Online program allows professionals to learn foundational skills in computer programming, machine learning, and data science
by Bryan Burtner | Friday, June 30, 2023

The LTI is excited to announce the new Graduate Certificate in Computational Data Science Foundations program. Beginning in August, 2023, technically-savvy professionals will be able to enroll in this online program and learn to leverage AI and machine learning technology for harnessing the power of large scale data systems. 

Applications should be submitted by July 15, 2023 for priority consideration, with a final admissions deadline of August 1, 2023.

For full details, including curriculum and application instructions, please visit the program website, ... Read More

MCDS alum previously appeared on Forbes '30 Under 30' list
by Susie Cribbs | Monday, October 17, 2022

Siddha Ganju, a 2016 graduate of the MCDS program, has received an Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from Carnegie Mellon University for her professional success and service to her field.

An AI researcher and deep learning architect for autonomous vehicle development and validation at Nvidia, Ganju appeared on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and has developed deep learning models for resource constraint electronic devices at Deep Vision. She's mentored scientists and... Read More

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The orientation for incoming fall 2021 MCDS students will take place on Monday, August 23. To view the schedule of events, please click the link below.

MCDS Orientation Schedule

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Kunal Khadilkar Will Discuss Colorism and Gender Bias in the Entertainment Industry
by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A current MCDS student has been selected to share his latest research as an invited speaker at a TEDx conference. Kunal Khadilkar, who entered the MCDS student in the fall of 2019, will speak at the TEDxUWMadison event on Friday, April 16. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the virtual conference is built on the theme "Amplify. Instill. Act." According to the event website, the conference will seek to "[highlight] the voices of those battling the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as well as racial injustices."

Khadilkar's presentation, based on research conducted with the help of... Read More

New Method Can Analyze Decades of Films in a Few Days
by Byron Spice | Thursday, February 25, 2021

Babies whose births were depicted in Bollywood films from the 1950s and 60s were more often than not boys; in today's films, boy and girl newborns are about evenly split. In the 50s and 60s, dowries were socially acceptable; today, not so much. And Bollywood's conception of beauty has remained consistent through the years: beautiful women have fair skin.

Fans and critics of Bollywood — the popular name for a $2.1 billion film industry centered in Mumbai, India — might have some inkling of all this, particularly as movies often reflect changes in the culture. But these insights came... Read More

Team includes members from throughout LTI, the Robotics Institute, and the Information Networking Institute
by Byron Spice | Friday, September 18, 2020

An autonomous car programmed by a Carnegie Mellon University student team will race for the first time Sept. 24-25 when Roborace, an international competition for autonomous vehicles (AVs), begins its season on the island of Anglesey in Wales.

In Roborace, each team prepares their own artificial intelligence algorithms to control their race car, but all of the teams use identically prepared AVs, compute platforms and venues. To prepare for this month's race, the CMU team spent the summer working on the fundamentals of... Read More

MCDS director Eric Nyberg central in establishing new partnership
by Byron Spice | Monday, August 20, 2018

Students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are collaborating with the digital media intelligence firm Meltwater to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence education and research using the company's AI platform.

Meltwater, which has the world's most diverse collection of open and licensed data, has opened its underlying AI platform,, to Carnegie Mellon and other select universities. The platform allows students and faculty to create, connect... Read More

by Bryan Burtner | Thursday, March 8, 2018

An MCDS Capstone Project turned into a pair of publications for a recent graduate of the program. Abdelwahab Bourai, who graduated from the program in 2017 and is now employed by Uber’s Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group, recently had papers accepted at both the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2017) and the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2018).

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by Bryan Burtner | Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Students in the MCDS Systems major took to the Cut in December to honor Prof. Garth Gibson. Several students participated in the University's "Fence painting" tradition to thank Gibson for his 26 years of service at CMU. "Thank You Prof. Garth Gibson - Best Wishes - MCS Systems 2016-2017" read the Fence, also noting the length of time he spent at CMU before departing to become the CEO of the new Toronto-based Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a venture jointly funded by industry and the government of the Candian province of Ontario. The MCDS program also hosted a reception for... Read More

by Bryan Burtner | Monday, June 26, 2017

A paper by MCDS grad Siddha Ganju was recently accepted for publication by the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2017), one of the most prestigious annual conferences in the field of computer vision.

The paper, titled “What’s in a Question: Using Visual Questions as a Form of Supervision,” falls in the category of Visual Question Answering (VQA), a subdomain of Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision that involves developing specialized Question Answering systems to extract information from... Read More