Last week, Professor Kathi Fisler of Brown CS was in Boston to give the November 8 keynote address for OOPSLA (ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications). OOPSLA is one of the main international conferences on programming languages and software engineering, with a current focus beyond object-oriented programming. It's part of the umbrella SPLASH conference (Systems, Programming, Languages, and Applications: Software for Humanity), which brings together OOPSLA and several smaller conferences and tracks with related themes.
Kathi's talk ("In Defense of Little Code") addressed the interplay between quantitative big-data methods and qualitative small-data methods in computing education around programming and programming languages. She also promoted the idea of bringing introductory computer science and introductory data science together under the theme of "data-centric computing", an approach that she's been piloting in Brown's new CSCI 0111 course this fall.
Her talk presented work that was jointly done with Brown CS Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi, Brown CS PhD students Preston Tunnell Wilson and Sam Saarinen, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute PhD student Francis Castro, who is finishing his dissertation with Kathi in the coming year.
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