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Faculty Receive Google Research Grants

February 03, 2010

The following was reported from the Pittsburgh Business Times, February 2, 2010:

Three Carnegie Mellon University research projects will share $2 million from the inaugural Google Focused Research Awards. The projects include work in the areas of machine learning, energy efficiency in computing and privacy. The awards are unrestricted grants for two to three years.

The largest award, for $1 million. went to William Cohen, Christos Faloutsos, Garth Gibson and Tom Mitchell in the School of Computer Science, to research machine learning techniques that would allow computer search to understand information in context instead of just key words. In the third year of the award an additional $500,000 could be made available after a program review, according to Google.

A project to study how people can protect their privacy online was awarded $400,000 and will be carried out by School of Computer Science professors Lorrie Cranor and Norman Sadeh as well as Alessandro Acquisti faculty in the Heinz College at CMU.

The third award, for $100,000, went to David G. Andersen and Mor Harchol-Balter, both in the School of Computer Science, to look at how large data centers can run on less energy. Continue to the Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Pictured above: Faculty Lorrie Cranor (lower left) with researchers from CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) laboratory.

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