Distinguished Lecturer Series

The College of Information and Computer Sciences has been inviting influential computer science researchers and faculty to UMass Amherst since 1989, encouraging thought-provoking conversations and broadening educational opportunities for our students and community. 

All lectures are free and open to the public.


October 17, 2016
Venkatesan Guruswami (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Progress in Error-Correction: New Codes for Old Noise Models"

October 26, 2016
Dieter Fox (University of Washington)
"Toward Robots that Understand People and their Environment"

November 4, 2016
Avi Wigderson (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

November 10, 2016
Daniel Jackson (MIT)
"Towards a Theory of Software Design"

November 16, 2016
Robert Calderbank (Duke)
"Codes for Data Storage"


October 7, 2015
Madhu Sudan (Harvard University)
"Communication Amid Uncertainty"
[YouTube Video]

October 21, 2015 
William Freeman (MIT)
"A Big World of Tiny Motions"
[YouTube Video]

November 4, 2015
Cristopher Moore (Santa Fe Institute)
"Can Physics Help Us Analyze Social Networks"
[YouTube Video]

December 2, 2015
Michael Reiter (University of North Carolina)
"Side Channels in Multi-Tenant Environments"
[YouTube Video]

Distinguished Lecture Series Archive