"Betting on the Future"

Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Research, Microsoft Corporation

Monday, March 20, 2006 at 4:00 P.M.

MacMillan 117, Starr Auditorium

I'm often asked "Why does Microsoft do basic research?" Or, for that matter, "Does basic research pay off and how do you decide what to do?" Students ask me whether it still makes sense to invest their future in a career in Computer Science, especially in a world where it seems like everything can be outsourced. In my talk I will look at the creation and growth of Microsoft Research, the impact it has had on Microsoft and the computer science community and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the technology field. I'll also talk about how to conduct research in the new global economy and the opportunities that exist for students in this new world.

Microsoft will be raffling a Tablet PC laptop after the lecture. All students are invited to participate--get your ticket outside the doors of Starr Auditorium starting at 3:15 p.m. You MUST have a student ID to get a ticket for the raffle.

Host: Andy van Dam