The ATLAS Speaker Series

The ATLAS Speaker Series, made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel, hosts distinguished visitors from academia, industry and the arts.
The series is an educational and experiential resource for students, faculty and the larger community to discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovative applications of technology.
Talks are from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays in the Cofrin Auditorium, ground floor, ATLAS 100 (enter from lobby), unless otherwise noted.


Past events


ATLAS Speaker Series

Computational Thinking and Thinking about Computing

Jeannette M. Wing is corporate vice president at Microsoft Research. She has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University since 1985, where she twice served as head of the Computer Science Department.
She was the assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
Wing received her SB, SM and PhD degrees from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2

ATLAS Speaker Series

Ruth West – The Integration of Art & Science

Ruth West

Ruth West is an interdisciplinary media artist/researcher working with emerging technologies. She envisions a future in which art/science integration allows us to open new portals of imagination, knowledge and communication across cultures. Her work has been presented or featured in SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, UCLA Fowler Museum, CAA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, Leonardo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NPR’s The Connection, NY Times, Genome News Network, AMINIMA and Artweek. Learn more about Ruth West.

4 p.m. Monday, April 14, ATLAS 100

ATLAS Speaker Series

Drones, War & Privacy

presented by photographer Tomas van Houtryve and Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson

photos of photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve and Harper's art director Stacey D. ClarksonIn the words of the Harper’s magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson (also a CU alumna):
“Tomas’ photo essay is 16 pages long—the longest in our history—and explores questions of domestic and foreign drone policy in an elegant and creative way. photo taken by a drone of a baseball field by van Houtryve
Tomas made the work by attaching his camera to a drone he bought on Amazon and photographing landscapes across the US. As he explains, the technology for drone photography is ahead of the laws on it….so he has created this work in a moment when laws about drone usage are being drafted. The project is timely and forward-thinking.”
A text portion of the Harper’s Magazine article is available here.
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, ATLAS 100

ATLAS Speaker Series

Ann Mei Chang – Information Communications Technology for Development: Oasis or Mirage?

Ann Mei ChangAnn Mei Chang, an eight-year senior engineering veteran of Google, spoke on information communications technology for development (ICT4D): policy, practice, and practicalities, during an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation on March 31. As chief innovation officer at Mercy Corps, she builds highly scalable social enterprises and leverages mobile/internet to improve the lives of the poor. Previously, at the U.S. Department of State, she served as the senior advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
There, she helped bridge the gender gap in access to mobile phones and the Internet, leveraging technology in improving the lives of female populations in developing countries and increasing the representation of women in the technology sector. At Google, she oversaw 20x growth of Google’s mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues.
For a video of her presentation, click here.


ATLAS Speaker Series

Jer Thorp – Making Data Beautifully Meaningful

Jer Thorp Working at the intersection of science, art and design, Jer Thorp stretches the possibilities of infographics. He will speak about data visualization, information design and opportunities to make data more useful, meaningful and accessible. How do we dig through our increasingly vast terrain of data? How do we put data in a human context? How can data build empathy?

He is the co-founder of the Office for Creative Research and an adjunct professor at New York University’s ITP program.

From 2010 to 2012, he was the data artist in residence at the New York Times R&D Group. Learn more.
4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, ATLAS 100
For a video of his presentation, click here.