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Distinguished Lecturer Series Archive

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]

October 8, 2014
Professor Richard Sutton (University of Alberta)
"Temportal-differnce Learning and the Coming of Artificial Intelligence"

October 22, 2014
Dr. Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research New England)
"Age of Networks"

November 5, 2014
Professor Maneesh Agrawala (UC Berkeley) 
"Storytelling Tools"

January 28, 2015
Professor Alessandro (Alex) Orso (Georgia Institute of Technology)
"Automated Support for Reproducing and Debugging Field Failures"

September 18, 2013
Professor Premkumar Devanbu (UC Davis)
"On the Naturalness of Software"

October 10, 2013
Professor Val Tannen (University of Pennsylvania)
"Data Provenance and Query Provisioning"

November 25, 2013
Professor Peter Szolovits (MIT)
"Mining Clinical Data to Build Predictive Models"

October 3, 2012
Professor Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania)
"Experiments in Social Computation"

October 24, 2012
Professor Daniel Spielman (Yale University)
“Algorithms, Graph Theory, and the Solution of Lapiacian Liear Equations”

November 14, 2012
Professor Edmund Durfee (University of Michigan)
"Commitments and Responsibilities in Multiagent Systems"

September 19, 2011
Professor Nick McKeown (Stanford University)
“Bringing Computer Science to Networking”

November 2, 2011
Professor Margo Seltzer (Harvard University)
“Provenance Everywhere”

November 16, 2011
Professor Ronald Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology)
“Governing Letyhal Behavior in Autonomous Combat Robots”

February 23, 2011
Professor Pat Hanrahan (Stanford University)
“Why Are Graphics Systems So Fast?”

February 9, 2011
Professor Alexander Wolf (Imperial College London)
“Automated Experimentation: Beyond Deployment and Execution”

November 18, 2010
Professor Fred Schneider (Cornell University)
“Towards a Science for Security”

October 22, 2010
Professor and Chairman Stephanie Forrest (University of New Mexico)
“Automatic Program Repair with Evolutionary Computation”

September 29, 2010
Dr. Cynthia Dwork (Microsoft, Mountain View, CA)
“The Differential Privacy Chronicles: Autumn, 2010”

September 22, 2010
Professor Hector Geffner (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
“The Model-based Approach to Intelligent Behavior: Prospects and Challenges”

April 22, 2010
Governor Deval Patrick (Massachusetts)
Sidney Topol Lecture on Technology

April 21, 2010
Professor Tuomas Sandholm (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Design and Algorithms for Modern Kidney Exchanges”

March 24, 2010
Professor Mike Franklin (UC Berkeley)
“The Alliance vs. The Horde: A Struggle for the Future of Data Analytics”

October 21, 2009
Professor Paul Debevec (USC)
“Digital Emily: Achieving a Photoreal Digital Actor”

September 16, 2009
Professor Jennifer Widom (Stanford University)
"Principled Research in Database Systems"

October 3, 2008
Professor Jack K. Wolf (UC San Diego)
“The Amazing Growth of the Storage Capacity of Magnetic Hard Disk Drives”

November 6, 2008
Professor Lydia E. Kavraki (Rice University)
“Robots, Molecules and Physical Computing”

April 2, 2009
Mr. Richard Clarke (US Government)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, “The Missing Pieces of the Three 21st Century Wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Cyberspace”

April 16, 2009
Dr. Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research)
“Intelligence, Interaction, and the Open world”

May 6, 2009
Professor Joan Feigenbaum (Yale University)
“Approximation in Privacy-Preserving Mechanisms”

October 17, 2007
Professor Tim Wu (Columbia University)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, "Network Neutrality: Competition, Innovation and Nondiscriminatory Access"

October 19, 2007
Professor Nicholas Pippenger (Harvey Mudd College)
“Spider-Web Networks”

October 31, 2007
Professor Hari Balakrishnan (MIT)
“Increasing Throughput by Increasing Concurrency (and Interference) in Wireless Networks”

November 14, 2007
Mr. Andrew Moore (Google, Inc.)
“Algorithms for Understanding the Sky”

March 26, 2008
Professor Frank Kelly (University of Cambridge)
“Models of Network Routing and Congestion Control”

April 23, 2008
Professor Shree Nayar (Columbia University)
“Computational Cameras: Redefining the Image”

April 30, 2008
Professor John A. Stankovic (University of Virginia)
“Wireless Sensor Networks: Global Scale Environmental Monitoring from Arctic to Zebras”

September 21, 2006
Professor Peter A. Freeman (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, "The Future Internet:  Can We Get There From Here?”

October 11, 2006
Professor Barbara Ryder (Rutgers University)
"Helping Programmers Debug Code Using Semantic Change Impact Analysis"

October 18, 2006
Professor Thomas Huang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Image Processing: Interconnections”

November 1, 2006
Professor Martha Pollack (University of Michigan)
“Intelligent Assistive Technology: The Present and the Future”

February 21, 2007
Mr. Philip Bernstein (Microsoft Research)
“Model Management: A Schema Mapping Infrastructure for Data Integration”

April 4, 2007
Professor Ronald L. Rivest (MIT)
“Security of Voting Systems”

May 2, 2007
Professor Greg Morrisett (Harvard University)
“Static Extended Checking: Cyclone and Ynot”

October 5, 2005
Professor Maurice Herlihy (Brown University)
“Algebraic Topology and Distributed Computing”

October 12, 2005
Professor Michael Arbib (USC)
“Embodying Neurolinguistics”

April 6, 2006
Mr. P Anandan (Microsoft Research)
“Microsoft Research India: The First Year”

September 22, 2004
Professor Eva Tardos (Cornell University)
“Network Games and the Price of Anarchy or Stability”

October 6, 2004
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf (MCI)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, “Convergence And Control In An Internet World”

October 13, 2004
Professor Joseph Hellerstein (UC Berkeley)
“Querying and Routing: Data-Centric Forays into Networking”

October 27, 2004
Dr. Peter Norvig (Google)
“Web Search as a Computational Challenge”

May 12, 2005
Mr. Murray Berkowitz (Kodiak Venture Partners)
"Venture Capital Scene"

May 26, 2005
Associate Professor Tuomas Sandholm (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Automated Mechanism Design”

September 10, 2003
Dr. Henry Baird (Palo Alto Research Center)
“Image Understanding & Web Security”

November 19, 2003
Mr. Pierre DeVries (Microsoft Corporation)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, “Of Pennies And Packets: Politics And Business In A World Of Seamless Communications”

November 12, 2003
Professor Michael Jordan (UC Berkeley)
“Graphical Models, Kernel methods and Statistical Learning Algorithms”

September 19, 2001
Associate Professor Edward W. Felten (Princeton University)
“Reading Between the Lines: Lessons from the SDMI Challenge”

October 10, 2001
Professor Bruce Maggs (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Some Problems Related to Content Distribution”

October 24, 2001
Dr. Stephen T. Kent (BBN Technologies)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, “User Authentication Based on Personal Physical Characteristics: or “You can't forget your fingerprints”

November 14, 2001
Dr. Alexander Waibel (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Communicating in a Multilingual World”

May 1, 2002
Eric S. Lander (MIT)
“The Human Genome and Beyond”

May 15, 2002
Professor Francine D. Berman (UC San Diego)
“Computing In The Data Decade”

October 4, 2000
Dr. Allen Emerson (University of Texas at Austin)
“Model Checking:  Problems and Progress”

October 11, 2000
Professor David Farber (Federal Communications Commission)
Sidney Topol  Distinguished Lecture, “Predicting the Unpredictable: The Impact of Technological Innovation, Government Regulation, and Individual Rights on the Future Networking World”

October 25, 2000
Professor Demetri Terzopoulos (UCLA)
“Artificial Animals (and Humans): From Physics to Intelligence”

February 7, 2001
Professor Tom Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Learning to Extract Information from the Web”

May 9, 2001
Professor Ken Kennedy (Rice University)
“Compiler Architecture for High Performance Problem-Solving”

September 15, 1999
Dr. Takeo Kanade (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Virtualized Reality:  Digitizing a 3D Time-Varying Real Event As Is and in Real Time”

November 3, 1999
Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi (QUALCOMM, Inc.)
“The Shifting Sands of Silicon:  Wireless Technology and Industry at the Turn of the Century”

November 17, 1999
Dr. Jim Gray (Microsoft Research)
“What Next? A Dozen Information-Technology Research Goals”

February 9, 2000
Professor Alfred Aho (Columbia University)
“Application Development Environments for Networks of Networks”

November 4, 1998
Associate Professor Scott Shenker (USC)
“Computer Networks, Congestion Control, and Game Theory”

November 18, 1998
Professor Hector Garcia Molina (President's Information Technology Advisory Committee)
“The WHIPS Data Warehousing Project”

November 24, 1998
Dr. Guy Almes (Internet2)
Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture, “Internet 2: Technology Innovation and Distributed Infrastructure”

December 9, 1998
Dr. Guy Steele (Sun Microsystems Laboratories)
“Growing the Java Programming Language”

February 17, 1999
Dr. Rodney Brooks (MIT & iRobot)
“Child Development and Social Interaction as a Model for Humanoid Robots”

October 1, 1997
Professor James Foley (Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab)
“Information Visualization and the WWW”

October 29, 1997
Dr. David Clark (MIT)
“Elephants and Tea Leaves:  The Future of the Internet”

November 3, 1997
Dr. Richard R. Green (Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.)
“The Near Future of Telecommunications in a Universe of Convergence"

November 12,1997
Dr. Anita Jones (U.S. Department of Defense)
“Innovation – the American Way, Unspoken Compacts and Unsealed Convenants”

December 3, 1997
Professor Alex Pentland (MIT)
“Smart Rooms, Smart Clothes”

May 6, 1998
Professor Christos Papadimitrou (UC Berkeley)
“Computational Aspects of Organization Theory”

September 22, 1994
Professor Dexter Kozen (Cornell University) 
“Efficient Average-Case Algorithms for the Modular Group”

October 6, 1994
Dr. Ronald Pose (Monash University)
“A Capability-Based Tightly-Coupled Multiprocessor”

October 28, 1994
Professor Simon Lam (University of Texas at Austin)
General topic: networks and video communication

October 24, 1991
Professor Allan Borodin (University of Toronto)
“The On-Going Quest for Time-Space Lower Bounds”

November 13, 1991
Geoffrey Hinton (University of Toronto)
“Learning Elastic Models of Hand-Printed Digits”

February 20, 1992
Professor Edward Lazowska (University of Washington)
“Operating System Support for High Performance Computing”

April 9, 1992
Professor Karen Sparck Jones (University of Cambridge)
“What’s in a Summary”

September 28, 1990
Professor Fan R. K. Chung (Bell Communications Research)
“What is a Random Sequence”

October 24, 1990
John McCarthy (Stanford University)

December 10, 1990
Barbara Liskov (MIT)

February 28, 1991
Adelo Goldberg
“Object-Oriented Design Technologies”

March 29, 1991
Professor Robert E. Tarjan (Princeton University)
“Network Flow Algorithms”

May 9, 1991
Dr. Leslie Lamport (Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq)
“Learning to Learn: A Lesson from Artificial Intelligence”

October 4, 1988
Professor Marvin L. Minsky (MIT)
“The Society Mind”

November 9, 1988
Professor Michael O. Rabin (Harvard University)
“Dispersal of Information for Load-Balancing and Fault Tolerance”

February 13, 1989
Dr. Butler Lampson (Digital Equipment Corporation)
“How to Write Specifications for Distributed Storage Systems”

April 13, 1989
Professor Allen Newell (Carnegie Mellon University)
“The Problems of Building Integrated Intelligent Systems”