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University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series

Presented by The Damrauer Endowed Lectureship Fund​

Ed Lazowska, PhD

Big Data, Enormous Opportunity

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Student Commons 2600, 1201 Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado 80217

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 discovery.

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 organizations.

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