Co-Evolution: Computer Science And John Savage's First 50 Years At Brown

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If you're not able to join us in person, click here to watch the event live at 2 PM on Friday, May 26.

When John Savage came to Brown a half-century ago, computing was thought of as a service, not a discipline, and the idea of a Department of Computer Science at Brown was highly controversial.  Few could have predicted the infrastructure necessary today, or the challenges we face in the areas of cryptography, cybereconomics, big data, and many others.

One of the founders of Brown CS, John's interests have changed as our field has changed, leading him to contribute to such areas as computational complexity, scientific computation, computational nanotechnology, and cybersecurity policy and technology.  Join us at Room 130 of 85 Waterman Street from 2-6 PM on Friday, May 26, for a celebration of how John Savage and Brown CS evolved together, including research talks as well as personal reminiscences.  A reception will follow at 115 Waterman Street on the third floor of the CIT.  (Please note that this event will take the place of the annual Brown CS Reunion.)

You can find directions to the CIT here. For more information, please contact or call 401-863-7600.


President of Brown University Christina Paxson

Andy Yao

Larry Harper ("The Complexity of Complexity")

David Carlson ("Time and Space (and Memories)")

José G. Castaños ("IBM Research Computers, or How to Go from Theory to Real Machines")

Andre DeHon ("Learning to Count on Messy Computing")

Bruce McConnell

Eric Rachlin ("The Power of Models")

Franco Preparata