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Distinguished Guest Speaker: Ahmed Elmagarmid

Monday, June 18, 2018, 3:00 pm

Ahmed Elmagarmid
Dreese Labs 480
2015 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Challenges for US Higher Education and Opportunities Emanating from Computing and Data Sciences

US Universities have been a key contributor to technological progress and innovation for the last two centuries. This leadership position and ability to contribute to societal development now faces several challenges. In this talk, I will highlight a few of these challenges and give a perspective on accessibility, affordability and stronger international competition. I will also address how Computing and Data Sciences (CDS) are disrupting all fields of enquiry. Computer Science is evolving but stresses from increased demand to democratization of data sciences must be dealt with swiftly to stem off negative impacts on the field.  I will also discuss the exciting changes in our field and few examples of data science initiative that are springing up around the country.

Bio: Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid is the founding Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a national research institute, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Purdue.  While at Purdue University he founded and directed the Cyber Center, one of the earliest data science initiatives where he reported to the Executive Director of Discovery Park and the Vice President of Research.  Dr. Elmagarmid served as a chief scientist in HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology.

Dr. Elmagarmid is a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) award, an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, a distinguished alum of the University of Dayton and The Ohio State University.  Dr. Elmagarmid received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Dayton (1977) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) from The Ohio State University.

Host: Srini Parthasarathy