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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shaw Honored for Inspiring Women in Software Engineering

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named SCS faculty, Mary Shaw, winner of the 2017 IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award... MORE
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Garlan Receives Software Engineering Distinguished Education Award

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named SCS faculty, David Garlan, winner of the 2017 IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE) Distinguished Education Award... MORE
Friday, May 12, 2017

Fang Wins Best Dissertation Award

Fei Fang was awarded the best USC Viterbi dissertation award for 2017 – the William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research... MORE
Monday, May 8, 2017

Researchers unveil new password meter that will change how users make passwords

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago have just unveiled a new, state-of-the-art password meter that offers real-time feedback and advice to help people create better passwords... MORE
Friday, May 5, 2017

ISR Faculty Receive SCS Highest Research Award

ISR faculty members David Garlan, Mary Shaw, and Bradley Schmerl were awarded the 2017 Newell Award for Research Excellence this past month... MORE
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

$6.2 Million MURI Grant To Fund Cybersecurity Project

Carnegie Mellon University’s Cleotilde (Coty) Gonzalez, Christian Lebiere and Lujo Bauer are part of a team that has received a $6.2 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant... MORE
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ruchkin Receives Frank Anger Memorial Award

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT) has named Software Engineering Ph.D. student, Ivan Ruchkin, as their 2017 recipient of Frank Anger Memorial Award... MORE
Monday, April 24, 2017

Shaw Earns University's Highest Education Honor

Mary Shaw will recieve Carnegie Mellon's highest education honor, the Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education... MORE
Monday, April 17, 2017

Nicolas Christin receives 2017 CSIS Fellowship

Nicolas Christin, a faculty member in the departments of Engineering and Public Policy and the Institute for Software Research, has received the Fellowship in Advanced Cyber Studies from the Center for Strategic & International Studies... MORE
Friday, April 7, 2017

Many apps fail to disclose the collection and sharing of sensitive data

Researchers from ISR and CyLab find that many apps do not have a privacy policy, even though 71% of those apps appear to collect sensitive data... MORE
Monday, April 3, 2017

Cranor Earns SIGCHI Honors

The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction(SIGCHI) has elected Societal Computing faculty member, Lorrie Faith Cranor, to the CHI Academy... MORE
Friday, February 10, 2017

ISR Interface - Winter 2017

We are excited to present to you this first edition of a new publication from the Institute for Software Research (ISR)... MORE
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Carnegie Mellon Celebrates International Data Privacy Day

ISR faculty will host the fourth annual celebration of International Data Privacy Day on Friday, January 27th... MORE
Friday, December 16, 2016

ISR Researchers Take Best Paper at World Forum on IoT

Researchers from the School of Computer Science’s Institute for Software Research (ISR) were recently awarded the Best Paper at the 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things... MORE
Thursday, December 8, 2016

What you see may not be what you get

A new application by researchers can detect misalignments between a mobile application’s privacy policy and how it actually gathers and uses data... MORE
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mobile App Behavior Often Appears at Odds With Privacy Policies

A new automated analysis system developed by ISR researchers has revealed inconsistencies between privacy policies and application behavior.... MORE
Friday, October 21, 2016

Breaux Receives Honorable Mention for Most Influential Paper Award

Travis Breaux’s received an Honorable Mention for the Most Influential Paper Award at the 24th IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE) hosted in Beijing, China... MORE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Towne Takes Top Prize at HUBweek Hackathon

Ben Towne, PhD student in Societal Computing, placed first at HUBweek’s first annual hackathon: Data Science, Journalism and the Future of Justice... MORE
Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Password Strength Meter Outperforms State-of-the-Art Meters

Researchers from the Institute for Software Research, Dept of Engineering and Public Policy, and CyLab take home the Best Paper Award from USENIX for their work on an artificial neural network driven password meter... MORE
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Researchers Explore the Cost of API Breaking Change

How software development communities manage the cost of breaking changes - i.e., changes that cause software using the code to fail - is the topic of a recent study by ISR researchers... MORE
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Blase Ur Receives Usable Privacy & Security Student Research Award

Blase Ur, a final-year PhD student in the Institute for Software Research’s Societal Computing program, is this year’s recipient of the John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award... MORE
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's Automatic: CMU Smartphone App Manages Your Privacy Preferences

A field study suggests that a personalized privacy assistant app being developed at Carnegie Mellon University can simplify the chore of setting permissions for your smartphone apps... MORE
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Workshop Explores How Artificial Intelligence Can Be Engineered for Safety and Control

Co-hosted by Carnegie Mellon and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), "Safety and Control for Artificial Intelligence" will bring together 17 technical experts from across the country to address means for ensuring AI systems operate in a safe, controlled manner... MORE
Monday, June 13, 2016

Department Welcomes Newest REU-SE Cohort

The Institute for Software research recently welcomed this year’s cohort of undergraduate researchers as a part of the department’s Research Experience for Undergraduates in Software Engineering (REU-SE) program... MORE
Thursday, May 5, 2016

MSIT-SE Student Team Takes out the Trash at Steel City Codefest

MSIT-SE student James Root and his team took home the top technical prize for their waste collection app at Steel City Codefest 2016... MORE
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Shaw to Deliver Keynote at ICSE 2016

Dr. Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science and ISR faculty, has been announced as a keynote speaker at this year’s International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE)... MORE
Friday, April 29, 2016

Herbsleb Wins SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award

Jim Herbsleb, famed for his research in collaboration and coordination on large-scale software engineering projects, is this year's winner of the Outstanding Research Award presented by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT)... MORE
Friday, April 22, 2016

Creating Allies

Will Frankenstein’s work is all about the numbers. But his passion is about community... MORE
Friday, April 22, 2016

MSE Programs Represent at CSEE&T

The Institute for Software Research’s Masters of Software Engineering Professional Programs (MSE) was well represented at this year’s IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T)... MORE
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CMU Launches New International Relations and Politics Accelerated Master Program

To train the next generation of political scientists, Carnegie Mellon University has launched a new International Relations and Politics Accelerated Master Program... MORE
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Saving Software from Itself

Dr. Christian Kästner, Assistant Professor in the Institute for Software Research, was recently named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Career Award for his work on variational execution and feature interaction in highly configurable software systems... MORE
Friday, April 8, 2016

ISR Sponsored Projects Team Takes Home SCS Honors

We are pleased to announce that Monika DeReno, Bernadette Dayak, and Mike Boydos are this years’ SCS Staff Recognition Award for Outstanding Teamwork... MORE
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Miranda to Speak at SPICE Conference

Dr. Eduardo Miranda, Professor in the Institute for Software Research's Masters of Software Engineering Professional Programs, was recently selected to present at the 16th International SPICE Conference on Process Improvement and Capability Determination...
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Friday, April 1, 2016

CASOS to Host Talks at INSNA Sunbelt 2016

Members of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) will be giving talks at this year’s INSNA Sunbelt Conference... MORE
Monday, March 28, 2016

Farber Honored by Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. David Farberwas recently tapped by Stevens Institute of Technology to become one of their first inductees to Stevens’ newly unveiled Hall of Achievement... MORE
Friday, March 25, 2016

Rosso-Llopart Delivers Course at CMU-Rwanda

Mel Rosso-Llopart, faculty member in ISR's Masters of Software Engineering Masters Programs, recently returned from a five day trip to conduct on-site instruction at CMU Rwanda... MORE
Friday, March 25, 2016

CASOS Students Selected for GuSH Grants

Three graduate students affiliated with the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) have been selected to receive GuSH Research Grants to support their ongoing work... MORE
Monday, March 21, 2016

MSIT eBusiness Program Wraps Successful West Coast Tour

The faculty and staff of ISR’s MSIT eBusiness Technology program recently returned from a soggy San Francisco on their annual tour of the western region of the US... MORE
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ruchkin Tapped for ACVI Talk

Ivan Ruchkin, PhD student in Software Engineering, has been invited to deliver at the Architecture-Centric Virtual Integration workshop next month in Venice, Italy... MORE
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Carley Delivers DNA Talks to Top Tier Chinese Research Institutions

Dr. Kathleen Carley, Director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) and Professor of Computer Science, recently returned from China where she delivered two well-received talks on dynamic network analysis (DNA)... MORE
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Paving the Way for Semi-Automated Privacy Policy Summarization

As part of an effort to share early results, the Usable Privacy Policy project just released a website that enables visitors to navigate over 23,000 privacy policy annotations covering 193 websites... MORE
Friday, March 4, 2016

Agarwal and Kolter Receive Google Research Awards

Enabling mobile users to make more informed decisions regarding application permissions, ISR faculty member Yuvraj Agarwal - along with Zico Kolter - are among those recently recognized by Google's Faculty Research Awards... MORE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Better Design Improves Understanding Of Online Privacy Notices

Carnegie Mellon researchers - Florian Schaub, Post-Doctoral Fellow in ISR, and Lorrie Cranor, Director of Cylab's Usable Privacy and Security Lab - outline best practices in privacy notices and policies. MORE
Monday, December 14, 2015

Lorrie Cranor Named 2016 IEEE Fellow

Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science and of engineering and public policy and co-director of the master's program in privacy engineering, has been named a 2016 IEEE fellowfor her contributions to privacy engineering.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Federal Trade Commission Appoints Lorrie Cranor as Chief Technologist

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed ISR professor Lorrie Faith Cranor as the agency’s Chief Technologist. MORE
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Siebel Energy Institute Awards Seed Grants to CMU Researchers

The newly established Siebel Energy Institute, a consortium of Carnegie Mellon and seven other research universities, marked its official launch Aug. 4 by announcing 24 seed grants, including three to CMU researchers. MORE
Friday, July 17, 2015

Does Twitter outrage lead to tangible action? CMU study fails to find link

The idea that highly publicized Twitter firestorms pack more digital bark than real-world bite was underlined this week by a new Carnegie Mellon University study. MORE
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Leads Google Expedition To Create Technology for "Internet of Things"

Carnegie Mellon University will turn its campus into a living laboratory for a Google-funded, multi-university expedition to create a robust platform that will enable Internet-connected sensors, gadgets and buildings to communicate with each other. MORE
Friday, May 15, 2015

Scholarly Soldier

John Graham has served in many roles for the Army, including deputy commander of forces in Kabul, Afghanistan. He credits Carnegie Mellon University with teaching him skills that apply from the classroom to the battlefield. MORE
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Melding disciplines at CMU

Kiron Skinner is a Carnegie Mellon University associate professor of social and decision sciences, an author and a foreign policy scholar. She spoke to the Trib regarding CMU's new Institute for Politics and Strategy, which will open in July under her direction. MORE
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Carnegie Mellon’s Dietrich College To Create New Institute for Politics and Strategy

Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will open a new Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS), effective July 1. Under the direction of Kiron K. Skinner, the IPS will serve as a center for research, undergraduate and graduate education, and university-wide initiatives in the fields of political science, international relations, national security policy and grand strategy. MORE
Monday, March 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Study Shows People Act To Protect Privacy When Told How Often Phone Apps Share Personal Information

Many smartphone users know that free apps sometimes share private information with third parties, but few, if any, are aware of how frequently this occurs. An experiment at Carnegie Mellon University shows that when people learn exactly how many times these apps share that information they rapidly act to limit further sharing. MORE
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Travis Breaux recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award

Travis Breaux, assistant professor of computer science in the Institute for Software Research, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. MORE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cranor Panelist at White House Cybersecurity Summit

Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, was a panelist at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Feb. 13 at Stanford University. MORE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

What Does Privacy Look Like? Carnegie Mellon Professor Explores Public Attitudes, Concerns Using Drawings

What is privacy? People sometimes have a hard time putting it into words. So Lorrie Cranor, a leading authority on Internet privacy at Carnegie Mellon University, has explored the meaning of privacy by asking people to draw pictures. MORE
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill To Address Privacy Concerns Regarding “Internet of Things” at Carnegie Mellon

Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will discuss the challenges to personal privacy posed by the growing list of household appliances, cars and other devices that are now linked to the Internet as the keynote speaker for Carnegie Mellon University's Privacy Day Jan. 28. MORE
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cranor Named ACM Fellow

Lorrie Faith Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab, is one of 47 computer scientists named as 2014 fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery. MORE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Study finds obstacles with social media data

Carnegie Mellon University researcher Jürgen Pfeffer and McGill University researcher Derek Ruths have published a study that breaks down why it isn't easy to use big data research to describe or predict human behavior. MORE
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kiron Skinner's Editorial on Defense Secretary Selection Appears in NYT

Kiron Skinner, director of the Center for International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University and an affiliated faculty member of the Institute for Software Research, recently penned an editorial on the qualities that should be present in a new Secretary of Defense that appeared in the New York Times. MORE
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Using Social Media for Large Behavioral Studies Is Fast and Cheap, But Fraught With Biases and Distortion

Carnegie Mellon's Jürgen Pfeffer and McGill University's Derek Ruths contend that scientists need to find ways of correcting for the biases inherent in the information gathered from social media, or at least acknowledge the data's shortcomings. MORE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shaw Receives National Medal of Technology at White House Ceremony

President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Carnegie Mellon University’s Mary Shaw, citing her innovations to computer science education, during a White House ceremony Nov. 20. MORE
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Justin Cranshaw Helps Develop Microsoft App for Commuters

People are always coming and going, leaving one place on their way to another. And often they spend the time in those “non-places” in between staring at a mobile device. Justin Cranshaw, a Ph.D. student in the Institute for Software Research, helped Microsoft develop an app to see if those people in non-places might constitute communities. MORE
Friday, October 3, 2014

Mary Shaw Will Receive National Medal of Technology and Innovation

President Barack Obama announced today that he has selected Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, as a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for achievement in the field of technology, innovation and invention. MORE
Thursday, August 14, 2014

ISR Video Team presents at Distance Learning Conference

The ISR Video Team presented at The 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison Wisconsin, to share their experience with Panopto and course capture with peers from around the world. MORE
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Team Developing Multi-Lingual Programming Language

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have designed a way to safely use multiple programming languages within the same program, enabling programmers to use the language most appropriate for each function while guarding against code injection attacks — one of the most severe security threats in Web applications today. MORE
Friday, July 25, 2014

MSIT-Privacy Engineering Masters Program Graduates Inaugural Class

The inaugural class of the Master of Science in Information Technology—Privacy Engineering (MSIT-PE) masters program completed their final degree requirements, presenting the results of their capstone projects. MORE
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Password dress: A frock covered in security faux pas

ISR Professor Lorrie Cranor's bad password dress worn at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference was featured on CNET. MORE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

ISR faculty members receive the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence

ISR faculty members Jim Herbsleb and Kathleen Carley and COS alumni Marcelo Cataldo and Patrick Wagstrom received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for their research on Socio-Technical Congruence. MORE
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WEF's Top 10 Emerging Technologies List Cites CMU Research

The World Economic Forum has released its 2014 list of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies, which cites Livehoods, a project led by Norman Sadeh and Jason Hong. Livehoods uses Foursquare check-ins and other geotagged data gathered by smartphones to create maps of urban areas. MORE
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Leads NSF Project To Help People Understand Web Privacy Policies

Figuring out what information websites are gathering about its users can be daunting, but a new privacy research project led by Carnegie Mellon University will make that task easier with computer tools that leverage the power of crowdsourcing, machine learning and natural language processing. MORE
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cranshaw, Shun Named Facebook Graduate Fellows

ISR Ph.D. student Justin Cranshaw, a fourth-year student in the Computation, Organizations and Society program,was one of a dozen Facebook Graduate Fellowship winners for 2013-2014.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Carnegie Mellon researchers devise grammar-aware password cracker

A team led by Ashwini Rao, a software engineering Ph.D. student in the Institute for Software Research, developed a password-cracking algorithm that took into account grammar and tested it against 1,434 passwords containing 16 or more characters. The grammar-aware cracker surpassed other state-of-the-art password crackers when passwords had grammatical structures, with 10 percent of the dataset cracked exclusively by the team's algorithm. MORE
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Master's for Privacy Engineers

To safeguard privacy in this age of Big Data and easy web access, there is a growing need for experts with a unique combination of technological know-how and policy savvy. Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science will provide this expertise with a new first-of-its-kind master's degree program for privacy engineers. MORE
Monday, June 11, 2012

Norman Sadeh to present at the Personal Democracy Forum

ISR Professor Norman Sadeh will be presenting on a panel at the Personal Democracy Forum 2012 conference.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Livehoods - A new way to understand a city using social media

Researchers from ISR and HCII have developed Livehoods, a way to conceptualize the dynamics, structure, and character of a city by analyzing the social media its residents generate.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jane Miller receives Outstanding Staff Award

SCS Dean Randy Bryant presented a number of staff awards at the first annual Founders' Day Celebration on February 23. Among the recipients was Jane Miller, associate director of foreign initiatives/program manager in ISR's Software Engineering Professional Programs, who received the Outstanding Staff Award. MORE
Thursday, February 16, 2012

NITRD Symposium Features Wing and Scherlis

Jeannette Wing, head of the Computer Science Department, and Bill Scherlis, director of the Institute for Software Research, are among the speakers Thursday at a day-long  symposium in Washington, D.C., celebrating two decades of achievements by the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. MORE
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Norman Sadeh Speaks About Search, Seizure and GPS

ISR professor Norman Sadeh was featured in an article about a recent Supreme Court case on the nature of privacy and GPS tracking. MORE
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Kathleen Carley featured in Carnegie Mellon Today

Professor Kathleen M. Carley is featured in the October 2011 (Volume 8, Number 4) issue of Carnegie Mellon Today. The article is titled "Nowhere to Hide" and is written by Melissa Silmore. MORE
Monday, June 6, 2011

Robert Bocchino Wins ACM SIGPLAN Dissertation Award

Postdoctoral Associate Robert Bocchino has been awarded the ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for his 2010 Ph.D. thesis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. MORE
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Kathleen Carley: Predicting Change

Professor Kathleen M. Carley is featured on the Carnegie Mellon University homepage. The corresponding news article is in the Next Generation Computing section and the article is titled "Predicting Change." MORE
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Professor Kathleen M. Carley receives Simmel Award

Professor Kathleen M. Carley received the Simmel Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis. MORE
Friday, November 5, 2010

ISR Open House and Space Dedication

ISR held its Space Dedication and Open House on November 5, 2010, to celebrate its new home and to showcase its academic and research programs. MORE
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ciera Jaspan wins OOPSLA/SPLASH student research competition

ISR Software Engineering Ph.D. student Ciera Jaspan won first place in the OOPSLA/SPLASH ACM student research competition last week. MORE
Thursday, August 5, 2010

2010 Siebel Scholars Announced

Randy Bryant, Dean of the School of Computer Science, has announced the selection of 5 SCS graduate students as Siebel Scholars, including Michael Benish and Jana Diesner from the ISR Ph.D. program in Computation, Organizations and Society. MORE
Friday, June 4, 2010

CASOS hosts 10th annual Summer Institute

The Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) is hosting its 10th annual Summer Institute, an intense, hands-on introduction to dynamic network analysis and computational modeling of complex socio-technical systems. MORE

Shaw To Receive Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award

Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science, will receive the annual George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Pioneer Award at the American Computer and Robotics Museum... MORE