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HCII student named to MIT list of young innovators

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review has named human-computer interaction Ph.D. student Chris Harrison to its TR35 list of this year’s top 35 innovators under 35.

Harrison’s work involves finding new ways for people to control computers. His work looks at methods of control outside the traditional mouse and keyboard.

“Chris has a vision of how interfaces to computing power need to change as our computing environment changes, and the technical skills for making his ideas work in the real world,” said Human-Computer Interaction Institute Director Justine Cassell in a university press release. “I can’t think of a better addition to the TR35 pantheon.”

During his time at Carnegie Mellon, Harrison has worked on and engineered many projects in his area of interest, including Minput, which turns mobile devices into computer mice, and OmniTouch, a system that turns almost any surface into a touchscreen.

Harrison was also the recipient of a Google Ph.D. fellowship earlier this year, and, together with human-computer interaction Ph.D. student Robert Xiao, received the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University.

CMU Philharmonic to play original suite for centennial

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic will debut an original work on Sept. 16. The work, Centennial Suite, was jointly written by music composition professors Leonardo Balada, Nancy Galbraith, Marilyn Taft Thomas, and Reza Vali in honor of the School of Music’s 100th anniversary.

“On the occasion of its centennial it’s certainly appropriate to look back over the rich history of the CMU School of Music, but so is a look forward,” said Denis Colwell, head of the School of Music, in a university press release. “I thought one way of celebrating where we have arrived and, more important, where we are going, is to cause new music to be created.”

Each movement of the suite was written by a different professor. The first, “Celebration,” was composed by Thomas; the second, “Memories No. 1, Barcelona 1938,” was composed by Balada; the third, “Euphonic Blues,” was composed by Galbraith; and the final movement, “The Darkness of Fury,” was composed by Vali.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Carnegie Music Hall. General admission tickets for the concert are $5.