ISTeC Distinguished Lecturers

At Colorado State University this spring, four renowned computer science and engineering educators will be speaking as part of the ISTeC Distinguished Lecture Series. These lectures will cover topics including social learning and controlled sensing; computing; multiscale modeling and data analysis, and national security.

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.

All lectures are free, open to the public and preceded by a half-hour reception.

Vikram Krishnamurthy, professor, Cornell University

Vikram Krishnamurthy’s first lecture, “Social Learning and Controlled Sensing,” will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 27 in the Morgan Library Event Hall. In his second lecture, 2-3 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 386, Krishnamurthy will discuss “Structural Results in Controlled Sensing and Fusion.”

Currently, his research is focused on statistical signal processing and stochastic control. He is the author of the book, “Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes: Filtering to Controlled Sensing,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Jim Kurose, assistant director, National Science Foundation

Jim Kurose will talk about “An Expanding and Expansive View of Computing” on March 31 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Morgan Library Event Hall.

Kurose, a professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, also leads the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) within the National Science Foundation. His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation.

Jacobo Bielak, Hamerschlag University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Jacobo Bielak’s lecture is titled “End-To-End Earthquake Stimulation: An Example of Verification, Validation, Data Analysis and Multi-Scale Modeling in Computational Science and Engineering.” He will speak April 17 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Morgan Library Event Hall.

Bielak’s research interests focus on earthquake engineering, engineering seismology and structural health monitoring. He has received the Gordon Bell Prize for Special Accomplishment Based on Innovation and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the United States National Association for Computational Mechanics.

Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the U.S. Navy

Richard Danzig speaks on “National Security and the Technology Tsunami: What is Swept Away?” April 24, 5-6 p.m., in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

Danzig served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy from November 1998 to January 2001. He now serves as senior advisor to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council and a member of the Toyota Research Institute Advisory Board, among other positions.

The ISTeC Distinguished Lecture series is presented in conjunction with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

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