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Jan. 25, 2001

Vol. 11, No. 27

The "8 1/2 x 11 News" is published each week by the Department of Public Relations. News of campus interest should be sent to Ed Delaney, 412-268-1609 ( or Bruce Gerson, 412-268-1613 ( The newsletter is available on the official.cmu-news and bulletin boards.


Football fans tuning into this year's Super Bowl will be treated to a unique view of the action during instant replays. CBS Television will present them using a new technology, co-developed by CBS and Carnegie Mellon University computer-vision expert Takeo Kanade. "Eye Vision," as CBS calls it, involves shooting multiple video images of a dynamic event, such as a football game, from multiple cameras placed at various angles. The video streams from these cameras are combined by computer and the resulting images reach viewers in a 270-degree format that will make them feel as if they are flying through the scenes they see.

—The action at Super Bowl XXXV will be captured by more than 30 cameras, each poised some 80 feet above the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Each camera, with computer-controlled zoom and focus capabilities, is mounted on a custom-built, robotic pan-tilt head, which can swing the camera in any direction at the command of a computer. These camera heads are controlled in concert so that cameras point, zoom and focus at the same time on the same spot on the field, where some action--perhaps a touchdown or fumble--is occurring.

"USA Today" noted in its Jan. 23 issue that viewers and referees "will be able to see rotating . . . stop-action shots from simultaneous angles. The resulting pictures will demonstrate conclusively whether passes were caught and if the ballcarrier was down before the fumble, out-of-bounds or over the goal line."

—Assisting Kanade in the Eye Vision project were these members of the Robotics Institute: Robert Collins, Omead Amidi, Wei Hua and Ryan Miller.


This weekend Carnegie Mellon will host a record number of visiting prospective students. The Office of Admission expects that more than 700 people will attend the Sleeping Bag Weekend and Tartan Express programs. Three hundred and nine students and 293 parents have been confirmed for Sleeping Bag Weekend, the largest attendance in the program's 27-year history. The Tartan Express, a program targeting prospective minority students, is also expecting its largest attendance since its inception two years ago. Ninety students and 37 parents have been confirmed.


—Several School of Computer Science staff are participating in the Pittsburgh Savoyards' production of Gilbert & Sullivan's homage to Italian opera, "The Gondoliers." The show is about two Italian gondoliers, one of whom is in reality the King of Baritaria...but no one knows which one. The chorus of gondoliers features Michael Duggan, Nils Hammer, Jack Mostow and David Svoboda from the Language Technologies Institute and Ray Williams from the Software Engineering Institute. Philip Lewis from the Test Monitoring Center manages the show's props. Tickets are $14 at the door, but can be purchased in advance from any members mentioned above for $10. The show opens Friday, Jan. 26, and runs for three weeks, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Theatre in Carnegie, Pa.

—Carnegie Mellon Magazine has won a Bronze Award in the Best Articles of the Year category in the recent CASE District II competition. The award cited "Complex Path to Diversity" by Assistant Editor Ruth Hammond (summer 2000), "The Miracle of Everyday Objects" by Kenneth R. Meyer and William Hammack with Editor Ann Curran (fall 1999), "Edgar D. Mitchell: Carnegie Mellon's Man on the Moon" by Meryl Davids Landau (winter 1999) and "Sports Story of the Century" by Roy McHugh (winter 1999).

—Nominations for the 2001 Student Service Awards (class of 2002) are being accepted by the Office of Alumni Relations. The awards are presented to Carnegie Mellon seniors who have demonstrated an exemplary balance of academic achievement and extracurricular activities, while providing unusual service to the university, the student body and/or the community. The awards will be presented during Homecoming, Oct. 12-14, 2001. Information: Carolyn Clark x8-1601 or

—The "Women Supporting Women" program has extended the application deadline for mentors and those who wish to be mentored to Jan. 31. For an application, go to and click on forms. Mail the completed application no later than Jan. 31 to Women Supporting Women Mentor Program, Whitfield Hall.


—Vice President for Enrollment William Elliott recently underwent successful heart bypass surgery and is recovering at home. He is expected to return to work in early March.

—Paul Goodman, professor of organizational psychology at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) and director of the Institute for Strategic Development, has received the Richard M. Cyert Professorship. The professorship honors Cyert's service to the university as president, dean of GSIA, professor and instructor.

—Gerard Cornuejols, professor of operations research, GSIA, has received the Ford Distinguished Research Chair. The chair was established in 1957 by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

—Radu Marculescu, assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a five-year National Science Foundation Career grant entitled "System-Level Power/Performance Analysis for Embedded Systems."

—Eduardo Camponogara, a post-doctoral student in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Sarosh Talukdar won the Best Paper Award in the Complex Systems Track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Jan. 3-6. Their paper was titled "Network Control as a Distributed, Dynamic Game." Camponogara earned his doctor's degree in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon last month.

—Claudia Kirkpatrick has resigned as director of GSIA's undergraduate business administration program, effective at the end of the academic year. She will return to her position as a faculty member teaching business communication. Kirkpatrick taught the school's first course in undergraduate business communication in 1987.

—GSIA Assistant Professor Vidyanand Choudhary's paper, "On Analyzing Interactions in a Software Agent Marketplace," co-authored with Heinz School faculty Ashish Arora, Karthik Kannan, Ramayya Krishnan and Rema Padman, won the Best Paper Award at the Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems in Brisbane, Australia.

—Tridas Mukhopadhyay, professor of industrial administration, GSIA, has been appointed senior editor for "Information Systems Research," a sister journal of "Management Science."

—Kannan Srinivasan and Ronald Wilcox of GSIA and Byung-Do Kim of Seoul National University, Korea, have been awarded second place in the 2001 Journal of Retailing's Davidson Awards for their paper, "Identifying Price Sensitive Consumers: The Relative Merits of Demographic Versus Purchase Pattern Information."

—Don Marinelli, co-director of the Entertainment Technology Center, was a featured panelist on the television show "Digital West" produced by San Francisco's KQED. He discussed the future of technology as it will affect society. Marinelli was also the keynote speaker at the Directions 2001 Conference, sponsored by the Reno/Sparks (Nev.) Chamber of Commerce and the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe Economic Development Authority.


—Jan. 25 - 28: Opera. Pittsburgh premiere. "The Cunning Little Vixen," directed by Jonathon Eaton. 8 p.m., Jan. 25-27. Matinee: 2:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Philip Chosky Theatre, Purnell Center. Ticket info: 268-2407.

—Friday, Jan. 26: PI MU Epsilon Undergraduate Colloquium. "Recounting Fibonacci Numbers and Continued Fractions." Arthur Benjamin, professor of mathematics, Harvey Mudd College. 4:30 p.m., Wean Hall 7500. Refreshments: 4 p.m., Mathematical Sciences Lounge, Wean 6220.

—Monday, Jan. 29: Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Series lecture. "Border Islander: American(o) Living/Writing at the Margins." Eliana Rivero, professor of Spanish, University of Arizona. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall. Free and open to the public. Information: official.cmu-news, Jan. 12.

—Thursday, Feb. 1: University Lecture Series. "Single-mindedness and Professional Roles." Larry May, professor of philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis. 4:30 p.m., Adamson Wing, Baker Hall.

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