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Annual Meeting: 2015 The Computer Science 50th Anniversary - In Service to the World

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Opening Remarks: Youtube

April 28, 2015
Location: McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center

Time Agenda
8:00 AM Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM

Opening remarks

  • Alex Aiken
    Alcatel-Lucent Professor, Department Chair, Computer Science
9:15 AM

Computer Science Department Faculty, Future Challenges in CS


Current Stanford Computer Science faculty will present a speed talk on 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.

  • Web: A Technological and a Social Network
    Jure Leskovec
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Computer Security: Is It Getting Better or Worse?
    Dan Boneh
    Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • A Quest for Visual Intelligence in Computers
    Fei-Fei Li
    Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • The Data Science of Getting from Here to There
    Balaji Prabhakar
    Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering & Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Urban Engines
  • Crowdsourcing A Meeting of Minds
    Michael Bernstein
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Current and Future Challenges in Theoretical Computer Science
    Tim Roughgarden
    Associate Professor of Computer Science and (by courtesy) Management Science and Engineering
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM

Computer Science & Education

  • Expanding the Frontiers of Computer Science Education
    Mehran Sahami
    Professor (Teaching) of Computer Science, Associate Chair for Education and Director of Educational Affairs, Computer Science, Robert and Ruth Halperin, University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
11:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

  • Applied Computer Science Solutions in the Digital World
    Marissa Mayer
    President & CEO, Yahoo
12:00 AM


  • Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33)
12:05 PM Lunch
1:30 PM

Startup Panel


Looking back and looking forward. A conversation about the impact of the Stanford Computer Science Department on Silicon Valley and the world.

  • Kara Swisher (Moderator) 
    Co-Executive Editor of Re/code and CEO of Revere Digital
  • Jerry Yang
    Founding Partner, AME Cloud Ventures
  • Ramji Srinivasan
    Founder & CEO of Counsyl
  • Clara Shih
    Founder & CEO of Hearsay Social, Author of /The Facebook Era/, Board Member, Starbucks Corporation
  • Sam Altman
    President of Y Combinator
2:30 PM

Computer Science Distinguished Alumni, Since We`ve Been Gone


This session will include short presentations and discussion among alumni with distinguished 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.

  • John Markoff (Moderator) 
    Reporter, Science Section, The New York Times
  • Mike Schroepfer
    CTO of Facebook
  • Vint Cerf
    Vice President of Google and Chief Internet Evangelist
  • David Shaw
    Chief Scientist, D. E. Shaw Research
  • Bill Coughran
    Partner of Sequoia Capital
3:30 PM Break
4:00 PM

Faculty Panel: Challenges in Computer Science


Panelists will discuss various aspects of the growth of the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Each panelist was responsible for establishing major activities in the department and three of them have served as chair. We will hear about some of the anecdotes and nuances involved in building a great department.

  • Hector Garcia-Molina (Moderator) 
    Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner Professor in the Department of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Former Chair of the Computer Science Department
  • Andrew Ng
    Associate Professor of Computer Science; Chief Scientist of Baidu and Chairman & Co-Founder of Coursera
  • Jennifer Widom
    Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, School of Engineering; Former Chair of the Computer Science Department
  • Bill Dally
    Professor (Research) of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Former Chair of the Computer Science Department Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of Research, NVIDIA
  • Pat Hanrahan
    CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
5:00 PM

Closing Address

  • John Hennessy
    President of Stanford University, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
5:30 PM Poster/Demo & Reception