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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CHIMP Robot Gets Ready for DARPA Finals June 5-6


The Tartan Rescue Team from CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center is making final preparations for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals June 5-6. The team’s four-limbed robot, CHIMP, is capable of performing all eight of the tasks it will encounter in a simulated disaster course the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is assembling at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CMU Phone Service Uses Funny Recordings To Make Anti-Ebola Health Messages “Go Viral” in Guinea

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Halting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no laughing matter, but a phone information service developed by CMU researchers is leveraging people’s interest in phone games and wacky humor to help spread urgent health information to people in Guinea.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Project Uses Machine Learning To Help Apartment Hunters Estimate Utility Costs

The free service, EDigs, considers your lifestyle to identify your perfect rental.
Friday, May 8, 2015

Pros Rake In More Chips Than Computer Program During Poker Contest

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Four of the world's best players of Heads-up No-limit Texas Hold'em amassed more poker chips than the Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence program called Claudico as they collectively played 80,000 hands of poker in a two-week competition that concluded today at Rivers Casino.
Friday, May 1, 2015

Poker Pros Lead at Halfway Point of "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence"

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After 40,000 hands, the ‘humans’— four professional poker players — have taken a lead over Carnegie Mellon’s artificial intelligence program, Claudico.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Project Divides Everyday Tasks, Expenses In Ways Scientifically Calculated To Make Everyone Happy

SplidditThe next time you share a cab, get a little help on splitting the fare from a Nobel laureate in economics. That’s possible as of today through Carnegie Mellon’s website, which offers “provably fair” solutions to everyday dilemmas. MORE
Friday, April 24, 2015

Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Carnegie Mellon Computer Faces Poker Pros in Epic No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Competition

Computer PokerOver the course of two weeks, the CMU computer program, Claudico, will play 20,000 hands of Heads-Up No-limit Texas Hold’em with each of the four poker pros. MORE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Beyond the Touchscreen: Carnegie Mellon, Disney Researchers Develop Acoustically Driven Controls for Handheld Devices

Acoustrument Alarm ClockThe researchers drew inspiration from wind instruments in devising these mechanisms, which they call Acoustruments. The idea is to use pluggable plastic tubes and other structures to connect the smartphone’s speaker with its microphone. The device can then be controlled by acoustically altering sounds as they pass through this system. MORE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Carnegie Corporation of New York Grants Carnegie Mellon $1 Million To Support Activities of the Simon Initiative

Grant Supports Simon InitiativeThe grant — Carnegie Corporation’s largest ever to CMU — will allow the university to better understand and develop strategies to overcome the roadblocks to using technology-enhanced learning (TEL) resources. MORE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pittsburgh’s Girls of Steel Win Chairman’s Award In Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

Girls of SteelThe CMU-sponsored team has qualified for its fifth consecutive trip to the FRC Championship, April 22-25, in St. Louis, Mo. MORE
Monday, March 30, 2015

Turning Your Smartphone Into a Ruler

smartphone rulerUsing video from smartphones or other devices to create 3-D models of the world has become increasingly common as computer vision has grown more sophisticated. Researchers at CMU have developed a way to use a smartphone’s sensors to build 3-D models of faces or other objects and — literally, with the wave of a hand — provide accurate measurements of those objects. MORE
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Automated Braille Writing Tutor Wins Touch of Genius Prize

Braille Writing TutorThe innovative device developed by the TechBridgeWorld research group helps visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Snake Robots Learn To Turn By Following the Lead of Real Sidewinders

SnakeBot and SandHowie Choset, professor at CMU’s Robotics Institute, said by learning from real sidewinders, researchers can make snake robots much more valuable as tools for urban search-and-rescue tasks, power plant inspections and even archaeological exploration. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Study Shows People Act To Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal Information

Privacy NudgeAn experiment at Carnegie Mellon shows that when people learn exactly how many times these apps share that information they rapidly act to limit further sharing. MORE
Monday, March 16, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Spinoff Introduces Speck, a Personal, Wi-Fi-connected Air Quality Monitor

Speck in the kitchenIntroduced at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, Speck is an air pollution monitor in the home that measures the levels of PM2.5, the tiniest of particulates capable of lodging deep in the lungs and aggravating heart and lung diseases. MORE

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