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Some of the hottest companies in Pittsburgh today were lured to the city by CMU and the School of Computer Science, reports MIT Technology Review. They're "working on complex technologies with real-world applications, including advanced robotics, low-cost batteries to store renewable energy, and self-driving cars."
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Carnegie Mellon’s hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, just won its seventh straight capture the flag competition at the annual Cyber Security Awareness Week conference hosted by New York University.

“One of our team’s greatest strengths is working well under pressure,” said Christopher Ganas, a sophomore computer science student at Carnegie Mellon and one of the team’s co-leaders. “Even when we were very behind in score, we kept course and refused to slow down.”
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The HCII's Future Interfaces Group, or "FIGLAB," led by Chris Harrison (CS'13), won four awards this past week for its research into sensing and interface technologies that make interactions between humans and computers more fluid, intuitive and powerful.

"I'm incredibly proud of my students and the excellence they bring to their work," Harrison said. "They are great ambassadors for CMU and the field of human-computer interaction in general."
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Trips and stumbles too often lead to falls for amputees using leg prosthetics.

A robotic leg prosthesis being developed at Carnegie Mellon University promises to help users recover their balance by using techniques based on the way human legs are controlled.
A powered leg prosthesis developed at Carnegie Mellon, shown here during testing, uses human-like reflexes to reduce falls. The prosthesis will be tested by people with above-the-knee amputations over the next three years. BY Byron Spice - Wed, 2015-11-18 09:30 Printer-friendly version ...
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Can children learn to read, write and do basic arithmetic without a teacher or classroom, relying only on tablet computers, each other and some intelligent software?

A team of CMU researchers aims to find out in the $15 million
Global Learning XPrize competition.
Can children learn to read, write and do basic arithmetic without a teacher or classroom, relying only on tablet computers, each other and some intelligent software? A team of educational researchers from Carnegie Mellon University aims to find out in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE ...
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Imagine a smartwatch that knows what object you're using. For instance, if you start brushing your teeth, the watch starts a timer. Or, when you touch your laptop, the keyboard is unlocked without you needing to type in a password.

A new technology developed by CMU and Disney Research can do just that.
A new technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research could enable smartwatches to automatically recognize what objects users are touching — for instance, whether the wearer is using a laptop, operating a saw, or riding a motorcycle — creating new opportunities for ...
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Even a novice can design and build a customized walking robot using a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf servo motors with the help of a new design tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University.
An interactive design tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon helps users create digital design for walking robots (shown on the left) that can be produced with a 3-D printer and off-the-shelf components (shown on the right). BY Byron Spice (Carnegie Mellon) and Jennifer Liu (Walt ...
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HCII's Chris Harrison knows 3D touch when he sees it.

Er ... feels it. Wired explains.
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A CMU system designed to rapidly answer questions—even some seemingly off the wall—received the highest score by far in a competition conducted in real-time.

"This (is) question answering that really matters to people," says LTI professor Eric Nyberg, calling it "a pretty tough challenge."
A Carnegie Mellon system designed to rapidly answer questions — even some seemingly off the wall — posed to the Yahoo! Answers website received the highest score by far in the LiveQA evaluation track at the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2015). "This is the question answering that really ...
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The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to announce a tenure-track faculty opening. The effective date of appointment is August 2016, and salary is dependent on rank and qualifications. The HCII prides itself on its record of innovative development and understanding of technology to better the condition of individuals and society. We seek candidates with an outstanding track record in research, strong academic credentials, a history of or interest in interdisciplinary research and a terminal graduate degree appropriate to their discipline. We especially encourage applications from candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to studying and/or mentoring under-represented minority groups such as women, minorities, people with disabilities, and SES groups. We will consider candidates at Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level.

While we encourage top candidates in any area to apply, we are particularly interested in researchers who will contribute to the HCI Institute’s pioneering use of design research in HCI, with work in areas such as creativity, designing new products, services, and systems to codify the current state of the world and to suggest an improved future state. Candidates should have a background in areas that prepare them to contribute to these efforts. Candidates should be prepared to teach design studio and seminar courses.

The application process:

Applications must include (1) curriculum vitae, (2) research and teaching interest statements, (3) a portfolio and/or 2-3 representative papers, and (4) the names and email addresses of three or more individuals who have been asked to provide letters of reference. Applications and references should be submitted at: Applications should indicate citizenship and, for non-US citizens, current visa status.

The HCII will review applications as we receive them; however the final deadline to receive materials is January 5th, 2016
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

Carnegie Mellon University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and other under-represented groups. CMU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies.
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With the help of CMU computer technology, citizens and government officials are sharing, compiling and analyzing images and air quality data related to a coke plant on Allegheny County's Neville Island.

Users of the "Shenango Channel" can check images and monitor readings that occurred minutes or hours before smoke or a smell wafts through their community, looking for clues as to the cause.
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Datasets are growing so large and complex that automated methods sometimes seem like the only way to glean knowledge from them.

A new web-based tool being developed at CMU provides the option to keep human judgment and intuition in the analytic loop.
Datasets for everything from gene expression to employment demographics are growing so large and complex that automated methods sometimes seem like the only way to glean knowledge from them. But a new web-based tool being developed at Carnegie Mellon University provides the option to keep human ...
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Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science 5000 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213
A world leader in computer science research and education. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Faculty and graduates of the School of Computer Science (SCS) at Carnegie Mellon University have been advancing the field of computer science since 1956.

At its campus in Pittsburgh, the school offers a range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition, since 2004 Carnegie Mellon has offered computer science undergraduate degrees at the university’s campus in Doha, Qatar.

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Leadership: SCS is recognized as a leader in all facets of computer science. Among its current and former faculty and alumni, the School of Computer Science claims 12 winners of the A.M. Turing Award, often considered the “Nobel Prize” of the computing world. Through its many research and educational partnerships, SCS faculty exercise daily leadership in the fields of information technology, networking, cybersecurity and robotics.

The Robotics Institute, one of SCS’s seven academic departments, is the world’s largest robotics research and development organization. Its National Robotics Engineering Center, located in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, works closely with government agencies and industry clients to develop and mature robotic technologies from concept to commercialization.

NREC is at the forefront of designing unmanned robotic vehicles and assistant that can understand and navigate in hostile environments. NREC also creates robotics curricula and software for K-12 and college-level students.

Many SCS faculty conduct research funded by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, the recognized world leader in designing safe, dependable software and preventing cyberattacks. In June, the SEI received a five-year contract from DoD, valued at $584 million, to continue its research and educational mission.

Impact: But SCS’s diverse interdisciplinary research and education extends into areas beyond the traditional boundaries of computer science.

The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center—a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh—is mining educational data to develop radical new models of teaching mathematics and language skills to schoolchildren and adults who learned English as a second language. PSLC in 2010 received a five-year, $25 million grant from the NSF to continue its research.

Another interdisciplinary effort is the Entertainment Technology Center, a joint initiative of the School of Computer Science and CMU’s College of Fine Arts that brings together technologists and artists in close collaboration.

Facilities: The School of Computer Science now includes two buildings as innovative as the people who work inside them. In August 2009, work was completed on the new Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. Made possible in part by a $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a $10 million grant from Pittsburgh philanthropists Henry and Elsie Hillman, the Gates and Hillman centers added 200,000 square feet of new office, research and classroom space.

The buildings make maximum use of recyclable building materials and energy saving technologies and recently were awarded gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.