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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Reading Harry Potter: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Brain Regions That Encode Words, Grammar, Character Development

Harry Potter BookResearchers from CMU's Machine Learning Department performed fMRI scans of eight people as they read a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." They then analyzed the scans, cubic millimeter by cubic millimeter, for every four-word segment of that chapter. The result was the first integrated computational model of reading, identifying which parts of the brain are responsible for such subprocesses as parsing sentences, determining the meaning of words and understanding relationships between characters. MORE
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Opens Armin Hofmann Exhibition, Sponsored by School of Design Through March 2015

Armin HofmanDuring his many years as a teacher at institutions across the world, the legendary Swiss graphic designer accumulated a treasure-trove of experiences and findings on the subject of color. Following his retirement, he produced 20 silkscreen portfolios, each containing 12 compositions. The Miller exhibition will showcase one of Hofmann's portfolios, as well as 18 studies of the prints as a part of "Farbe / Color."
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's CoBot Robots Reach 1,000-Kilometer Milestone of Autonomous Operation

Three CobotsFor three years, the CoBots have been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon's Gates and Hillman centers and Newell-Simon Hall, running errands and guiding visitors without human supervision. "We have operated without a single incident," said CMU's Manuela Veloso. "They never went over a person's foot, never ran into a wall, never got confused by a glass window." MORE
Monday, November 24, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover "Andy"

Andy Lunar RoverAndy is a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon's pits, caves and polar ice. The robot is Carnegie Mellon's contribution to an effort led by Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Technology to land a robot on the moon and win the $20 million-plus Google Lunar XPrize. While on the moon, Andy may explore lunar pits, giant, newly discovered, steep-sided holes created by the collapse of underground voids. MORE