was my absolute favorite. I spent hours and hours playing with that.''

That RadioShack kit may have been the beginning of a path that would eventually lead Wade to the ranks of the Plaid... Read More

Deep Reinforcement Learning Makes Basketball Video Games Look More Realistic
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Basketball players need lots of practice before they master the dribble, and it turns out that's true for computer-animated players as well. By using deep reinforcement learning, players in basketball video games can glean insights from motion-capture data to sharpen their dribbling skills.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and DeepMotion Inc., a California company that develops smart avatars, have for the first time developed a physics-based, real-time method for controlling... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University's Jessica Hodgins will lead a newly established Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab in Pittsburgh, where she will be joined by CMU's Abhinav Gupta. The appointments are part of an expansion of Facebook's artificial intelligence research activities with academic communities.

The FAIR Pittsburgh lab will focus on robotics, lifelong-learning systems that learn... Read More

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by Byron Spice | Friday, July 6, 2018

Bernhard Haeupler, Louis-Philippe Morency and Jean Yang are the latest School of Computer Science faculty members to receive the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

They are among 307 CAREER recipients this year in computer science and engineering in which the NSF has invested $150 million over the next five years, placing their academic careers on firm scientific footing and giving them the opportunity to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Those recipients include Claire Le Goues of the Institute... Read More

SCS Professor Zico Kolter Will Join Bosch as Chief Scientist of AI, Remain on Faculty
by Byron Spice (CMU), Linda Beckmeyer (Robert Bosch LLC) | Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bosch in North America today announced the launch of the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence (BCAI) Research Lab in Pittsburgh, which will be the BCAI's fourth location. The lab will conduct advanced research in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

The new location is the next step in BCAI's mission to partner with leading institutions around the world to jointly accelerate AI research. Bosch plans to build a team of up to 20 AI experts at Bosch's Pittsburgh Technology Center by the end of 2019.

In addition, Bosch will provide more than $8 million to sponsor... Read More

by Julie Mattera | Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Robots who converse, provide empathy and play music were among the reasons NPR's "Science Friday" visited the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on Saturday, May 19, to build a show about Pittsburgh scientists and roboticists. The special live event had the theme "No Assembly Required," and included interviews with Carnegie Mellon University faculty and students.

"Science Friday" host Ira Flatow said that 90.5 WESA had invited the show to town for a night of science... Read More

Don’t miss Calypso, a robotics education tool that harnesses Cozmo’s powerful robotics technologies and is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
by Kaiser | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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