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Luis von Ahn

Games with a Purpose

Professor of computer science Luis von Ahn is getting people to solve problems that computers can't...while they play games. Watch video »

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Randy Pausch


Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. Watch video »

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Featured in this video: Wanda Dann, Randy Pausch, Caitlin Kelleher, Steve Cooper, Steve Seabolt, Don Slater.

Dena Tsamitis

My Secure Cyberspace

Dena Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon, talks about the MySecureCyberspace game which helps children learn about online safety and citizenship. Watch video »

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Center for Cosmology

Alumnus and CEO of Tessera Technologies Bruce McWilliams talks about how the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology brings together physics, computer science and statistics to help understand the origins of the universe. Watch video »

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Tartan Racing

Professor of robotics Red Whittaker speaks about the technologies behind Carnegie Mellon's Urban Challenge-winning Boss vehicle and the pursuit of the Google Lunar X Prize. Watch video »

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