News In and Around CSD

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, November 13, 2017

The School of Computer Science's Ph.D. women are hard at work bringing new and exciting opportunities to Carnegie Mellon's Women @ SCS program. Directed by Carol Frieze, Women @ SCS creates and supports academic, social and professional opportunities for women in computer science. The program includes a wide range of women including undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students — as well as faculty.

While Women @ SCS aims to promote a healthy and supportive... Read More

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives Five HPCwire Awards
by Byron Spice | Monday, November 13, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University’s Libratus artificial intelligence, which scored an historic victory over four human poker pros earlier this year, has won the HPCwire Reader’s Choice Award for Best Use of AI.

The award from the supercomputing trade publication was announced at the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC17) in Denver, Colo.

Libratus, developed by Prof. Tuomas Sandholm and Ph.D. student Noam Brown, used the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Bridges computer to compute its strategy both before and during the... Read More

by Thomas R. O'Donnell | Friday, November 10, 2017

Priya Donti, a doctoral candidate co-advised by Zico Kolter and Inês Azevedo at Carnegie Mellon University, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) to support her Computer Science and Energy Policy research.

Donti, from North Andover, Massachusetts, received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College. Less than 5 percent of... Read More

CMU Researchers Say Fair Redistricting Possible Even With Partisan Maneuvering
by Byron Spice (SCS) and Jocelyn Duffy (MCS) | Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Getting two political parties to equitably draw congressional district boundaries can seem hopeless, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers say the process can be improved by using an approach children use to share a piece of cake.

Just as having one child cut the cake and giving the second child first choice of the pieces avoids either feeling envious, having two political parties sequentially divide up a state in an "I-Cut-You-Freeze" protocol would minimize the practice of gerrymandering, where a dominant political party draws districts to maximize its electoral advantage.... Read More

by Byron Spice | Friday, October 20, 2017

About 100 female computer science majors from across the U.S. and overseas will gather at Carnegie Mellon University this weekend to attend OurCS, a workshop designed to give them hands-on experience with research.

Nancy Amato, Regents Professor and Unocal Professor in computer science and engineering at Texas A& M University, and Alison Derbenwick Miller, vice president of Oracle Academy, will share their insights on computer science research during the three-day event, which begins today.

OurCS... Read More

by Susie Cribbs | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University senior Eric Zhu technically majors in computer science, but he's a true Renaissance man. He's served two years on CMU's Student Senate, spent a year as a resident assistant, made an effort to take at least one humanities course each semester, participated in CMU Mock Trial and has never abandoned his love of classical piano.

For those reasons and more, he's received this year's... Read More

CMU Professor Is Renowned for Work in Robotic Manipulation
by Byron Spice | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Matthew T. Mason, a researcher renowned for his work in robotic manipulation, has won the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award — one of the top awards in the field of robotics.

The IEEE awards committee cited Mason, professor of computer science and robotics and a former director of CMU's Robotics Institute, "for scientific and... Read More

Educators Address Challenges of Burgeoning CS Enrollments
by Byron Spice | Friday, September 29, 2017

The School of Computer Science is bringing together about 80 educators and computer science leaders for a two-day summit to discuss the challenges facing undergraduate computer science programs as enrollments continue to surge.

"Many colleges and universities are seeing a huge increase of students in computing-related disciplines," said Tom Cortina, assistant dean for undergraduate education and organizer of the Computer Science Education Summit. "Interest... Read More

by Aisha Rashid (DC 2019) | Monday, September 25, 2017

The Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Special Interest Group on High-Performance Computing (SIGHPC) has named School of Computer Science master's student Shefali Umrania a 2017 ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science fellow. She is one of 12 graduate students worldwide to receive the award.

Umrania earned her B.S. at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing an master's in ... Read More

by Byron Spice | Monday, September 25, 2017

Jessica Hodgins, professor of computer science and robotics, has been elected president of SIGGRAPH, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

SIGGRAPH convenes the premier annual conference on computer graphics, which is attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals. The SIGGRAPH president serves a three-year term.

This summer, SIGGRAPH named Hodgins the 2017 recipient of its... Read More

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