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CMUSV Professor to Deliver Keynote Address

Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley’s Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Ted Selker will give a keynote address at the 2012 5th IEEE International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA) Dec 17-19 at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. SOCA is an annual conference organized by the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems (TCBIS). MORE

Student Practicum Team Delivers NOOK Accessibility Application

Carnegie Mellon University’s Neha Sinha, Sheng-Hao Tsao and Xiao Pan’s summer practicum with Barnes & Noble has resulted in the recent release of NOOK for iOS 3.3 with Accessibility in the iOS app store. The team’s work on accessibility, including support for Apple’s VoiceOver feature, headlined the new features of the iOS update. The app, which is free and works on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices has already garnered positive reviews for its innovative approach to improving ease-of-access to e-books for the visually impaired. MORE

SweetFeedback: Doing the Right Thing Just Got A Lot Sweeter

Professor Ted Selker and his team of graduate students led by Chihiro Suga, a visiting master’s student from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan, recently gave a workshop introducing participants to their SweetFeedback device, a USB connected gumball machine that gives users tangible rewards for positive behavior.  MORE

SenSec Mobile Application Advances Smartphone Security

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Assistant Research Professor, Dr. Joy Ying Zhang and Ph.D. ECE student, Jiang Zhu, recently debuted an application on the Android market (now Google Playstore) based on their research on passive authentication. Their paper entitled, “SenSec: Mobile Application Security Through Passive Sensing,” written with Pang Wu and Xiao Wang, has also been accepted into the 2013 International Conference on Computing, Networking, and Communications, to be held in San Diego, CA. MORE

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Startup, Neon, Moves to Silicon Valley Campus

Neon, the Carnegie Mellon University startup that uses cognitive neuroscience to improve online video clicks, now has a footprint from coast to coast in the United States to further take advantage of opportunities to grow business and to work with students in Carnegie Mellon's Master of Entertainment Industry Management program in Los Angeles. Neon announced a move to the university's campus in the Silicon Valley, a prominent area for the online video industry. Meanwhile, Michael J. Tarr, Neon co-founder and senior technical adviser, remains in Pittsburgh. MORE

iSports App by All-Women Team Wins espnW Hack Day

Carnegie Mellon University's Ditaya Das, Pooja Gada and Divya Natesan won the espnW Hack Day for female developers on Nov. 9-10 at Stanford, Calif. Over 200 people attended the hackathon event held by ESPN in partnership with Stanford University, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twilio and Mashery. MORE

Ph.D. Student Recognized as eBay's 'Best of Class'

This summer, Priya Sundararajan, a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus came away from an internship at eBay with not only industry experience but bragging rights as well, winning a Best of Class award. MORE

Research Professor Awarded Grant from Yahoo!

Dr. Joy Ying Zhang, an Assistant Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Silicon Valley, has been awarded a $20,000 Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award. MORE

Alumni Present Technical Paper at ACM International Workshop

A technical paper by Carnegie Mellon alumni Divya Vavili, Dilip Gudlur and Pallav Vyas (MS22), doctoral student Faisal Luqman and faculty member Dr. Pei Zhang was accepted at the fourth ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Indoor Spatial Awareness (ISA). Gudlur and Vavili presented Nov. 6 in Redondo Beach, Calif., on behalf of the team. MORE

Student Team Develops Winning App

Students pursuing the INI's bicoastal master's degrees must leave their routines halfway through their programs and "go West." As if to prove the value of relocating to Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus, a three-student team participated in a developer competition on Oct. 23 hosted by the Sprint Developer Program and Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) in San Jose, Calif. They came away as winners, not only by proving themselves top competitors but also by gaining an excellent industry experience. MORE

Disaster Management Workshop Emphasizes Community Approach

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s 3rd Annual Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) Workshop sought to provide solutions to issues in community resilience and data interoperability especially as it pertains to communication. MORE

Carnegie Mellon University and NASA Researchers Map Underground Faults Using UAS

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and NASA Ames research scientists recently returned from a successful deployment to map the underground geophysics of Surprise Valley, CA. In an expedition led by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and funded by NASA, a team of scientists and engineers from USGS, NASA, CMUSV, and Central Washington University collected magnetic data using a UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) in a region for which geophysical data of the characteristics of the subsurface could prove crucial for earthquake monitoring. MORE

IBM Method Expert Joins CMUSV Faculty

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is pleased to bring Dr. Cécile Péraire as a full-time faculty member to its software engineering and software management master’s programs after she first joined CMUSV as an Adjunct Professor. Péraire brings over fifteen years of software engineering experience in both industry and academia. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland).

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley to Host 3rd Annual Disaster Management Initiative Workshop

For the past three years, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley has led an initiative to develop next generation technology and solutions for disaster management by bringing together corporate partners with key community public safety and emergency response leaders in an annual intensive workshop. This year’s invitation-only workshop will focus on community resilience, testing technologies that can potentially improve community resilience in preparation, response and recovery from emergencies. The program, which takes place over November 4-5, will feature several plenary keynotes, including a presentation on “Prepare Silicon Valley, Empowering People to Become Resilient,” by Barbara Larkin, CEO, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter and Patti Fry, Chair, Prepare Silicon Valley. MORE

Recent Alumnae to Present at Large Computing Conference

Lucky conference goers are currently attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing that is taking place Oct. 3-6. Considered the largest international gathering of women in technology fields, the conference offers a variety of well-attended educational programs and networking for women in high tech industries, U.S. government positions and academia. MORE

CMU INI Students Place Second in Silicon Valley Hackathon

Carnegie Mellon’s Shrikant Adhikarla, Ashwin Das, Arno Lenin Malyala and Divya Natesan--going by the name “Team TARTANS”--rose to the top in a field of over sixty programmers to earn second place in the PayPal Hack-a-thon. PayPal hosted the contest in Silicon Valley on September 21-22, giving teams the goal of creating an application within 24 hours that would involve their online payment service. MORE

International Symposium Chaired by CMUSV Senior Scientist

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Senior Systems Scientist, Dr. Corina Pasareanu, co-chaired the 9th International Symposium on Formal Aspects of Component Software (FACS) at NASA Ames Research Center from September 12-14, 2012. The event, which was organized by Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and its Robust Software Engineering Group, is the first international FACS Symposium held outside of Europe. FACS’12 consisted of peer-reviewed presentations, invited talks, and a panel on the topic of the future of component software. MORE

Carnegie Mellon's Anthony I. Wasserman Lauded With Distinguished Educator Award

Carnegie Mellon University's Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Educator Award from the Technical Council on Software Engineering of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for outstanding and sustained contributions to the design of individual software engineering courses, curricula for degree programs and curriculum recommendations. MORE

CMUSV Startup Receives $1 Million Grant

X5 Systems, a Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley spinoff startup formed in 2008 received a $1M grant from the Office of Naval Research under their Rapid Innovation Fund program. MORE

Entrepreneurship Program At Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Opens with Idea Workshop

Kicking off its second year, the Master of Science Software Management 12-month intensive Entrepreneurship program opened with a weeklong faculty-led Idea Workshop as part of Orientation activities. This year’s class wasted no time diving into the entrepreneurial boot camp, which aims to introduce students to a real world understanding of how a product is brought to market in Silicon Valley. MORE

Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates 10th Graduation Ceremony

Their hard work paying off, sixty-three students from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, representing the Master of Science in Software Engineering, Master of Science in Software Management, and Master of Science in Information Technology, received their diplomas on Sunday, August 12. The class of 2012 represents the tenth anniversary class of students graduating from the Silicon Valley campus, established in 2002 at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. MORE

3rd Annual Tech Showcase Demonstrates Growing Areas of Research

Flurries of activity and sharing of ideas is nothing new at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. However, Building 23 and numerous labs around campus buzzed with an extra air of excitement this past weekend as students at the 3rd Annual Tech Showcase proudly put the finishing touches on their CMUSV experience by presenting their research before the next day’s commencement ceremonies. MORE

Dr. Bob Iannucci Joins Carnegie Mellon University as Head of CyLab Mobility Research Center

Dr. Bob Iannucci recently joined Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (CMUSV) as the new Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center. Prior to joining CMUSV, he served as Chief Technology Officer of Nokia and was Head of the Nokia Research Center (NRC). Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley sat down with Dr. Iannucci to find out more about his background, research and plans as he steps into his new role. MORE

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Campus Hosts Pennsylvania Governor

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley campus welcomed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to campus August 14-15, 2012 as part of his effort to promote Pennsylvania as a prime location for high tech businesses and investment. As part of his Silicon Valley visit, the Governor met with several startups and influential Valley companies to continue to build bridges between Silicon Valley and the state of Pennsylvania. MORE

CMUSV Professor Offers Workshops To Support Humanitarian Aid

Todd Sedano, Director of the Software Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, is offering improv workshops on campus this summer to raise money for water relief efforts in South Sudan. Participants are asked to make a donation with full proceeds going to Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that creates better access to drinking water in Sudan by building more wells and latrines. MORE

CMUSV Assistant Professor To Help Launch Campus in Rwanda

Hedda R. Schmidtke spent her summer as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (CMUSV) to prepare for a full-time faculty position in Information and Communications Technology at the recently established Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R). CMUSV sat down with Dr. Schmidtke as she reflected on her experience here and looks forward to her role at CMU-R. MORE

CMUSV Class Combines Engineering with Entrepreneurship

It is only natural that residents of the Silicon Valley, the epicenter of software development and venture funding, are teeming with ideas for "next big thing." The question remains, however: do you have what it takes to turn an idea into a marketable product and launch a successful start-up? MORE

High School Robotics Team Visits Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

In June, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley(CMUSV) professors hosted students from Saratoga High School’s Robotics Club. MORE

CMUSV Senior Scientist Presents Keynote Address at TAP ’12

On June 1st, 2012, Dr. Corina Pasareanu, a Carnegie Mellon senior scientist and researcher with the Robust Software Engineering group at NASA Ames Research Center, gave one of two invited keynote talks at the 6th International Conference on Tests and Proofs (TAP'12), part of the TOOLS Europe (50th International Conference on Objects, Models, Components, Patterns), in Prague, Czech Republic.

Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates Decade of Success

The winds were gusty, but the spirit was joyous as hundreds gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Silicon Valley Campus. MORE

NASA & CMUSV Host "Big Data Management"

On April 5, 2012, NASA Research Park (NRP) hosted a NRP partner Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMU SV) led event in NRP Building 152 Conference Center. MORE

Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Innovation and Discovery

A decade of innovative research, academic excellence and entrepreneurial success stories will take center stage at an event on June 9 celebrating the creation of Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. MORE

CMUSV Director To Moderate "Transforming Education through Technology" Panel

On May 8, 2012, CMUSV Director Martin Griss will moderate a panel hosted by the Jewish High Tech Community. The event, Transforming Education Through Technology, will include panelists Rabbi Arron Ross, Assistant Principal at Yavneh Academy; Issac Segal, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tegrity; David Straus, Vice President Product, Kno, Inc.; and Evan Wolkenstein, Director of Experiential Education, JCHS.


Requirements Engineering Students Design Software System to Support Emergency Services

Students in Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s MS Software Engineering program presented their final projects last week for their software engineering requirements engineering course. The students presented before a mixed audience of fellow students, professors, and emergency/disaster management experts from the community. MORE

Building a Disaster Resilient Bay Area

This event will bring together several cooperating organizations that are helping the SF Bay Area to prepare for a coordinated regional response in times of crisis. MORE

Ted Selker to be Honored at the Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards (OAA)

Dr. Ted Selker, Associate Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center, will be honored at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Awards Banquet on May 4, 2012. MORE

CMU Start-up Launches Best-Selling Android Arcade Game, Supports Charity

Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMUSV) Professor Collin Jackson and CMUSV student Chinmay Garde have joined forces to create a platform for converting iPhone apps to Android. Their company, Apportable, has used its technology to launch the #1 selling arcade game on Android, Osmos HD. MORE

CMUSV Spring Break Startup Weekend Selects Three Winners

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley held its first “Spring Break Startups Weekend” on March 16-18. Organized by the master’s students, the goal was to bring together students and alumni to pitch ideas, select the best ones, and work within a 48 hour time frame to launch them. MORE

Good Luck to the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalists!

Two Carnegie Mellon University teams have been selected to be among the 32 finalists for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QinF). QinF received 109 applications from twelve participating US schools. Of the 32 finalist teams selected, only eight will be chosen as winners after the Finals, and will receive a $100,000 Fellowship per team. MORE

Carnegie Mellon University Bay Area Alumni Association to Host Smart Grid Workshop

SF Bay Area alumni clubs of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University are pleased to announce "Big Data Management for Energy and Smart Grid - Creating the Real-Time Utility Enterprise" on April 5th at the NASA auditorium in Mountain View, from 5:30 to 9:00PM. MORE

Professor Pei Zhang Receives NSF CAREER Award

Pei Zhang, Assistant Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus, recently received the NSF CAREER Award. MORE

From Summer Internship to Dream Job

If someone asked you what your dream job was, what would you say? Juan D. Trujillo, an Information Networking Institute (INI) student in the bicoastal Master of Science in Information Technology-Mobility program is now able to say that he has achieved it. Trujillo will be joining the Google+ team as a Test Engineer for Mobile at Google's Mountain View office in California this spring. MORE

Professor Patrick Tague Receives NSF CAREER Award

Patrick Tague, Assistant Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus, recently received the NSF CAREER Award. MORE

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