The Evolution of Computer Science and Its Implications

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Thursday, Oct 13
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Computer Science Department, Engineering Classroom Wing/265

Event Details

Over its relatively brief history, computer science has evolved from a field concerned with the core components of computing systems to one that includes a broad range of general purpose and specific application areas that impacts most of society. In conjunction, it is evolving from a technical to a socio-technical discipline. This colloquium will engage the audience in a discussion of these trends. It will outline the current scope of computer science and attempt to stimulate discussion by presenting a perspective on some general implications of computer science for all of society, some disruptive effects of current and impending developments in computing, the importance to computing of diversity across a broad range of dimensions, and the growing set of ethical issues that computer scientists need to be concerned with.

About the Speaker

schnabelbobby_web_squareBobby Schnabel is Chief Executive Office of the Association for Computing Machinery, the oldest and largest society of computing professionals and students. Prior to beginning as CEO of ACM in November 2015, Bobby was Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University from 2007-2015, and a member of the computer science faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder from 1977-2007. He served as Vice Provost for Academic and Campus Technology and Chief Information Officer at CU Boulder from 1998-2007, and as founding director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) from 1997-2007. Bobby is a co-founder and executive team member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. He currently serves on the advisory committee for the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and on the board of, and previously served on CRA Board of Directors and as editor-in-chief of SIAM Review. He is a f!
ellow of ACM and of SIAM.