Carnegie Mellon University http://wesa.fm en CMU Spin-Off Technology Allows Research of Hippo-Infested Waters http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-spin-technology-allows-research-hippo-infested-waters <p>Technology from Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute spin-off Platypus LLC has gone where no man has gone before. Small, autonomous airboats were sent to Kenya to monitor water quality in hippo pools on the hippo-heavy Mara River. Researchers want to know how the animals are affecting water quality, but they couldn’t get into the pools to collect samples.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29753 at http://wesa.fm CMU Spin-Off Technology Allows Research of Hippo-Infested Waters CMU Receives $10 Million Gift For Business School Overhaul http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-receives-10-million-gift-business-school-overhaul <p>The planned $201 million facility that will house Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business has received a major investment from a world-renowned venture capitalist.</p><p>James Swartz, an alumnus of the business school, and his wife, Susan, gifted $10 million to the university to help fund the David A. Tepper Quadrangle. &nbsp;The Quadrangle, a 4.5-acre expansion of the university’s north campus, will include a 295,000 square-foot facility on Forbes Avenue that will be home to the business school, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and The Simon Initiative.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:07:50 +0000 Julian Routh 25158 at http://wesa.fm Highmark and CMU Look to 'Disrupt' Healthcare Industry http://wesa.fm/post/highmark-and-cmu-look-disrupt-healthcare-industry <p>Highmark Inc. and its recently formed healthcare arm Allegheny Health Network are hoping Carnegie Mellon University will be able to dive into the systems’ terabytes of patient care and payment data to find industry changing breakthroughs.&nbsp;</p><p>CMU’s Allen Russell will head the Disruptive Healthcare Technology Institute. He believes the healthcare industry, as a whole, has been resistant to what he calls “disruptive change,” like what the mobile phone did for communications or the personal computer did for mainframe computing.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:22:06 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 11991 at http://wesa.fm Real Life 'Marauder’s Map' May Help Improve Patient Care in Nursing Homes http://wesa.fm/post/real-life-marauder-s-map-may-help-improve-patient-care-nursing-homes <p>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a way to track the locations of individuals in complex, indoor settings such as nursing homes.</p><p>Developers liken it to the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVBha-QUUCE">Marauder’s Map</a> featured in the Harry Potter books and movies, which allows Harry Potter to see anyone’s location at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.</p><p>But instead of magic, this system uses a network of cameras and algorithms to track movement. Researchers said this could be important in keeping track of residents of nursing homes.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11434 at http://wesa.fm Prosopagnosia: When The Face Just Isn't Familiar http://wesa.fm/post/prosopagnosia-when-face-just-isnt-familiar <p>At one time or another you’ll see someone and say, “the face is familiar but I can’t remember the name.” For people with <a href="https://www.faceblind.org">prosopagnosia</a>, known as “face blindness,” the face isn’t familiar. Actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000093">Brad Pitt</a>, in a recent interview with <a href="http://www.esquire.com">Esquire</a> magazine&nbsp;reported having the condition. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/~behrmann/mb.htm‎">Dr. Marlene Behrmann</a> of <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/">Carnegie-Mellon University</a> is one of the leading researchers on this condition Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:41:10 +0000 Marcus Charleston 10915 at http://wesa.fm Prosopagnosia: When The Face Just Isn't Familiar $30 Million CMU Grant to Allow for Expanded Energy Research http://wesa.fm/post/30-million-cmu-grant-allow-expanded-energy-research <p>Carnegie Mellon University has received its largest private foundation grant in the school’s history.</p><p>A $30 million grant provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation will go toward a new institute to coordinate the university’s energy activities.</p><p>CMU President Jared Cohon said all seven colleges of the university are working on the topic of energy in some form. He said the grant will allow more collaboration between those colleges and their work.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:56:23 +0000 Tim Camerato 7311 at http://wesa.fm