Monday, April 23, 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Where: Reddy Conference Room
4405 Gates and Hillman Centers
Paul S. Rosenbloom,
Computer Science Department
and Project Leader
Institute for Creative Technologies
University of Southern California
Special Computational Thinking Seminar
On Computing: The Fourth Great Scientific Domain
This talk introduces two broad themes about computing: (1) that it amounts to what can be termed a great scientific domain, on a par with the physical, life and social sciences; and (2) that much about its structure, content, richness and potential can be understood in terms of its multidisciplinary relationships with these other great domains (and itself). The intent is to advance a new way of thinking about computing and its nature as a scientific discipline, while broadening our perspectives on what computing is and what it can become.
Paul S. Rosenbloom is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) and a Project Leader at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. He spent twenty years at USC's Information Sciences Institute, including a decade leading new directions and a stint as Deputy Director. Earlier he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Stanford University, and a Research Computer Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his B.S. in Mathematical Sciences (with distinction) from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Prof. Rosenblooms research focuses on cognitive architectures; he was a co-PI of the Soar Project for fifteen years, and is currently developing a new approach based on graphical models. He has also been working to understand the nature and structure of computing as a scientific domain.