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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

*Launch CMU

PITTSBURGH-The entrepreneurial ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon University generates an average of 15-20 new companies each year, introducing new products, services and technology into the marketplace. In celebration of these ongoing achievements and bringing the entrepreneurship and venture capital communities together, the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has created Launch|CMU, a new semiannual event that will showcase technology, cutting-edge research and some of the most promising startup companies.

The inaugural, invitation-only event will focus on "big data and machine learning" and will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  Subsequent programs are planned to alternate between Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh each spring and fall. This fall's event will be held Oct. 31 in Pittsburgh.  

"The faculty, students and their research at Carnegie Mellon are ideally suited for addressing extremely complex and emerging issues like big data and machine learning," said Lenore Blum, co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and distinguished career professor of computer science.

Faculty presenters at the inaugural event are: J. Zico Kolter, assistant professor of computer science and software research, who will talk about computational methods for sustainable energy; Noah Smith, the Finmeccanica Associate Professor of Language Technologies and Machine Learning, who will explore the relationship between text and social context; Ian Lane, research assistant professor at the CMU Silicon Valley campus, who will talk about machine learning approaches for accelerating speech analytics; and Adrien Treuille, assistant professor of computer science and robotics, who will present his experiences creating large-scale crowdsourcing projects and discuss the impact and challenges of crowdsourcing on the future of labor... Read More»