This fall, four renowned computer science and electrical engineering educators speak on campus as part of the ISTeC Distinguished Lecture Series. These lectures will cover topics including public policy and information technology research; a science of complex data; machine learning and democracy; and grounded data mining.
Three lectures will take place in October and one in December. Each will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the Morgan Library Event Hall. A reception with refreshments will precede the lectures at 10:30 a.m. Each lecturer will also speak again at a different location and time.
These lectures are suitable for individuals who are generally interested in information science and technology. ISTeC is a university-wide organization promoting, enhancing, and facilitating CSU’s research, education and outreach activities related to the application of computer, communication, and information systems.
Oct. 3: Scott Jordan, Chief Technology Officer for the Federal Communications Commission
Currently, Jordan’s research is focused on Internet policy issues such as device attachment, net neutrality, and data caps. His past research includes Internet quality of service issues related to traffic management and resource allocation in wired and wireless networks. In 2006, Jordan served as an IEEE Congressional Fellow, where he worked on communications policy issues in the United States Senate.
Jordan’s lecture in the library will be “Intersections between Information Technology Research and Public Policy.” In his second lecture, 2-3 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 372, he will discuss “IP Interconnection: Technology, Economics, and Law.”
Oct. 17: Alfred O. Hero III, Co-Director of the Michigan Institute of Data Science
Hero’s research is related to the data science of high dimensional spatio-temporal data, machine learning, and statistical signal processing. He is particularly interested in this research’s application to networks including multi-modal sensing and tracking, social networks and biomolecular signal processing.
His first lecture will be “Toward a Science of Complex Data.” Hero will also speak on “Continuum Limits of Shortest Paths,” 2-3 p.m. in Clark A204.
Oct. 24: Sanjeev Kulkarni, Dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University
Kulkarni’s research interests include machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, information theory, wireless networks, signal/image/video processing, econometrics and finance. His achievements include earning the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in May 2007 and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1994.
His library lecture will discuss “Machine Learning and Democracy: Some Problems in Collective Decision-Making.” His second lecture, “Distributed Inference: Aggregating Probability Forecasts and Collaborative Regression,” will be 3-4 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 300.
Dec. 5-6: David Schaffer, Villas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Science
Schaffer is director of the Epistemic Games Group in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin. His research interests are focused on how new technologies change the way people think and learn. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn.
He will discuss “Quantitative Ethnography: Measuring Complex Thinking Using Grounded Data Mining” at Morgan Library on Dec. 5. His second lecture, on “Epistemic Network Analysis,” will take place Dec. 6, 2-3 p.m. in TILT Room 104.
The ISTeC Distinguished Lecture series is presented in conjunction with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.
Visit the Morgan Library website for more information on upcoming ISTeC events.