2013-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Press Release: DARPA Selects Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Rescue Team for Funding To Prepare for 2014 Robotics Challenge

CHIMP RobotThe Tartan Rescue Team's CHIMP robot ranked third among teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials this weekend, scoring 18 out of a possible 32 points during the two-day competition. MORE
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Diana Marculescu Leads Team Developing Novel Monitoring Tools for Hydropower Generation

Diana MarculescuA three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Marculescu and her team investigate and ultimately control large-scale sustainable energy harvesting in river networks. Her team is banking on the efficiency of hydrokinetic, or run-of-the-river, power extraction, which harvests a small portion of kinetic energy in the river at multiple locations. MORE
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Press Release: Beyond "Boss": Carnegie Mellon, GM Build on Success

SRX CadillacCarnegie Mellon has renewed its five-year agreement with General Motors to continue developing technologies that could allow future production vehicles to drive autonomously. MORE
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

News Brief: Coro Honors Carnegie Mellon's Jim Daniels for Values-Based Leadership

Jim DanielsAn award-winning poet, author and screenwriter, Daniels founded Carnegie Mellon's Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards 15 years ago to encourage Pittsburgh-area high school and college students to explore their personal connections with race and discrimination. MORE
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

News Brief: CMU Roboticists Join Team WRECS for DARPA Robotics Challenge

DRC AtlasProfessor Chris Atkeson and 10 other CMU roboticists have been working with a team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to prepare a 330-pound Atlas humanoid to perform human-like tasks in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. So far, the team has taken the Atlas from being barely able to walk and transformed it into a machine that can drive a car, climb a ladder and use power tools. Seventeen teams are set to compete in the trials Dec. 20-21, inculding six other teams who are also using an Atlas. MORE
Friday, December 13, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's CHIMP Robot Prepares For DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, Dec. 20-21

CHIMP RobotCMU's Tartan Rescue Team is one of 17 teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. The DRC is intended to spur development of advanced robots that can mitigate disasters while working in environments engineered for people. Based on performance at the trials, up to eight teams will receive DARPA funding to help prepare for the DRC Finals next December. MORE
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Receives $10 Million from The Heinz Endowments For H. John Heinz III College Building Expansion, Renovations

Hamburg HallThe gift will provide funds for the construction of new facilities in Hamburg Hall, including new collaborative student project space and an auditorium.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Eswaran Subrahmanian Earns Distinguished Member Recognition

Eswaran SubrahmanianSubrahmanian, a research professor in CMU's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, is being honored for his cross-disciplinary study of design through the fields of computer science, social sciences, engineering design and systems design. MORE
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

News Brief: Garlan Named ACM Fellow

David GarlanDavid Garlan,a  professor in the Institute for Software Research, is among 50 innovators from the world's leading universities and corporations named by the Association for Computer Machinery as 2013 Fellows. The list also includes three additional Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. alumni. MORE
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

News Brief: Three CMU Innovators Named 2013 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

MatyjaszewskiReddySureshCarnegie Mellon University faculty members Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Raj Reddy and President Subra Suresh were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. MORE
Monday, December 9, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Chris Bettinger and Jay Whitacre Find Novel Biological Sources for Battery Materials

cuttlefishInk from the cuttlefish, a close relative of the squid, provides the perfect chemistry and nanostructure to power tiny electronic devices that can be either ingested or implanted into the body for applications ranging from biosensing to drug delivery. MORE
Monday, December 9, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering Names Jelena Kovačević To Head Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jelena KovacevicKovačević, a professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Bioimage Informatics at CMU, succeeds Ed Schlesinger, who has been named dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. MORE
Friday, December 6, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Students Showcase Products To Improve Life in Developing Countries

Students in the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Course will unveil their prototypes from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9. Among the projects is a rolling water transport and filtration system to ensure the use of clean water in developing nations where infrastructure is sparse. MORE
Friday, December 6, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Developing Tools To Make Buildings Energy Efficient

Anthony RoweMario BergesWith a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the Department of Energy, CMU researchers Anthony Rowe and Mario Berges are developing sensor networks and an open-source software platform to optimize energy use in buildings, which annually consume 39 percent of total U.S. energy production. MORE
Friday, December 6, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Jendayi E. Frazer Reflects on Nelson Mandela

Frazer and Mandela"Today, the world mourns the loss of one of our greatest leaders, Nelson Rolihlahla "Madiba" Mandela. His spirit lives on forever in every freedom-loving and committed warrior of peace and justice. Mandela not only changed the course of history for South Africa, but he left a legacy that can be appreciated by every person, from every country across the globe," said CMU's Frazer, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2005-2009) and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa (2004-2005).
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Burcu Akinci Co-Leads Team Developing Low-Flying Robots for Bridge Inspections

Burcu AkinciAkinci is working with researchers from CMU's Robotics Institute and with engineers at Northeastern University to create autonomous aerial robots that will make inspecting infrastructure safer and more efficient. MORE
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Brand Associations by Mining Millions of Images From Social Media Sites

Brand AssociationsScientists have taken a first step toward mining marketing data from images. MORE
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Biomedical Engineering Students To Host Workshop Featuring Steel City Improv Actors

Professor Jim Antaki says the principles of improvisation inspire students to be more creative and to think on their feet. The session will take place from 5:30 - 8:20 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5 in the Gates Center for Computer Science. MORE
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Scheme Uses Shared Visual Cues To Help People Remember Multiple Passwords

Researchers have devised a scheme that enables users to create 100 or more passwords by remembering — and regularly rehearsing — a small number of one-sentence stories. MORE
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Students Build Software Solutions for Nonprofits

Eleven student information systems teams will showcase their final projects to their clients, professors and the community from 3:30 - 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in Carnegie Mellon's Porter Hall 222.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Press Release: Students Can Create Animations of Garfield the Cat With New Version of Carnegie Mellon's Alice Software

Alice and GarfieldThe new release of Alice, which features Garfield, Odie, Jon, Nermel and other characters from the popular comic strip, is geared to help middle and high school students learn programming concepts as teachers are increasingly requesting educational materials for computer science that are appropriate for that age group. MORE
Monday, December 2, 2013

Press Release: College of Fine Arts Presents Open Studio Day Friday, Dec. 6

Open Studio DayIf you love art in any form, you'll find something to do at CFA.  MORE
Monday, December 2, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's José M.F. Moura Receives Dowd Professorship in Engineering

Jose MouraThe chair acknowledges Moura's work in "changing the face of higher education in Portugal." MORE
Monday, December 2, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Metin Sitti Named IEEE Fellow

Metin SittiSitti, director of the NanoRobotics Lab at CMU and a professor of mechanical engineering, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to micro- and nano-scale robotic systems, which can be used to benefit health care and national security. MORE
Monday, December 2, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Jimmy Zhu To Head New Research Center With Sun Yat-sen University

Jimmy ZhuThe Joint Institute of Engineering will focus on big data, medical applications, the smart power grid, autonomous driving, nano devices and embedded systems security. MORE
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Kathryn Roeder Helps Identify Clues to the Origin of Autism

RoederIn a study led by Yale University, Roeder looked for unusual clustering of a targeted list of autism genes in a map of the brain determined by BrainSpan, a digital atlas of where genes are expressed in the human brain over the lifespan. The results of the study are reported in the Nov. 21 issue of the journal "Cell." MORE
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Press Release: GREAT3 Challenge Seeks New Methods for Measuring Weak Gravitational Lensing

GalaxiesThe recently launched third Gravitational Lensing Accuracy Testing challenge (GREAT3) is giving researchers the opportunity to unlock one of the biggest secrets of the universe.

GREAT3 invites researchers from many fields, including astrophysics, statistics and machine learning, to test new and existing methods for measuring weak gravitational lensing.
Monday, November 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Alumna Named Rhodes Scholar

WittekindCourtney T. Wittekind of Mason, Ohio, who earned a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2013, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most prestigious international study awards available to students in the United States. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Leads Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility

Through this five-year, $3.7 million project, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, researchers from CMU, Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Home To Two New AAAS Fellows

Jay Apt Mark Kamlet Carnegie Mellon University's Mark S. Kamlet and Jay Apt have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. MORE
Monday, November 25, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Report Finds Pittsburghers More Civic-Minded Than Average Americans

Report CoverPittsburgh residents are significantly more civically healthy than other Pennsylvanians and average Americans, according to a new report conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and produced by the National Conference on Citizenship. MORE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon and Temple Researchers Offer Fresh Perspective To Improve Learning by Taming Instructional Complexity

To maximize the potential of improving research behind educational practice and student learning, the researchers offer five recommendations. MORE
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Investigate How Information Shared Via Online Social Networks Can Lead to Hiring Discrimination

Alesandro AcquistiChristina FongAlessandro Acquisti and Christina Fong say the findings suggest that, while hiring discrimination via Internet searches and social media does not seem widespread, the impact of revealing certain traits online can have a significant effect on the behavior of employers who look online for candidates' personal information. MORE