Catalyzing Computing Podcast

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The mission of Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research.

The CCC’s official podcast, “Catalyzing Computing,” features interviews with researchers and policy makers about their background and experiences in the computing community. The podcast also offers recaps of visioning workshops and other events hosted by the CCC. If you want to learn about some of the computing community’s most influential members or keep tabs on the latest areas of interest then this is the podcast for you.

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Episode 14: Interview with Dan Lopresti Part 2

This is part 2 of Khari Douglas’ interview with Dr. Daniel Lopresti, the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of the Data X strategic initiative at Lehigh University. In this episode Dr. Lopresti discusses a few of the courses he is currently teaching, the Code 8.7 conference on using AI and computational science to end modern slavery, and the work of the CCC’s Intelligent Infrastructure task force.

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Dan Lopresti

Episode 13: Interview with Dan Lopresti Part 1

In this episode, Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Daniel Lopresti who serves as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of the Data X strategic initiative at Lehigh University. In this episode Dr. Lopresti discusses his work applying computer science to molecular biology, pattern recognition, and voting machine security.

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Dan Lopresti

Episode 12: CS Research and Government Affairs with Peter Harsha

In this episode, Khari Douglas continues his interview with Peter Harsha, the Director of Government Affairs for the Computing Research Association (CRA), to discuss the impact of the 2013 budget sequestration on federal funding for science, the recent push for regulations on foreign research collaborations, and the history of CRA. Have question for Peter about federal funding for computing and science research? Send your questions to cccpodcastletters@cra.org and we’ll answer them on a future episode!

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Peter Harsha

Episode 11: Federal Funding for Science with Peter Harsha

In this episode Khari Douglas sits down with Peter Harsha, the Director of Government Affairs for the Computing Research Association (CRA), to discuss the federal funding landscape and it’s impact on science. He also highlights the CCC’s Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) and walks through the National Research Council’s (part of the National Academies) Tire Tracks Chart of the IT ecosystem. Have question for Peter about federal funding for computing and science research? Send your questions to cccpodcastletters@cra.org and we’ll answer them on a future episode!

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Peter Harsha

Episode 10: Interview with Beth Mynatt Part 2

This is part 2 of Khari Douglas’ interview Dr. Beth Mynatt, the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). In this episode Dr. Mynatt discusses the concept of digital self-harm, Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and the history of the CCC.

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Beth Mynatt

Episode 9: Interview with Beth Mynatt Part 1

In this episode Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Beth Mynatt, the Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), a College of Computing Distinguished Professor, and the Director of the Everyday Computing Lab. Dr. Mynatt discusses her research into human computer interaction and her work at IPaT and the GVU center.

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Beth Mynatt

Episode 8: Content Generation for Workforce Training

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held a visioning workshop in Atlanta, GA in March 2019 to discuss and articulate research visions for authoring rich graphical content for new workforce training. The workshop’s goal was to articulate research challenges and needs and to summarize the current state of the practice in this area. This workshop is in response to growing needs in the field and new research programs such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF). In this episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast, Khari Douglas sits down with workshop organizers Holly Rushmeier (Yale) and Beth Mynatt (Georgia Tech) to discuss the goals and outcomes of the event. Learn more about the Content Generation for Workforce Training workshop on the workshop webpage.

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Holly Rushmeier

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Beth Mynatt

Episode 7: Interview with Keith Marzullo Part 2

This is part 2 of Khari Douglas’ interview with Dr. Keith Marzullo, the Dean of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and formerly the director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. In this episode, Dr. Marzullo discusses joining an iSchool as a computer scientist, the latest projects at the Maryland iSchool, and the future of cybersecurity.

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Keith Marzullo

Episode 6: Interview with Keith Marzullo Part 1

Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Keith Marzullo, the Dean of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Marzullo joined the iSchool from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he directed the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. In this episode, Dr. Marzullo discusses his research background, experience teaching, and his time spent in the federal government.

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Keith Marzullo

Episode 5: Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

In February 2019, the CCC co-sponsored the Code 8.7: Using Computational Science and AI to End Modern Slavery conference. Code 8.7 brought together computer science researchers and technologists with policy researchers, law enforcement officials, and activists involved in the fight against human trafficking.

In this episode Khari Douglas interviews CCC Council Members Dan Lopresti (Lehigh University), Nadya Bliss (Arizona State), and James Cockayne (Centre for Policy Research at UN University) on the discussions, outcomes, and next steps of Code 8.7.

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Nadya Bliss

Lopresti

Dan Lopresti

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James Cockayne

Episode 4: What is Thermodynamic Computing? Part 2

In January 2019, the CCC hosted a visioning workshop on Thermodynamic Computing in Honolulu, Hawaii. This episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast features an interview with workshop organizer, Natesh Ganesh, a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who is interested in the physical limits to computing, brain inspired hardware, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and emergence of intelligence in self-organized systems. He was awarded the best paper award at IEEE ICRC’17 for the paper  A Thermodynamic Treatment of Intelligent Systems. I also speak with workshop participant Gavin Crooks, formerly a Senior Scientist at Rigetti Quantum Computing who developed algorithms for near term quantum computers. Gavin is a world expert on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and the physics of information. Stream in the embedded player below or find the podcast on iTunes | SpotifyStitcher | Google Play | Blubrry | iHeartRadioYoutube.

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Natesh Ganesh

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Gavin Crooks

Episode 3: What is Thermodynamic Computing? Part 1

In January 2019, the CCC hosted a visioning workshop on Thermodynamic Computing in Honolulu, Hawaii. This episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast features an interview with workshop organizers Tom Conte (Georgia Tech) and Todd Hylton (UC San Diego) to discuss their reasons for proposing the workshop, what thermodynamic computing is, and the potential impact that thermodynamic computing could have on future technology. Workshop participant Christof Teuscher (Portland State University) also shares his thoughts on the workshop and his work with new models of computation, including computing with DNA. Stream in the embedded player below or find the podcast on iTunes | SpotifyStitcher | Google Play | Blubrry | iHeartRadioYoutube

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Todd Hylton

Tom Conte

Tom Conte

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Christof Teuscher

Episode 2: Interview with Suresh Venkatasubramanian Part 2

Suresh Venkatasubramanian is a professor at the University of Utah with a background in algorithms and computational geometry, as well as data mining and machine learning. In this episode Suresh talks about joining the CCC, the work of the CCC’s Fairness and Accountability task force, and the impact of the internet and algorithms on the modern world. Stream in the embedded player below or find the podcast on iTunes | SpotifyStitcher | Google Play | Blubrry | iHeartRadioYoutube.

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Suresh Venkatasubramanian

Suresh Venkatasubramanian

Episode 1: Interview with Suresh Venkatasubramanian Part 1

Suresh Venkatasubramanian is a professor at the University of Utah with a background in algorithms and computational geometry, as well as data mining and machine learning. In this episode Suresh talks about growing up in India, his grad school trajectory, career choices, and his current research interest in algorithmic fairness. Stream in the embedded player below or find the podcast on iTunes | SpotifyStitcher | Google Play | Blubrry | iHeartRadioYoutube.

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Suresh Venkatasubramanian

Suresh Venkatasubramanian