ECE Seminar Series

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science Special Seminar Sponsored by ISTeC

Title: Computing in the Margins: A Radically Interdisciplinary Perspective
Speaker: Mark Gross
Affiliation: University of Colorado
Day: Monday, September 12, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Computer Science Building 130

Abstract: Computer Science isn't what it used to be. Today some of the most interesting work is done in the margins between computing and other disciplines. Insights from computing further research in other disciplines, and insights from the disciplines lead to computing inventions. The boundaries are blurred. Some of the most exciting work is happening at the intersection between people and computing, from traditional human-computer interaction to the internet- of-things to social media. At the University of Colorado's ATLAS Institute we embrace this diversity, which draws students and faculty members from a wide spread of disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate on projects from robotics and music to design tools for 3D printing.

Bio: Mark D. Gross is Professor of Computer Science and directs the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His interests include design methods, modular robotics, computationally enhanced construction kits and crafts, sketch tools and applications, and physical computing. Gross is co-founder with former students in three local companies spun out of his university research laboratories. Gross has taught computational design at CU at the University of Washington Seattle, and at Carnegie Mellon University. In the 1980s worked at Atari's Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where, in the 1970s, he worked at the Artificial Intelligence Logo Laboratory and the Architecture Machine Group, as well as a stint programming optical character recognition at Kurzweil Computer Products.