CMU in the Media, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University will launch an experiment this year discover if blended learning can help it meet the growing need for computer science courses without also increasing staff or classroom space. The university plans to pass selected course materials along to high schools for use in their classes as early as 2016.
While I talked with the legendary roboticist Red Whittaker in his lab at Carnegie Mellon, a half-moon shaped remnant of a Lifesaver was resting on his knee. He nibbled on it as we talked about sending autonomous robots to explore the moon. That’s when he told me about the moon caves that could be humanity’s future home.
When a cartoon character has an idea, a light bulb illuminates above his head—a metaphor for how a new thought just seems to click into existence in the human brain. Now neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University have captured the brain’s “eureka” moment on film for the first time, according to a study published recently in Human Brain Mapping.
San Francisco Chronicle
Carnegie Mellon University has received a $31 million gift from a Silicon Valley venture capitalist whose firm invested early in Facebook, Etsy, Spotify and other successful tech companies.
The Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital blog
Duolingo Inc. has enticed more than 100 million language learners to use its free, game-like mobile app, a threefold increase during the past year. Now, the Pittsburgh-based startup has secured $45 million from Google Capital and others to launch new revenue experiments and extend its free tutoring to the rest of the world.
Built by a handful of artificial intelligence experts from Carnegie Mellon University and Google Inc., Duolingo offers bite-size, personalized lessons, which automatically adapt to each student’s progress. The lessons are now available in more than a dozen major languages, with modules for Hebrew, Vietnamese, Hungarian and Klingon still under construction.
Visionary teachers and students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship introduced new technologies intended to make education more interactive, individualized, and fun at an event Oracle recently hosted at its headquarters.
The Huffington Post
A class at Carnegie Mellon University has created an interactive graphic novel aimed at helping students better understand how to spot warning signs and intervene to stop sexual assault in real social situations.
In a terrifying new development that proves we are only this much closer to androids and drones ruling us all, Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have teamed up to create my latest nightmare: bipedal robots designed to mimic the mannerisms of famous cartoon characters.
A blind person is traveling on the subway. The train they’re riding on pulls into a stop, the doors open and the person exits. Waiting there on the platform, to help guide them through the station, is a robot.
“Making a robot do that, there are some challenges, but it’s not as challenging as it used to be,” said Aaron Steinfeld after describing the scenario involving the guide-bot during a recent interview. Steinfeld is an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh, where he specializes in human-robot interaction.
Disney's Big Hero 6 star Baymax has captured the hearts of millions around the world. But while the health monitoring balloon-like machine is a work of science fiction, researchers are working towards making soft, human-friendly robots a reality.
Chris Atkeson's work in the field of soft robotics inspired the creation of Baymax. He, along with researcher Yong-Lea Park, both computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, say the public's perception is changing with the realization that robots don't necessarily want to take over the world.
An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the car. As he or she approach the driver’s side window, the driver pulls out a gun, shoots the officer, and flees.
Marios Savvides, a Carnegie Mellon engineering professor, says he’s invented the fix: a long-range iris scanner that can identify someone as they glance at their rear-view mirror. In other words, it’s technology that could potentially identify a dangerous suspect before the cop even gets out of the car.
The water found in a geyser-like plume on Saturn's moon Enceladus has a composition similar to waters here on Earth, raising hope among scientists that it could harbor life.
Researchers were able to learn about the pH level of the water coming from a plume on Eceladus based on research by a team from Carnegie Mellon University led by Christopher Glein, which was attempting to see whether life could have ever existed on Saturn's sixth-largest moon, a geologically active celestial body that scientists believe has a liquid water ocean beneath the its frozen surface, according to media reports.
In 1969, a “museum” was established on the moon. A tiny wafer attached to the leg of a lunar landing module contained works by artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Claes Oldenburg. Forty-six years later, the moon is ready for a new exhibit, this time, featuring your artwork.
“Moon Drawings,” a project at the Carnegie Mellon University has put out a call for 10,000 drawings to be included in an “ark” that will travel to the moon via a Space X Falcon 9 rocket next year.
GIERAD LAPUT THINKS the future of smartphone interaction could look a lot like playing the flute. For his most recent project, Acoustruments, Laput, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group and Eric Brockmeyer, from the Disney Research Lab, have developed a series of phone accessories that function less like the electronic gadgets you see at Best Buy and more like simple, tiny woodwind instruments.
Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski has won another major award for his pioneering work in polymer research -- the 2015 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.
Carnegie Mellon University researchers are going all in, pitting a computer program against some of the world's best professional poker players.
The Washington Post
A freshman girl stumbles glassy-eyed at a crowded party, and a guy steps in, leading her upstairs to his room. Maybe a couple of people notice, and wonder: “Shouldn’t her friends, whoever they are, walk her home?” then turn back to their conversations.
Soon, some students at Carnegie Mellon hope, bystanders will have an easy, anonymous way to ask her friends if everything is okay, and head off some bad situations.
A new paper built on five years of research by a team led by three professors from Carnegie Mellon University, and which will be presented tomorrow at the Human Computer Interaction conference in Korea, shows how long, “complex” passwords can often be far more easily and quickly cracked than most people would tend to believe.
Police traffic stops are in the news again, tragically, sparking a new round of discussion on whether and how to outfit police with cameras and other technology.
For several years now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Biometrics Center have been testing an iris recognition system that can be used to identify subjects at a range of up to 40 feet.
Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene.
A newly designed, unpowered boot by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and North Carolina University uses spring power to reduce the energy expended in walking by around 7 percent. That seems like a small amount, but it's on a par with powered devices of a similar nature, and will help optimize the human gait.
The Wall Street Journal's Digits blog
Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University concluded that a dozen or so popular Android apps collected device location – GPS coordinates accurate to within 50 meters – an average 6,200 times, or roughly every three minutes, per participant over a two-week study period.
Behind the online phenomenon are founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker, two computer scientists who generated the idea while working on a project to translate web pages at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. What emerged is an app in which the user answers multiple-choice questions, speaks translations into a microphone, and types in phrases in a structured tree of learning.
Pittsburgh-based Aquion Energy believe they have developed a potentially game-changing energy storage device by using what the company describes as a 'twist' on saltwater batteries, a 200 year old technology according to Aquion.
Jay Whitacre is the founder and CTO of Aquion Energy. Before his role at Aquion, Whitacre worked on energy storage for NASA's Mars rover program.
As an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Whitacre was able to research and develop, "the chemistry that is the basis for Aquion Energy's product line," according to the company's website.
Stepping out of the elevator on the seventh floor of Carnegie Mellon University's Gates Center for Computer Science, I'm greeted by an ungainly yet courteous robot. It guides me to the office of Manuela Veloso, who beams at the bot like a proud parent. Veloso then punches a few buttons to send it off to her laboratory a few corridors away.
The Huffington Post
I have written before about air quality as an issue for community-centered deliberation and action, and as a place where technology fluency can change the world. Air quality is never far from recent news tropes; but the past month we have witnessed an explosion in coverage, and for good reason.
Japan's Hakuto and Carnegie Mellon University spin-off Astrobotic are two of the teams competing for the $20 million grand prize that requires the teams to safely land a robot on the moon, then ambulate it 500 meters on, above or below the surface and send back an HDTV video signal to Earth.
The New York Times
At Carnegie Mellon, students plot their takeover of the fence, encased in layer after layer of paint. The rules call for use of paintbrushes only.
The Associated Press
Ride-hailing service Uber is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University on a Pittsburgh research lab both hope could lead to the development of driverless cars.
The Huffington Post
Justine Cassell, Associate Vice Provost at Carnegie Mellon University, said the advancement of technology, while scary, could foster new creativity and doesn't necessarily mean humans will be replaced by machines.
The Huffington Post
Earlier this month, students at Carnegie Mellon's Integrated Innovation Institute partook in an "Impact-a-Thon," a competition that tasked groups with devising innovative and affordable solutions to help homeless people survive the winter.
Being stuck in traffic is one of the most infuriating experiences for a driver, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may have found a solution.
The New York Times
A new Tony Award will be given annually to a theater teacher who has made a "monumental impact" on the lives of students, executives who oversee the Tonys and officials at Carnegie Mellon University announced on Sunday.
Luis von Ahn has always been passionate about education, so the Carnegie Mellon computer-science professor decided to start a business that would teach people something.