Carnegie Mellon University en CMU Start-Up Aims For Healthier Kids <p>The Allegheny Health Department reported that 30% of school age kids in the county are obese or overweight, and a new Pittsburgh start-up aims to address this issue with animated characters shaped like food and 6 years of research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). &nbsp;</p><p>Fitwits combines stories, games, and instructions for parents and professionals on how to deal with the sensitive subject of obesity.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:29:17 +0000 Jess Lasky 31889 at Study Shows Classroom Decor Can Distract From Learning <p>It’s hard to imagine a kindergarten room without colorful drawings and posters, crafts on display and educational charts and maps covering the walls.</p><p>But a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that decorations in classrooms may actually hurt the learning process.</p><p>Associate professor of psychology at CMU Anna Fisher led the study, which tested the effects of classroom decorations on focus and ability to learn in children ages 3-5. When placed in a highly decorated classroom, the children spent more time off-task and retained less information.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30063 at Study Shows Classroom Decor Can Distract From Learning CMU Creates Map To Track Wealth <p>Anyone can travel through 100 years of income history of 29 countries thanks to a new website created at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 28959 at National Aviary to Premiere Flying, Feathered Visual Symphony <p>The National Aviary in the North Shore is set to premier a visual symphony complete with birds, thanks to a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s Fine Arts Program.</p><p>The show was created to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, on May 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 12:57:28 +0000 Jess Lasky 28593 at CMU Develops New Way To Save Energy In The Workplace <p>A new way to reduce energy in the workplace developed at Carnegie Mellon University could save companies thousands of dollars.</p><p>The Intelligent Dashboard lets employees know how much energy they are using at their desk. Developers say this will encourage workers to take action to save energy by unplugging devices that are not in use.</p><p>“We wanted to investigate if there is any good way to show their energy usage and if there is any good way to motivate them to conserve energy at work,” said Ray Yun, PhD students and lead developer. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 27667 at A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An online debate broke out earlier this week over two otherwise unremarkable lines in a 1648 poem by the English poet Robert Herrick:</span></p><p><a href=";pg=PA210&amp;dq=herrick+%22to+fortune%22&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=mA1QU9mNLcKyyASIpYHgBA&amp;ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=herrick%20%22to%20fortune%22&amp;f=false"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Tumble me down, and I will sit / Upon my ruins, (smiling yet :)</em></a></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:38 +0000 Josh Raulerson 27729 at A 17th Century Emoticon? CMU Professor Who Originated The 'Smiley' Responds New Computer Program Helps Identify Causes of Asthma <p>Can depression lead to asthma? How about over-medicating?</p><p>Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and UPMC are trying to answer these questions with a new computer program that has the ability to track 112 clinical variables for 398 people who do and do not have asthma.</p><p>This program can identify various subtypes of the disease such as asthma related to allergies, sinuses or environmental factors.</p><p>Wei Wu, an associate professor at CMU’s Lane Center for Computational Biology, said they want to help clinicians better define “asthma.”</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 26973 at This CMU-Built, Trash-Talking Robot Wants To Beat You At Scrabble <p>Victor sits in the lounge of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science building ready to take on anyone in a game of Scrabble.</p><p>He’s cocky, and his taunts can be heard across the room.</p><p>“Is that all you’ve got?” he shouts from behind his virtual Scrabble board.</p><p>Victor has an attitude not atypical of a 17-year-old college freshman. But here's the thing: He’s a robot.</p><p>Created by Reid Simmons, a research professor at CMU’s Robotics Institute, Victor is the latest in a series of social robots designed as a tool to study human-robot interaction.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 26643 at This CMU-Built, Trash-Talking Robot Wants To Beat You At Scrabble CMU's Cohon to Head Energy Institute <p>A former president of Carnegie Mellon University is bringing his clout and his ability to raise money to a relatively new institute on campus designed to explore the intersection of energy use, production and policy.</p><p>Starting July 1, CMU President Emeritus and University Professor Jared Cohon will add to his business card the title of Scott Energy Institute Director.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:48:39 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 24665 at New Method of Charging Electric Cars Could Bring Savings <p>A new study by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that electric car owners can cut costs if they forfeit control over when to charge their vehicles.</p><p>The study found that allowing the power grid to control charging is more beneficial than charging the vehicles during peak electricity times.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 23629 at CMU Creates Security Application <p>It might not be Angry Birds - but this new cell phone application is so secure the creators believe not even the National Security Agency can break into it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a cell phone application called </span>SafeSlinger that<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;enables users to exchange identity data without the risk of theft, deception or fraud.</span></p><p>Mike Farb, research programmer at CMU, helped create the app.&nbsp; He said there are many ways attackers could try to steal information.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:38:05 +0000 Jessica Nath 17885 at New System Uses Photos to Help People Remember Passwords <p>Do you have trouble keeping track of your passwords without writing them down or using the same one for all your logins?</p><p>Carnegie Mellon researchers have created a new system that combines photos and memory techniques to help people remember their passwords.</p><p>The system, which is now being turned into a mobile app, was created by Jeremiah Blocki, a Ph.D. student at CMU, Manuel Blum, a professor, and Anupam Datta, an associate professor.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 21067 at Are Pittsburghers More Civic-Minded Than The Average American? <p>People living in the Pittsburgh&nbsp;metropolitan area are significantly more likely to contact their public officials, attend public meetings, volunteer and join community groups than the average American.</p><p>That’s according to a new report, called the <a href="">Pittsburgh Civic Health Index</a> from the <a href="">University of Pittsburgh</a>, <a href="">Carnegie Mellon University</a> and the <a href="">National Conference on Citizenship</a>.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:11:09 +0000 Liz Reid 20702 at Innovation Institute Intends to Spur Startups in Pittsburgh <p>The University of Pittsburgh is combining resources to spark innovation and increase support for entrepreneurial initiatives on and off campus.</p><p>Pitt Thursday launched the Innovation Institute, which consolidates the existing offices of Technology Management and Enterprise Development as well as the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:24:53 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19822 at CMU Researchers Use Inkblots To Improve Password Security <p>Psychiatrists have been using inkblots to reach into the minds of their patients for almost a century, but now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are using the splotches to protect your passwords.</p><p>The new security setting, called GOTCHA (Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) has users create a password. The computer then generates several colorful inkblots and asks the user to describe each image with a phrase. When the user returns, they’re asked to input their password and match the inkblots with their custom phrases.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:23:46 +0000 Michael Lynch 19501 at CMU Makes Internet More Accessible for People with Disabilities <p>Carnegie Mellon University researchers want to make it easier for people with disabilities to read this web story -- and use all web-based services.</p><p>The university received a $748,126 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to design systems for people with disabilities - especially vision and cognitive impairments.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:14:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 18761 at Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom <p>It's a typical day at the Children’s School at Carnegie Mellon University, and as director Sharon Carver walks from room to room, children ages 3 to 5 are bursting with activity.</p><p>In one space a little boy digs in a sandbox, in another corner children try to match recycling materials to the correct bins, and at another table children are navigating the serious task of sharing and shaping Play-Doh.</p><p>After taking stock of the activities Carver asks a reporter, “Which things were play and which things are not play?”</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:50:59 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 18469 at Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom Carnegie Mellon University Science Students Tell Stories <p>Carnegie Mellon University science students want you to know that they’re just like the rest of us.</p><p>That is why they are hosting The Story Collider, a national storytelling project that produces live shows and podcasts, Monday night at the Rex Theater.</p><p>Graduate and undergraduate CMU students with majors ranging from computer science to physics and biology will share stories about how science has impacted their lives.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:44:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 18388 at Remaking Cities & the Future of Post-Industrial Pittsburgh <p></p><p></p><p>Density, diversity, and networking. Author and <a href="">Brookings Institute</a> Vice President Bruce <a href="">Katz </a>says thoughtful utilization of these terms have helped Pittsburgh thrive after the shock of an economic recession. He credits the city’s comeback to civic-minded citizens and policy makers who understood the power of a diverse economy, a dense business district and an effective team of networking leaders.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:37:56 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18295 at Remaking Cities & the Future of Post-Industrial Pittsburgh Concerned About the NSA? There’s an App for That <p></p><p>In the wake of the government snooping scandal and the NSA admitting to have obtained personal data from Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies, there is a growing concern for the safety of our digital information.</p><p>Consumers are eager to make sure that their e-mails, texts, browsing habits and all technological data remain private. Research programmers at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s <a href="">CyLab </a>say that they have created an app, now available in iTunes and for Android, that provides people with a way to keep snoopers at bay. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:41:26 +0000 Katie Martin 17882 at Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work <p>At the Carnegie Mellon University <a href="">Technology Consulting in the Global Community</a> program, students are matched with worldwide non-governmental organizations to assist these humanitarian groups with technological support.</p><p><a href="">Dr. Alexander Hills</a>, senior adviser for the program, has compiled a book of five essays by these young professionals. The book <a href=""><em>Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words</em></a>, reflects the students amazing experiences and the impact on the global communities they aid.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, we help people and that&rsquo;s a good thing, but what it does for the student is really, really impressive,&rdquo; he says. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:42:17 +0000 Katie Blackley 17203 at Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work As People Put More Personal Info Online, Privacy Concerns Persist <p>A majority of Internet users admit they have taken steps to avoid surveillance by other people or organizations (including the government), and many believe current privacy laws do not go far enough in protecting online privacy.</p><p>The Pew Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University conducted a national survey to determine the level of desire among Internet users to be anonymous online, why and what problems they have encountered.</p><p>One of the findings is that 86 percent of Internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:35:22 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15982 at CMU Researchers Unveil Self-Driving Cadillac <p>Carnegie Mellon University introduced its 13th generation of driverless vehicle on Wednesday at Pittsburgh International Airport.</p><p>The specially outfitted Cadillac SRX drove itself — with U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch and CMU researchers in tow — from Cranberry Township to the airport.</p><p>Raj Rajkumar directs CMU’s University Transportation Center and co-directs the CMU-General Motors Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab. He calls this latest effort the “holy grail” of autonomous driving.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:10:52 +0000 Liz Reid 15980 at CMU Researchers Unveil Self-Driving Cadillac Study: Talking on a Cellphone While Driving Does Not Correlate To Crashes <p>Talking on a cellphone and driving a car have never been deemed a good combination, but researchers have found that it might not be as bad as everyone thinks.</p><p>A study conducted by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics and Political Science shows that talking on a cellphone while driving does not significantly increase the risk of crashing.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:33:04 +0000 Jessica Nath 14535 at Pittsburgh Foundation Awards Grants to Spur Scientific Research <p>Why can starfish regenerate when they lose arms and humans can’t?</p><p>The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded eight scientific research grants from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to find answers to questions like these.</p><p>Almost $1.6 million will be split among research projects at five Pennsylvania schools: the University of Pittsburgh, Penn Sate, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel and Temple.</p><p>The grants are split between two categories: New Investigator and New Initiative.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:03:30 +0000 Jessica Nath 13747 at