Dear GT Computing community,
It’s almost the end of the year: the air is cold and clear, and I’m reminded of what a coat feels like. It’s also almost the end of the semester: the graders are grading, and students are dreaming of getting out. In fact, the Institute is actually holding a socially-distanced, in-person ceremony in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Safety demands minimal participation, but one can also watch online.
Similarly, the College will be holding our Dean’s New Alumni Ceremonies virtually again this fall, as we don’t (yet) have our own stadium to use. Our ceremony for our new undergraduate alumni will be this Thursday at 7 p.m., and the ceremony for our graduate alumni will happen next Tuesday, also at 7 pm. Our ceremonies look a little different this year, but the pride is the same.
Speaking of community, I was asked to deliver the opening keynote address at NeurIPS 2020 yesterday. I hate talking about myself (well, I mean, I don’t hate talking about myself, but you know what I mean), but because I was able to tape it beforehand, we were able to provide not just a a normal keynote with slides but a full-blown, let us say, story, including appearances by lots of folks you know here at the College (Including Irfan, Alex, and Ayanna) as well as some folks you know from across the Computing field. More importantly, the talk was about the case for responsibility in machine learning, one aspect of our larger push for responsible computing. Twitter liked it, so at least I think there’s some evidence that we can leverage communications to tell the stories we want to tell, even in pandemic times. Many thanks to the team who helped make it, and particularly to the talented Terence Rushin who all-but-performed magic.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Xinshi Chen, a Ph.D. student in CSE, who has just been awarded the 2020 Google Ph.D. Fellowship for her work in machine learning. Thank you for representing our research community so ably, Xinshi!
Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Socially-distanced, in-person ceremony: https://commencement.gatech.edu/
This Thursday at 7 pm: https://www.cc.gatech.edu/calendar/day/2020/12/10/16542
Also at 7 pm: https://www.cc.gatech.edu/calendar/day/2020/12/14/16541
2020 Google Ph.D. Fellowship: https://cse.gatech.edu/news/640011/google-awards-computing-student-outstanding-machine-learning-research
Work to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMPloyFh2YE
All the way home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwuhY8mbu2s
The thing we want most: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RHTiXvELNg