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'In the News' at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

In the News

Mentions of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus, faculty, students and research in print, broadcast and online media. Something to share? Email news@sv.cmu.edu


  • Women in Technology International (WITI) has named Sheryl Root as one of its 2015 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees. Root is a faculty member in the Integrated Innovation Institute, teaching at CMU-SV in the MS Software Management program. 
  • Bob Iannucci was quoted in a USGS news release about a new project exploring the use of cellphones to provide advance earthquake warnings; he notes that phones can act as "a distributed sensor network" and contribute valuable crowdsourced data. Several news outlets picked up the story, including USA Today and the Daily Mail.
  • ECE/CyLab/CMU-SV’s Pei Zhang was quoted on Michigan Radio on the use of drones in the oil and natural gas industry and their potential ability to check pipelines for leaks. "They don't get tired, and they don't get forgetful, and they're always paying attention," Zhang says.
  • Associate Research Professor Patrick Tague was one of four experts on a panel for NetworkWorld.com, discussing security issues around the Internet of Things; read "The security implications of IoT"
  • Associate Research Professor Jason D. Lohn and Graduate Research Assistant Irina Brinster's antenna research for Google's Project Ara is mentioned in the January 2015 issue of IEEE Spectrum. This new kind of smartphone technology will allow users to build and customize hardware for their existing smartphones.
  • Ford Motor Company featured work by Ian Lane, assistant research professor, in news releases and events for the new Ford Research Center in Palo Alto, which opened in January. Lane's research in speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning has led to a partnership with Ford to develop on-board systems for next-generation cars. Read Ford's news release and coverage on the New York Times Bits Blog, USA Today, Jalopnik, Detroit News


  • The MS Software Management program was highlighted in a Silicon Valley Business Journal article about technology education and leadership.
  • Distinguished Research Fellow Steve Ray moderated a panel on the "Internet of Things" in September, hosted by Cadence Design Systems; a summary of the event was published on a Cadence community blog.
  • The Boston Globe quoted Associate Research Professor Pei Zhang in an article about robot swarms
  • Alumni startup Leanplum announced $4.8 million in Series A funding from a top-tier Silicon Valley VC, along with a new Marketing Automation feature for its mobile app analytics and optimization services.
  • Neon Labs, a CMU startup that incubated at the Silicon Valley campus after moving to California from Pittsburgh, has raised more than $4 million for their work exploring user engagement with images online, as reported in the Wall Street Journal's Venture Capital Dispatch in July. The company also issued a press release about its partnership with IGN Entertainment's video news.
  • In May, Singapore Management University published "The case for open source software," an interview with Tony Wasserman, Professor of the Practice in the Integrated Innovation Institute.
  • Forbes contributor Peter High interviewed Jon Cagan, co-director of the Integrated Innovation Institute, for the Education Technology Innovation series; they discuss creating ideas, new markets and the Institute's "vision to build innovators of tomorrow."
  • Associate Research Professor Pei Zhang talked about his group's research into cyber-physical systems and sensor networks at NCTA's annual Cable Show conference; this video segment is part of the "Imagine Park: Internet of Thingamajigs" series and features Ph.D. student Frank Mokaya demonstrating their wearable sensors.
  • More than 15 news outlets picked up a story about a detection tool developed by CMU and Facebook to help security professionals deal with"man-in-the middle" attacks. The paper was written by Lin-Shung Huang (an SV Ph.D. student) and former SV faculty member Collin Jackson with Facebook employees Alex Rice and Erling Ellingsen. See the story at Boing Boing, SC Magazine, CIO.com and Ars Technica.
  • Forbes highlighted a Quora response by CMU-SV Software Management alumnus Amin Ariana, answering the question "How Do You Get Over The Fear Of Quitting Your Job To Start A Startup?"
  • VentureBeat and The Verge both featured "Explorable Inequality," an interactive map of income inequality built by CMU's Randy Sargent and Christopher Bartley in the Create Lab. Based on the bestselling book Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, the map shows wealth data for 29 countries over the past 100 years.
  • INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis was interviewed by Fortune Magazine for an article about information security education, which mentioned the bicoastal Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT-IS degree.
  • Carnegie Mellon's first "digital career fair" with alumni startup collegefeed was featured in the Wall Street Journal April 3. Reporter Melissa Korn notes "Collegefeed is also supplying college career offices with tools like searchable catalogs of résumés and data for which companies requested connections to students and why, to better position students during the next recruiting cycle." Stanford and Cal Poly are among the other schools working with collegefeed.
  • VentureBeat covered EngageClick's launch from stealth mode March 25 in an exclusive article; co-founders Manoj Rajshekar and Shekhar Deo are both CMU-SV alumni from the Software Management program.
  • Distinguished Service Professor Stuart Evans was interviewed for a segment of the BBC World Service program "Tech Tent" airing March 14. He discussed how Chinese entrepreneurs are making an impact in Silicon Valley, as well as the recent increase in students applying from China and South-East Asia. Listen to his segment beginning at 17:35, and see an expanded interview with reporter Alison van Diggelen at Fresh Dialogues.
  • Assistant Research Professor Ian Lane was interviewed for Nvidia's online CUDA Spotlight series, discussing his team's research in hardware-accelerated perceptual computing and their focus on GPU-accelerated methods for speech recognition, image processing and natural language processing understanding. Lane also co-directs the CMU CUDA Center of Excellence with Dr. Kayvon Fatahalian.
  • Forbes.com featured Sunnyvale's Plug and Play Tech Center and noted that Carnegie Mellon students are involved in the accelerator program; Plug and Play is also hosting CMU's Silicon Valley Career Fair in March.
  • A San Diego Union-Tribune article from Feb. 24, about efforts to lure a graduate school to Carlsbad, Calif., mentions CMU's Silicon Valley campus as an example that has an expanding technology and life sciences cluster.
  • Carnegie Mellon's feature about Associate Research Professor Jason Lohn and his antenna design with X5 Systems, "The Sky Isn't the Limit," was published in the NASA Ames NRP Post Winter 2014 edition (PDF).
  • In a feature titled "Swarms of drones could be the next frontier in emergency response," NBC News reports on Associate Research Professor Pei Zhang's work on the Sensorfly project, developing small, remote helicopters that can be controlled remotely in concert.
  • Apportable, founded by former SV faculty member Dr. Collin Jackson, released a new game development tool suite for iOS and Android app developers called SpriteBuilder; the launch got coverage in VentureBeat and YCombinator HackerNews.


  • Real-time wearable sensors developed by Vibrado Technologies with Associate Research Professor Pei Zhang and PhD student Frank Mokaya were featured on CNET and CBS in their Cutting Edge series. The video showed a feedback sleeve for basketball players in action, and CMU-SV Campus Director Bob Iannucci discussing the future of embedded sensors and systems.
  • FastCompany covered the LinkedIn DevelopHer hackathon, held Oct. 25-26, which drew more than 100 participants, including teams of CMU-SV graduate students (featured in the photo gallery). Three CMU teams made it to the final round. 
  • Mobile app optimization startup Leanplum went public Nov. 5 with their mobile app A/B testing service, earning coverage in Wired and GigaOm; co-founder and CEO Momchil Kyurkchiev (MS SE '11) is a former Google engineer.
  • Mainframe2, cofounded in 2013 by CMU-SV student Darko Ilic (MS SE '14), came out of stealth at DEMO 2013 with coverage from TechCrunch, Bloomberg and more.
  • Facebook has acquired Mobile Technologies, founded by CMU CS faculty member Alex Waibel, who worked with CMU-SV faculty researchers Joy Ying Zhang, Matthias Eck, and Ian Lane to develop the translation app Jibbigo; reported in TechCrunch and PCWorld
  • The USGS featured a story about the self-flying XSCAV aircraft, a collaborative project of the NASA Ames Research Center and the Carnegie Mellon Innovations Laboratory at CMU-SV.
  • In August, TechCrunch reported that collegefeed, which was co-founded by CMU-SV graduate Aman Khanna and launched a beta with CMU-SV earlier in the year, raised $1.8 million from Accel Partners.
  • CrowdOptic announced their partnership with CMU-SV to develop new mapping technology that will connect smart buildings and environments with users of smart and wearable devices. 
  • Startup company Apportable, founded by Dr. Collin Jackson, an assistant research professor at CMU-SV, was featured in the Wall Street Journal for their work converting iOS apps to Android and their $2.4 million in seed funding, led by Google Ventures. 
  • CMU-SV's Bob Iannucci and several M.S. and Ph.D. students mentioned in the Mercury News for their involvement in the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association Field Day. For photo, see our Facebook page.
  • Bicoastal INI (MS IT '13) student Trenton Johnson is profiled in the online magazine Diversity Careers. Johnson will join IBM's Watson Solutions team post-graduation.
  • The NRP Post — CMU-SV is featured in the Spring 2013 edition of the NRP Post.
  • Alumni startup collegefeed, a social career platform to connect college students and companies, featured in VentureBeat, GigaOM and Reuters
  • SFGate release on the CMU-SV student team that won the April CMU-SV HTML5 Hackathon sponsored by Yahoo!
  • Ian Lane and INI students' work gesture-based interfaces with Yandex featured on TechCrunch. A video is also featured on Yandex's blog. Download the video on Vimeo.
  • Anthony (Tony) Wasserman Awarded 2013 SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award - April 2, 2013
    ACM'S Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) has awarded Dr. Tony Wasserman its 2013 Influential Educator Award.


  • Female Developers and Athletes Take the Leading Role at espnW Hack Day - November 13, 2012
    By the end of the day Saturday, the seven judges chose a winner: iSports, developed by Divya Natesan, Pooja Gada, and Ditaya Das, three graduate engineering students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, California. The app pulls athlete videos from YouTube and relevant facts from ESPN.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Researchers Work To Develop New Tools For Improving Communication During Natural Disasters - November 5, 2012
    "As voice and data networks have become more complex, they have also become more vulnerable in the face of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes," said Bob Iannucci, director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center and a distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. "And while police, fire and other emergency responders have their dedicated communication tools, impacted community members may find themselves without the ability to access Internet services, social networks and other popular means of communication."
  • Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Holds its 3rd Annual Disaster Management Initiative Workshop - November 3, 2012
    Carnegie Mellon’s 3rd Annual Disaster Management Initiative Workshop is focusing on community resilience in the face of disasters, utilizing the latest technologies in mobile communications and interoperability to test effective responses to emergency scenarios.
  • NASA, Carnegie Mellon To Showcase Disaster Management Technologies - October 31, 2012
    In collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMUSV), Ames will host a workshop highlighting community resilience and testing technologies in preparation, response and recovery from emergencies.
  • The NRP Post - September 10, 2012
    CMUSV is featured in the Summer 2012 edition of the NRP Post, including CMUSV's 10th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Research at Google; Faculty Summit - July 26, 2012
    Randy Sargent discusses his research projects, "TimeMachine" and "BodyTrack", while interviewed by Google.
  • Always On: Helibots to the Rescue - July 3, 2012
    Pei Zhang and students demonstrate SensorFly on CNET video.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Honors Zazzle with Inclusion in Time Capsule - June 12, 2012
    “CMU Silicon Valley has come a long way in the past ten years, the people here, this milestone, and the technology we are producing shows we are in the right place and that the university is harnessing and growing innovation,” Martin Griss, Associate Dean and Director of CMU Silicon Valley said glowingly. Part of the event included a time capsule which included proud elements from the past ten years: projects, devices, software, certificates and even a Zazzle ornament!
  • Google’s SPDY and ActivNetworks’ BoostEdge to Allow Faster Web Access - March 21, 2012
    “In an age when mobile users are demanding more bandwidth, the mobile industry needs to develop new ways to increase capacity with minimal cost. Our research team created a test bed to benchmark performance and verify how that need is addressed using BoostEdge and SPDY,” said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Associate Director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley.
  • Disaster recovery: Improving smartphone communications - February 1, 2012
    Martin Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and the Disaster Management Initiative, explains how to build technologies that will make a difference for individuals and their communities. He spoke at NASA's Disaster Resiliency Panel held at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif.
  • NASA To Host Disaster Resiliency Panel - January 27, 2012
    CMUSV Director Martin Griss will speak on, "Community Resilience: What Should One Do?" at the NASA Disaster Resiliency Panel on January 31, 2012.
  • Are our smart devices becoming too smart? - January 24, 2012
    What if your smartphone – or laptop, or remote control – could anticipate what you want and could intuitively respond to your needs? Ted Selker, associate director of mobility research at CMUSV discusses.
  • The Smartphone That Knows What You're Thinking - January 18, 2012
    “It’s astounding and enabling,” said Ted Selker, associate director of mobility research at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley. “The question really comes down to what won’t [mobile devices] be able to do.”


  • DARPA’s Almost-Impossible Challenge to Reconstruct Shredded Documents: Solved - December, 20, 2011
    The winning team, "All Your Shreds Are Belong To Us" included CMU-SV alumnus Keith Walker.
  • How NASA is Using Aircraft to Fight Fire with Data - December 12
    NASA and Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus teamed up to test new approaches to managing and obtaining information about these disasters using aircraft and a next-generation emergency operations center (EOC).
  • Strength in Numbers: Dealing with Catastrophe - September 22
    According to CMUSV, emergency managers and response teams often need to find and assess damage over huge areas that can stretch over thousands of kilometres. Researchers at the university are developing hi-tech tools to help speed up disaster relief efforts and recovery.
  • Force for Change - September 20
    The Salesforce.com Foundation’s 2011 Force-for-Change Grants are focused on technology innovations aimed at enhancing collaboration, increasing efficiencies, and supporting effectiveness across the nonprofit sector. CMUSV DMI, part of the Bay Area Cross-Sector Partners in Preparedness (BACSPP), won one of the five Force-for-Change grants.
  • Update on TechWomen - Sept. 7
    "Another woman is continuing her collaboration with her TechWomen Carnegie Mellon University mentors on the social network analysis of the San Bruno, California fire. She is also working on the fatayateInTech.com platform."
  • Carnegie Mellon Opens Year-Long Entrepreneurship Master's in Silicon Valley - August 22
    Ray Bareiss, director of educational programs at the Silicon Valley campus said, "Becoming an entrepreneur not only requires a great idea; it also requires the ability to build a winning team and take your idea to market. You want to succeed or fail based on the merit of your idea, not because you can't manage a software business effectively."
  • Carnegie Mellon University Launches Entrepreneurship Program - August 19
  • Carnegie Mellon entrepreneur program - August 19
    “I wanted to get a bit of the business side, particularly the entrepreneurial side of the world,” Alum Alok Rishi said.
  • Taking command of new communications technology - August 11
    Director Martin Griss began conducting research on mobile application domains that he felt his institution could collaborate with; one of these was emergency services. "I realized that disaster management was potentially about to experience a big change due to mobile devices in the hands of the public as well as first responders, due to worldwide networks (the Internet) and the potential of crowd-sourcing, such as we found in Haiti after the earthquake."
  • Carnegie Mellon Improving Disaster Recovery with Educational Technology - July 22
    “We started this program inspired in part by things like 9/11, Katrina, the tsunami after we got to thinking that we ought to be able to do better than that,” says DMI Associate Director Steven Ray. “Certainly software solutions exist and technology solutions exist.”
  • Emergency rig show and shine - May 26, 2011
    The four-day event at CMUSV was a Silicon Valley style technology meet-up for state and local government agencies -- the first gathering of its kind for California.
  • Carnegie Mellon's flying robots could assist firefighters in search and rescue - May 26, 2011
    CMUSV Professor Pei Zhang is working on a mobile-sensor network that could send swarms of tiny helicopters into a building.
  • The Early Adopter's Guide to Space Travel - May 17, 2011
    Beam-powered spaceflight? "I know this sounds like science fiction the first time you hear about it, but when you look at the actual details, the numbers, it's not all that far-fetched," says Kevin Parkin, who heads Carnegie Mellon's Microwave Thermal Rocket project in collaboration with NASA.
  • NASA Ames Co-Sponsors Disaster Management Workshop - May 16, 2011
  • NVIDIA Announces the addition of 35 new CUDA Research Centers and CUDA Teaching Centers - May 11, 2011
    Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley is one of the new CUDA Research Centers, which are recognized institutions that embrace and utilize GPU computing across multiple research fields.
  • GigaPan Time Machine shows future of videos - May 9, 2011
    CMU's CREATE Lab and NASA's Ames research Center has developed a way to make extremely high resolution videos -- with consumer cameras -- and show them in a Web browser. They call it the Gigapan Time Machine, because it zooms back and forth through time, too.
  • Course combines business, software - March 21, 2011
    Director of Software Engineering Todd Sedano and adjunct professor Scott Russell at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus are again offering 96-800, Real World Software Engineering for Entrepreneurs, this summer
  • Super-flexibility Interview Part II: Execution—How to Become Super-flexible - January 2011
    Professor Stuart Evans discusses coined phrase 'super-flexbility' and his recently published book on the topic.