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20 November 2017

Maria KlaweSpeaker: Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
Title: Broadening Participation in Computing
Host School: NCSU
Location: Hunt Library Auditorium (Watch Online)
Host: Blair Sullivan (blair_sullivan at ncsu.edu)

Abstract

Computing is one of the least diverse disciplines in science and engineering in terms of participation by women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and the only discipline where participation by women has significantly decreased over the last three decades. While our discipline does well in encouraging members of underrepresented groups to go on to graduate programs, we have been less successful in attracting members of these groups into undergraduate programs. This talk discusses successful strategies for significantly increasing the number of women and students of color majoring in computer science.

Biography

Maria Klawe is the president of Harvey Mudd College. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. She also held positions at the University of British Columbia, IBM Research in California, and the University of Toronto, subsequent to earning her PhD in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics.

Klawe is also a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education. Dr. Klawe serves as a board member of the nonprofit Math for America, chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Selection Board.

Klawe is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and being ranked 17th on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2015 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science and the Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women, and she was inducted into the US News STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame. She was honored by the Computing Research Association with the 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

22 January 2018

Moshe VardiSpeaker: Moshe Vardi, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University
Title: Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now
Host School: Duke
Location: LSRC D106
Host: Sudeepa Roy (sudeepa at cs.duke.edu)

Abstract

Automation, driven by technological progress, has been increasing inexorably for the past several decades. Two schools of economic thinking have for many years been engaged in a debate about the potential effects of automation on jobs: will new technology spawn mass unemployment, as the robots take jobs away from humans? Or will the jobs robots take over create demand for new human jobs?

I will present data that demonstrate that the concerns about automation are valid. In fact, technology has been hurting working Americans for the past 40 years. The discussion about humans, machines and work tends to be a discussion about some undetermined point in the far future. But it is time to face reality. The future is now.

Biography

Moshe Y. Vardi is the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University. He is the recipient of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the Blaise Pascal Medal, the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award, the EATCS Distinguished Achievements Award, and the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s Distinguished Scientist Award. He is the author and co-author of over 500 papers, as well as two books: “Reasoning about Knowledge” and “Finite Model Theory and Its Applications”. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science, the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, the European Academy of Science, and Academia Europaea. He holds honorary doctorates from the Saarland University in Germany, Orleans University in France, UFRGS in Brazil, and the University of Liege in Belgium. He is currently a Senior Editor of of the Communications of the ACM, after having served for a decade as Editor-in-Chief.

29 January 2018

Avrim BlumSpeaker: Avrim Blum, Professor of Computer Science and Chief Academic Officer, Toyota Technical Institute at Chicago
Title: TBA
Host School: Duke
Location: LSRC D106
Host: Kamesh Munagala (kamesh at cs.duke.edu)

Abstract

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Biography

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26 March 2018

Richard SzeliskiSpeaker: Richard Szeliski, Research Scientist and Director of the Computational Photography Group, Facebook Research
Title: TBA
Host School: Duke
Location: LSRC D106
Host: Xiaobai Sun (xiaobai at cs.duke.edu)

Abstract

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Biography

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9 April 2018

Polina GollandSpeaker: Polina Golland, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: TBA
Host School: UNC
Location: SN011
Host: Marc Niethammer (mn at cs.unc.edu)

Abstract

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Biography

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16 April 2018

Chris ManningSpeaker: Chris Manning, Thomas M. Siebel Professor in Machine Learning and Professor of Linguistics and of Computer Science, Stanford University
Title: TBA
Host School: UNC
Location: SN011
Host: Mohit Bansal (mbansal at cs.unc.edu)

Abstract

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23 April 2018

Jeannette WingSpeaker: Jeannette Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
Title: TBA
Host School: UNC
Location: SN011
Host: Ketan Mayer-Patel (kmp at cs.unc.edu)

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