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  • Pitt Computer Science Professor Diane Litman, will present at the XPRIZE + Pittsburgh’s AI Experts Forum

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships. This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships.

    This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

  • Congratulations to Phuong Pham & Jingtao Wang on winning best student paper at ACM ICMI 2016!

    Phuong Pham was awarded best student paper at the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction held in Tokyo. His paper, "Adaptive Review for Mobile MOOC Learning via Implicit Physiological Signal Sensing" can be read at this link Congratulations!

    Phuong Pham was awarded best student paper at the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction held in Tokyo. His paper, "Adaptive Review for Mobile MOOC Learning via Implicit Physiological Signal Sensing" can be read at this link

    Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Bill Garrison, Runner-Up for the ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award!

    This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at https://www.sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2016/awards/

    This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at https://www.sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2016/awards/

  • CS Department announce 50th Anniversary Website!

    Learn about our past, check out featured alumni, and find information on our 50th Anniversary Celebration plans! Go to http://cs50.pitt.edu/

    Learn about our past, check out featured alumni, and find information on our 50th Anniversary Celebration plans! Go to http://cs50.pitt.edu/

  • Pitt Announces New School of Computing and Information

    The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information! The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in Fall 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society.

    The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information! The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in Fall 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society.

  • Pitt Announces New School of Computing and Information

    The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information! The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in Fall 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society.

    The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information! The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in Fall 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society.

  • CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

  • Congratulations to Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis on receiving new NSF Award!

    Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis, together with colleagues from the School of Engineering (Prof. Peyman Givi, PI) and the Math Department (Prof. William Layton) received new research funding from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled Appraisal of Subgrid Scale Closures in Reacting Turbulence via DNS Big Data. The project will employ a range of strategies and computational tools for utilizing DNS data to appraise the performance of large eddy simulation (LES) predictions in turbulent combustion. The study will pave the way for LES to become the primary means of predictions for future design and manufacturing of combustion systems, while building a data sharing infrastructure, and providing educational and outreach programs to students at all levels. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1609120

    Prof. Chrysanthis and Prof. Labrinidis, together with colleagues from the School of Engineering (Prof. Peyman Givi, PI) and the Math Department (Prof. William Layton) received new research funding from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled Appraisal of Subgrid Scale Closures in Reacting Turbulence via DNS Big Data. The project will employ a range of strategies and computational tools for utilizing DNS data to appraise the performance of large eddy simulation (LES) predictions in turbulent combustion. The study will pave the way for LES to become the primary means of predictions for future design and manufacturing of combustion systems, while building a data sharing infrastructure, and providing educational and outreach programs to students at all levels. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1609120

  • Congratulations to Professor Adriana Kovashka on receiving a NSF CRII CISE Research Initiation Grant!

    This project develops technologies to interpret the visual rhetoric of images. The project advances computer vision through novel solutions to the novel problem of decoding the visual messages in advertisements and artistic photographs, and thus brings computer vision closer to its goal of being able to automatically understand visual content. From a practical standpoint, understanding visual rhetoric can be used to produce image descriptions for the visually impaired that align with how a human would label these images, and thus give them access to the rich content shown in newspapers or on TV. This project is tightly integrated with education. The work is interdisciplinary and can attract undergraduate students to the research from different fields. This research focuses on three media understanding tasks: (1) understanding the persuasive messages conveyed by artistic images and the strategies that those images use to convey their message; (2) exposing a photographer's bias towards their subject, e.g., determining whether a photograph portrays its subject in a positive or negative light; and (3) predicting what part of an artistic photograph a viewer might find most captivating or poignant. To enable decoding of artistic images, a large dataset is collected and annotated with a number of artistic properties and persuasion techniques that are intended for human understanding, then methods are developed to model visual symbolism in artistic images, as well as adapt positive/negative effect methods from sentiment analysis. To predict the photographer's bias towards a subject, a dataset of historical and modern portrayals of minorities and foreigners is collected, then an algorithm is created that reasons about body language and 3D layout and composition of the photo. To predict poignance, eyetracking data on a set of artistic images from famous photographers is collected, then semantic and connotation conflicts between the objects in the photographs are analyzed.

    This project develops technologies to interpret the visual rhetoric of images. The project advances computer vision through novel solutions to the novel problem of decoding the visual messages in advertisements and artistic photographs, and thus brings computer vision closer to its goal of being able to automatically understand visual content. From a practical standpoint, understanding visual rhetoric can be used to produce image descriptions for the visually impaired that align with how a human would label these images, and thus give them access to the rich content shown in newspapers or on TV. This project is tightly integrated with education. The work is interdisciplinary and can attract undergraduate students to the research from different fields.

    This research focuses on three media understanding tasks: (1) understanding the persuasive messages conveyed by artistic images and the strategies that those images use to convey their message; (2) exposing a photographer's bias towards their subject, e.g., determining whether a photograph portrays its subject in a positive or negative light; and (3) predicting what part of an artistic photograph a viewer might find most captivating or poignant. To enable decoding of artistic images, a large dataset is collected and annotated with a number of artistic properties and persuasion techniques that are intended for human understanding, then methods are developed to model visual symbolism in artistic images, as well as adapt positive/negative effect methods from sentiment analysis. To predict the photographer's bias towards a subject, a dataset of historical and modern portrayals of minorities and foreigners is collected, then an algorithm is created that reasons about body language and 3D layout and composition of the photo. To predict poignance, eyetracking data on a set of artistic images from famous photographers is collected, then semantic and connotation conflicts between the objects in the photographs are analyzed.

  • Valued Staff Member Russell A. Howard II Passes Away

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of long time staff member Russell "Russ" Howard's passing. He received his BS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for the Department of Computer Science for over 20 years as a valued and beloved member of the technical staff. He contributed to the CS Department in countless ways, and was an important part of the CS Department staff. He was well liked by all and he will be deeply missed. We will remember him always for his devotion to the Department and his sincere kindness to everyone he met. http://www.cicholski-zidekfuneralhome.com/notices/Russell-HowardII

    It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of long time staff member Russell "Russ" Howard's passing. He received his BS in Computer Science and MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for the Department of Computer Science for over 20 years as a valued and beloved member of the technical staff. He contributed to the CS Department in countless ways, and was an important part of the CS Department staff. He was well liked by all and he will be deeply missed. We will remember him always for his devotion to the Department and his sincere kindness to everyone he met. http://www.cicholski-zidekfuneralhome.com/notices/Russell-HowardII

  • Pitt Computer Science Professor Diane Litman, will present at the XPRIZE + Pittsburgh’s AI Experts Forum

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships. This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships.

    This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

  • Congratulations to Phuong Pham & Jingtao Wang on winning best student paper at ACM ICMI 2016!

    Phuong Pham was awarded best student paper at the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction held in Tokyo. His paper, "Adaptive Review for Mobile MOOC Learning via Implicit Physiological Signal Sensing" can be read at this link Congratulations!

    Phuong Pham was awarded best student paper at the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction held in Tokyo. His paper, "Adaptive Review for Mobile MOOC Learning via Implicit Physiological Signal Sensing" can be read at this link

    Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Bill Garrison, Runner-Up for the ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award!

    This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at https://www.sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2016/awards/

    This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at https://www.sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2016/awards/

  • CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

  • Congratulations to Mackenzie Ball on receiving the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence!

    Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science. Mackenzie is the CS Department's Outreach Coordinator. This is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the Department through their commitment and performance.

    Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science. Mackenzie is the CS Department's Outreach Coordinator. This is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the Department through their commitment and performance.

  • CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

  • Pitt CS's SteelHacks ranks 18th out of 47 ranked hackathons in North America by MLH!

    Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, they power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. SteelHacks is an MLH member event hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, through the Department of Computer Science, for students at colleges & universities across the US who are passionate about getting their hands dirty using technology and design. Congrats SteelHacks!!

    Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, they power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. SteelHacks is an MLH member event hosted at the University of Pittsburgh, through the Department of Computer Science, for students at colleges & universities across the US who are passionate about getting their hands dirty using technology and design. Congrats SteelHacks!!

  • Pitt Computer Science to host WiCStart Program!

    Are you a woman coming to Pitt? Are you unsure of what to study? Do you want to know more about computer science? Sign up for WiCStart! WiCStart takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science in a no-pressure environment. WiCStart students will be permitted to move into their residence halls one week early. They will get a broad overview of various topics in computer science and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. Lunch will be served daily. Throughout the week, students will learn about such topics as basic hardware and software concepts, programming, big data, and artificial intelligence. They will also learn about the benefits of being a CS student at Pitt and graduating with a CS degree. Finally, they will be given the chance to connect with other technical women. There are no costs for attending WiCStart. In addition to an early move-in date and free lunch, we’ll provide all necessary materials and equipment. Please email wicstart@cs.pitt.edu if you are interested in learning more.

    Are you a woman coming to Pitt? Are you unsure of what to study? Do you want to know more about computer science? Sign up for WiCStart!
    WiCStart takes place the week before fall classes begin, and is designed to introduce incoming undeclared women to computer science in a no-pressure environment.
    WiCStart students will be permitted to move into their residence halls one week early. They will get a broad overview of various topics in computer science and hear stories, advice, and technical information from upperclassmen and professional women in industry. Lunch will be served daily.

    Throughout the week, students will learn about such topics as basic hardware and software concepts, programming, big data, and artificial intelligence. They will also learn about the benefits of being a CS student at Pitt and graduating with a CS degree. Finally, they will be given the chance to connect with other technical women.

    There are no costs for attending WiCStart. In addition to an early move-in date and free lunch, we’ll provide all necessary materials and equipment.

    Please email wicstart@cs.pitt.edu if you are interested in learning more.

  • Pitt CS Welcomes TLI Participants

    The Department of Computer Science's Technology Leadership Initiative kicked off its summer program by welcoming 35 middle school girls to Sennott Square for Tech Divaz, a week full of technology and fun. Shelley Goldberg and Sabrina Aravena, the instructors for Tech Divaz, planned an exciting and innovative curriculum that focuses on introducing the girls to the field of computer science through activities encompassing everything the discipline has to offer, from hardware to software and everything in between. At the end of the week, we are looking forward to welcoming friends and family to the department and seeing the projects the students have put together! High School Academy follows Tech Divaz and gives students in grades 9-12 a two-week crash course in computer science and allows them a glimpse into life at the University of Pittsburgh and potential career paths as a computer science major.

    The Department of Computer Science's Technology Leadership Initiative kicked off its summer program by welcoming 35 middle school girls to Sennott Square for Tech Divaz, a week full of technology and fun. Shelley Goldberg and Sabrina Aravena, the instructors for Tech Divaz, planned an exciting and innovative curriculum that focuses on introducing the girls to the field of computer science through activities encompassing everything the discipline has to offer, from hardware to software and everything in between. At the end of the week, we are looking forward to welcoming friends and family to the department and seeing the projects the students have put together!
    High School Academy follows Tech Divaz and gives students in grades 9-12 a two-week crash course in computer science and allows them a glimpse into life at the University of Pittsburgh and potential career paths as a computer science major.

  • Pitt CS Students Ritwik Gupta and Laurence Putterman Win Red Bull's Hack the Hits!

    Pitt Computer Science students Laurence Putterman and Ritwik Gupta, along with Tiffany Jiang from Carnegie Mellon, were recently one of 5 teams around the nation picked to compete in Red Bull’s Hack the Hits hackathon in San Francisco this past weekend. Their team won first place where they created a MIDI controller that mimics the experience of playing a string instrument with some additions. Over the course of 24 hours, each of the 5 teams (from schools such as Stanford and UC Berkeley) tried to create an expressive, playable instrument that could be used in a live or studio setting. Using four touch sensitive “thinpot” (thin potentiometer) sensors connected to an Arduino and some cardboard, they recreated the general shape of a guitar, where the thinpot sensors took the place of strings. This enabled the player to expressively slide their notes just like a string instrument player. In addition, a Leap Motion attached to the body of the instrument allowed players to modulate effects by gesturing in front of the instrument with their hands. The thinpot sensors send their output to the Arduino, which relays the information over a serial connection. Max for Live, a powerful visual programming environment specifically designed for interfacing with Ableton Live (audio software), receives this data, separates the data according to sensor, and transforms those values into MIDI. Each sensor outputs to its own MIDI channel, allowing the user a great deal of flexibility with regards to how they would like the instrument to sound. They were featured in Forbes, follow the link for the article http://goo.gl/RR5G8M Congratulations to Ritwik and Laurence!!!

    Pitt Computer Science students Laurence Putterman and Ritwik Gupta, along with Tiffany Jiang from Carnegie Mellon, were recently one of 5 teams around the nation picked to compete in Red Bull’s Hack the Hits hackathon in San Francisco this past weekend. Their team won first place where they created a MIDI controller that mimics the experience of playing a string instrument with some additions. Over the course of 24 hours, each of the 5 teams (from schools such as Stanford and UC Berkeley) tried to create an expressive, playable instrument that could be used in a live or studio setting. Using four touch sensitive “thinpot” (thin potentiometer) sensors connected to an Arduino and some cardboard, they recreated the general shape of a guitar, where the thinpot sensors took the place of strings. This enabled the player to expressively slide their notes just like a string instrument player. In addition, a Leap Motion attached to the body of the instrument allowed players to modulate effects by gesturing in front of the instrument with their hands. The thinpot sensors send their output to the Arduino, which relays the information over a serial connection. Max for Live, a powerful visual programming environment specifically designed for interfacing with Ableton Live (audio software), receives this data, separates the data according to sensor, and transforms those values into MIDI. Each sensor outputs to its own MIDI channel, allowing the user a great deal of flexibility with regards to how they would like the instrument to sound. They were featured in Forbes, follow the link for the article http://goo.gl/RR5G8M Congratulations to Ritwik and Laurence!!!

  • Pitt Computer Science Professor Diane Litman, will present at the XPRIZE + Pittsburgh’s AI Experts Forum

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships. This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

    Artificial intelligence may be humanity's most formidable double-edged sword. Many have expressed their fears of catastrophic consequences, but AI's potential as a positive force is undeniable. This October, the White House Frontiers Conference brought national AI experts to Pittsburgh to speak on the challenges and benefits of the field. In mid-November, the team managing the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will visit Pittsburgh to engage with Pittsburgh's innovation community, encourage participation in the competition, and to explore opportunities to establish more cooperative partnerships.

    This event will be held on Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30pm at UPMC Enterprises (6425 Penn Ave, #200).

  • Congratulations to Bill Garrison, Runner-Up for the ACM SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award!

    This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at https://www.sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2016/awards/

    This annual award by SIGSAC recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer and information security. The SIGSAC Doctoral Dissertation Award winner and up to two runners-up are recognized at the ACM CCS conference. The award winner receives a plaque, a $1,500 honorarium and a complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. The runners-up receive a plaque and complimentary registration to the current year's ACM CCS Conference. Congratulations to Professor Bill Garrison! View the winners at https://www.sigsac.org/ccs/CCS2016/awards/

  • CS Department announce 50th Anniversary Website!

    Learn about our past, check out featured alumni, and find information on our 50th Anniversary Celebration plans! Go to http://cs50.pitt.edu/

    Learn about our past, check out featured alumni, and find information on our 50th Anniversary Celebration plans! Go to http://cs50.pitt.edu/

  • CS Department receives a Community Grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support TLI!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

    The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that it has received a community grant for $10,000 from the Best Buy Foundation to support the department's Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI)! The grant is awarded through the Community Grants program, in partnership with local Best Buy stores, to support programs that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. The Best Buy Foundation's primary goal is to give teens access to opportunities through technology that help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills for their future careers. The CS Department's Technology Leadership Initiative aims to engage students across grade levels and strives to instill a passion for computing and technical thinking. TLI consists of two major components, Tech Divaz and High School Academy. The mission of TLI is to provide under-represented and under-served students in grades 6-12 with opportunities, tools, and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. Thanks to the Best Buy Foundation the CS Department will be able to continue and expand its TLI program!

  • Congratulations to Mackenzie Ball on receiving the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence!

    Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science. Mackenzie is the CS Department's Outreach Coordinator. This is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the Department through their commitment and performance.

    Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair's Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science. Mackenzie is the CS Department's Outreach Coordinator. This is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the Department through their commitment and performance.

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