Computing Research that Changed the World: Reflections and Perspectives

This invitation-only symposium, "Computing Research that Changed the World: Reflections and Perspectives," was organized by Computing Community Consortium in collaboration with Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN), Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX), Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Congressman Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). It was held at the Library of Congress on March 25, 2009.

The overall message of the symposium was that computing research has made game-changing advances in the last two decades, from which we can extract lessons for structuring future programs to sustain that track record.

The symposium featured four sessions: "The Internet and the World Wide Web," "Evolving Foundations," "The Transformation of the Sciences via Computation," and "Computing Everywhere!". Each session consisted of three talks and a short discussion that identified future challenges. These four sessions were followed by a discussion among all the speakers, with input from attendees, which framed a call-to-action for the future.

Symposium

March 25, 2009
8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Members' Room
Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

Closing Session

5:30 pm
Madison Hall
James Madison Building
Library of Congress

 

LOGISTICS

Meals

A light continental breakfast, lunch, and reasonable hors d'oeuvres and refreshments at the closing session will be provided.

Getting there from The Westin Arlington Hotel

PDF of these directions | Metro Map

The total estimated time to reach the Library of Congress is 45 minutes. This includes:

- Walking from Westin Arlington Hotel to the Ballston Metro [10 minutes]

• Exit the hotel via the main entrance and follow the sidewalk to the right.
• Staying right, follow the access street to N. Fairfax Drive (about one block).
• Turn right at N. Fairfax Drive and walk about two blocks to N. Taylor Street.
• Cross N. Taylor Street and walk along N. Fairfax Drive for one block to N. Stuart Street.
• Cross N. Stuart Street and the Metro Entrance is on your right hand side.

- Orange Line train (towards New Carrollton) to Capital South Metro Station [23 minutes (does not include delays due to rush hour traffic)]

• Enter the Metro and take the Orange line train in the direction of New Carrollton.
• Exit the train at the Capitol South Metro Station.

- Walking from the Capital South Metro Station to the Library of Congress [10 minutes]

• At the top of the Metro escalators, turn left and walk up First Street towards C Street.
      (If you are walking downhill, you are going the wrong way)
• Cross C Street and continue up the hill to Independence Ave.
• At Independence Ave cross First Street, then cross Independence Ave.
• The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is located on your right.

Symposium Location

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Thomas Jefferson Building
Members Room (160-162), The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540

(Between Independence Ave. and East Capitol Street )
(directly South of Supreme Court)

Parking: Street Parking is not available in the vicinity of this location.

Entry: Starting at 7:30 a.m., through the West Ground Level Entrance (under the granite archway).

• Afer passing through security, go up one flight of steps (directly on your right).
• At the top of the steps, turn right.
• The Members Room (160-162) will be in the hallway directly in front of you.
• CRA Staff will be at the registration to greet you.

Map of Floors: Ground | First

Closing Session Location

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James Madison Building
Madison Hall, The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, Washington DC 20540-4680

(Independence Ave SE, between 1st & 2nd Streets)

• Exit the Thomas Jefferson Building.
• Turn left and walk to Independence Ave.
• Cross Independence Ave.
• After crossing Independence Ave, turn left and walk half block along Independence Ave.
• The entrance to the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress will be on your right.

Map of Floor: First Floor (main entrance)

 
SPEAKERS

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SLIDES BY SESSION

Introductory Session: Changing the World

[ 992 KB | PDF] [Download Video (181 MB) | Watch at Youtube (12:35)]
Ed Lazowska (University of Washington)

Session 1: The Internet and the World Wide Web

Why We're Able to Google
[1.1 MB | PDF] [Download Video (181 MB) | Watch at Youtube (19:41)]
Alfred Spector (Google)

The Magic of the "Cloud": Supercomputers for Everybody, Everywhere
[2.9 MB | PDF] [Download Video (277 MB) | Watch at Youtube (17:36)]
Eric Brewer (University of California, Berkeley)

Human Computation
[1 MB | PDF] [Download Video (168 MB) | Watch at Youtube (11:50)]
Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Mellon University)

Session 2: Evolving Foundations

Security of Online Information
[208 KB | PDF] [Download Video (263 MB) | Watch at Youtube (19:26)]
Barbara Liskov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Learning to Improve Our Lives
[Download Video (256 MB) | Watch at Youtube (17:34)]
[4.7 MB | PDF] [5.2 MB | helicopter.wmv (0:28)] [2.4 MB | quadruped.wmv (0:26)]
Daphne Koller (Stanford University)

Global Information Networks
[768 KB | PDF] [Download Video (340 MB) | Watch at Youtube (20:11)]
Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University)

Session 3: The Transformation of the Sciences via Computation

Supercomputers and Supernetworks are Transforming Research
[1.5 MB | PDF] [Download Video (258 MB) | Watch at Youtube (14:38)]
Larry Smarr (University of California, San Diego)

Computing and Visualizing the Future of Medicine
[Download Video (261 MB) | Watch at Youtube (16:03)]
[3.3 MB | PDF] [49.6 MB | Quicktime Movie (9:26)]
Chris Johnson (University of Utah)

Zooming In On Life
[Download Video (267 MB) | Watch at Youtube (18:09)]
[3.5 MB | PDF] [21.9 MB | Quicktime Movie (2:51)]
Gene Myers (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Session 4: Computing Everywhere!

Sensing Everywhere!
[2.5 MB | PDF] [Download Video (287 MB) | Watch at Youtube (18:23)]
Deborah Estrin (University of California, Los Angeles)

Pixels Everywhere!
[2 MB | PDF] [Download Video (391 MB) | Watch at Youtube (22:06)]
Pat Hanrahan (Stanford University)

Robots Everywhere!
[2.1 MB | PDF] [Download Video (280 MB) | Watch at Youtube (17:39)]
Rodney Brooks (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Heartland Robotics)

Closing Session

[Download Video (211 MB) | Watch at Youtube (15:05)]
Ed Lazowska (University of Washington)

 

 
DEMONSTRATIONS

Autonomous Flying Robots: A Bird's Eye View

Brian J. Julian (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
[Download Video (115 MB) | Watch at Youtube (5:20)]

Information Technologies to Support the Challenges of Autism and Related Developmental Disorders

Gregory D. Abowd (Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University Health Systems Institute)
Gillian Hayes (University of California, Irvine)
Julie Kientz (University of Washington)
[Download Video (88 MB) | Watch at Youtube (3:56)]

Personal Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)

Jeff Burke (University of California, Los Angeles REMAP and CENS)
Deborah Estrin (University of California, Los Angeles CENS)
[Download Video (137 MB) | Watch at Youtube (5:46)]

Scientific Computing and Visualization for Medical Image Analysis

Ross Whitaker (University of Utah and the Scientific Imaging and Computing Institute)
[Download Video (127 MB) | Watch at Youtube (5:38)]

 
DEMONSTRATORS

Gregory D. Abowd
Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University Health Systems Institute

Jeff Burke
University of California, Los Angeles REMAP and CENS

Deborah Estrin
University of California, Los Angeles

Gillian Hayes
University of California, Irvine

Brian J. Julian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Julie Kientz
University of Washington

Ross Whitaker
University of Utah and the Scientific Imaging and Computing Institute

 
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