News In and Around CSD

Research, Startups Take Center Stage in McConomy Auditorium
by Byron Spice | Friday, April 14, 2017

The Project Olympus innovation program will host its annual Spring Carnival Show and Tell event, highlighting research and startups of interest to the investment community, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 20, in the Cohon University Center's McConomy Auditorium.

Andreas Pfenning, assistant professor of computational biology, will discuss his efforts to translate genetics findings into... Read More

Lengpudashi Tops Humans by $792,327 in Virtual Chips During Five-Day Exhibition
by Byron Spice | Monday, April 10, 2017

Artificial intelligence has once again triumphed over human poker players, as a program developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers beat six Chinese players by a total of $792,327 in virtual chips during a five-day, 36,000-hand exhibition that ended today in Hainan, China.

The AI program, called Lengpudashi or "cold poker master," is a version of Libratus, the CMU AI that beat four top poker professionals during a 20-day, 120,... Read More

China Exhibition Includes $290,000 Winner-Take-All Prize
by Byron Spice | Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A version of Carnegie Mellon University's Libratus, which in January became the first artificial intelligence to defeat top poker pros at Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em, will play six top Chinese players for a $290,000 winner-take-all purse.

The 36,000-hand exhibition featuring a different AI, named Lengpudashi or "cold poker master," will take place April 6–10 on the island province of Hainan, China.

The human... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Thursday, March 23, 2017

Two Carnegie Mellon University students outcoded more than a hundred of their peers at the 2017 Global CodeCon Finals — a two-hour long coding competition at Bloomberg's offices in New York City and London. Raymond Kang, a junior studying computer science and mathematical sciences, earned ninth place; and Gabriele Farina, a Ph.D. student in computer science, came in 13th. Kang took first place in... Read More

by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lenore Blum will join a panel, "Mothers of Invention: Celebrating Women Innovators," hosted by the Congressional Inventions Caucus on Wednesday, March 22, in Washington, D.C.  Blum will speak about Project Olympus and Women@SCS and the roles they play in increasing the participation of women in computer science and entrepreneurship. Blum is founding director of Project Olympus, an incubator for CMU startups, and co-founder of Women... Read More

by Aisha Rashid | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) Fellowship Program has announced that two School of Computer Science undergraduates are among the fellows in its 2017 Engineering Fellows Program.  

Allison Wang and Serena Wang are among 54 students selected from almost 2,000 applicants across the country to represent their universities this summer in Silicon Valley. The three-month summer program helps fellows develop their technical and design skills under the mentorship of innovative Silicon Valley startups.

Junior Allison... Read More

CMU's Director of Women@SCS and SCS4ALL Will Receive 2017 Habermann Award
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Computing Research Association has selected Carnegie Mellon University's Carol Frieze as the recipient of its 2017 A. Nico Habermann Award, recognizing her sustained, successful efforts to promote diversity in computer science.

Frieze directs Women@SCS, a student/faculty organization that promotes opportunities for women, and... Read More

High Honor Recognizes Leadership in Computer Vision and Robotics
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U. A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, has been named the 2017 recipient of the IEEE Founder's Medal — one of IEEE's highest honors.

The medal, which will be presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, in San Francisco, recognizes Kanade "for pioneering and seminal contributions to computer vision and robotics for automotive safety, facial recognition, virtual reality and medical robotics."

The Founder's Medal,... Read More

CMU AI Becomes First to Defeat Top Pros Playing No-Limit Texas Hold'em
by Byron Spice | Monday, February 6, 2017

"A major milestone for AI."

"A powerful and rather unsettling proposition: a machine that can out-bluff a human."

"Libratus's main attribute as a poker player is that it's inhumanly good."

These are just some of the observations that have appeared in the news media since a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus decisively defeated four... Read More

Historic Win at Rivers Casino Is First Against Best Human Players
by Byron Spice | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Libratus, an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University, made history by defeating four of the world's best professional poker players in a marathon 20-day poker competition called "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante" at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Once the last of 120,000 hands of Heads-up, No-Limit Texas Hold'em were played on Jan. 30, Libratus led the pros by a collective $1,766,250 in chips. The developers of Libratus —... Read More