Rice: Unconventional Wisdom
Lecture/Lecture Series
Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
Computer Science
Dean of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Speaker: Zvi Galil
Dean of College of Computing,
Georgia Institute of Technology

  Computing in the 21st Century, Zvi Galil, Dean of College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
4:00 PM  to 6:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium  Duncan Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

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.


Biography of Zvi Galil:
Zvi 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 2012 the University of Waterloo awarded him an honorary doctorate in mathematics.


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