Ed Lazowska
University of Washington

Computer Science: Past, Present, and Future
photo of ​Ed LazowskaAbstract: The U.S. National Science Foundation created the Computing Community Consortium to stimulate the computing research community to envision and pursue longer-range, more audacious research challenges. I'd like to take this opportunity to engage you in this process.

The next 10 years of advances in computer science should be far more significant, and far more interesting, than the past 10. I'll review the progress that our field has made, and I'll present a number of "grand challenge" problems that we should be prepared to tackle in the coming decade. I'll also discuss a recent assessment of the status and direction of computing research, carried out by the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, for which I co-chaired the working group that formulated the report.

Biography: Ed Lazowska holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Lazowska received his AB from Brown University and his PhD from the University of Toronto. His research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication systems. Twenty two PhD students and twenty three Masters students have completed their degrees working with him. Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.

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