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Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science has a new dean

Michael DiVittorio
Martial Hebert is the new dean at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science has a new dean.

Martial Hebert, director of the Robotics Institute in SCS since 2014, will take over as dean effective Aug. 15.

Hebert has been a CMU faculty member for 35 years and is a leading researcher in computer vision and robotics.

He was appointed to a five-year term as dean and will soon lead the renowned school of more than 270 staffers and about 2,300 students.

“Throughout his career, Martial Hebert has been an extraordinary and collaborative scholar who has elevated the global importance and prominence of robotics and computer science research,” said CMU Provost James H. Garrett Jr. “We are so fortunate that he will now lead our School of Computer Science as dean, and we are confident that he will succeed in advancing the school’s world-renowned academic, research and entrepreneurial mission.”

CMU founded the nation’s first computer science college more than 30 years ago. It consistently ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report, and recently ranked No. 1 in artificial intelligence. The School of Computer Science has led work in developing software and computational techniques by connecting leaders in computation with those in other disciplines.

CMU officials have searched for a new dean since Andrew Moore stepped down at the end of last year to lead Google Cloud AI.

Moore started at CMU in 1993. He left in 2006 to head Google’s office in Pittsburgh and returned in 2014.

Tom Mitchell, Founders University professor, served as interim dean and will return to teaching.

Hebert hails from France. He earned a doctorate in computer science at the University of Paris. He joined the Robotics Institute in 1984, just five years after it was founded, and was named a full professor in 1999.

It’s budget has increased to an all-time high of nearly $90 million since Hebert became director.

Hebert is expected to continue directing the Robotics Institute until an interim director is named.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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