The Computer Science Department’s Distinguished Lecture series on March 6, 2015 featured Dr. James Kurose who is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Dr. Kurose leads the CISE Directorate in its mission to uphold the nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure.
The talk was titled “An Expanding and Expansive View of Computing.” In his talk, Dr. Kurose discussed how advances in computer and information science and engineering (CISE) provide unprecedented opportunities for research and education – often at the interfaces between these disciplines and many others. He provided a general overview of CISE at the National Science Foundation and also outlined current trends that are shaping the future of the CISE discipline. He discussed the opportunities as well as the challenges that lay ahead for our community and for CISE.”
Dr. Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass Amherst), where he has served as Distinguished Professor at the School of Computer Science since 2004. He has also served in a number of administrative roles at UMass and has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), Institute EURECOM, the University of Paris, the Laboratory for Information, Network and Communication Sciences, and Technicolor Research Labs.
His research interests include network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation. Dr. Kurose has served on many national and international advisory boards and panels and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching. With Keith Ross, he is the co-author of the textbook, Computer Networking, a top down approach (6th edition) published by Addison-Wesley/Pearson.
Dr. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
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