What’s just around the corner?

You never know – until now, that is.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are working on a camera network that gives people the illusion of seeing through buildings.

Aside from making people feel like superheroes, what’s the purpose?

This technology could help prevent auto accidents. Drivers can use a windshield display to see pedestrians, cyclists and oncoming traffic around corners.

The research team would also like to use this technology to help with search and rescue efforts disasters. Robots with cameras could be sent into the disaster site and send footage back to search and rescue teams to help them locate victims.

The “see-through” views are possible with the consolidation of several video angles into one perceptually coherent view. The trick, say the researchers, is making the footage seem perceptually plausible without being too realistic.

Professor Yaswer Sheikh clarified, "We couldn't have people running into walls."

Sheikh is collaborating with Professor Takeo Kande, and grad students Ankur Datta and Peter Barnum on this project. Read more on the homepage and watch videos.


Google’s Broadband Network

Google is planning to construct an ultra-high speed broadband network in one or more locations across the country. The City of Pittsburgh hopes to be one of those target areas.

So who better to assist Pittsburgh in their effort to gain Google’s recognition than Carnegie Mellon.

The university will employ its expertise in technology and innovative research to demonstrate the benefits of selecting Pittsburgh to Google.

Google plans to deploy and test fiber optic networks that will deliver Internet services at a speed of 1 gigabit per second.

Translation: Internet service that’s more than 100 times faster than what’s currently available to most Americans.

Google will select “testbed” communities and pay for the construction and operation of the networks, so consumers will be charged competitive rates for the service.

For more on this project, read the release.


Sister Act

And the stars keep on shining.

Nominated in the ‘Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment’ category, Patina Miller (A’06) is up for a 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for her part in “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy" at the London Palladium. Miller plays the role of Deloris Van Cartier – made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the “Sister Act” movies.

Read about Miller’s Carnegie Mellon experience, watch a video of her first meeting with Goldberg, and find out more about the Olivier Awards.


Save the Date: Singapore & India

It’s time to save the date again. And this time for an international adventure.

Don’t miss your chance to network and interact with fellow members of the Carnegie Mellon community, and celebrate the “Inspire Innovation” campaign in Singapore and India.

When: March 3, 2010
Where: Singapore

When: March 6, 2010
Where: Mumbai

When: March 10, 2010
Where: Bangalore

When: March 13, 2010
Where: New Delhi

Mark your calendars and visit the campaign website for the most up-to-date information.

Can’t make it to one of these cities? The next campaign event will be in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2010.


Start Spreadin’ the News

They want to be a part of it — New York, New York — and they are. Alums from the School of Music perform on stage in major opera companies, musical theater productions and with world-class ensembles around the globe.

Coming soon:
  • Liam Bonner (A’03) makes his Metropolitan Opera debut in the February production of "Carmen."
  • Jeffrey Behrens (A’03) makes his debut with the Met in its March 2010 production of Shostakovich's The Nose (Die Nase).
Already stealing the show:
  • Graham Fenton (A'05) is singing the Frankie Valli role in "Jersey Boys."
  • Patricia Phillips (A'85) is starring as Carlotta in "The Phantom of the Opera."
  • Christiane Noll (A'90) has received accolades for her performance in the revival of "Ragtime," which opened in November 2009 and closed with a final performance on January 10, 2010.
  • Catherine Walker (A'01) is a member of the Ragtime cast.
And it’s not just School of Music alumni making their mark on stage. Many School of Drama alums are also performing on Broadway. One dramat — Kyle Beltran (A'09) — is in Pittsburgh this week as star of the Broadway musical "In the Heights," which is touring nationally.