Distinguished Lecture Series

Launched in 2008, this series features prominent computer scientists from academia and industry addressing topics of broad interest. Distinguished Lectures enrich Brown's academic environment by contributing to the education of our students, motivating our undergraduates to get involved in research, and bringing together students, faculty, alums, and industry partners for lively interaction and discussion.

Upcoming Distinguished Lectures

Meredith Ringel Morris, Microsoft Research: Collaboration as a Lens for Inclusive Technical Innovation
(Tuesday, 11/17, 12-1 PM)

In this lecture, I show how considering the intersection of collaborative and social scenarios with other domains of computing can reveal end-user needs and result in innovative technical systems. I give examples of this approach from my work in gesture interaction, information retrieval, and accessibility, focusing particularly on the topics of creating more efficient and expressive augmentative and alternative communication technologies and of making social media more accessible to screen reader users. I close by identifying future opportunities for creating inclusive, accessible collaborative and social technologies.

Meredith Ringel Morris is a Sr. Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Research Area Manager for Interaction, Accessibility, and Mixed Reality. She founded Microsoft Research’s Ability research group and is a member of the lab’s Leadership Team. She is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and in The Information School. Dr. Morris is an expert in Human-Computer Interaction; in 2020, she was inducted into the ACM SIGCHI Academy in recognition of her research in collaborative and social computing. Her research on collaboration and social technologies has contributed new systems, methods, and insights to diverse areas of computing including gesture interaction, information retrieval, and accessibility. Dr. Morris earned her Sc.B. in Computer Science from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Hosts: Professors Jeff Huang/Andy van Dam



Previous Distinguished Lectures

Click the title of a Distinguished Lecture to learn more about it, including (in some cases) recordings and other items.

Date Topic Speaker
04/18/2019 Building Machines That Learn And Think Like People Josh Tenenbaum (MIT)
10/03/2018 AI and Security: Lessons, Challenges and Future Directions Dawn Song (UC Berkeley)
09/26/2018 Hitting the Nail on the Head: Interdisciplinary Research in Computer Networking Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University)

Rethinking Ubiquitous Computing to Transform Healthcare

Elizabeth Mynatt (Georgia Tech)
11/30/2017 Case Studies from the Real World: The Importance of Measurement and Analysis in Building Better Systems Bianca Schroeder (University of Toronto)


Personalized Search: Potential and Pitfalls

Susan Dumais (Microsoft)


Accelerating the Discovery of Insights from Data

Laura Haas (IBM)


Customizing Robots

Daniela Rus (MIT)


Games, Learning, and the Price of Anarchy

Eva Tardos (Cornell)


A Surprising Application of Differential Privacy

Cynthia Dwork (Microsoft)


The Power of Abstraction

Barbara Liskov (MIT)


Towards Theoretical Models of Natural Inputs: Aiming to Bridge the Theory/AI Divide

Avrim Blum (Carnegie Mellon)


Small, n=me, data

Deborah Estrin (Cornell)


Never-Ending Machine Learning

Tom M Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon)


Trustworthy Hardened Code

Greg Morrisett (Harvard)


Reflections on Image-Based Modeling and Rendering

Richard Szeliski (Microsoft)


Language Translation as Codebreaking

Kevin Knight (USC)


A Software Crisis? Please, sir, may I have some more?Abstract

David Notkin (University of Washington)


CALM Consistency: Disorderly Programming in Bloom

Joseph Hellerstein (Berkeley)


Provenance Everywhere

Margo Seltzer (Harvard)


Statistics and Computation in the Age of Massive Data

Michael Jordan (Berkeley)


Algorithms, Graph Theory, and the Solution of Laplacian Linear Equations

Daniel Spielman (Yale)


Meaning Propagation

Fernando Pereira (Google)


Computational Cameras: Redfining the Image

Shree Nayar (Columbia)


Strong LP Formulations and Primal-Dual Approximation Algorithms

David Shmoys (Cornell)


Theory and Applications of an Algorithm for Playing Repeated Games

Rob Schapire (Princeton)


Computational Thinking

Jeannette Wing (NSF)


Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Networks

Jennifer Tour Chayes (Microsoft)


An Evolution of General Purpose Processing: Reconfigurable Logic Computing

Joel Emer (Intel)


Information Integration: From Clio to Integration Independence

Renee Miller (University of Toronto)


Efficiently Learning to Behave Efficiently

Michael Littman (Rutgers University)


Randomized Shellsort: A Simple Oblivious Sorting

Michael Goodrich (University of California at Irvine)


Cyberspace- Taming the Wild West

John Savage (Brown)


Probabilistic Models for Complex Systems: From Cells to Bodies

Daphne Koller (Stanford)


Approximation Algorithms

Michel Goemans (MIT)


Simplicity is Complex

John Maeda (President of RISD)


Simple Techniques for Eliminating Fatal Errors in Software Systems

Martin Rinard (MIT)