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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

government applications.

"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 ( 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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