• 09.04.2014: Please Note Admission Deadline Change! (now December 15th, 2014)
    Starting this year, MCDS admissions will close on December 15th, instead of January 15th. Please take note of this change if you are planning to apply. Materials submitted after December 15th will not be considered. The admission site will open on September 15th, 2014.

  • 08.18.2014: Class of 2015 Orientation
    This Fall we welcomed 67 new students to the MCDS program. This photo was taken during Orientation on the steps of the Hillman Center, the new home of the MCDS program.

  • 05.27.2014: MCDS moves to Language Technologies Institute
    The program has moved its business office from the Institute for Software Research to the Language Technologies Institute (LTI). Jennifer Lucas, the Administrative Program Manager, has also moved to LTI as is now located in GHC 6713.

  • 05.27.2014: VLIS graduate teaches CMU course at ITAM in Mexico City
    Elmer Garduno (VLIS 2012, second from left) taught a section of Prof. Nyberg's course (Design and Engineering of Intelligent Information Systems) at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México during the Spring 2014 semester; in May, Prof. Nyberg and Zi Yang (LTI Ph.D. candidate, left) visited ITAM to attend the final student presentations. Two of the ITAM students (Ander Murillo and Salvador Medina) visited CMU during Summer 2014 and worked with the OAQA and eLAMP teams at LTI.

  • 12.16.2013: We've Got A New Name!
    The MSIT degree program in Very Large Information Systems (VLIS) has been officially renamed to the Master of Computational Data Science (MCDS) program.

  • 11.20.2013: New Program: Integrative Media (CMU-IMP)
    New York City announced a historic agreement among the city, CMU and Steiner Studios to create CMU's Integrative Media Program (CMU-IMP), which will be housed at Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and which will include course offerings in computational data science.
    [ Read More ]

  • 11.13.2013: CMU Programming Teams Dominate Regional ICPC Competition
    1st-year CDS Student Bo Ma was part of a winning team that earned the right to compete in the international finals competition to be held in Russia next June.
    [ Read More ]

  • 07.20.2013: First Alumni Dinner Event in Mountain View
    The first VLIS Alumni Dinner event was held Saturday, July 20th in Mountain View California. A good time was had by all!

  • Spring 2013: Congratulations to Shu-Hao Yu
    CDS student Shu-Hao won the Carnegie Mellon University 15-418/618 Parallelism Competition this year with a project that compared his GPU-accelerated graph analysis algorithm against a multi-core GraphLab implementation (and beat it). The Parallelism Competition gives students the opportunity to win fame, glory and excellent prizes! It also provides students the chance to perform five-week investigations of a parallel programming or system design problem of their choosing. Judging was done by a representative from NVIDIA and one from Intel. Yu and his project partner took home GTX Titan GPUs. [ Final Project Report ]

  • Commencement 2012

    Commencement 2012

  • 09.30,.2011: Yahoo! Hack Pitch Winners Announced
    Sponsored by the Tepper School's MBA Business & Technology Club, the Yahoo! Hack/Pitch is an annual competition focusing on entrepreneurship and fostering innovation by pairing students from the Tepper School of Business with those from CMU’s School of Computer Science. The first part of the competition, which took place on September 30, 2011, is a part of Yahoo!'s HackU contest in which developers create a working prototype of a software application within 24 hours. The teams that are involved with the Hack/Pitch are guided by MBA students to create marketable software prototypes. In the second part of the competition, on October 15, 2011, MBA students pitched the product and a business model to monetize the product to a panel of mock investors.

    2nd Prize: Team SmartCast ($1,500)
    Michael Dick, MBA candidate
    Carla Vale, MBA candidate
    Anirudh Koul, Master's candidate, Institute for Software Research
    Amrut Nagasunder, Master's candidate, Institute for Software Research
    Piyush Kumar, Master's candidate, Institute for Software Research

    3rd Prize: Team Crime Watch ($1,000)
    Juhi Dudani, MBA candidate
    Amirtha Raman, MBA candidate
    Anirudh Koul, Master's candidate, Institute for Software Research
    Sadhwi Srinivas, Master's candidate, Institute for Software Research

  • 09.23-24.2010: VLIS Students at Yahoo HackU 24 Hour Programming Contest
    VLIS Students Anirudh Koul, Amrut Nagasunder and Piyush Kumar win a Yahoo! Hack U 24 Hour Programming Contest award . This team implemented Smart Cast, a Personalized News Podcast Generator This prototype access a user's personal preferences and then retrieves relevant content to generate a synthesized podcast based on speech synthesis.


  • 07.26.2011: CMU releases Tiramisu
    CMU released Tiramisu, a mobile application that uses crowd-sourcing to create a transit information system. VLIS students Chaya Hiruncharoenvate and Taylor Raack participated in the construction of the system.