News In and Around CSD

by Virginia Alvino Young | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Six Carnegie Mellon University students — five of them from the School of Computer Science — have been named 2020 Siebel Scholars, a highly competitive award that supports top graduate students in the fields of business, computer science, energy science and bioengineering.

Established in 2000 by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Siebel Scholars program awards grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy and Japan. The top graduate students from 27 partner programs are selected each year... Read More

Free Coursework Suitable for After-School Programs, Summer Camps, Middle Schools
by Byron Spice | Monday, September 16, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Academy has released a new version of its free online curriculum for teaching high school computer programming that's tailored for use in after-school programs, summer camps or middle schools.

"The new curriculum, called CS0 (CS Zero), covers the same topics as our original curriculum, CS1, and serves as an introduction to programming," said Erin Cawley, program manager for CMU CS... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nathan Beckmann, an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department, has received a five-year, roughly $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty members.

Beckmann's research interests include computer architecture and performance modeling. The NSF grant will... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Android users can choose from more than 2.7 million apps in the Google Play Store — a daunting number for a privacy researcher who wants to investigate if those apps comply with privacy laws.

But fear not, privacy researchers. There's a new tool in town, and it's revealed some eye-opening data about the state of privacy for Android apps.

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Fordham University recently created the Mobile App... Read More

by Daniel Tkacik | Monday, August 12, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University’s competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), just won its fifth hacking world championship in seven years at this year’s DefCon security conference, widely considered the “World Cup” of hacking. The championship, played in the form of a virtual game of ''capture the flag,'' was held August 8-11 in Las Vegas.

PPP now holds two more DefCon titles than any other team in the 23-year history of DefCon hosting the competition.

''If... Read More

Acclaimed Computer Scientist and AI Researcher Has Led Robotics Institute Since 2014
by Byron Spice | Thursday, August 8, 2019

Martial Hebert, a leading researcher in computer vision and robotics, has been named dean of Carnegie Mellon University's world-renowned School of Computer Science (SCS), effective August 15.

Hebert, director of the Robotics Institute in SCS since 2014, will lead a school with more than 270 faculty members and approximately 2,300 students. He has been a CMU faculty member for the last 35 years.

"Throughout his career, Martial Hebert has been an extraordinary and... Read More

by Virginia Alvino Young | Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ariel Procaccia, an associate professor in the Computer Science Department, has been awarded the 2020 Social Choice and Welfare Prize for his work on social choice and fair division.

In 2014, Procaccia launched the not-for-profit website "Spliddit," which creates provably fair solutions to help people divide anything from cab fare to football tickets. To... Read More

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"Superhuman" Card Shark Achieves New AI Milestone
by Jason Maderer and Virginia Alvino Young | Thursday, July 11, 2019

An artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI has defeated leading professionals in six-player No-Limit Texas Hold'em, the world's most popular form of poker.

The AI, called Pluribus, defeated poker professional Darren Elias, who holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles; and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, winner of six World Series of Poker events. Each pro separately played 5,000 hands of poker against five copies of Pluribus.

In another experiment involving 13 pros, all of whom have won more than $1 million... Read More

Computer Science Ph.D. Student Cited for AI That Beat Poker Pros
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department who helped develop an artificial intelligence that bested professional poker players, has been named to MIT Technology Review's prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 in the Visionary category.

Brown worked with his advisor, Computer Science Professor Tuomas Sandholm, to create the Libratus AI. It was the first computer program to beat top professional poker players at Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas... Read More


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