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1. Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Hosts Hadi Tabatabai: Transitional Spaces Sept. 22 - Nov. 12

Image credit: Hadi Tabatabai, Wall Piece, 2016

Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery will present "Hadi Tabatabai: Transitional Spaces," curated by Spike Wolff, featuring 17 works by the internationally renowned artist Saturday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 12.

There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. The exhibit, reception and reviews are free and open to the public.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the wats:ON Festival 2017, "SHIFT," which takes place Nov. 2-4. The festival opening will feature an installation by Tabatabai in the CMU College of Fine Arts Great Hall at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 followed by Tabatabai's Artist Talk at 6 p.m. in the college's Kresge Theatre.

Wolff describes the featured works as "an elegant combination of drawing, painting and sculpture ... that describes a place that is as much an idea as a physical location."

"These compositions embody liminality; that is, they create a constant experience of sensations that exist at the limen, or edge, of perception," Wolff writes in the exhibition notes. "Narrative and figuration, even figure and ground, have been excised from these delicate combinations of squares, rectangles and floating lines."

The Miller Gallery is open to the public from 12 - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Tabatabai was born in Mashhad, Iran, in 1964. He immigrated to the United States in 1977 with his family, settling in California. Tabatabai received a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from California State University Fresno in 1985 and a bachelor's degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995.

Tabatabai's work has been shown in London, Paris, Turin, Frankfurt, Bonn, Bogotá and widely in the United States.

wats:ON "SHIFT" is curated by Spike Wolff, artistic and executive director of the festival, and Associate Curator Eddy Man Kim. "SHIFT" also features "Body Drift," an immersive audiovisual performance Nov. 3-4 in the Kresge Theatre by artists Jakob Marsico, a 2014 CMU alumnus and adjunct faculty member, and Chris Carlson. Tabatabai's installation will be on display in the CFA Great Hall through Dec. 2.

2. Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery Hosts Exhibition on History and Contemporary Practice of Computational Design Sept. 22 - Nov. 12

Image depicts an experiment with LIDAR photography

A new exhibition at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University showcases a selection of rare photographs, drawings, films and high-quality reproductions illuminating the evolution of computational methods for design representation, simulation and manufacturing.

"Designing the Computational Image/Imagining Computational Design" examines the formative period of numerical control and computer graphics technologies between 1949 and 1976. From blips on radar screens to perspectival representations and free-form surfaces, the materials reveal how technical innovations in software, data structures and hardware enabled new design theories and methods. A series of innovative 'software reconstructions' specially produced for the show enable visitors to interact with some of the earliest computer systems for drawing and 3-D modeling from the early 1960s. A selection of works by cutting-edge artists, architects and designers reimagines the future of these practices.

The exhibition opens on Friday, Sept. 22, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the exhibition runs through Sunday, Nov. 12.

A two-day symposium with leading scholars, architects and artists will accompany the exhibition on Oct. 7-8 at Carnegie Mellon's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry to explore new perspectives on the histories, practices and technologies of computation in design. A full schedule of events, participating artists and speakers can be found on the Miller Gallery's website.

The historical materials featured in the exhibition are drawn from the archives of institutions key to the development of these technologies, including Carnegie Mellon University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Cambridge, U.K.; and the Computer History Museum, among others. The exhibition received generous support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and from Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.

"A key objective of this exhibition is to make visible computational design practices' multidisciplinary roots in government-funded postwar era research at places like Carnegie Mellon and MIT," said curator Daniel Cardoso Llach, assistant professor in CMU's School of Architecture.

"I would like this exhibition to make visible the artistry of engineers and technologists, and its role in shaping contemporary visual and spatial languages," Liach said. "Similarly, I would like it to shed light on a vibrant landscape of artists, architects and designers actively appropriating, re-specifying, and re-imagining these systems, discovering new forms of creative expression today."

Image Description: Image from a custom software system developed for the exhibition, which reconstructs Steven A. Coons' pioneering mathematical technique for parametric surface representation, the "Coons patch," enabling users to interact with it. City and Year: Reconstruction: Pittsburgh 2017; Based on papers from 1963-1970, MIT. Country: United States. Rights: Daniel Cardoso Llach

3. Record Proportion of First-year Women Enroll in Tepper School of Business

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In the Tepper School of Business, 57 percent of incoming undergraduate business students are women, an unusually high representation of women among undergraduate business programs nationwide.

Infographic showing increase in the number of female students at TepperRobert Dammon, the school's dean, said the sharp increase of 12 percentage points over last year is the result of a deliberate effort and long-term plan that touches every aspect of the student experience: from campus tours, to the admission process, to freshman orientation, to both the faculty and curriculum reflecting the virtues of diversity and inclusion.

"When you think about the needs of business, they're really converging on the strengths of the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon University — at the intersection of business, technology and analytics. That's really where we sit as a business school. It's where our program and curriculum are focused. I think that draws in interest from students. It's the type of program that's going to deliver the skill sets people need to be successful in 21st century business," Dammon said.

"Without commitment from the dean and his leadership team no meaningful or sustainable change would have occurred," said Leanne Meyer, executive director of the Tepper School's Accelerate Leadership Center. "Gender and women's initiatives are spoken about as a component of the strategic business plan, funding has been allocated and stakeholders are accountable for delivering on these initiatives. This communicates that gender is a strategic business issue, not a women's issue."

"The Tepper School's philosophy is to provide the best undergraduate experience not only academically but also personally and professionally," said Burton Hollifield, the PNC Professor of Finance and head of the Undergraduate Business Administration program. "Creating this 'whole student approach' is a great attraction for students."

One program introduced over the past year is Tepper Community Conversations, an opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty members to discuss classroom-based issues and ideas, as well as personal and professional experiences. Hollifield said students told faculty they preferred to be placed on project teams rather than make self-selections.

"Typically, when you ask students to form a team and work on a project, you get clusters of students that all have similar backgrounds or similar strengths or similar things they like. But when you are in the workplace, you have to work in teams with many different people of different backgrounds," Hollifield said.

The Tepper School approach of inclusion focuses on how to "de-bias" the organization instead of individuals by monitoring and measuring how systems and processes affect a woman's ability to be admitted and then to thrive.

Colleen McMullen, executive director for community and inclusion at the Tepper School, said, "When I walk the halls, I'm not counting how many women and underrepresented minority faces I see. I am interested in the sense of community we are creating here."

4. Soaring Demand for Data Science Drives Dietrich College Momentum

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As the sophisticated use of digital information transforms business and daily life, an innovative approach to data science across academic fields is fueling a popularity boom at Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in what was once a quiet corner of the academy: Statistics.

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The Dietrich's College's Department of Statistics and Data Science — a global leader in applying statistics to many areas of science, technology, policy and education — is among the fastest growing statistics programs in the nation.

The number of undergraduate statistics majors has nearly quadrupled since 2010 and has grown more than twenty-fold since 2005. And since 2013, Dietrich College applicants who indicated interest in studying statistics have more than doubled.

"Our statisticians and data scientists exemplify the Carnegie Mellon approach to the humanities and social sciences, which infuses foundational and deep research across disciplines to take on and offer solutions for issues that are important to the world today," said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College.

In many institutions, statistics is not associated with the humanities or social sciences. But at Carnegie Mellon, where it is situated in the Dietrich College and applied in unexpected fields, this innovative approach is helping drive an unusual rise in the portion of admitted students choosing the university over its competitors.

Students at every level in the Department of Statistics and Data Science engage with interdisciplinary, real-world problems and gain extensive experience working with actual data. Recent projects analyzed domestic violence incidents and county response services, predicted yearly revenue streams for companies, visualized city crime reports, investigated if communal coping affects diabetes treatment and determined the impact of filtering tweets for social unrest.

"For the past 50 years, we have made a big impact in both statistical theory and applying those theories to real problems and real data in fields from genetics and astronomy to sports and finance," said Christopher Genovese, head of the Statistics and Data Science Department. "Data challenges are everywhere, and the demand for professionals to effectively approach them from a statistical way of thinking, with the best tools and techniques, is going to keep growing."

Infographic showing growth of women in statistics

Graduates from the Statistics and Data Science Department are finding success in many different industries. Roughly 10-20 percent of recent undergraduate statistics majors have gone on to graduate or professional school. The rest are getting jobs predominately in finance and banking, consulting, analytics, management and marketing.

Samuel Ventura, who received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in statistics from CMU, is now the Pittsburgh Penguins' director of hockey research. It’s his job to collect and use data to increase the team’s chances of winning.

"My first foray into taking complex data sets and trying to make something of them was when I was a rising junior working with Bill Eddy on a neuroscience project," Ventura said. "As a graduate student, I got involved with statistics in sports, and our published papers and projects — like War on Ice — gave us notoriety in the academic and sports analytic worlds."

One strategy the department is using to continuously evolve and meet future needs is to build on and highlight connections between statistics and other fields by offering joint majors, such as with economics and machine learning, and specific tracks in neuroscience and mathematical sciences. Future additions may include tracks in data science and machine learning, curriculum refinements to broaden students' exposure to real, large-scale data and redeveloping how computing is taught.

"Our curriculum is designed to give students a taste and a wide variety of experiences of what it is like to do statistics and data science in the real world. We take problems that are real — from research, industry and government — and put them straight into the classroom," said Rebecca Nugent, associate department head and director of undergraduate studies.

5. Core Education Program Boosts Yield in Mellon College of Science

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Drawn by a new core curriculum that complements academics with personal and career skills, record numbers of admitted students chose the Mellon College of Science (MCS) over competitors this year.

The surge in interest has given the college its largest first-year class ever, enrolling 285 MCS students and Science and Humanities Scholars who plan to pursue majors in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematical sciences and physics.

"Our high yield was unexpected, but exciting. It shows that more students want to come to Carnegie Mellon to learn science and take advantage of the exciting opportunities that we provide to them," said MCS Dean Rebecca W. Doerge. "We give them a unique, forward-thinking educational program and access to some of the world's top scientists. Students also have the chance to engage in interdisciplinary coursework and research with the university's top-ranked computer science, engineering and statistics programs."

Infographic showing MCS yield increasing

MCS's new Core Education program, instituted for the first time in 2015, prepares students to become 21st century scientists. The program is unique in that it helps students develop as scholars, professionals, citizens and people, providing them with skills that will help them succeed in academics, the workplace and society.

"Employers and graduate schools want students with great technical skills, but they also want students who are prepared for the workplace and are ready to make a difference," said MCS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Maggie Braun. "We don't know of any university that takes such a comprehensive approach to science education."

The Core Education's holistic viewpoint was developed in part by looking at the college's most successful alumni and the experiences and qualities they developed while at Carnegie Mellon. The common theme among most of the alumni was that they had a well-rounded college experience. They worked hard in their science classes, but also explored the arts and humanities, and they participated in research, community service and outreach.

The program also is soundly based in the latest science of learning research. MCS faculty work closely with Carnegie Mellon's Simon Initiative, which leverages learning science research to improve learning outcomes.

The result is an educational program in which students receive rigorous training in the sciences and their chosen field and are given opportunities to conduct research alongside Carnegie Mellon faculty. Students also participate in self-directed experiences that broaden their knowledge of the arts, help them maintain a balanced life and have them engage with the local and global community.

This year's incoming class will be the third class to participate in MCS's Core Education. They will be introduced to the program through a first-year seminar called "Eureka! Discovery and Its Impact." Through this course, students will learn skills that will help them as they move through their bachelor's degree program and develop into young scientists. The seminar brings together the entire first-year class for seminars on study skills, lectures on personal wellness and discussions with working scientists. First-year students get to know one another better though team building exercises and are mentored by upper class students during recitation sessions.

"I was looking for a program where I could not only learn my discipline but also be pushed to study other sciences. The Core Education at MCS gives me the depth of studies I want, as well as placing me within a larger, interdisciplinary university that excels in diverse subjects such as musical theater, computer science and design," said Hannah Daniel, a first-year student in MCS. "During the admission process, I also talked to some current MCS students. I saw myself in the individuals I spoke with, and even more, I saw them succeeding. I realized that meant I could succeed here too."

MCS faculty look forward to bringing this year's first-year class together, because in addition to being the largest class, it also is one of the college's most diverse. More than half of the students are female. The class also includes students from 10 different countries, including Costa Rica, Great Britain, Hungary, India and Romania.

6. Women Make Up Majority of CMU's Incoming Class

Image of first-year students during Convocation

For the first time, women make up the majority of first-year undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon University, a distinctive milestone among top-ranked universities that award the majority of their undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

This graphic shows male and female enrollment over time.At 51 percent of the Class of 2021, the proportion of women is significantly higher than the national average for peer institutions, propelled by successes in recruitment across CMU's colleges and schools.

The new parity between men and women comes at a time when CMU has had unprecedented success in attracting top students who have other outstanding options for college. Undergraduate yield, the percentage of admitted students who choose CMU over other schools, rose to 37 percent from 30 percent four years ago, an unusual leap in higher education.

"More and more, Carnegie Mellon University is becoming the destination of choice for outstanding students who want a powerful education that will benefit them throughout their lives," said Farnam Jahanian, interim president. "This reflects CMU's historic academic strengths, our well-deserved reputation for innovation and collaboration, and growing culture of developing the whole person.

"This is a major achievement, and a tribute to the relentless hard work by faculty and senior leadership across the university to offer a distinctive and transformative undergraduate experience," he said.

"The quality and makeup of the incoming class is testimony to our strong belief that diversity in all forms makes for a stronger and richer learning environment," said Laurie Weingart, interim provost. "At CMU we don't just talk about it, we make it happen."

This new high-watermark comes just one year after the percentage of women enrolled in the incoming undergraduate computer science and engineering classes at CMU reached record highs, between two and three times the national average for those fields. Those percentages remain high, with female enrollment in this year's incoming class at 49.8 percent in computer science and 43 percent in engineering.

While computer science and engineering continue to draw disproportionate numbers of women undergraduates, this year's increase also is fueled by strong results in CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science and Tepper School of Business, said Michael Steidel, dean of admission.

The proportion of women has grown as average SAT scores have remained high and the percentage of Pell Grant eligible students has grown, Steidel said.

"As we look at the factors that helped attract this record-breaking class, each college and school has its own story to tell," Steidel said. "What they have in common is a clear priority to attract diverse and outstanding students, and faculty and leadership that make it their own mission to foster that culture."

In the Dietrich College, the number of women choosing the college's most popular major, statistics and data science, has risen sharply over the last three years. Dean Richard Scheines credits the department's distinctive emphasis on data across all academic disciplines — and the real-world relevance that carries for students.

"We provide an alternative model at a time when traditional liberal arts programs have come into question," Scheines said. "Our innovative, data-driven approach to the humanities and social sciences resonates with students, who are driven toward making a positive impact on society."

The Mellon College of Science has consistently been a leader at the university in the percentage of female students majoring in STEM fields. This year, the college saw a significant jump in yield following the introduction of a new undergraduate curriculum designed to educate the whole person in addition to providing rigorous training in the fundamental sciences. Steidel and Dean Rebecca Doerge said the new model is really beginning to resonate with prospective students and families.

At the Tepper School of Business, 57 percent of the incoming undergraduate class is made up of women, up by 12 percentage points over the past year. Leaders give credit to that unusually strong showing for a business school to a climate in which diverse perspectives are valued in the classroom, team projects and extracurricular activities. Dean Robert Dammon said it reflects a concerted effort by senior administration, faculty members and current students in the Tepper School to cultivate an environment of experimentation and collaboration.

"We have such a strong track record of women taking leadership roles during their Tepper educations, whether it is in student organizations or other venues," Dammon said. "That culture, at a school that helps them to develop the skill sets employers need at the intersection of business, technology and analytics, is making a difference."

This increase in female enrollment comes as the construction of the David A. Tepper Quadrangle nears completion, with an anticipated opening in 2018. In addition to housing the Tepper School of Business, the 305,000 square-foot building will create a flexible, collaborative learning and research environment that benefits the entire university.

Steidel said as this year's class settles in, leaders across CMU are looking for ways to build on this momentum.

"At CMU, we really do have something distinctive to offer, something that is particularly attractive to students right now," Steidel said.

7. CMU Alumni in TV's Primetime Lineup

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One of the best places to watch top tier Tartan talent this fall is on the small screen.

The Carnegie Mellon University alumni include 1972 graduate Ted Danson on the critically acclaimed "The Good Place" on NBC and 1970 graduate Judith Light, who was nominated for an Emmy in her role in "Transparent" on Amazon. In addition, many talented production designers and lighting directors on shows and series such as "Feud: Bette and Joan," "Saturday Night Live," "Big Bang Theory" and "America's Got Talent."

Several of the programs begin this fall, and more will be available throughout the year on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, which release content on a different schedule. Most of the streaming channels also offer episodes of network shows from previous seasons.

CMU alumni are involved in the following shows:

  • Jason Antoon: "Claws" (TNT)
  • Matt Bomer: "The Last Tycoon" (Amazon)
  • Donna Lynn Champlin (1993): "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (The CW)
  • Gaius Charles: "Taken" (NBC)
  • Casey Cott: "Riverdale" (CW)
  • James Cromwell: "The Detour" (TBS)
  • Ted Danson: "The Good Place" (NBC)
  • Demetrius Grosse: "The Brave" (NBC)
  • Adam Hagenbuch: "Fuller House" (Netflix)
  • Holly Hunter: "Here, Now" (HBO)
  • Rachel Keller: "Legion" (FX)
  • Judith Light: "Transparent" (Amazon)
  • Carl Lundstedt: "Cloak and Dagger" (Freeform)
  • Gabriel Macht: "Suits" (USA)
  • Rebecca Metz: "Better Things" (FX)
  • Patina Miller: "Madam Secretary" (CBS)
  • Katy Mixon: "American Housewife" (ABC)
  • Kali Rocha: "Liv and Maddie" (Disney), "Man With A Plan" (CBS)
  • Pablo Schrieber: "American Gods" (Starz)
  • Blair Underwood: "Quantico" (ABC)
  • Ming-Na Wen: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" (ABC)

8. Smart Traffic Signals Will Help Blind Cross Streets

Image of a pedestrian traffic signal

Smart traffic signals that are designed to improve the flow of traffic also could help pedestrians with visual or other disabilities safely cross streets, or even catch a bus.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have begun a two-year project, sponsored in large part by a $2 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration, to develop a system that relays information from a user's smartphone directly to the smart traffic signals. The signals could adjust their timing to accommodate users who need extra time to cross.

"The smartphone can learn how fast the pedestrian moves, or if the user might have difficulty at certain intersections," explained Stephen Smith, professor of robotics. "The intersection could extend the green in real time to give her the extra time she needs. And it might monitor the phone's location so that it notices if she starts moving outside of the crosswalk."

With support from CMU's Traffic21 and Metro21 initiatives, Smith previously led development of the Surtrac system of smart signals. The signals use artificial intelligence to monitor traffic; they can alter their timing to maximize the number of cars that can pass through an intersection and keep cars from idling needlessly at a stop light when no cross traffic is present.

In Pittsburgh, the adaptive traffic signal system has shown it can reduce travel time by 25 percent, braking by 30 percent and idling by more than 40 percent.

A spinoff company, Rapid Flow Technologies, now manufactures and is further developing the signals, which have been installed at 50 intersections in Pittsburgh's East End. The company recently installed smart signals in Atlanta, with installations planned over the next year in at least two other cities.

Development of the system for people with disabilities initially will involve a set of existing smart signals on Pittsburgh's Baum Boulevard and Centre Avenue in the vicinity of the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. In the second year of the program, two additional intersections will be equipped with smart signals to connect the system with the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in Oakland.

The first year of the project will concentrate on developing a basic system for increasing the safety of street crossings, Smith said. In the second year, the researchers will explore what might be possible if pedestrians share their routes and destinations with the smart signals.

"With vehicles, we've shown that if drivers are able to tell us their routes, we can move them through faster," Smith said. "We propose we can do the same with the pedestrians by coordinating pedestrian and vehicle flows."

Smith added it also might be possible to help users catch buses if the system knows which bus stop or what bus route they need.

Smith said he anticipates field tests each year involving 25-30 people with visual disabilities. Once developed, the system also should work for people with other sorts of disabilities. This capability eventually might be of use to all users, disabled or otherwise, such as in suburban areas, where pedestrians might be infrequent and signals aren't timed to accommodate them, he said.

The smartphones will need to be equipped with dedicated short range communications (DSRC) radios to communicate with the signals. For the study, a DSRC sleeve can be fitted to existing smartphones, Smith said, but smartphones could eventually be equipped with DSRC radios if this application proves useful.

The project is supported by the Federal Highway Administration's Accessible Transportation Technology Research Initiative, with additional aid from the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Rapid Flow Technologies and others.

9. PrivacyStreams Helps Developers Create Privacy-Friendly Apps

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Peking universities have created a service called PrivacyStreams that enables app developers to access smartphone data they need for app functionality, while assuring users that private information is not being sold to an online marketer or otherwise revealed.

A sleep monitor app, for instance, might need to access the smartphone's microphone, but only to register loudness, not to monitor conversations. An app developer could simply sample the microphone feed every minute or so, use software in the PrivacyStreams library to transform the raw data to loudness and then send just the loudness data back to the smartphone for use by the app.

"We're creating a new way of doing programming that makes it easier for the developer and also enhances privacy," said Jason Hong, associate professor of computer science in Carnegie Mellon University's 's Human-Computer Interaction Institute. "And while PrivacyStreams is geared to mobile apps, I think we can apply the same idea to the internet of things, or to accessing historical data."

The researchers presented their findings at Ubicomp 2017, the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing earlier this month in Maui, Hawaii.

"We're assuming that most app developers aren't malicious and they don't want to violate anyone's privacy; safeguarding privacy just isn't always the thing that's uppermost in their minds," said Yuvraj Agarwal, assistant professor of computer science in CMU's Institute for Software Research. "So if the developer wants to do the right thing, how do we help them? By saving them time."

The PrivacyStreams library includes a number of programs that can transform personal data into a desired output. A weather app, for instance, might need to access a smartphone's location, but the output would only need to identify a city, a neighborhood or other locality for a forecast.

"Instead of developers having to figure out all of this code themselves, we just give it to them," Hong said.

Developers also have the opportunity to describe what the data is being used for, which can help users decide whether to install the app, or provide permission to access certain data, said Yao Guo, associate professor of computer science at Peking University. Because PrivacyStreams is set up as a pipeline - raw data streams to the service, then is transformed and transmitted back to the app that requested it — the process can be audited to ensure the data is used as described, he added.

If the library proves popular with developers, the researchers say it may someday be possible for PrivacyStreams to certify that apps using the service are using sensitive information responsibly, providing additional guidance to users considering downloading an app.

In addition to Hong, Agarwal and Guo, the research team included Professor Gang Huang and Ph.D. student Yuanchun Li of Peking University; Fanglin Chen and Toby Jia-Jun Li, Ph.D. students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute; and Matthew Fredrikson, assistant professor of computer science in the CMU Computer Science Department.

The National Key Research and Development Program, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Science Foundation, the China Scholarship Council and Google supported this research.

10. Celebrating 10 Years of the Last Lecture

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On Sept. 18, 2007, Randy Pausch delivered the now-renowned "Last Lecture." Today, 10 years later, members of the lecture's live audience reflect on the importance of Pausch's message and how it is still relevant today. Learn about events planned throughout the year to celebrate the anniversary at