Mark Stehlik knows his students, all 2,500 he has helped graduate as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education since the inception of the undergraduate program in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. In the Fall of 2012, he assumed the title of Associate Dean for Education at CMU-Q, where he intends to repeat the same feat for all of students on the Qatar campus.
The first thing you notice stepping in his office is the white board, almost floor to ceiling, and filled with symbols, Greek symbols mainly, and lots and lots of math. The second thing you notice is the comfortable furniture, perfect for conjuring ideas before they take shape into symbols, and perfect for a well-deserved nap after a vigorous brainstorming session.
CS junior Afnan Fahim has been selected as a Fifth Year Scholar. This is only the second time a student from the Qatar campus achieves this prestigious CMU-wide honor. The Fifth Year Scholar program provides a small number of exceptional students the opportunity to spend a full year on the Pittsburgh campus following the completion of their normal course of study. Fifth Year Scholars are supported by free tuition and a $7,000 fellowship.
Girls don't care about computer science.Says who??? Throughout the day on 11 December, the CMU-Q building was teeming with women intent to disprove just that: students, alumni, faculty, mothers, and especially 94 super-engaged girls from a variety of high-schools around Doha. Officially, they were there to participate in the inaugural edition of CS4Qatar for Women, a series of workshops that expose high-school students to the real Computer Science beyond stereotypes.
CMU-Q Computer Science students have spent their summers making the world a better place by participating in TechBridgeWorld's iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) internship program since its inaugural year in 2009. Hatem Alismail (CS '09) spent his summer in Tanzania working on literacy projects for iSTEP 2009.
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Arabic Machine TranslationMon, 11/18/2013 - 12:00
Machine Translation (MT) has been championed as an effective technology for knowledge transfer from English to languages with less digital content. An example of such efforts is the automatic translation of English Wikipedia to languages with smaller collections, such as Arabic. However, MT quality is still far from ideal for many of the languages and text genres. While translating a document, many sentences are poorly translated which can provide an incorrect text, and confuse the reader. Moreover, some of these sentences are not as informative and could be summarized to make a more cohesive document.
Service Level Agreements (SLA) represent the contract which captures the agreed upon guarantees between a service provider and its customers. The specifications of existing service level agreements (SLA) for cloud services are not designed to flexibly handle even relatively straightforward performance and technical requirements of consumer applications. In this talk, we present an end-to-end framework for consumer-centric SLA management of cloud-hosted databases, CloudDb AutoAdmin.
...Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1213Read more...Towards supporting the elderly age in place: Multimodal dialogue processing in the ROBOHELPER projectSun, 11/10/2013 - 13:00
The goal of the ROBOHELPER project is to design and develop robotic assistants that could help the elderly live independently. In the first phase of this project, we are focusing on the multimodal interface required for the human to communicate with the robot. I will first describe the data collection of human-human interactions we carried out with elderly subjects. I will then discuss two models: one for pronominal and deictic reference resolution, and one for dialogue act classification.
Minicomplexity is the computational complexity theory that we can build by analogy to standard Computational Complexity Theory, when our computational model and resource of interest are not the Turing machine and its running time, but instead the two-way finite automaton (2FA) and its size. Descriptive minicomplexity is the part of this theory where the computational power of 2FAs is characterized in terms of logical formulas.
Conrad Wolfram from Wolfram Research will be speaking about Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, and Computer Based Mathematics. Important note: This presentation will start promptly at 12:00 and conclude at 12:30. Please arrive a few minutes early.
...Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202Read more...Controlling Robotic Devices by a Wearable Shirt - A framework for dual learning paradigmMon, 10/21/2013 - 12:00
Learning to control a robotic device is generally accomplished by forming a new cognitive map between the body motions and extrapersonal space. Here, I consider the challenge of remapping movement-to-space representations in survivors of spinal cord injury, for the control of powered robotic wheelchairs. The goal is to facilitate this remapping by developing interfaces between body motions and navigational commands that exploit the degrees of freedom that disabled individuals are most capable to coordinate. The main novelty of this approach lies in substituting the joystick of the wheelchair with a wearable shirt...
Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202Read more...Taming a Billion-eyed Beast: Understanding Human Behavior from Social CamerasMon, 10/07/2013 - 12:00
It is estimated that there are well over a billion camera-enabled phones in the world. These cameras record our social experiences, such as birthday celebrations, weddings, sports games, political rallies, vacations, and so on. Collectively, this billion-eyed system---the Social Panopticon--captures the social space of the human species at an unprecedented scale and at an unprecedented resolution.
Affective Computing is a multidisciplinary research field at the cross section of many sciences such as computer science, engineering, neuroscience, psychology and emotion research areas. It aims at giving computers a human like emotional intelligence, and aspires to narrow the communication gap between the highly emotional human and the challenged computer. Recent advancements in computer processing power coupled with advancements in sensor technologies made it possible to collect and process vast information about users’ affective states.
...Carnegie Mellon Qatar, Room 1202Read more...15-122: The Actual StoryMon, 04/22/2013 - 12:00
I provide a personal account of the history and main design decisions in the development of the course 15-122 Principles of Imperative Computation. The first pilot was taught in Fall 2010, and it is now a central part in the freshmen curriculum for Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I will also speculate on some alternatives and potential future developments of this course and surrounding infrastructure.
...Carnegie Mellon Qatar room 1202Read more...Crossing a Minefield: Current Problems with Internet Technology and PolicyTue, 04/16/2013 - 12:00
There is a raging argument in the world over how Internet access should be priced and controlled. The players have often used emotional words to describe the issues. Rarely does debate focus on understanding the implications of proposed directions on future technologies and services that might be offered. - Future directions in networking and computers. - Impact that networking has had on the world from both a technical and societal view. - Current chaos on the Internet e.g. spam and other nasty pests and what can be done.
Our world is full of networks. The linking relationships might be quite abstract, such as friendship or metabolic processes or even more concrete, like roads or railways, but are still hard to overlook. One way to deal with such a network, is to mathematically model it as a graph with vertices representing the entities and edges the relationships. Graphs are widely used to visualize relational data. The area that deals with the theory and algorithmic questions of graph visualization is conventionally called Graph Drawing. The usefulness of a drawing depends on aesthetic criteria as well as on the amount of...
Carnegie Mellon Qatar Room 1202Read more...Challenges for Computing in the 21st CenturyThu, 01/24/2013 - 12:00