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  1. I am incredibly excited to have been offered admission at CMU and ETH Zurich for MS in Robotics and MS in Robotics, Systems and Control respectively. I am inclined towards computer vision and deep learning. However, I am also inclined to study/research on these topics with a good amount of mathematical rigor. I would not only like to apply these to engineering problems but would also like to come up with new/different approaches through a thorough understanding of topics like probability, linear algebra and optimization. I am interested in exploring different learning strategies - unsupervised learning, supervised learning and RL for vision tasks(possibly on robots). I plan on studying further and possibly doing a PhD but I would like to keep my options open (depending on funding during MS). Below I have listed pros and cons that I could think of. CMU pros Biggest, most well-funded robotics department (Robotics Institute[RI]) and large amount of professors and interdisciplinary work at RI Great opportunity and extremely well integrated system with industry -> large amount of exposure (more than ETH?) If I receive funding from the second semester onwards I will only have to pay for the first semester and therefore no need for a huge loan. People working in my area of interest. CMU cons Would burn a hole in my pocket - annual cost-of-attendance ~65,000 USD Trump and his erratic policies/laws affect immigrant students (i.e. could he stop funding for immigrants, etc.) There is no guaranteed funding+stipend but most students say that 90-95% of MS in Robotics students receive some kind of funding from their advisor after the first semester. So in any case I need to pay the cost-of-attendance for the first semester from my pocket. If I do not get funding, I will have to possibly think of doing a well-paid job to repay the loan (=cost-of-attendance for 2 years). ETH pros The cost of attendance is very low as compared to CMU. annual cost-of-attendance ~20,000 CHF (1 CHF ~ 1 USD) The program is different from usual MS programs and is tutor-driven. It has a very flexible curriculum and will be designed based on my interest and discussion with my mentor/tutor. I think ETH will have a less cut-throat environment as compare to CMU in terms of competition for resources/RA-ship (not sure though) I will be looking for RA but if in case I do not receive funding, I will still be able to manage the expenses here easier than if I go to CMU and not get funding there. ETH cons From what I researched there's not a lot of research in areas of computer vision/deep learning as compared to CMU. They are more inclined towards control and classical robotics, if I am not mistaken. Expensive city. (but still the total cost-of-attendance is much lower than CMU) I had several questions I couldn't find answers to. Are there any chances of a Research Assistantship at ETH that could pay my cost-of-attendance? What are the chances of PhD in well-reputed universities/research groups and job opportunities at both places? From where would it be easier to get a PhD/research post at the lab of my choice after completing MS? Will ETH be stronger on the theoretical basis standpoint and CMU on the practical standpoint respectively? Will there be a balance of both or will one university offer a better balance than the other? I personally have the impression that CMU will focus more on the engineering aspect and how to build solutions and on the other hand, ETH will be deeper into the theoretical aspects and less so into the implementation parts. What are your thoughts? Will the election of Trump affect foreign students in terms of the flow of funding, etc? Or are those things entirely in the hands of the university? Has anyone have had any experiences with ProdigyFinance? Good or Bad? It would be great to know about pros and cons I should consider and have missed (in the above list) or any misconceptions I have about the two universities (from the above). Both being top universities I am finding it extremely difficult to separate the two offers and I would love to hear your thoughts on the same. Thanks.
  2. Hi! I applied to CMU for admission to Ph.D. in ECE, specializing in DSP. I applied for the fall 2017 term. I haven't heard back from them. I have been contacting them every fortnight and all I get is the generic "do-not-reply" kind of email response. In addition, the online portal has remained unchanged since the completion of the application. Is this normal? Is there any other way of checking my decision? Also, can I still hope to get an admit after this delay? Thanks in advance!
  3. This is already May and I still don't get any notification from CMU. I sent them an inquiry e-mail once, but I got no response. Is there anyone in the same situation? What should I do?
  4. Hi guys, I am trying to decide between the Master of Intelligent Information System program at CMU and Computational Science and Engineering program at Harvard... Both programs are not funded. Well I know CMU is one of the best school for CS major, but Harvard seems to have a better overall reputation. As for environment Boston sightly better than Pittsburg? But of course higher cost of living. I had an undergraduate in CS at UIUC and would go for a software role at a tech company or a trading company after graduation from master's degree. How would you actually rate these two programs and two schools? Any other factors I should take into account when deciding? Thanks in advance!
  5. I got admits to M.Engineering Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh and University of Toronto. U of Toronto is considerably cheaper but CMU is the better school(I think), no scholarships or assistantships on either one. Which one should I choose?
  6. Carnegie Mellon or Georgia Tech for masters in mechanical engineering? The real question being is there some feature of CMU that merits the extra cost over Georgia tech? Thanks, M
  7. UPenn vs Texas A&M vs CMU vs Purdue I have received acceptances from these 4 schools till now. I am mostly interested in pursuing a job after my Masters (with an inclination for environmental and sustainability related work). Not much interested in continuing the program to pursue a PhD. How would you compare the curriculum and the career services available in these four schools? Also to be taken into consideration is the high tuition at UPenn and CMU. But then, there's the Ivy School tag that comes with UPenn and the low tuition at Texas A&M. It would also be great if you could discuss the assistantship scenarios in these schools. I am awaiting results from UCLA, UT Austin (MS in Environmental and Water Resources engineering). It would be great if you could bring these into consideration as well. Let me know what you all think!
  8. Hello! I'm trying to decide between Columbia (Mechanical) and Carnegie Mellon (MSE). My field of interest between mechanics and materials, so I've applied for accordingly. Both are not funded programs and I'm told that for both of them getting funding as RA/TA is difficult. My immediate goal would be to take up a job. Which one would be better for employment? I've heard Columbia is more of a business-minded school and also NYC has relatively less opportunities for engineering than for business. But then there's the Ivy league tag. What should I do?
  9. I got accepted into a couple Computer Science MS schools and I've narrowed it down to: Stanford's MS CS program and CMU INI MSIS program. I got a full tuition scholarship and an RA stipend at CMU. I've also heard that Stanford has TA/RA positions available to students. I am interested in doing industry related research in the computer security and ML field. I am currently doing my undergrad at UC Berkeley EECS and I feel like Stanford might be a good fit for me just because other Masters students at Stanford may have a similar educational background. Stanford would also give me the flexibility to take whatever CS classes I would like and I am not restricted to computer security. I've heard that the CMU INI program has mostly international students. Anyone have experiences at either of these programs? Anyone have advice on which program to choose or how to choose? Thanks!
  10. This is a similar post. But my situation is a bit different. First of all, I am very afraid of coldness, so is the winter in CMU that intolerable? especially compared with Stanford. Second question, (a large question) I am interested in research, Computer vision and deep learning. I want to pursue a PhD (at CS top 4 schools) and do not want to work after my masters program. And I do not have any interest in startups. CMU MS Robotics is a research program, so that applying a phd would be easier? (I am not sure about this point). But Stanford MSCS is a general program. It seems that its course load is heavier than CMU. As mentioned in the above post, is it true, that CMU would treat its masters student better? Anyway, it's an old post and I think Adamah has a different research interest. Stanford has less faculty than CMU, and many of its faculty is engaged in industry. So my Stanford PoI's group is usually very large, about 20 people. Would that make an MS student get less attention? Considering the weather, I would probably go to Stanford, but is it that hard to be admitted from a top 4 university after the Masters program, a PhD in Computer Vision and Deep Learning? I will appreciate all of your opinions!
  11. I am incredibly excited to have been offered admission at CMU and Univerisity of Michigan for both MS in Robotics. My education background is BS in ME at Umich. I am an international student holding an F1 visa. I have many research experience in control. In my graduate school, I would like to incline my research interest towards control by using machine learning/ artificial intelligence. This means I would like to have some transition from ME towards CS, and this is also one of the reasons why I applied for the Robotics program. After graduation, I don't know yet whether I want to continue for Ph.D. but I do know that I don't want a programming job. Some of my considerations (I do not care about the cost or funding issues): Ranking (in terms of robotics, especially in the field of control or AI) Location: Pittsburgh vs Ann Arbor - Which one has more job/internship opportunities? Especially for a foreign student. Research opportunity Quality of graduate school I would like to thank you for any comments.
  12. Hi, I am Umair from Pakistan. I have a funded offer (Fulbright) for a Phd in Public Policy for Fall 2017. In my submission plan (where Fulbright commission applied for me), unis included Arizona State University, Uni of Texas at Dallas, Uni of Washington- Evans, Syracuse Maxwell, and CMU Heinz. My background is a bit on the low side, an undergrad from a top ranked uni here in Pakistan (but obviously unknown there in the US) with a CGPA of 2.83, where I studied Business Management/ Information Systems. I did a postgrad from Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex UK, High Merit but not a distinction. 2-3 conference papers, a research project going on. GRE scores verbal 162 quant 164 AWA 4.5. Graduated in 2014. so 2-3 years of experience. I have been offered admission from Arizona State University and UT Dallas while Udub & Syracuse have already sent out a rejection. Have not heard from CMU. I wanted to know if you people have any advice on this. My interests are in social policy/ health policy or a bit of IT policy (for CMU only). My essays were generally good, references were OK too. But no elaborate research plans/ focus. I am much afraid of ending up unemployed etc. after I am done. How is the reputation of ASU (SPA) or UT Dallas? Any comments please. Should I go for Arizona State or UT Dallas, if I get rejected from CMU as well, which most probably I will given my profile. I am motivated and ambitious to go for a PhD but I am also afraid I might even fail to complete (due to my weak background specially in calculus/ linear algebra/ statistics/ econometrics. Though I have had courses in all of these 4 mentioned subjects. I am willing to put in the hard miles to get through but doubts always keep coming back. I thought udub evans will admit me but they also din't. And I heard comprehensive exam thingy at ASU IS SCARY!!! Lots of applicants pull out at that stage. Any comments guys. Any help much appreciated and desperately needed. Thanks.
  13. I see lots of rejections/acceptances for the Master's program. The email I got when I applied said we would hear no later than March 15. However, I haven't gotten any word (I've checked spam folders etc). Is anyone else still waiting to hear from CMU?
  14. Applied for the ms of software engineering at the silicon valley campus. Anyone same here?
  15. Short version: should I do into debt at my dream school, or accept a full-ride to my third choice? I was thrilled when I got into my dream program, the MHCI program at CMU. I never thought I would get in, and I feel like I won the lottery. Then today I was offered $80,000 scholarship from University of Michigan. Suddenly everything feels very real. I think CMU is a much better fit-- I want to make things, not research. I love that it is a professional program, and I like that it is smaller, and very focused curriculum. The curriculum seems perfectly tailored to my interests. Not going to lie, I also like the prestige. What I am worried about is that the economy will crash and I will find myself in debt and in a no-longer-high-in-demand profession. Not having to pay tuition would really help me get my adult life started on the right track (I am only 22, and this is my first time leaving my home town). I'm probably looking at upwards of $20k debt at CMU (I have savings and leftover Florida Prepaid to get through the first 2ish semesters). Then there is the University of Washington's HCDE program. I haven't even heard back from UW yet, but I visited last year and it was my second choice after CMU (really the first choice, since CMU was such a "reach".) If I get in, it will make this decision even harder. (UW curriculum is more my style than UM, and tuition is cheaper.) Another factor is that my husband is also moving with me, and while he is very supportive, I hate the idea of dragging him to Ann Arbor because the job prospects for him are much slimmer than in a larger city (Seattle or Pittsburgh). I don't really want to live in AA either.
  16. I have got into 2 programs and am waiting on other two, but have to get back on admitted programs soon. My main aim is to do research to put me in a better position for PhD in ML (deep learning and/or probabilistic modeling) later on but also keep option open for a job in machine learning like data scientist, machine learning scientist or research engineer in case I do not get into a PhD with an advisor in my research area. Below are my thoughts on the pros and cons of each. CMU MCDS: Great all around in terms of professors, research, courses and reputation. However, it is billed as a professional degree and so if I don’t get to do enough research with the right profs I would need to look for job and the kind of jobs available are mainly software engineer. Columbia MSCS: There is a thesis option but very little clarity on how many students are actually able to move on to successful PhDs in future as unlike CMU they don’t post information on alumni. I could hardly find any masters students on faculty research group pages so not sure if they are accepted by Profs for research positions. NYU MSCS: I have seen a few MS students here doing research with faculty but it’s the highest risk in terms of getting a job if PhD doesn’t work out as I’ve heard most of the people getting jobs in NYC banks which is not my top priority. Stanford MSCS: I almost certainly would take Stanford over all these as I think it provides the best balance of both choices but here too I see it markets itself as more of a terminal degree so I am confused. Kindly advise which one I should choose given my situation which has the maximum research potential.
  17. Hi! The CMU MSIN contains the following info regarding undergraduate course requirements. "Applicants who identify courses that are not specifically listed as "data structures" and "probablity theory" on their transcripts must provide a university syllabus of the courses they are identifying as covering these two subjects. " Does anyone know where I can upload my university syllabus on the online application?
  18. On the application website, CMU says that my application will be reviewed without the chemistry subject GRE scores. After submitted the application, it says that it won't be reviewed unless I submit the scores. Furthermore, the website says that not submitted the chemistry gre will put me at a competitive disadvantage. So now I have two questions: 1) Has anyone else encountered this problem/discrepancy? My chem gre is fairly low and would rather not submit it if I don't have to, but since they review the application on a rolling basis, I want to make sure they look at me earlier rather than later! 2) Would CMU care about chem gre if I have good research experience? Thanks!
  19. For Carnegie Mellon's MSPPM program, the instructions state "The résumé MUST be current and include all part time and full time work experience, the dates of when the employment began and ended and a brief description of your responsibilities under the title of the position. Click here for an example of a résumé." On a resume, I usually only include the pertinent details (why does it matter if I worked for a pizzeria), but CMU also states in the same section "Submission of false or plagiarized material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program." I don't want to submit false information by omitting work details, but it also states to keep the resume 1-2 pages; it will be hard to include everything and also be comprehensive in the descriptions of the applicable jobs. Advice?
  20. Hi, I thought I should contribute since I got immensely helped from this site for a long time. I should explain this. Firstly, I am an EE Major student planning to switch to CS specifically to Robotics! Undergrad Institution: Top Engineering School in Mumbai (India) Major(s): EE Minor(s): Robotics Overall GPA: 3.0 Type of Student: Indian Male GRE: Will be giving July 8th, 2016 (Expecting 330+) Applying for: Fall 2017 Research Experience: I have extensively worked with MIT Media lab, Harvard Medical School on research projects and grants with tenured faculty from Harvard that are extraordinary. I have 3 publications with Harvard faculty and MIT students, in addition to that, I have 3 publications pending to be accepted. I have presented one research paper in USA on wireless communication using game theory. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: 1. Runner up for Augmented Books in AngelHack Hackathon at Bombay stock Exchange 2. 1st Prize in college technical fest for one of the projects 3. Outstanding student of the year award 2010 Pertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for experiment relevant to my research focus, TA for other non-related courses with Harvard Medical School itself Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: 1. I have given a talk in TEDx on one of my projects 2. I have 15+ Amazing projects 3. I have worked in 2 startups and eventually created a startup of my own on one of my projects 4. I have a widespread media coverage. 5. One of my project has been appreciated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: One recommendation letter from Harvard Medical School Tenured Faculty with uncountable papers and grants on him, another Letter of recommendation from a tenured faculty of University of new Hampshire from robotics department. Applying To where: It would be my dream come true if I get into CMU ECE (As it will be easier to get than CS because my majors are in CS and also CMU ECE and CS almost have same courses) I wanted my dear friends here to tell me what are my chances of getting into CMU Also what are my chances of getting into other universities with CS as my majors! I know its not right to count chicks before eggs hatched, as I mentioned I am preparing for GRE and not yet given, but still I want to know my chances, I think it wouldn't hurt to know chances of getting into my dream university!
  21. Hi All,I have admits for MS in ECE from CMU for Spring 2017 and from NCSU for fall 2016. I want to pursue a specialization in Computer Architecture. Which of the two colleges will offer me a better opportunity, especially in terms of courses offered and considering other aspects also?From a financial point of view, I guess both will cost the same as CMU has a 3 semester program.
  22. I have to decide between the MS program in CS at Stanford and MS in Robotics at CMU. I don't know yet whether I want to continue for PhD but I do know that I don't want a programming job after graduation. I have some research background in machine learning and computer vision, and am hoping to do research in grad school as well. I think I have narrowed down the decision to deciding between the following pros of each program, and I am eager to hear your thoughts on which of them have more weight. The main pro of CMU in my case is that there is greater likelihood of getting research experience, and that too in a field of interest (as there are more AI/ML/Robotics faculty and relatively fewer admits) compared to Stanford. Most current students from CMU that I have spoken with got RA positions from the 2nd semester of the program. And the pros of Stanford are the exposure to entrepreneurship and the benefits of a better overall ranked university. Looking forward to hear your suggestions, thanks!
  23. TL;DR If I want to join/found educational game startups, which grad school is recommended, CMU or Columbia? Objective I want to join the startups related with educational technology, gamification, and so forth. My final goal, definitely, is to run my own startup in educational game industry. (This is also the reason why I apply to these graduate programs this year!) Admitted Schools CMU SV: MS in Software Engineering (Sillicon Valley Campus) Columbia: MS in Computer Science Gatech: MS in Computer Science Pending UCLA: MS in CS USC: MS in CS Cornell: MEng in CS Pain points I've never been to US. Everything I heard of was from my friends and drama. I know the popularity of tech startups in Silicon Valley is beyond question. But I want to know if educational game startup is still the case? The following is my analysis (based on my very very limited understanding of US). CMU SV Pros 3 semesters => cheaper tuition fee Tech startups, Angels, VC are everywhere Columbia Pros CG/CV lab is excellent (e.g. many papers in SIGGRAPH every year). => It may be benificial to game development Ivy league => I may build connections with business people There are vibrant art and music activities in New York City => It may be benificial to game development Cons 2yr program => high tuition fee less tech startups in NYC Finally, I surveyed https://angel.co and I found: # of K12 startups : SF > NYC # of language learning startups : NYC > SF Thanks for reading my long post. Welcome to any advice from you guys!
  24. I got into Art Center Media design and Carnegie Mellon ETC. I'm mostly interested in motion graphics and UX. I am more drawn to Art Center but am not sure because it seems like a very unique program. Do any of you know about either one? I feel like I should first attend Art Center and try out the foundation year and if it is not the one for me, I should reapply to programs like Parsons D&T or CMU MFA. I applied at the last minute so couldn't do much research. IF ANYONE HAS ANY THING TO SAY ABOUT MY QUESTION PLEASE DO HELP!!!!
  25. Hi all, I am deciding between USC and Carnegie Mellon University for their building science program. They are both programs in the architecture school, and the one at CMU is called "Building Performance and Diagnostics". Both programs are two years and they both cost around 20k-30k a year after partial funding. Does anyone know about the schools or the programs? Any helps are appreciated! On the side note, I got into UF's project management PhD program, but I will likely decline unless I get full funding. I am still waiting for Stanford's sustainable design degree in the civil department.