Naviya Singla SciTech Editor

Class of 2019


  • Carnegie Mellon’s Pokerbot models asymmetric data

    On Feb. 12–13, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence held a meeting to declare that Carnegie Mellon University’s Pokerbot — Baby Tartanian 8 — had won first place at the Annual Computer Poker Competition in the total bankroll category and third place in the bankroll instant run-off category, out of 11 participating teams. A “Pokerbot” is exactly what it sounds like: a robo...

    SciTech | February 29, 2016
  • Effects of intellectual prejudices may pervade colleges

    “Flowers for Algernon” by David Keyes is a fascinating short story. Besides the fact that it is poignant story and a great social commentary on how everyone, without exclusions, deserves the right to live, it also brings to light some of the subconscious biases that people have and how that influences their behavior. The protagonist of the book, Charlie, is “developmentally disabled” man who is mi...

    Forum | February 22, 2016
  • Brain’s mistakes provide insight for human & machine learning

    Brain-machine interfaces are devices that allow their subjects to control external devices using only their thoughts. Using these interfaces, a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon has found that the brain makes mistakes because its conception of the world isn’t always an accurate depiction of how the world really works.

    SciTech | February 15, 2016
  • Nitrous engines are hot, fast, & furious

    From The Fast and the Furious to the myriad racing games presently available, hyper-fast cars are a common sight in today’s media. While the portrayal of such technology may be a bit unrealistic in popular media, the technology isn’t fictional and has quite a few real-world applications.

    SciTech | February 15, 2016
  • Researchers use machine learning to understand synapses

    Carnegie Mellon researchers, alongside others, are focusing on neurological research with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of how specific parts of the brain relate to the organ’s overall function. Currently, many specific functions are thought to be localized in certain parts of the brain. The neocortex, for example, which is comprised of six layers, is the part of the brain that is ass...

    SciTech | January 25, 2016