The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled “Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections and Perspectives.” Ed Lazowska from the University of Washington gave the introductory talk, “Changing the World,” and the symposium offered four sessions, which are now available as videos at http://www.cra.org/ccc/locsymposium_slides.php. The first was titled The Internet and the World Wide Web, and included a presentation by University of California, Berkeley’s Eric Brewer on “The Magic of the ‘Cloud’: Supercomputers for Everybody, Everywhere.” Google’s Alfred Spector gave the talk “Why We’re Able to Google” and a presentation by Luis von Ahn of Carnegie Mellon University was titled “Human Computation.” The second session, Evolving Foundations, included the talk “Global Information Networks” by Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University, who won the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences, and the presentation “Security of Online Information” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Barbara Liskov, who won the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing Award. Transformation of the Sciences via Computation, the third session, offered the discussions “Supercomputers and Supernetworks are Transforming Research” by Larry Smarr of the University of California, San Diego, and “Computing and Visualizing the Future of Medicine” by Chris Johnson of the University of Utah. For the fourth session, Computing Everywhere!, UCLA’s Deborah Estrin discussed sensing, Stanford University’s Pat Hanrahan focused on pixels, and MIT’s Rodney Brooks addressed robotics. Videos of all the presentations will be available on the ACM Queue web site, queue.acm.org, in the immediate future.
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