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Computational Thinking and Problem Solving

An Address by Jeannette Wing

The Internet, global positioning systems, the laser, multi-touch displays and search engines. What do these have in common? These technologies, which we take for granted today, came out of basic scientific research. Basic research creates knowledge. It advances our fundamental understanding of the world. Its impact on society is immeasurable. In this talk, Professor Jeannette Wing will argue the importance of federal funding of basic research in the academia-industry-government research ecosystem that led to billion dollar businesses. She will also describe Microsoft Research’s unique role in this ecosystem, illustrating through examples the value of basic research to the company, to science, and to society.

Event Overview

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. (see below for more details about Admission)
Location: Sibley Auditorium

Event Description

Jeannette M. Wing is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research. She is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, where she twice served as the Head of the Computer Science Department. She is also Affiliate Faculty in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. From 2007-2010 she was the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She received her S.B. and S.M. in Computer Science and Engineering in 1979 and her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1983, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Wing was or is on the editorial board of twelve journals, including the Journal of the ACM and Communications of the ACM and is currently Chair of the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Board as well as Chair-Elect of the AAAS Section on Information, Computing and Communications. Professor Wing's general research interests are in the areas of trustworthy computing, specification and verification, concurrent and distributed systems, programming languages, and software engineering. Her current interests are in the foundations of security and privacy.


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4:00 p.m.  Event Admission Opens for Ticket Holders
4:30 p.m.  Admission Opens for Walk-Ins (Limited Seating)
4:55 p.m.  Admission Closed (No Late Seating)
5:00 p.m.  Event Begins

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