Fragkiadaki Wins Air Force Young Investigator AwardKaterina Fragkiadaki, an assistant professor in the Machine Learning Department, is one of 35 scientists and engineers nationwide — and one of just two from Carnegie Mellon University — to receive funding this year through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).
SCS Celebrates New ProfessorshipsFaloutsos, a professor in the Computer Science Department, received the Fredkin Professorship in Artificial Intelligence. His interests include large-scale data mining with an emphasis on graphs and time sequences, anomaly detection, tensors, and fractals. He came to CMU as visiting faculty in 1997 and joined CSD a year later.
Even Our Language Is PolarizedThe research team includes Tom Mitchell, Founders University Professor; and Rupak Sarkar, research engineer for a fall 2020 seminar course on tracking political sentiments using machine learning taught by KhudaBukhsh, Kamlet and Mitchell. Their paper has been submitted to a computer science conference and is available at arXiv.
Carnegie Mellon Heads New Center for Studying Structure of Cell NucleusThursday, October 15, 2020
Carnegie Mellon Heads New Center for Studying Structure of Cell NucleusCarnegie Mellon University will direct a new multi-institution research center funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop a better understanding of the three-dimensional structure of cell nuclei and how changes in that structure affect cell functions in health and disease. Jian Ma, the lead principal investigator of the new center and an associate professor in CMU's Computational Biology Department, said researchers will be developing fundamental knowledge to provide new insights into the role that the three-dimensional organization of cell nuclei plays in developmental disorders, aging and other cell processes.
Sandholm Named Among Top 100 EntrepreneursWednesday, October 14, 2020
Sandholm Named Among Top 100 EntrepreneursGoldman Sachs has named Tuomas Sandholm, the Angel Jordan University Professor of Computer Science, one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2020. Sandholm was cited for his role as founder, president and CEO of Strategy Robot Inc., a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff that applies game theory, artificial intelligence and optimization to military, war gaming, force design, portfolio planning, course-of-action creation, security, intelligence, cybersecurity, world stability and policy challenges.
COVIDcast Now Monitoring Daily U.S. Mask Use, COVID-19 TestingMonday, October 12, 2020
COVIDcast Now Monitoring Daily U.S. Mask Use, COVID-19 TestingNationwide trends in mask use, access to COVID-19 tests and test results are now being monitored by Carnegie Mellon University and shared publicly as part of a symptom survey distributed daily to Facebook users. Since April, CMU's Delphi Research Group has been collecting real-time data on self-reported COVID-19 symptoms nationwide, providing county-level information about the coronavirus pandemic that is updated continuously and available from no other source. The survey has now been expanded to include questions about how people are responding to public health recommendations, such as mask use, and whether people are getting the access to COVID-19 testing that they want.
Five SCS Students Named 2021 Siebel ScholarsMonday, September 28, 2020
Five SCS Students Named 2021 Siebel ScholarsA Ph.D. student in the Machine Learning Department, Hsiao-Yu Fish Tung is interested in building machines that can understand and interact with the world. Her research spans unsupervised learning, computer vision, graphics, robotics and language.
Machine Learning Models Identify Kids at Risk of Lead PoisoningWednesday, September 16, 2020
Machine Learning Models Identify Kids at Risk of Lead PoisoningRayid Ghani, Distinguished Career Professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, said the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has implemented an intervention program based on the new machine learning model and Chicago hospitals are in the midst of doing the same. Other cities also are considering replicating the program to address lead poisoning, which remains a significant environmental health issue in the United States.
Google.org Donates $1 Million, Personnel to CMU's COVID-19 Forecasting ProjectThursday, September 10, 2020
Google.org Donates $1 Million, Personnel to CMU's COVID-19 Forecasting ProjectGoogle.org has donated $1 million to Carnegie Mellon University to support COVIDcast, the university's effort to track and forecast localized COVID-19 activity nationwide. The company is also providing a full-time pro bono team of 12 Google.org fellows — including software engineers, a program and product manager, a user experience (UX) researcher, and a UX designer — to support CMU's Delphi Research Group for the next six months.
Facebook Launches Competition To Improve Detection of COVID-19Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Facebook Launches Competition To Improve Detection of COVID-19Facebook is sponsoring a competition, the COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge, in which participants will try to improve early detection and situational awareness of the outbreak using real-time symptom data that Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland have been collecting with Facebook's help.
SCS Researchers Top Leaderboard in DARPA AutoML EvaluationsFriday, August 14, 2020
SCS Researchers Top Leaderboard in DARPA AutoML EvaluationsIn the latest evaluation, a sub-team including the Auton Lab's Jarod Wang, Cristian Challu and Kin Gutierrez also topped the leader board in a component category — building collections of "primitives" for performing ML-related tasks such as data conditioning/preprocessing or classification. Their new time series forecasting algorithm pushed their collection to the top spot, Dubrawski said.
Which Way to the Fridge? Common Sense Helps Robots NavigateMonday, July 20, 2020
Which Way to the Fridge? Common Sense Helps Robots NavigateA robot travelling from point A to point B is more efficient if it understands that point A is the living room couch and point B is a refrigerator, even if it's in an unfamiliar place. That's the common sense idea behind a "semantic" navigation system developed by Carnegie Mellon University and Facebook AI Research (FAIR).
Could Your Computer Please Be More Polite? Thank YouTuesday, June 30, 2020
Could Your Computer Please Be More Polite? Thank YouIn a tense time when a pandemic rages, politicians wrangle for votes and protesters demand racial justice, a little politeness and courtesy go a long way. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an automated method for making communications more polite. Specifically, the method takes nonpolite directives or requests — those that use either impolite or neutral language — and restructures them or adds words to make them more well-mannered. "Send me the data," for instance, might become "Could you please send me the data?"
A Master of TransformationsWednesday, June 24, 2020
A Master of TransformationsDuring his decade as dean, SCS also launched two new departments: the Machine Learning Department and the Computational Biology Department. In both cases, Bryant said, the new departments followed a CMU pattern: start small, hire young faculty, create bridges to related departments and build the programs carefully until they're ready to be departments.
Two CMU AI Projects Addressing COVID-19 Win FundingTuesday, June 23, 2020
Two CMU AI Projects Addressing COVID-19 Win FundingResearchers in the School of Computer Science who have proposed using artificial intelligence to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic are among the first recipients of funding from the newly created C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute (C3.ai DTI).
Schwartz Named Head of Computational Biology DepartmentFriday, June 19, 2020
Schwartz Named Head of Computational Biology DepartmentMartial Hebert, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, has named Russell Schwartz the new head of the Computational Biology Department, effective July 1. Schwartz, a professor in both the Computational Biology Department (CBD) and the Department of Biological Sciences, will succeed Robert F. Murphy, who founded CBD and is stepping down after 13 years as its leader.
Smith and Talwalkar Earn Towards On-Device AI Research AwardThursday, May 28, 2020
Smith and Talwalkar Earn Towards On-Device AI Research AwardVirginia Smith and Ameet Talwalkar, assistant professors in the School of Computer Science's Machine Learning Department, have received the Towards On-Device AI research awards organized by Facebook Research.
Liu Wins Open Phil AI Fellowship 2020Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Liu Wins Open Phil AI Fellowship 2020Leqi Liu, a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science’s Machine Learning Department, where Zachary Lipton advises her, has been chosen as a 2020 Open Phil AI Fellow. She is one of 10 students across the U.S. to receive a fellowship.
Congratulations to Our New PhDsFriday, May 08, 2020
Congratulations to Our New PhDsPITTSBURGH, PA — As with many things in the lives of doctoral researchers, defending their Ph.D. theses has gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prospective Ph.D.s presented their research and fielded questions from a thesis committee before receiving their degrees this spring. Earning a Ph.D. is no easy task, and for our researchers it has required continuous hard-work in their field of specialty. Therefore, the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University would like to congratulate the following doctoral researchers on successfully defending their dissertations...
Carnegie Mellon Unveils Five Interactive COVID-19 MapsThursday, April 23, 2020
Carnegie Mellon Unveils Five Interactive COVID-19 MapsThe maps on CMU’s COVIDcast website include data developed with the help of partners including Google, Facebook, Quidel Corp. and a national health system. The data, which is updated daily, will provide the general public and decision makers with a new and unique means of monitoring the ebb and flow of the disease across the country.
Self-Reported COVID-19 Symptoms Show Promise for Disease ForecastsMonday, April 20, 2020
Self-Reported COVID-19 Symptoms Show Promise for Disease ForecastsRyan Tibshirani, co-leader of Carnegie Mellon's Delphi COVID-19 Response Team, said millions of responses to CMU surveys by Facebook and Google users are providing the team with real-time estimates of disease activity at the county level for much of the United States.
Fragkiadaki Earns NSF CAREER AwardFriday, April 17, 2020
Fragkiadaki Earns NSF CAREER AwardKaterina Fragkiadaki, an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science's Machine Learning Department, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the organization's most prestigious award for young faculty members. The five-year, $546,000 award will support her work on computer vision.
Jian Ma Wins Guggenheim FellowshipThursday, April 09, 2020
Jian Ma Wins Guggenheim FellowshipJian Ma, an associate professor in the Computational Biology Department, and affiliated faculty with Machine Learning is one of 175 scientists, writers, artists, and other scholars awarded 2020 Guggenheim Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Balcan Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper AwardWednesday, April 08, 2020
Balcan Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper AwardMaria Florina "Nina" Balcan, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science's Machine Learning and Computer Science Departments, has received the 2019 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Grace Murray Hopper Award for her significant innovations in machine learning and minimally supervised learning. This award is given to the outstanding young computer professional of the year and includes a $35,000 prize.
Facebook and Carnegie Mellon Team To Gather COVID-19 Symptom DataMonday, April 06, 2020
Facebook and Carnegie Mellon Team To Gather COVID-19 Symptom DataBeginning today, Facebook is assisting Carnegie Mellon University in gathering data about U.S. residents who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 — information that is available from no other source and could help researchers in forecasting the spread of the pandemic.
Tibshirani Receives Department of Defense MURI AwardWednesday, March 11, 2020
Tibshirani Receives Department of Defense MURI AwardRyan Tibshirani, associate professor in the Department of Statistics as well as the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University, has received a 2020 Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Naval Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award.
Carnegie Mellon Extends Forecasting of Flu-Like IllnessMonday, March 09, 2020
Carnegie Mellon Extends Forecasting of Flu-Like IllnessRosenfeld said he and his team will use the same methods to forecast COVID-19 illness as they do for the flu: one that uses statistical machine learning to make predictions based on past patterns, and a second "wisdom of the crowd" method that bases its predictions on the aggregate judgments of human volunteers who submit weekly estimates.
Shah Earns NSF CAREER AwardFriday, February 21, 2020
Shah Earns NSF CAREER AwardNihar Shah, an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science's Machine Learning and Computer Science Departments, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the organization's most prestigious award for young faculty members. The five-year, $648,000 award will support his work to improve the fairness of peer-review systems and address issues such as biases and dishonest behavior.
Using Machine Learning to Build a Better Lung ModelThursday, January 30, 2020
Using Machine Learning to Build a Better Lung ModelComputational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University, working with colleagues at Boston University, have used machine learning techniques to develop an improved protocol for generating lung cells that can be used for investigating lung diseases.
Two Machine Learning Students Named Facebook FellowsWednesday, January 29, 2020
Two Machine Learning Students Named Facebook FellowsTwo Ph.D. candidates in the Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, are among 36 outstanding students in computer science and engineering from 16 universities who have been named 2020 recipients of the Facebook Fellowship Program.
Ramdas Honored for Efforts To Improve Research ReproducibilityMonday, January 27, 2020