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“Computing Research that Changed the World” – VIDEOS!

June 7th, 2009 / in computer history, policy, research horizons, resources / by Ed Lazowska

loc1-300x219On March 25th, the Computing Community Consortium organized a spectacular daylong symposium at the Library of Congress:  “Computing Research that Changed the World:  Reflections and Perspectives.”

Videos of the presentations (as well as slides) are now available on the symposium website.  See for the complete agenda with individual links, or see our YouTube channel,

Talks at the Symposium included:

  • Introductory Session
    • Ed Lazowska (University of Washington), “Changing the World”
  • Session 1: The Internet and the World Wide Web
    • Alfred Spector (Google), “Why We’re Able to Google”
    • Eric Brewer (UC Berkeley), “The Magic of the ‘Cloud’: Supercomputers for Everybody, Everywhere”
    • Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Mellon University), “Human Computation”
  • Session 2: Evolving Foundations
    • Barbara Liskov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Security of Online Information”
    • Daphne Koller (Stanford University), “Learning to Improve Our Lives”
    • Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University), “Global Information Networks”
  • Session 3: The Transformation of the Sciences via Computation
    • Larry Smarr (UC San Diego), “Supercomputers and Supernetworks are Transforming Research”
    • Chris Johnson (University of Utah), “Computing and Visualizing the Future of Medicine”
    • Gene Myers (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), “Zooming In On Life”
  • Session 4: Computing Everywhere!
    • Deborah Estrin (UCLA), “Sensing Everywhere!”
    • Pat Hanrahan (Stanford University), “Pixels Everywhere!”
    • Rodney Brooks (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Robots Everywhere!”
“Computing Research that Changed the World” – VIDEOS!