- This event has passed.
Intensive Speaker: Computer Science
June 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Expanding the Frontiers of Computer Science
Interest in Computer Science has fluctuated dramatically in the past decade. Many factors have been cited for these enrollment dynamics, including changes in the high-tech economy and the general image of computing. In this talk, we begin by examining some of the factors affecting enrollments in CS, analyzing both historical and current trends. We then turn our attention to curricular issues, examining significant changes made in Stanford University’s undergraduate CS program, which aim to expand the scope of education in Computer Science and highlight the diversity of options available in the field. We discuss the results of these changes and analyze some of the implications for computing education in the years to come.
About the Speaker
Mehran Sahami is a Professor and Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He is also the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, Sahami was a Senior Research Scientist at Google for several years. His research interests include computer science education, artificial intelligence, and web search. Sahami has published over 50 technical papers and has over 20 patent filings. In 2014, he received the ACM Presidential Award for his work in developing international guidelines for computer science curricula. Sahami received his BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.