Google VP Andrew Moore Named Dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science

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 President 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,” said Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh. “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 science 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,” said Andrew Moore. “I have had a wonderful 8 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 the Mach kernel that lies at the heart of Apple’s primary operating system, OS X. 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 E. Bryant, who will return to the CMU faculty after serving as dean since 2004.


PLSG Reports Strong First Quarter in 2014

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), Western Pennsylvania’s only pure life sciences investment firm, and managing member of the PLSG Accelerator Fund, LLC reported today a strong first quarter with more than $265,000 in closings in three different portfolio companies including Cohera Medical, ALung Technologies and Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life (PHRQL).  These investments were from the PLSG’s economic development Technology Development and Early Stage Funds. In addition, the organization had increased national visibility in Q1 as a featured speaker and sponsor at the 2014 Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit in Washington DC at the end of March.

“In Q1 of 2014, we experienced an increase in investment from PLSG’s economic development funds in comparison to both Q1 and Q4 of 2013,” said John W. Manzetti, President and CEO of PLSG. “We are picking up the pace in support of our growing life sciences companies. As our companies become successful in bringing these patient-centric technologies to market, the returns from liquidity events received by PLSG will be poured right back into the early-stage companies ‘teed up’ in our pipeline.”

In addition to successful closings, both the PLSG and the PLSG Accelerator Fund had a robust presence at the ACA Summit in Washington DC where James Jordan, Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of PLSG and Managing Director of the Accelerator Fund, gave a breakfast briefing on industry best practices for evaluating exit opportunities

“I have been attending ACA conferences for 11 years now,” said Nelson Gray, Chairman of Firth Ventures and internationally recognized angel capital investor. “Over all of those years, Jordan’s presentation was the most interesting and useful I have attended. As a long time investor, I appreciate the significant analysis he has developed for looking at potential exit partners in particular, and building a value proposition for them.”

At the conference, PLSG also sponsored a Life Sciences Innovation Showcase, where some of PLSG’s most notable portfolio clients presented updates and capabilities information about how their innovative companies are bringing unique and exciting products to market to better aid the Healthcare IT and Biotech segments. Alan West, President and CEO of Carmell Therapeutics, presented at the showcase and won the award for best life sciences presentation during the showcase. Carmell is currently completing a clinical trial in South Africa for their REPAIRTM Bone Putty product, which will first enter the market in Europe. Carmell Therapeutics is developing products that safely promote bone growth and soft tissue healing while naturally reducing infections and complications. New Care Solutions, PHRQL and Treatspace, all PLSG portfolio companies, also presented and made many new investor contacts.

“We have a full agenda in the upcoming months with press tours, thought-leadership presentations and other important investor conferences,” said Manzetti. “PLSG’s commitment to economic development for the region and to the region’s life sciences entrepreneurs has never been stronger, and we look forward to building on the momentum we established in the first quarter of the year.”

Governor Corbett Announces Computer Aid, Inc. to Expand in Harrisburg, Creating 50 New High-Paying Jobs

Computer Aid, Inc.

Computer Aid, Inc.

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that Computer Aid, Inc., an IT services firm, has established an office in Harrisburg, a move that will create 50 new high-paying jobs.

In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.

“Our economy continues to rise and everyday companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their business,” said Corbett. “My administration is proud to partner with Computer Aid to provide high-paying jobs to our citizens and real-world experience for our students.”

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI) has entered into a lease for space in Harrisburg University in downtown Harrisburg. The company plans to invest nearly $1.3 million in the project including fitting out the building space to accommodate new computer systems, new offices and conference rooms. CAI has also committed to creating at least 50 new jobs and retaining 619 more positions over the next three years.

CAI has entered into a contract with Highmark to manage its IT revitalization project for its subsidiary United Concordia Dental. CAI will be using part-time college students to fill some project roles, providing the students with real world experience.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation. Computer Aid has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for the grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Computer Aid, Inc. is a global IT services firm with a network of support centers in the U.S. and abroad. CAI was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981 and is headquartered in Allentown.

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Special National Creative Clash at Wood Street Galleries: May 7. Meet Art + Techies from All Around the Country


Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for a special Creative Clash Networking Night at the Wood Street Galleries in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Part of DATA 2014, Pittsburgh’s International Creative Technologies Summit, don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, designers, techies and innovators from all around the country!

Set at one of Pittsburgh’s coolest art and technology spaces, Wood Street Galleries, guests will get to experience two international art and tech installations in the exhibition Electrified, works by Alexandre Burton and Edwin van der Heide. The exhibition is an homage to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in electricity, x-rays and wireless communication. Both installations are North American premieres.

The event also features the magic of Pittsburgh’s hottest young entertainer, Collin Stover.

Date: Wednesday, May 7


5:00 – 5:30 pm : Registration & Networking

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Welcome from the Partners, Refreshments, Exhibit Experience, Networking

Venue: Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street, Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

Cost: $35


You must pre-register. Space is limited!


The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network
is part of the Art & Technology Initiative, which was formed in 2008 in an effort to unite and cultivate the creative and technology communities in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates Wood Street Galleries, which features multi-disciplinary artists from all over the world. Located above the T-Station at Wood Street and Sixth Avenue, Wood Street Galleries also houses the Trust’s shared office space program which provides a home and tools for small arts organizations.

DATA 2014 is on! 2 Days packed with art + tech; 75 Finalists and 18 Presenters from around the globe; Vote for your favorites! Get your tix now!

DATA 2014 is a national celebration of creative technologies in Pittsburgh, PA.

MAY 7-8, 2014 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

Founded at the intersection of Design, Art and Technology, this two-day event is an opportunity to engage with folks around the country on the newest trends in creativity and innovation. DATA is an event like no other — a mash-up of networking, interactivity and new ideas — showcasing the year’s most innovative art and technology projects, experiments and achievements. 

Willo O’Brien: Opening Keynote, Thursday, May 8 9am
Entrepreneur and co-founder of the YXYY unconference. 

Penelope Trunk: Gala Keynote, Thursday May 8 6pm
International career guru, entrepreneur and blogger.

Kick-off festivities begin with a Creative Clash! At the Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh’s coolest art and technology space, featuring new media artists from around the globe. With the backdrop of two installations, “Electrified,” by artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton, the Creative Clash event is a mixer for the Creative Technology Network, celebrating the intersections art, business and technology. The event also features the magic of Pittsburgh’s hottest young entertainer, Collin Stover.  Cultural District activities, including a visit to Pittsburgh’s illustrious Toonseum, follow the event. 

The DATA conference brings together artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, innovation leaders, students and regular ole folk to be inspired by each other, discover new opportunities, and find out what’s next. Topics span the creative tech gamut, including design, gaming, film & television, robotics, mobile applications, education, edutainment, new media advertising, industrial design, architecture, animation, social networks, music, fine art, and much more. This day-long think tank is packed full of workshops, panels and talks on the newest and most exciting innovations and ideas! 

An array of the year’s newest debuts in Creative Technology will be exhibited on Thursday, May 8 at the DATA Interactive ExhibitionOver 50 DATA Award finalists will be demo-ing their latest creations and innovations for DATA guests and participants!

This annual gala and awards ceremony is one of the signature art and technology events around. Each year, the Creative Technology Network honors the best and brightest creative tech innovators with a party like no other! Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Penelope Trunk. Meet the makers of some of the coolest new art and tech at the Interactive Exhibition. Eat, drink and make friends all night long to a backdrop of artwork, tech, live music, and mixing-and-mingling with all the people you want to know.

Click here to view the 75 DATA 2014 Finalists…and vote for your favorite projects!


What’s Happening:
May 7: Pre-Conference Creative Clash at Wood Street Galleries and Cultural District Crawl
5pm-7pm: Creative Technologies Mixer with Tech Exhibition “Electrified,”by  Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton
7pm: Tour of Pittsburgh’s Toonseum and Cultural District Activities

May 8: Creative Technology Conference / Interactive Exhibition / Design, Art and Technology Awards Gala
 9am-5pm: Creative Technologies Summit: Workshops, Talks, Activities + Performances

8:00 Breakfast and Registration Opens
8:30 DATA 2014 Creative Technologies Conference Opening Remarks
9:00 Opening Keynote: Willo O’Brien


10-10:30 A New Era of Design by Phil Gilbert, General Manager, IBM Design
10:45-11:15 Designing for Mobile First, The Role of the ‘New Creative’ by Cara Caruso, Adobe and John Roden, Brunner
11:30-12:00 Making Data Fun, Interactive, and Shareable by Peter Meulbroek, CTO, Webkite


1:30-2 Data as Culture, by Dr Chris Moore, United Kingdom Trade Investment Technology Specialist
2:15-2:45 Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Art, Tech, Private + Public Companies by AlphaLab Gear Featuring Ilana Diamond, Dave Mawhinney, Josh McElhattan and Jonathan Shapiro
3-3:30 Design Thinking: Beyond the Bounds of Your Own Head by Thomas Wendt
3:45-4:15 Innovation and Product Development: Become a Storyteller to Succeed by Tom Kubilius, Bally Design
4:30-5 Time Machine: Crossing Space and Time with Timelapse Software by Paul Dille and Yen-Chia Hsu , Carnegie Mellon University, CREATE Lab

10-10:30 YOLO: You Only Launch Once by Danny Boice
10:45-11:15 Student Panel: Full STEAM Ahead – The Maker Concept’s Impact on Formal Education Moderated by Megan Cicconi, Center for Creativity
11:30-12:00 Tech and the Art of Filmmaking by the winners of the Robinson International Short Film Competition


1:30-2 iPad: The New Canvas for Artists by Sumit Vishwakarma
2:15-2:45 Yoda is Wrong: Make, Do, or Try Something Awesome by Awesome Pittsburgh
3-3:30 Advanced Digital Learning in a Connected Community by Ani Martinez, The Sprout Fund
3:45-4:15 Design Takes Flight by Adam Pruden and Eric Boam
4:30-5 STEM Stars: Fusing DML and Hands-on Experiences for Girls by Nina Barbuto, Carnegie Science Center

All-Access Pass: Includes Pre-summit activities*, Conference and DATA Gala $199 per person
Conference only $99
DATA Gala only $99
*All-Access Pass Holders only
Click here to get your tix now!

All DATA event finalists and presenters receive special registration packages. Contact for full details after March 15. 

Traveling to Pittsburgh? Check out these special DATA deals:

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown: Single $139/Double $149. Please call 1-888-317-0197 or go to WYNDHAM ONLINE. Please reference the “Design, Art & Technology Awards” when making your reservations.

The Westin Convention Center Hotel: $159.  Please call 412-281-3700 or go to WESTIN ONLINE. Please reference “Pittsburgh Technology Council May 2014” when making your reservation.

Omni William Penn Hotel: $135.  Please call 1-800-OMNI or go to OMNI ONLINE. Please reference “Pittsburgh Technology Council Design & Tech Awards” when making your reservation.

Start the party now at #PTCDATA. 
Submit your art or tech ideas for our DATA POSTER ART CONTEST now! Open to all!

Creative Technology Network Partner: Carnegie Mellon University
Champion Network Sponsor: Dollar Bank
DATA Main Event Sponsor: Buchanan Ingersoll
DATA Supporting Sponsors: C-Leveled | Print Tech
DATA Kickoff Sponsor: United Kingdom Trade and Investment
DATA Event Partners: Kessler Studios | The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust | Wrecking Crew Media | Collin Stover Magic | Visit Pittsburgh | PrintTech
DATA Media Partner: Best Web Design Agencies
Network Supporting Partners: TechShop | BhiveLab | Echo Strategies
Network Event Partners: Carnegie Museum of Art | The Warhol | University of Toronto Rotman School | IDSA | Pittsburgh Ad Fed
The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.