Carnegie Mellon University

Business
10:24 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Innovation Institute Intends to Spur Startups in Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is combining resources to spark innovation and increase support for entrepreneurial initiatives on and off campus.

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.

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Science & Technology
3:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

CMU Researchers Use Inkblots To Improve Password Security

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.

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.

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Web Accessibility
3:14 am
Mon October 28, 2013

CMU Makes Internet More Accessible for People with Disabilities

Carnegie Mellon University researchers want to make it easier for people with disabilities to read this web story -- and use all web-based services.

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.

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Learning and Play
7:50 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Connecting the Dots Between Play and Learning in the Classroom

At the Children’s School, Carnegie Mellon University student Jean Kwon observes a group of children playing with blocks as part of a child development course.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

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.

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.

After taking stock of the activities Carver asks a reporter, “Which things were play and which things are not play?”

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Science Stories
2:44 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University Science Students Tell Stories

Carnegie Mellon University science students want you to know that they’re just like the rest of us.

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.

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. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:37 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Remaking Cities & the Future of Post-Industrial Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh helped to diversify Pittsburgh's economy
Credit Alberto D'Ottavi / flickr

Density, diversity, and networking. Author and Brookings Institute Vice President Bruce Katz 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. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:41 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Concerned About the NSA? There’s an App for That

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.

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’s CyLab 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:42 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work

Dr. Alex Hills talks about the challenges and rewards of bringing technological systems to NGOs in developing nations.
Credit Katie Blackley / 90.5WESA

At the Carnegie Mellon University Technology Consulting in the Global Community program, students are matched with worldwide non-governmental organizations to assist these humanitarian groups with technological support.

Dr. Alexander Hills, senior adviser for the program, has compiled a book of five essays by these young professionals. The book Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words, reflects the students amazing experiences and the impact on the global communities they aid.

“Yes, we help people and that’s a good thing, but what it does for the student is really, really impressive,” he says.

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Science & Technology
7:35 am
Thu September 5, 2013

As People Put More Personal Info Online, Privacy Concerns Persist

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.

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.

One of the findings is that 86 percent of Internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.

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Technology
5:10 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

CMU Researchers Unveil Self-Driving Cadillac

Raj Rajkumar and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster emerge from the self-driving Cadillac SRX after being driven to the airport from Cranberry Township.
Credit Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Carnegie Mellon University introduced its 13th generation of driverless vehicle on Wednesday at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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.

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.

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Public Safety
3:33 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Study: Talking on a Cellphone While Driving Does Not Correlate To Crashes

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.

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.

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Science
4:03 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Foundation Awards Grants to Spur Scientific Research

Why can starfish regenerate when they lose arms and humans can’t?

The Pittsburgh Foundation has awarded eight scientific research grants from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to find answers to questions like these.

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.

The grants are split between two categories: New Investigator and New Initiative.

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Robotics
3:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

CMU Researchers Create Snake-Like Robots to Patrol Nuke Plants

What’s two inches in diameter, four-foot-long and can find a leak in the most remote area of a failing nuclear power plant? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say it's one of their snake-like robots. 

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Environment & Energy
3:30 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Researchers: Solar/Wind Power More Beneficial in Eastern U.S.

California has more solar panels soaking up the sun and creating electricity than any other state, but researchers say those panels would be better off in places like cloudy Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Mellon University researchers said the same is true in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia when it comes to wind farms.

Kyle Siler-Evans, co-author of the recently published research paper, said the goal of solar and wind power is to mitigate climate damages and improve health and air quality, but the plants are going out west where they are not needed as much.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Charges Against Nude 'Pope Girl' Dropped

The indecent exposure charges against two Carnegie Mellon University students have been dropped in exchange for 80 hours of community service apiece over the next 4 months.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for today for 19 year old Katherine O'Connor and 22 year old Robb Godshaw, but an agreement was reached among the District Attorney's office, CMU and the students. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:27 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Wonder Boys Explore the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The view from the highest point in Pittsburgh. Can you tell where it is?
Credit Daniel Tkacik and Ellis Robinson / I Wonder

Ellis Robinson and Daniel Tkacik are Ph.D candidates at Carnegie Mellon University. When they’re not in the lab or studying, they’ve found time to produce and host a podcast called I Wonder. Each episode starts with a question, which Ellis and Daniel attempt to answer within a half hour. In this clip, they start with a story of Ellis cursing the hills of Pittsburgh on his single speed bike and wondering about the highest point in Pittsburgh.

Computer Science
3:01 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

CMU Researchers Develop Technology to Turn Any Surface into a Touch Screen

WorldKit allows users to turn any surface into a touch screen, so a couch arm can be used as a remote control.
Credit Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University’s WorldKit system allows a user to “paint” interfaces onto everyday objects and surfaces.

“Literally you can put a touch screen anywhere on your environment with WorldKit,” said CMU Ph.D. student Robert Xiao. “We believe this to be the future of computer interaction, where we bring interaction out from our screens and out onto the world around us.”

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Essential
7:58 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Toaster Wars: Calling All High School Hackers

David Brumley is the project leader of the competition
Credit CMU

  Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is hosting a first-of-its-kind computer security competition. The goal is to find the next generation of great computer minds. 90.5 WESA's Morning Edition host, Josh Raulerson, talks with CMU professor David Brumley, who helped to organize the event.

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Carnegie Mellon University
2:27 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

CMU Summit Hopes to Bridge Pittsburgh and China

Business CEOs and academicians from the U.S. and China will meet this weekend in Pittsburgh to discuss how to best strengthen business ties.   

Pengxuan Chen, chair of the second Carnegie Mellon University Summit on US-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said the forum is bringing in more than 40 speakers to discuss topics where both countries share interests.

She said the hope is to better promote the Pittsburgh region to Chinese investors and business people.

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Interview
3:30 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Talking 'Toaster Wars' Security Competition with CMU's David Brumley

Credit Carnegie Mellon University

Thousands of high school students from across the country will compete in a first-of-its-kind computer security competition starting today. It’s being run out of Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Morning Edition host Josh Raulerson speaks with CMU professor David Brumley, who helped to organize the event.

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Marcellus Shale
3:28 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

CMU Symposium Examines Implications of Shale Gas on Regional, US Economy

Panelists Gerald Holder (left), Anthony Cugini, director of NETL, Peter Molinaro, and Russel Crockett, senior vice president commercial for Texas Petrochemical, participate in a symposium at Carnegie Mellon University Thursday that examined the role of shale gas in manufacturing, transportation and the environment.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

The Department of Energy estimates that gas from shale is expected to account for roughly half of the country’s natural gas supply by 2040. Pennsylvania is playing a major role, thanks to development of Marcellus Shale.

A symposium at Carnegie Mellon University Thursday examined the role of shale gas in manufacturing, transportation and the environment.

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Science & Technology
4:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

CMU Mellon Institute Designated as Chemistry Landmark

An institute formed in 1913 to help support basic chemistry research in Pittsburgh has been given Historic Landmark Status by the American Chemical Society. The Mellon Institute, which was eventually absorbed into Carnegie Mellon University, was recognized in a small ceremony Thursday for the work that went on inside its walls between the two great wars.

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Carnegie Mellon University
4:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

CMU Students Create Device to Process Payments from Fingerprints

People may soon be able to charge purchases to their personal accounts with the tips of their fingers, thanks to a new invention from four students at Carnegie Mellon University.

Brian Groudan, Kelly Lau-Kee, Umang Patel and Christian Reyes came together in their senior year to create PayTango, a new technology that identifies a person's fingerprint for use as a human debit card.

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Robotics
7:20 am
Mon March 25, 2013

CMU Robot Designed to Deal with Disaster, and Some Competition

A team at Carnegie Mellon University is building CHIMP, a robot they say will be able to grab with both its hands and feet in order to operate tools in situations too dangerous for humans.
Credit Carnegie Mellon University

Imagine this situation: There is a fire in a warehouse creeping toward explosive material.

But instead of the fire department sending in firefighters, a robot saves the day by moving the material to a safe location.

A robotics team at Carnegie Mellon University is working to create that robot.

The team says the robot looks like a monkey and is named CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform).

The machine is being built to work in human situations with tools normal responders would work with.

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Stress
10:49 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Mental Health on Campus: A Culture of Stress?

Americans aged 29 and younger are more stressed than previous generations. So what can be done?
Credit Daniel Epstein / Flickr

After a Carnegie Mellon University sophomore committed suicide last December, CMU is looking at ways to support students mental health. CMU Dean of Student Affairs Gina Casalegno, Student Body President Will Weiner and CMU graduate Katie Chironis join us to talk about the "culture of stress" in colleges and universities.

Economy & Business
4:29 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

CMU Professor: Online 'Crowd Workers' Need Protections, Organization

Millions of people around the world get paid to perform small online tasks for private companies. By most estimates, these 'crowd workers' get paid anywhere from $3 to $9 per hour to gather information, transcribe text, or evaluate websites. Some work for as many as 50 companies in one day, with flexible hours and little commitment.

Usually, there are no contracts, no unions, and no opportunites for training or advancement. Sometimes, there's no pay at all.

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