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Google VP Named Dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science
PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google Vice
President Andrew W. Moore has been selected as the new dean of
Carnegie Mellon University's renowned School of Computer Science
(SCS), effective this August. Moore, a distinguished computer
scientist with expertise in machine learning and robotics, served as a
professor of computer science and robotics at CMU before being named
founding director of Google's Pittsburgh engineering office in 2006.
Moore's appointment adds further momentum to Carnegie Mellon President
Subra Suresh's initiatives aimed at enhancing the connections among
CMU's world-renowned research, its innovative and entrepreneurial
culture, and expanding interactions with industry and government.
Carnegie Mellon's pioneering leadership in computer technologies,
seamlessly leveraged with its expertise in the sciences, engineering,
arts, design, policy, business and humanities, provides significant
opportunities for shaping the 21st century in which computing and data
are poised to play a transformative role in the daily lives of
billions of global citizens.
"Andrew Moore combines an expansive vision, scientific expertise, and
leadership strength that make him extraordinarily well suited to be
dean of the School of Computer Science," President Suresh said. "As
computing grows ever more critical to our global society, the scope of
SCS and its importance to the world will continue to expand and its
impact on the human condition will be more evident. Andrew is
particularly well positioned to lead the school at this time."
SCS is known for its breadth of focus; faculty research includes not
only the creation of better computer hardware and software, but also
studies of the diverse effects of computing on society and the world.
Google opened its Pittsburgh office on CMU's campus in 2006 to gain
proximity to its computer engineering talent.
"Andrew Moore has been a respected contributor to Google and the
Pittsburgh community since he helped start the office there in 2006,"
said Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., a former member
of the CMU Board of Trustees and the keynote speaker at Suresh's
inauguration last November as the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon.
"Some of Google's strongest talent has come out of CMU, and we look
forward to continuing our relationship with the university. I know
Andrew will help inspire the next generation of innovators."
Moore's research ranges from improving manufacturing methods and
finding distant asteroids in space to early detection of bioterrorism
using data on over-the-counter medication purchases. His CMU-based
research group, the Auton Lab, collaborates closely with other
scientists, government agencies and technology companies. Auton Lab
algorithms are now in use in dozens of commercial, university and
"Ever since college I have been inspired by the world-changing ideas
and technologies that come out of CMU. I'm privileged to return to the
School of Computer Science in this new role," Moore said. "I have had
a wonderful eight years at Google Pittsburgh, a place which I believe
has the most creative and driven gang of computer scientists in the
world. We plan to remain great friends within the broader context of
growing Pittsburgh's leadership in science and technology."
Under Moore's leadership, Google Pittsburgh has grown to hundreds of
employees. Moore led essential engineering contributions to Google's
services, including AdWords, Shopping and Search, as well as core
Google engineering infrastructure and tools. Since 2010, the company
has annually been among Carnegie Mellon's largest employers, with more
than 500 alumni now working for the company worldwide.
Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science Celebrating its 25th
anniversary this year, SCS is widely regarded as one of the best
computer science programs in the world. U.S. News and World Report has
ranked CMU's graduate program in computer science No. 1 since 2011.
CMU faculty have made groundbreaking contributions to search engines,
network security, life-saving robots, driverless cars, computer
vision, language processing and technologies for learning. CMU
scholars Alan Perlis, Allen Newell and Nobel Prize winner Herbert
Simon were among the founding fathers of the discipline of computer
science. Moreover, CMU is home to 12 winners of the Turing Award, the
highest honor in computer science research.
Faculty and students at SCS have developed some of the world's best
known and most frequently used technologies from CAPTCHA Web security
tests to kidney donor matching methods and the 2013 App of the Year,
"Duolingo." The first emoticon, known as "Smiley" :-), was created at
CMU. In addition, SCS gave birth to technologies such as the GigaPan
camera system, a robotic device that allows any camera to shoot
multibillion-pixel panoramic images; Alice, a software platform
developed to teach students computer programming by creating 3D
animations and video games; and ChargeCar, an initiative that converts
gasoline-powered vehicles to electricity. It is also where robots
have been created to clean up nuclear waste, travel to places humans
cannot reach and to assist with minimally invasive surgery.
Moore received a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1991
and joined the CMU faculty in 1993 following two years of
post-doctoral research. In 2005, he was elected a fellow of the
American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Andrew lives in
Pittsburgh with his wife, Mary, and two children, William and Lucy.
Moore succeeds Randal Bryant, who will return to the CMU faculty after
serving as dean since 2004.
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a
private, internationally ranked research university with programs in
areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy,
the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the
university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small
student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus
on creating and implementing solutions for real problems,
interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university,
Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California's Silicon
Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and
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