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  • Jian Pei (Simon Fraser University) - Defining One Unified CS through Many Diversified Paths

    Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Jian Pei, Simon Fraser University

    Talk Title: Defining One Unified CS through Many Diversified Paths

    Abstract: Computer science broadly construed becomes a new dimension disruptive in higher education and research. Computer science departments face grand opportunities and challenges. Most importantly, a responsible computer science department should obligatorily take the lead to establish a university-wise unified computer science identity, including strategies, workforces, culture, and impact, and leverage and extend the rich leadership, advantages, and resources of the university. We need to ensure that the unified CS identity best contributes to building an academic learning and research environment of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. Defining one unified CS as a new dimension in educational programs and research initiatives has to embrace many diversified paths and inclusively collaborate with many units and resources on campus and beyond. In this talk, I will share my ideas about the strategies, organization, student experience, outreach, community building, recruitment and retention, and working plan to evolve from an established leading CS department today into a powerful engine of new CS era tomorrow.

    Biography: Jian Pei is a Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on data science, big data, data mining, database systems, and information retrieval. His expertise is in developing effective and efficient data analysis techniques for novel data intensive applications, and transferring his research results to industry products and business practice. He is recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Canada's national academy), the Canadian Academy of Engineering, ACM, and IEEE. Since 2000, he has published one textbook, two monographs and over 300 research papers in refereed journals and conferences, which have been cited extensively by others. He was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) in 2013-16, the chair of ACM SIGKDD in 2017-2021. He received a few prestigious awards, including the 2017 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award, the 2015 ACM SIGKDD Service Award, the 2014 IEEE ICDM Research Contributions Award, the British Columbia Innovation Council 2005 Young Innovator Award, an IBM Faculty Award, a KDD Best Application Paper Award, and an ICDE Influential Paper Award.

    Host: Ellis Horowitz

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 105

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Assistant to CS chair

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