Distinguished Lecturer Series

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Distinguished Lecture Series

Every academic year the Department of Computer Science hosts a series of talks featuring distinguished scientists from across the country. Renowned experts in their fields, these speakers provide an opportunity for faculty and students to keep abreast of some of the latest developments in the ever-evolving landscape that defines our discipline.

Current Series - 2014 - 2015
October 17, 2014 - Hal Abelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: From Computational Thinking to Computational Values
October 30, 2014 - David B. Shmoys, Cornell University
Title: The Return of the Traveling Salesman: Approximation Algorithm Design via Randomization and Linear Programming
November 13, 2014 - Giovanni Vigna, University of California, Santa Barbara
Title: The Evolution of Malware: From Invasion to Evasion
April 9, 2015 - Tamara Munzner, University of British Columbia
Title: Visual Analysis and Design
April 16, 2015 - Christos Faloutsos, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Mining Large Graphs

Past Series - 2013 - 2014
November 14, 2013 - L. Jean Camp, Indiana University - Bloomington
Title: Building Trust By Communicating Risk
January 23, 2014 - Philip A. Bernstein, Microsoft Research
Title: Rethinking Eventual Consistency
April 10 2014 -David S. Rosenblum, National University of Singapore
Title: Jogging While Driving, and Other Software Engineering Research Problems
April 17, 2014 - Juan E. Gilbert, Clemson University
Title: Changing the Landscape: Voting Rights, Technology and Policy

Distinguished CS Educator Lecture 2014
March 13 2014 - Beth Simon, University of California, San Diego
Title: How We Teach Impacts Students Learning, Performance, and Persistence: Results from Three Recent Studies of Peer Instruction in Computer Science

2012 - 2013
September 20, 2012- S. Muthu" Muthukrishnan, Rutgers University
Title: Internet Ad Systems Auctions, Optimizations and Exchanges
November 5, 2012 - Ben Shneiderman, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
Title: Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery
February 7, 2013 - Jon Peha, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: A New Era in Spectrum Management
March 7, 2013 - Mary Jean Harrold, Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: Software Testing: A Roadmap
March 14, 2013 - Julia Hirschberg, Columbia University
Title: What Siri can’t do: Creating Clarification Questions for Spoken Dialogue Systems
April 18, 2013 - Dawn Song, University of California, Berkeley
Title: BitBlaze-WebBlaze-DroidBlaze: Automatic Security Analysis inBinary, Web and Android

2011 - 2012
October 13, 2011- Anne Condon, University of British Columbia
Title: Some How's and Why's of Programming DNA Molecules
October 27, 2011 - Helen Nissenbaum, NYU
Title: A Contextual Approach to Privacy Online
November 10, 2011 - Martin C. Rinard, MIT
Title: Compilers that (Intentionally) Change the Result Your Program Produces
April 12, 2012 - Umesh Dayal, HP Labs
Title: Next Generation Business Intelligence
February 2, 2012 - Rajeev Alur, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Computer Augmented Program Engineering
February 16, 2012 - Michael A. Eisenberg, University of Colorado Boulder
Title: Designing Technologies for Learning: The Move from Cognitive Science to Anthropology
November 3, 2011 3:00 p.m. - Dan Garcia, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Best Practices and Teaching Tips to Improve CS Education

2010 - 2011
November 18, 2010 - Craig Boutilier, University of Toronto
Title: Computational Social Choice: A Decision-theoretic Perspective
January 14, 2011 - Mitchel Resnick, MIT
Title: Programming for Everyone: Rethinking Literacy and Creativity for the 21st Century
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January 27, 2011 - Karem Sakallah, University of Michigan
Title: Scalable Formal Hardware Verification Through Automatic Abstraction
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February 3, 2011 - Joan Feigenbaum, Yale
Title: The DISSENT Approach to Anonymous, Interactive Communication on the Internet
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March 3, 2011 - Somesh Jha, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Title: Retrofitting Legacy Code for Security
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April 7, 2011 - Michael Goodrich, University of California, Irvine
Title: Turning Privacy Leaks into Floods: Surreptitious Discovery of Social Network Freindships and Other Sensitve Binary Attribute Vectors
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2009 - 2010
November 10, 2009 - Mihalis Yannakakis, Columbia
Title: Computational aspects of equilibria.
Host: Bhaskar Dasgupta
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November 19, 2009 - Leora Morgenstern, IBM Watson
Title: Formal Theories of Business Strategy and Narration for Commercial Applications
Hosts: Bob Sloan & Gyorgy Turan
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December 3, 2009 - Hector Garcia-Molina, Stanford
Title: A Social Site for Academic Course Planning and Evaluation
Host: Philip Yu
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February 18, 2010 - Martha Pollack, Michigan
Title: Computing Outside the Box
Host: Barbara Di Eugenio
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April 1, 2010 - Maurice Herlihy, Brown
Title: Transactional Memory Today
Host: Ajay Kshemkalyani
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April 22, 2010 - John Holland, Michigan - This seminar has been canceled
Title: Signals and Boundaries
Host: Leilah Lyons

2008 - 2009
Wesley W. Chu, UCLA
A Knowledge-based Medical Digital Library

March 19, 2009, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Avrim Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
A Computational Theory of Clustering

February 6, 2009, 1:00 p.m., Room 636 SEO
H. T. Kung , Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Use of Ad-hoc Wireless Networks as Backplanes for High-performance Parallel and Distributed Computing

November 14, 2008, 2:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Pierre Boulanger , University of Alberta
An Advanced Collaborative Infrastructure for Real-Time Computational Steering

November 6, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Edward W. Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Electronic Voting: Danger and Opportunity

October 17, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
C. Mohan, IBM Fellow and IBM India Chief Scientis
Global Technology Outlook (GTO)

September 15, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO

2007 - 2008
Mary Lou Soffa, University of Virginia
Path-Sensitive Analysis for Security Flaws

March 13, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Sartaj Sahni, University of Florida
Data structures and algorithms for packet forwarding and classification
February 14, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Mary Beth Rosson, Penn State University
When Users Do the Programming: Challenges and Opportunities for End User Software Engineering

November 15, 2007, 11:00 am, Room 1000 SEO
Bart Selman, Cornell University
The Challenge and Promise of Automated Reasoning

October 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Leslie Pack Kaelbling , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Learning to Think about the World

September 27, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO

2006 - 2007
Prabhakar Raghavan, Yahoo! Research
"Web Search - from Information Retrieval to Microeconomic Modeling"

Monday, April 16, 2007,11:00 a.m., Room 1043 ERF
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research
"Information Retrieval in Context"

Thursday, March 22, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Victor R. Basili, University of Maryland
"The Role of Empirical Study in High End Computing"

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 236 SEO
Jeannette M. Wing, Carnegie Mellon University
"Automatic Generation and Analysis of Attack Graphs"

Thursday, November 9, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Ravi Sandhu, George Mason University
"The Secure Information Sharing Problem and Solution Approaches"

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Marc Snir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Parallel Programming Models and Languages"

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO

2005 - 2006
Richard M. Stallman, GNU project and Free Software Foundation
"The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System"

Friday, April 28, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 302 SCE
David Harel, The Weizmann Institute of Science
"On Comprehensive Biological Modeling: Some Ruminations on the What, the How and the Why"

Monday, April 3, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Yechiam Yemini, Columbia University

Thursday, March 16, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Richard Karp, University of California, Berkeley
"Geometric Optics, Linear Programming and Congestion in Sensornets"

Friday, December 9, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1043 ERF
Elaine Weyuker, AT&T Fellow

Friday, November 11, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Jared Saia, University of New Mexico
"Secure Algorithms and Data Structures for Massive Networks"

Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano
"Towards open, dynamic software processes and products: achievements and challenges"

Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Yvonne Rogers, Indiana University
"Grown-Up Science: Enabling Students to Learn How to Become Scientists Through Using Pervasive Technologies"

Thursday, October 20, 2005, 3:30 p.m., Room 1000 SEO

2004 - 2005
Andrew C. Yao, Tsinghua University
"Quantum Complexity: How Fast Can Quantum Computers Sort?"

Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Aravind K. Joshi, University of Pennsylvania
"Discourse connectives and their argument structure: Some aspects of transition from sentence structure to discourse structure"

Tuesday, March 8, 2005, >11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Moshe Vardi, Rice University
"And Logic Begat Computer Science: When Giants Roamed the Earth"

Thursday, February 3, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
M. Frans Kaashoek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tuesday, November 30, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Room 636 SEO
Leslie Lamport, Microsoft Research
"Thinking for Programmers"

Thursday, October 21, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Tiziana Catarci, Universit´┐Ż di Roma
"Searching for good quality data? Trust us"

Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 10:30 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Janet L. Kolodner, Georgia Institute of Technology
"From Case-Based Reasoning to Learning by Design to Design of Technology for Learning"

Tuesday, October 12, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Room 1043 ERF

Other Talks

2011 - 2012
Distinguished CS educator lecture
November 3, 2011 3:00 p.m. - Dan Garcia, University of California, Berkeley

2009 - 2010
Dr. William Gropp , University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Friday April 23, 2010, 11:00 p.m., Room ERF 1043

2008 - 2009
Tim Hinrichs, University of Chicago
Collaborative Programming

September 28, 2008, 2:00 p.m., Room SEO 1000
Ed Reingold , Illinois Institute of Technology
Lower Bounds for Cops and Robber Pursuit

September 25, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000
Dr. Yaser Sheikh, Robotics Lab, CMU
Recovering the Structure of Dynamic Scenes from Moving Cameras

August 8, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000

2007 - 2008
Sonia Bergamaschi, University of Modena & Reggio Emilia
The MOMIS Data Integration System

May 2, 2008, 2:00 p.m., Room SEO 200
Ling Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology
Location Privacy in Location-Aware Computing

April 30, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000
Gyorgy Turan,
Schwartz Lemma and Applications

February 6, 2008, 3:00 p.m., Room SEO 512
Jose Zagal, Georgia Tech
Supporting Learning about Games

December 11, 2007, 2:00 pm, Room SEO 1000
Leilah Lyons, University of Michigan
Playing Together at the Museum: Preliminary Results on Factors Affecting Participation in a Multi-User Software-Based Exhibit

December 6, 2007, 2:00 pm, Room SEO 1000
Ben Shapiro, Northwestern University
Design Research from the Bottom Up: New Infrastructure for School Reform

December 3, 2007, 2:00 pm, Room SEO 1000
Jared Saia, University of New Mexico
Attack-Resistant Networks

November 30, 2007, 12:00 pm, Room SEO 1000
John Reppy, University of Chicago
Parallel Concurrent ML

November 13, 2007, 11:00 am, Room SEO 1000
Dr. Zahir Tari, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Dynamic Load Balancing for Systems Under Heavy Traffic and High Task Variation

November 9, 2007, 2:00 pm, Room SEO 1000
Teresa Przytycka , NCBI/NLM/NIH
Application of combinatorial optimization to prediction of domain-domain interactions

October 17, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000
Hanan Samet , University of Maryland

October 15, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000
Neil Daswani, Google
Emerging Security Vulnerabilities & the Impact to Business

October 11, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000
Matthias Trier, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Exploring Patterns of dynamic Networks with event-based Visualization and Analysis

October 9, 2007, 10:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000
Mahesh Viswanathan , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Learning to Verify

October 5, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 10000
Amit P. Sheth , Wright State University
Relationship Web: Spinning the Semantic Web from Trailblazing to Complex Hypothesis Evaluation

August 31, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room SEO 1000

2006 - 2007
Carl Landwehr, Disruptive Technology Office, CASL
"Disruptive Technologies for Information Assurance"

Friday, July 20, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Kartik Gopalan, SUNY Binghamton
"MemX: Supporting Large Memory Applications in Xen Virtual Machines"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 3:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Sorin Draghici, Wayne State University
"A Systems Biology Approach to Pathway Analysis"

Thursday, May 3, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Mona Singh, Princeton University
"Analyzing and Interrogating Protein Interaction Maps"

Monday, April 30, 2007, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Roxana Girju, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Improving the Interpretation of Noun Phrases with Cross-linguistic Information"

Friday, April 27, 2007, 12:00 p.m., Room 512 SEO
Thomas Messerges, Motorola Research Main/Labs
"Security for Mobile Financial Applications"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 3:00 p.m., Room 1043 ERF
Magdi A. Mohamed, Motorola Research Main/Labs
"Computational Intelligence and Q-filter Structures"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 1:00 p.m., Room 1325 SEO
Lenore Zuck, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Automatic Verification of Parameterized Systems"

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 3:00 p.m., Room 627 SEO
David Zavattero, City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications
"ITS initiatives nationally and locally and the building of the Chicago TMC"

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 2:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Chris Quintana, University of Michigan
"Designing for Learning...Learning about Design The Interplay Between HCI and the Learning Sciences"

Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 1:30 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Deborah Tatar, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Practice Into Theory: from serious work about learning in classroom environments to serious questions about the playful nature of control and coordination in computing"

Monday, January 29, 2007, 1:30 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Ryan S. J. d. Baker, University of Nottingham
"Detecting and Adapting to When Students Game the System"

Tuesday, January 23, 2007, 3:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Brian K. Smith, The Pennsylvania State University
"Acts into Artifacts: Computational Tools to Support Experience Capture and Reflection"

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 3:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University
"Human Computation"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Erik Meijer, Microsoft
"VB IsNot C#"

Thursday, June 29, 2006, 1:00 p.m., Room SEO 1000

2005 - 2006
Samir Khuller, University of Maryland
"Algorithms for Data Management and Migration"

Monday, April 17, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Kathleen M. Carley, Carnegie Mellon University
"Dynamic Network Analysis: A Computational Approach to Counter Terrorism Analyses"

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 3:00 p.m., 1000 SEO
Edward Reingold, Illinois Institute of Technology
"Determining Plurality"

Tuesday March 7, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland
"Web-based Social Network Analysis for Socially Intelligent Applications"

Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 2:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Jinbo Xu, University of Chicago
"A Parameterized Algorithm for Protein Structure Alignment"

Monday, November 21, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 236 SEO
Der-Horng Lee, National University of Singapore
"Deployment and Innovation of Intelligent Transportation Systems in Singapore"

Thursday, July 14, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1325 SEO

2004 - 2005
Lin Cai, University of Waterloo
"Transport layer protocol design for multimedia wireless Internet"

Friday, April 29, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SE
Raj Jain, Nayna Networks, Inc.
"Computer Networking: Recent Developments, Trends, and Issues"

Monday, April 18, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Riccardo Pucella, Cornell University
"A Knowledge-Based Foundation for Security"

Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Lance Fortnow, University of Chicago
"The Complexity of Information Markets"

Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
John Langford, TTI-Chicago
"Fast Exact High Dimensional Nearest Neighbors in Arbitrary Dimensions with a Cover Tree"

Tuesday, March 3, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 636 SEO
Ray DeCarlo, Purdue University
"Software Release Control using Defect Based Quality Estimation"

Tuesday, March 1, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Chris Ding, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"Link Analysis and Topic Discovery via Spectral Clustering"

Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 2:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Paul Dan Cristea, University of Bucharest

Friday, January 28, 2005, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO

2003 - 2004
Tao Jiang, University of California
"Efficient Rule-Based Haplotype Inference on Pedigrees"

Monday, May 3, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Marianne Winslett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"An Introduction to Trust Negotiation"

Friday, April 9, 2004, 4:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO
Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of New Mexico
"How to See a Tree for a Forest? Combining Phylogenetic Trees: Reasons, Methods, and Consequences"

Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Tiffani L. Williams, University of New Mexico
"Phylogeny Reconstruction and Experimental Algorithmics"

Thursday, March 11, 2004, 11:00 a.m., Room 1000 SEO
Mark Guzdial, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Collaborative Dynabooks: A Research Agenda on Building Systems to Support Learning through Multimedia"

Tuesday March 9, 2004, 1:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO

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