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School of Music hosts guest artists

Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music will host two guest artists from Boston’s New England Conservatory on March 30−31: Russell Sherman, a world-renowned pianist and educator, and Wha Kyung Byun, a highly acclaimed piano teacher.

Sherman has been a soloist with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Byun, a native of Korea, was chosen by Seoul’s leading newspaper as the most talented young artist in the country.

She has appeared as a soloist with many major orchestras in Korea and has performed in solo and chamber concerts. She has also performed throughout the U.S. and has taught many students who have gone on to win major competitions.

She is currently a professor of piano at the New England Conservatory.

Sherman will appear in the recital at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 30 in Carnegie Mellon’s Kresge Recital Hall, where he will perform Franz Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Etudes. Sherman also will teach a master class at noon on Tuesday, March 31 in the Alumni Concert hall. Byun will lead a master class at noon on Monday, March 30 in the Alumni Concert Hall.

“The School of Music is honored to host these extremely accomplished pianists. Our students will undoubtedly benefit from their expertise,” said Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music.

The events are free and open to the public.

Prof. Veloso wins research award

Carnegie Mellon’s own Manuela Veloso has been awarded the 2009 Autonomous Agents Research Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s special interest group on artificial intelligence.

Veloso is a computer science professor known for her work with artificial intelligence, studying how robots can learn, plan, and work together to accomplish tasks.

She is most famous for her pioneering work on robot soccer, which has emerged as an important research tool for studying how autonomous agents can work cooperatively in complex, uncertain environments.

Veloso received her doctorate degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in 1992 and earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.

Her honors include being named a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and holding Carnegie Mellon’s Finmeccanica Junior Faculty Chair from 1995 to 1999.

Veloso will present a lecture and receive her award at the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems Conference in Budapest, Hungary.