Computer Science Distinguished Speaker Series - Dr Jim Kurose
Title: From artifacts to systems to people: evolving directions in computing research and education
Abstract: Computing is now “old enough” as a discipline that we can already detect broad trends in research directions. We discuss these trends, with an emphasis on both current and future directions in computing research, which we see reflected locally, nationally and internationally. We’ll discuss recent national computing research and education programmatics and trends, and the role of computing in the larger US R&D enterprise.
Bio: Jim Kurose is a Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science and Associate Chancellor for Partnerships and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts, where he has been on the faculty since receiving his PhD in computer science from Columbia University. He has held visiting scientist positions at IBM Research, Technicolor, INRIA and the Sorbonne University. His research interests include computer network architecture and protocols, network measurement, sensor networks, and multimedia communication. From 2015 to 2019, Jim served as Assistant Director at the US National Science Foundation, where he led the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and in 2018 served as the Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He received the IEEE Infocom Award, ACM SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement Award, ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Award, and IEEE/CS Taylor Booth Education Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE.