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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Lunar Rover Wows XPRIZE Judges, Wins First Milestone Prize for Development Toward Flight Readiness

Andy Lunar Rover 2The four-wheeled rover, called "Andy," was the only robot among the competing teams to meet mobility benchmarks and win the $500,000 cash prize. CMU is working in partnership with Astrobotic Technology to win the $20 million-plus Google Lunar XPRIZE by landing and operating a robot on the moon.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Breathe Cam Lets Citizens Document Pittsburgh's Visual Air Pollution and Its Sources

breathe camFunded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, the camera system was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. Anyone can access the cameras online, where images of the Downtown, East End and Mon Valley skylines are updated around the clock. MORE
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Animation Software, "Alice," Supports Computing Curricula in Arab World

Alice Middle EastA team of faculty and students from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar recently introduced "Alice Middle East," 3-D interactive educational animation software designed to help primary and secondary school students learn the basics of computer programming and how to apply logical thinking and problem-solving techniques. MORE
Monday, December 1, 2014

Carnegie Mellon and Heinz Endowments To Demonstrate New Technology Enabling Citizens To Document Air Quality

BreatheCam gives Pittsburgh area residents direct access to some of the world's most sophisticated technology for documenting visual pollution in the air they breathe. MORE
Monday, December 1, 2014

Using Social Media For Large Behavioral Studies Is Fast and Cheap, But Fraught With Biases and Distortion

Twitter IconIn a commentary published in the Nov. 28 issue of the journal Science, Carnegie Mellon's Juergen Pfeffer and McGill's Derek Ruths contend that scientists need to find ways of correcting for the biases inherent in the information gathered from Twitter and other social media, or to at least acknowledge the shortcomings of that data. MORE
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