2014-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University

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2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Obituary: Carnegie Mellon's Lois Josephs Fowler Inspired and Mentored Generations of Students

Lois FowlerFowler, professor of English, emeritus, at Carnegie Mellon, died Dec. 28. She was 89. Fowler joined the CMU faculty in 1961 and was often referred to as an "unforgettable" teacher. MORE
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Three Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Named 2015 IEEE Fellows

Alex WaibelHowie ChosetDiana MarculescuAlex Waibel and Howie Choset of the School of Computer Science and Diana Marculescu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have been recognized for their technological contributions to society. MORE
Monday, December 22, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Research Shows Online Teams Are Influenced by Same Factors as Groups That Communicate in Person

Anita WoolleyBuilding on her groundbreaking research on "collective intelligence," a term she helped coin to describe a measure of the general effectiveness of a group, Anita Woolley, assistant professor of organizational behavior and theory at the Tepper School of Business, has conducted a new study that demonstrates the same key factors that influence the collective intelligence in face-to-face teams also apply to online groups. MORE
Monday, December 22, 2014

Disruptive Health Technology Institute To Receive Funding To Further Enhance Medical Technologies

The DHTI has announced a second round of funded projects by Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network to "disrupt" health care by identifying key unmet clinical needs and addressing them with advanced medical technologies. A total of $1.7 million was awarded to projects ranging from managing chronic wound healing to reducing toxic side effects of anti-cancer drugs. MORE
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Carnegie Mellon $2 Million To Transform Graduate Education in Humanities

The five-year award will train humanities Ph.D. students in digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning through intensive, weeklong courses that will also be available to anyone online.  MORE
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Six Carnegie Mellon Faculty Members Elected Fellows of American Physical Society

APS FellowsThis is the largest group of APS Fellows Carnegie Mellon has had in a single year. They are being recognized for their work in a wide range of areas, including examining physics from the scale of the smallest subatomic particles to outer reaches of the cosmos, discovering new fundamental particles and laws of nature, and unraveling the scientific underpinnings of the behavior of materials and phenomena that govern our everyday lives. MORE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hugs Help Protect Against Stress and Infection, Say Carnegie Mellon Researchers

HugsLed by Sheldon Cohen, researchers found that a hug-a-day could keep the doctor away. Their results showed greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms. MORE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Venkat Viswanathan Develops Solution to Lithium Air Batteries' Premature Death Problem

Viswanathan and researchers from IBM, University of California, Berkeley and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory discovered that adding water to the battery decreased the sudden death phenomenon and increased its storage capacity by five times. Their results are published in Nature Chemistry. MORE
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Adam Feinberg Develops Key Method for Manipulating Cells in Engineered Tissues for Medical Devices

Feinberg and his research group currently are using the new method, called "Patterning on Topography," to understand more about how cells behave, but ultimately they plan to use it to engineer heart muscle and to enhance the biocompatibility of medical devices, such as improving the long-term stability and performance of coronary stents. MORE
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

José M. F. Moura Named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Jose MouraMoura, associate head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor, holds 11 U.S. patents ranging from image video processing to biomedical areas, several of which have been adopted by industry. A sequence detector from two of his patents has been placed in 2.4 billion disk drives and 60 percent of all computers sold worldwide in the last 10 years. MORE
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.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Andreea Deciu Ritivoi Receives NEH Fellowship

Andreea RitivoiRitivoi will use the the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore how the concept of "captive nations" emerged in early Cold War political discourse, and how their liberation only appeared as an American responsibility. MORE
Friday, December 12, 2014

White House Official Announces Launch of Higher Education Alliance for Maker Education

MakeSchools logoJohn Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced the launch of the Make Schools Alliance this week while visiting Atlanta. Carnegie Mellon University is among founding members of the alliance and led development of MakeSchools.org, a one-stop online resource for sharing best practices in Maker education. MORE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes "The Collected Stories of Gladys Schmitt"

Gladys Schmitt Book CoverThe collection features 19 stories that the award-winning Schmitt published in her lifetime. Schmitt was a dedicated and beloved professor of English at CMU, where she founded the Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs of its kind.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Society for Judgment and Decision Making Presents Carnegie Mellon's Alex Imas With New Investigator Award

Alex ImasImas, assistant professor of social and decision sciences, won for his paper, "The Realization Effect: Risk-Taking After Realized Versus Paper Losses," which explores how prior losses influence a person's attitude toward taking on additional risks. MORE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Students To Present Surveillance Policy Recommendations to Pittsburgh City Council

From drones to traffic cameras to body cameras, technology is giving law enforcement officials many new options to watch and protect citizens. However, their use raises legal and ethical questions, including potentially violating the privacy rights of innocent people. CMU students will present their recommendations on the issue to Pittsburgh officials from 1:30 - 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10 in City Council Chambers.
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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 Researchers Discover Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

brain image CMU researchers have created brain-reading techniques to use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy, establishing the first biologically based diagnostic tool that measures a person's thoughts to detect the disorder. MORE
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Collaborate To Enhance Library Services

CMU and Pitt SealsIn an email to the Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh communities today (Dec. 2), CMU President Subra Suresh and Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced a collaboration among the school’s library systems to better respond to the evolving needs of its respective campuses. 
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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
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Opens Armin Hofmann Exhibition, Sponsored by School of Design Through March 2015

Armin HofmanDuring his many years as a teacher at institutions across the world, the legendary Swiss graphic designer accumulated a treasure-trove of experiences and findings on the subject of color. Following his retirement, he produced 20 silkscreen portfolios, each containing 12 compositions. The Miller exhibition will showcase one of Hofmann's portfolios, as well as 18 studies of the prints as a part of "Farbe / Color."
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's CoBot Robots Reach 1,000-Kilometer Milestone of Autonomous Operation

Three CobotsFor three years, the CoBots have been navigating the corridors of Carnegie Mellon's Gates and Hillman centers and Newell-Simon Hall, running errands and guiding visitors without human supervision. "We have operated without a single incident," said CMU's Manuela Veloso. "They never went over a person's foot, never ran into a wall, never got confused by a glass window." MORE
Monday, November 24, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Unveils Lunar Rover "Andy"

Andy Lunar RoverAndy is a four-wheeled robot designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the moon's pits, caves and polar ice. The robot is Carnegie Mellon's contribution to an effort led by Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Technology to land a robot on the moon and win the $20 million-plus Google Lunar XPrize. While on the moon, Andy may explore lunar pits, giant, newly discovered, steep-sided holes created by the collapse of underground voids. MORE
Friday, November 21, 2014

Go Behind the Scenes at Carnegie Mellon School of Art Open Studio, Dec. 5

Open Studio DayThe seventh annual Open Studio from 5-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in the College of Fine Arts building will feature more than 50 undergraduate and graduate artist studios with work-in-progress spanning sculpture, painting, video, gaming, performance, interactive art and more. MORE
Friday, November 21, 2014

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Unveil New Lunar Rover, "Andy"

Designed to scramble up steep slopes and survive the temperature swings and high radiation encountered while exploring the Moon's pits, caves and polar ice, Andy is CMU's contribution to an effort led by Pittsburgh's Astrobotic Technology to land a robot on the Moon and win the $20 million-plus Google Lunar XPrize. The unveiling takes place at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24, in the Planetary Robotics Laboratory on the first floor of the Gates and Hillman Centers. MORE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering Marks 30th Birthday of Self-driving Car Technology

SRX Cadillac"The evolution of AV technology at Carnegie Mellon is a remarkable success story that epitomizes how innovation advances when engineers, computer scientists and robotics researchers collaborate," said Farnam Jahanian, vice president for research at Carnegie Mellon. To date, CMU has filed more than 140 invention disclosures for AV technologies. At left is CMU's self-driving Cadillac SRX.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Computer Scientist Mary Shaw Receives National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Mary ShawShaw, the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science in Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Software Research, will receive the medal from President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 20. MORE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Carnegie Mellon School of Music Renames Recording Studio in Recognition of Generous Gift From Nick and Kimi Vlahakis

Kimi and Nick VlahakisTheir two-part gift includes a substantial annual gift to support regular studio operations, and a planned gift of $1 million that will be used to help ensure the studio's effective operation in perpetuity, and to support undergraduate merit scholarships and operations in the School of Music. MORE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Student-Developed Communication Device Aids People with Lou Gehrig's Disease

Abhishek Sharma and Douglas Rew, master's degree students in software engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, developed iExpress, which enables people to communicate with their eyes via computer. 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CMU Congratulates GE on Plans for New Manufacturing Facility

GE LogoIt’s an exciting time, as more dynamic companies continue to gravitate toward CMU’s and the region’s excellent talent base in the science and technology fields. Over the past several years, CMU has attracted Google, Intel, Apple and Disney to the region. MORE