Computer Science Colloquium
Time+Place : Tuesday 29/05/2012 14:30 room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Speaker : Zvi Galil
Affiliation: Dean of College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Host : Johann Makowsky
Title : Computing in the 21st Century: The Georgia Tech Model
In the modern world, computers and computing are ubiquitous. They are
everywhere in academia--in science and engineering, to be sure, but even in
the humanities and social sciences. And the "real world" is no different, as
computation and information technology fundamentally change the way we do
business, practice law and keep ourselves healthy.
However you'd never know that computers are indispensable to modern life by
visiting the websites of most of our major universities because at those
universities, the status of computer science (to say nothing of the broader
field of computing) does not reflect its central importance.
Georgia Tech is one of very few U.S. schools with a College of Computing.
In this talk I will share stories about our College: who we are, what we
offer, how we succeed and where we want to go from here. Much of what we do
would not be possible without our being a College of a proper size.
At Georgia Tech, we have the right model for computing education and
research in the 21st century--and I will tell you why.
Zvi Galil was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He earned BS and MS degrees in
Applied Mathematics from Tel Aviv University, both summa cum laude. He then
obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. After a
post-doctorate in IBM's Thomas J. Watson research center, he returned to
Israel and joined the faculty of Tel-Aviv University. He served as the chair
of the Computer Science department in 1979-1982.
In 1982 he joined the faculty of Columbia University. He served as the chair
of the Computer Science Department in 1989-1994 and as dean of The Fu
Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science in 1995-2007. Galil was
appointed Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and
Computer Science in 1987, and Morris and Alma A. Schapiro Dean of
Engineering in 1995. In 2007 Galil returned to Tel Aviv University and
served as president. In 2009 he resigned as president and returned to the
faculty as a professor of Computer Science. In July 2010 he became The John
P. Imlay, Jr. Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Galil's research areas have been the design and analysis of algorithms,
complexity, cryptography and experimental design. In 1983-1987 he served as
chairman of ACM SIGACT, the Special Interest Group of Algorithms and
Computation Theory. He has written over 200 scientific papers, edited 5
books, and has given more than 150 lectures in 20 countries. Galil has
served as editor in chief of two journals and as the chief computer science
adviser in the United States to the Oxford University Press. He is a fellow
of the ACM and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the
National Academy of Engineering. In 2009 the Columbia Society of Graduates
awarded him the Great Teacher Award. In June 2012 he will be receiving an
honorary degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
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Lecture starts at 14:30
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