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University Police Making Efforts to Increase Campus Safety

Groundbreaking Anticipated for New Collaborative Innovation Center

Robotics Experts Share Knowledge with Local Teachers

Job Recruiter Carolyn Dillon Aims to Spark Increase in Diversity Among University Staff

University Hosts White House Meeting on Cybersecurity

Carnegie Mellon's SEI Opens Office in Frankfurt, Germany

New Web System Allows You to Publish Immediately

Martin Luther King Day Celebration Set for Jan. 20

Carnegie Mellon Dedicates Gailliot Center for Public Policy at Business School

New Program Integrates Engineering and Business Degrees

Carnegie Mellon Students Appear on Popular Game Shows

CollegeProwler Gives Prospective Students the Inside Scoop

Dana Vinson Tours with Papa Roach, Appears on MTV by Winning Ultimate SPIN Essay Contest

News Briefs
Language Technologies Experts Get NSF Grant to Help PAT's Phone-Based Information Systems

New Technology Created to Improve Respirator Masks

CAMT Creates Arts and Culture Observatory

Center Assists Regional Arts Organizations

$1.9 Million Hewlett Grant Supports New Web-based Courses

Meltzer's New Book Praised by Greenspan

Developing "Smart" Cars

Successful Groundhog Day

Creating Software for Security

A Breathtaking Experience

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Developing "Smart" Cars

Asim Smailagic, senior researcher at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, demonstrates a "smart"van researchers are developing in the General Motors Lab in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The van is equipped with technology that reacts to voice and touch commands which operate the vehicle's navigation system. The vehicle includes a finger print and eye identification system that allows only the owner to start and operate the vehicle.

University Police Making Efforts to Increase Campus Safety
New Lighting, Information Network Among Recent Efforts

University Police is working to make the Carnegie Mellon campus safer for students, faculty and staff.

Creig Doyle, chief of University Police, said one of the biggest changes has been the addition of new lighting across campus. Light fixtures were added to the Cartwright Stairs, which descend to lower campus from the Purnell Center, the Devonshire Pathway leading from the Morewood Gardens parking lot to Fifth Avenue and on the press box side of Gesling Stadium.

Michael Murphy, dean of student affairs, noted that various light fixtures on campus were on timers that hadn't been calibrated for the change of season. These timers have now been adjusted and the lights are coming on at dusk. More...

Groundbreaking Anticipated for New Collaborative Innovation Center
Construction to Begin Early in 2003

Collaborative Innovation Ctr
Officials at Carnegie Mellon, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) and the J.J. Gumberg Co. are anticipating the official groundbreaking for the new $27.9 million Collaborative Innovation Center. Construction at the north end of Panther Hollow—also known as Junction Hollow—just west of Hamburg Hall and adjacent to the Facilities Management Services (FMS) building, is expected to begin early in 2003.

The purpose of the new four-story, 136,000-square-foot structure is to provide office and lab space for technology companies wishing to collaborate with Carnegie Mellon to create innovative new concepts and products for the marketplace. Ultimately, the hope is that these companies will establish roots in Pittsburgh, thereby creating jobs for university graduates and bolstering economic development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Specific plans for the Collaborative Innovation Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus were first introduced about a year ago by the Panther Hollow Development Corporation (PHDC), a partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The PHDC was established to promote a two-phase development of the Panther Hollow corridor for technology companies and startups that wish to expand their research. A future phase of the development project would propose a second structure near the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

The Collaborative Innovation Center will be developed by the J.J. Gumberg Co. with the RIDC serving as the initial owner. The RIDC will lease the land for the building from the university.

Ken Kimbrough, assistant vice president for Facilities Management Services, noted that "the RIDC is a not-for-profit developer, so it can use public funds to finance the facility. RIDC will fund the building with an $8-million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a $3.4-million Tax Increment Financing loan and a $27-million first mortgage." More...


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