Presented by The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund
Ed Lazowska, PhD
Big Data, Enormous Opportunity
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Ed Lazowska holds the Bill &
Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of
Washington, where he also serves as the Founding Director of the University of
Washington eScience Institute.
“Big Data” has become something of a cliché, but there’s a there there. In this talk that is intended for both the scientist and the layperson, Dr. Lazowska will attempt to weave together a number of closely related threads:
A reminder of the extraordinary progress that Computer Science has achieved
- A view of the current decade, in which “big data” is enabling us to “put the smarts into everything”
- A deeper look at “smart discovery” – data-intensive discovery –
through the lens of the University of Washington eScience Institute –
including several examples of the science that their work is enabling,
from Astronomy to Neuroscience to Oceanography to Personalized Medicine
- A 21st century view of Computer Science that’s induced by all of this – a field that’s unique in its societal impact
- A quick look at some entrepreneurial opportunities
Lazowska received his A.B. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the
University of Toronto. His research and teaching concern the design,
implementation, and analysis of high performance computing and communication
systems, and, more recently, the techniques and technologies of data-intensive
Lazowska is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences. A long-time advocate for increasing
participation in the field, he serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the
National Center for Women & Information Technology, and on the National
Research Council's Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He
has been a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Microsoft Research since
its inception, and serves as a board member or technical advisor for a number
of high-tech companies, venture firms, and technology-oriented civic
Free and open to the public*
Pre-college students are encouraged to attend
*Tickets are required and may be requested here. Additional tickets -if available - will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis 15 minutes prior to the lecture outside Room 2600 in the Student Commons Building.
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The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund was created by Lennie and Bob Damrauer in 2014 to establish an annual free lecture series that focuses on subjects of broad general interest and appeal in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the so-called STEM disciplines).