Event Archives : 2006 - 40 Years of Computer Science
March 21, 2006
Join us on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 for reflections on where we've been and discussions of where we're headed. With prominent speakers and panelists ranging from founding faculty to founders of innovative young companies, the event will be an enlightening and engaging day for alumni, industry members, faculty and students. Stanford University president, John Hennessy, will wrap up the day with a closing address prior to a reception in the Ford Alumni Gardens.
| 08:00 - 19:00
|| Annual Affiliates Meeting
Celebrating Forty Years of Computer Science at Stanford University,
| 08:00 - 08:30
||CS40 - Check-in & Continental Breakfast|
| 08:30 - 08:45
|| CS40 - Opening Remarks
William J. Dally
Chairman of the Computer Science Department, Willard R. & Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
| 08:45 - 09:45
|| CS40 - Session One
Forty Years of Computer Science, A Retrospective The Panel
Panelists will discuss various aspects of the early years and the development of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Each panelist was responsible for establishing major activities in the department and leading the department through major transitions. We will hear from them some of the anecdotes and nuances involved in building a great department.
| 10:15 - 11:45
|| CS40 - Session Two
Computer Science Distinguished Alumni, Since We`ve Been Gone
This session will include short presentations and discussion among alumni with distinguished academic careers. From their personal point of view, speakers will talk about their time at Stanford and their subsequent careers, emphasizing the events, ideas, and developments that were important to them. We will hear about their research interests and how they evolved, as well as their accomplishments. They will discuss their personal visions about the future of their chosen fields and the future of computer science as a whole.
| 12:00 - 13:15
||CS40 - Lunch|
| 13:15 - 14:45
|| CS40 - Session Three
Computer Science Department Faculty, Future Challenges in CS The Panel
In this panel, current Stanford Computer Science faculty will discuss the future of their field, telling us what major accomplishments we can expect during the next 10 years. They will also forecast what challenging unsolved problems will remain in 10 years.
| 15:15 - 16:45
|| CS40 - Session Four
Startup Panel, Upstarts & Rabble Rousers The Panel
Looking back and looking forward. A conversation about the impact of the Stanford Computer Science Department on Silicon Valley and the world.
| 17:00 - 17:30
|| CS40 - Closing Address
John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University Why Computer Science Matters
From 1983 to 1993, Dr. Hennessy was director of the Computer System Laboratory, a research and teaching center operated by the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that fosters research in computer systems design. He served as chair of computer science from 1994 to 1996 and, in 1996, was named dean of the School of Engineering. As dean, he launched a five-year plan that laid the groundwork for new activities in bioengineering and biomedical engineering. In 1999, he was named provost, the university's chief academic and financial officer. As provost, he continued his efforts to foster interdisciplinary activities in the biosciences and bioengineering and oversaw improvements in faculty and staff compensation.
A pioneer in computer architecture, in 1981 Dr. Hennessy drew together researchers to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to his role in the basic research, Dr. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. In recent years, his research has focused on the architecture of high-performance computers.
Dr. Hennessy is a recipient of the 2000 John Von Neumann Medal, the 2000 ASEE R. Lamme Medal, the 2001 Eckert Mauchly Award and the 2001 Seymour Cray Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He has lectured and published widely and is the co-author of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master's and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
| 17:30 - 19:00
|| CS40 - Reception