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The Department of Computer Science and
The Department of Computer Engineering jointly present

Fall 2011

Scheduled Speakers

All talks will be in the Engineering Auditorium ENGR 189 from 6:00-7:00 PM and are open to the public. A reception for students and faculty to meet informally with the speaker will start at 5:00 upstairs in ENGR 294 before each talk.

All the talks are recorded and you can view them here. Scroll down the lower portion of the window to see the entire list. (The remaining talks will be posted soon.)

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We are happy to announce that IBM is the corporate sponsor of this speaker series.

Date Speaker Title (click for details)
Aug. 31
Gordon Bell The Birth and Death of the Minicomputer Industry
from a Bell's Law and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) Perspective
Sept. 7
James Gosling The Prehistory of Java
Sept. 19
Donald Knuth All Questions about the History of Computer Science Answered
Sept. 28
Randall Neff Yes, the HP-35 Fits into Your Pocket
Oct. 5
Allan Alcorn Video Games as a Driver of Computing Technology
Oct. 12
Stephen Kwan Computer Science and Enterprise Computing from Punched Cards and FORTRAN to Information Systems and Mobile Apps
Oct. 19
Shomit Ghose Micro-History:
An Examination of the Brief but Successful Life of a Silicon Valley Start-up
Nov. 2
Don Chamberlin Fifty Years of Data:
How Advances in Database Management Have Helped to Shape Our World
Nov. 9
Robert Patrick Software is What the Hardware Designers Left Out:
Programming the Early Computers
Nov. 16
Alan Kay The Dynabook
Nov. 21
Ted Kahn The Central Role of "Kids of All Ages" in the Design, Development, and Growth of Interactive Computing and Digital Media Over the Past 50 Years:
A Personal History of Using Computers for and in Education
Nov. 30
Dan Greiner Legacy of the IBM System/360 Architecture
Dec. 7
Robert Garner Tales of CISC and RISC from Xerox PARC and Sun

Academic Credit

Sign up for CS 185C Section 1: The History of Computing to receive 3 units of academic credit for attending this Speaker Series and working on computing history projects with the advice and guidance of some of these and other computing pioneers. You will also have the opportunity to publish your work on the IEEE Global History Network website.