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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.


Lectures for 2020-2021 are still being scheduled. Check back soon for additional speakers and information. 

October 28, 2020  
Dr. Adnan Darwiche (University of California, Los Angeles) 
Title: TBA 

November 4, 2020
Jeanette Wing (Columbia University) 
Title: TBA 


September 18, 2019
Stefan Savage (University California, San Diego)
Title: Modern Automotive Vulnerabilities: Problems, Causes and Outcomes

October 7, 2019
Ayanna Howard (Georgia Tech)
Title: Designing Socially Interactive Robots for Healthcare

January 23, 2020
Sheelagh Carpendale (Simon Fraser University)
Title: Visualization for Data Empowerment

January 27, 2020
Gregory Abowd (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Title: Making Materials that are Computational

February 3, 2020
Neeraj Suri (Lancaster University)
Title: Consistency in a Cloudy World


October 30, 2018
Lance Fortnow (Georgia Tech)
Title: Computer Science in 6/10ths of a Second

November 29, 2018
Guang-Zhong Yang (Imperial College London)
Title: The Body You Know


October 18, 2017
Nick Feamster (Princeton University)
Title: Who Will Control Speech Online?

[YouTube Video]

November 8, 2017
Muriel Medard (MIT)
Title: Network coding - a personal account of combining theory and practice

[YouTube Video]

November 16, 2017
Ronitt Rubinfeld (MIT)
Title: Local Computation Algorithms

[YouTube Video]

April 5, 2018 
Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University) 
Title: The Automated-Reasoning Revolution: From Theory to Practice and Back



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

[YouTube Video]

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

[YouTube Video]

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

[YouTube Video]

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

[YouTube Video]

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

[YouTube Video]

Distinguished Lecture Series Archive