Posted on February 21, 2016

Former Google VP Andrew W. Moore, now dean of the School of Computer Science (SCS) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), highlighted the pivotal role of future computer scientists, including those studying at the Qatar campus, in building the world of the 21st century. Moore served as a professor of computer science and robotics at CMU before becoming founding director of Google's Pittsburgh engineering office in 2006. This is his first visit to the Qatar campus since he was appointed dean in 2014.

Moore offered insights into the rapid evolution of computer science at a lecture that included a group of 18 Qatari high school students interested in the field: ‘’Computer science and the creation of new algorithms are changing our global digital economy and graduates from top computer science schools in the world, such as the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, are responsible for making this happen.” Moore discussed augmented human technology to illustrate the positive impact of Carnegie Mellon’s work. As an example, he described a type of robotic arm that is mounted on a motorized wheelchair, a project that Carnegie Mellon is helping develop to offer greater independence to those with mobility and upper extremity impairments.

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Moore said although we are witnessing the exponential growth of artificial intelligence and augmented humans, human involvement remains key in the implementation of new technologies. During the session, Moore was asked about the ethical implications of technological advance. While acknowledging that there are repercussions to rapid change, he also stated that “Carnegie Mellon produces thoughtful, smart computer scientists who care about the world.” During his visit to Qatar, Moore met with leaders in the high tech sector, as well as CMU-Q alumni who are working in the field.


As one of five programs offered at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, the computer science program has grown significantly since its inception in 2004. Graduates work in emerging fields including language technology, computational biology, human-computer interaction and robotics for organizations such as Google, Microsoft, Ooredoo, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Petroleum and Shell Qatar.

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