The New Face of Computing Symposium – Agenda

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8:45am – 9:15am
KACB Annex Entryway
9:15am – 9:30am
KACB Auditorium
Rich DeMillo, Dean of the College of Computing
Georgia Tech

Morning Panels
9:30am – 10:15am
KACB Auditorium
Session 1 – Computing Education

The expanding global marketplace and the evolution of the technology industry have precipitated major transformations within computer science education. The name itself – “computer science” – is generally considered too narrow for a field that has experienced rapid growth compared to sister disciplines such as physics, math and engineering. With support from key industry visionaries and organizations, academia has begun to focus on new, contextualized learning approaches to generate a more diverse, engaged and socially-aware student body that will thrive in the new computing environment. This panel will explore how academia and industry can empower today’s computing students with an expansive knowledge base that can be applied across multiple disciplines and geographic boundaries in order to achieve lifelong success in an integrated, dynamic and globally-competitive world.

Merrick L. Furst, Associate Dean, Distinguished Professor
College of Computing at Georgia Tech

Michael Best, Assistant Professor, Co-Creator of 3rd World Thread
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Tech

Mark Guzdial
Professor, Co-Creator of Threads
School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing at Georgia Tech

Charles Isbell
Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Computing
College of Computing at Georgia Tech

Deepak Kumar, Professor & Chair of Computer Science
Bryn Mawr College

Vanessa Larco, Computer Science Student
College of Computing at Georgia Tech

10:20am – 11:05am
KACB Auditorium
Session 2 – Emerging Tools for Large Scale Problem Solving

Effective solution of important real-world problems such as developing a cure for cancer or finding information on the Internet requires a combination of sophisticated computational tools, deep theoretical understandings and insights concerning the nature of complex systems, and careful management of critical data. No longer a “nice-to-have,” computation is now a “must have” to attack important problems such as these. This panel will explore emerging large-scale computational methods and underlying theoretical developments that are necessary for solving emerging problems in critical areas of broad societal impact such as information retrieval, bioinformatics, and computational science and engineering.

David Bader
Executive Director of High-Performance Computing
Associate Professor, College of Computing

William Cook
Russ and Sammie Chandler Chair and Professor
School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech

Olga Troyanskaya
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Princeton University

Alan Warren
Director of Engineering, Google, Inc.

11:10am – 11:55am
KACB Auditorium
Session 3 – Social Computing

Suddenly idealistic views of an Internet "for the people" seem possible. Bloggers and citizen journalists write commentaries that have an impact on real-world affairs. Virtual economies such as Second Life generate GDPs in actual dollars bigger than some real-world nations. Teenagers live online, connecting to one another in unprecedented ways. The next generation is web-savvy well beyond what even pundits imagined. What does this mean for the future of the Internet and business? What does it mean for the future of computer science and computer science education?

Chris Klaus
CEO & Founder, Kaneva, Inc.

Aaron Bobick
Chair, School of Interactive Computing
College of Computing at Georgia Tech

Amy Bruckman
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing
College of Computing at Georgia Tech

Rhonda Lowry
Vice President, New Products Group, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
KACB 1116E & W

1:00pm - 2:00pm
KACB Auditorium

"The New Face of Computing"
Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer
Microsoft Corporation

Afternoon Panels
2:00pm – 2:45pm
KACB Auditorium
Session 4 – Robotics & Intelligent Machines

Robotics is gradually expanding beyond the factory floor to become a ubiquitous technology for assistance to people in their homes, in the workplace and as part of leisure activities. In its most general form, robotics is endowing computers with ways to physically interact with the world. In the new face of computing these systems will significantly influence our everyday lives and at the same time build bridges across many different disciplines. This panel will explore the robotics domain from both industrial, core computing and integration perspectives and discuss a number of promising avenues for progress.

Clinton Kelly
Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology Development
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Henrik Christensen
Director, Robotics & Intelligent Machines Center at Georgia Tech

Steve Dickerson
CTO, CAMotion

Ralf Koeppe
Vice President of R&D, KUKA

Tandy Trower
General Manager, Microsoft Robotics Group

2:50pm – 3:35pm
KACB Auditorium
Session 5 – Providing Usable Security

As ordinary citizens and businesses conduct more of their daily activities in the digital world, an ever increasing amount of their personal information is moving out of the physical world and into the online world. This information ranges from financial and health records to proprietary information that is critical to the operation of businesses. While there is no doubt that representing such information digitally brings great convenience and enables compelling new applications, it also means that ordinary users are being asked to take control of sensitive information to ensure that it is adequately protected and appropriately shared. How to empower users to safeguard their sensitive digital information is a major challenge that we all face. Usable security solutions that can protect such information are essential if we are to enable users and organizations to effectively protect their critical information. This panel will explore usable security challenges and strategies that must be developed to address them.

Mustaque Ahamad
Director, Georgia Tech Information Security Center

David Aucsmith
Security Architect, Chief Technology Officer
Security Business & Technology Unit, Microsoft Corp.

Mark Bregman
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Symantec

Burt Kaliski
Chief Scientist
RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Heath Thompson
Vice President of Engineering, IBM Internet Security Systems

3:40pm – 4:25pm
KACB Auditorium
Session 6 – Next Gen Computing

Saul Griffith
Co-Founder, SQUID Labs

"Fast Boats and Flying Things - Combining Kites, Computation and Control Systems to Break the World's Speed Record"

Dr. Griffith's principal research focus is in new multifunctional materials and in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques. If any description were to tie this seemingly broad array of interests together, it is that the last 40 years of developments in logic theory and software and documentation enables new ways to look at the way we build and manufacture things. Why, for example, can't physical objects have source code? If we think of the physical elements of a machine as parts of a program, how do we utilize physics and information to define the resulting objects that the machine(s) produce? Why not teach children the elements of logic and programming using hands-on physical exercises rather than computers? Why not consider the various processes used in making things as shareable sub-routines in a greater library of manufacturing?
4:30pm – 5:00pm
KACB Auditorium
Wrap-up Remarks
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Beginning in the KACB Atrium.
Reception and Red Carpet iMovie Premiere

Please stay after the symposium for a celebratory reception for speakers, attendees, faculty, staff and students. As part of the evening, we will be revealing the winners of the College of Computing Student iMovie Competition at a red carpet premiere in the Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building Atrium.