Computing at the Crossroads: Intersections of Research and Education

Hashim Sarkis, dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, offers an introduction to the session on “Computing at the Crossroads: Intersections of Research and Education” at the celebration of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. This historic three-day event provided a thoughtful, wide-ranging exploration of the ideas behind the founding of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing and the frontiers it intends to reach. Session includes: MIT Institute Professor Phillip A. Sharp speaking about innovations in medical science and care; Asu Ozdaglar, head of MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering, discusses research on economics, computation, and networks; Sarah E. Williams, the Homer A. Burnell Career Development Chair of Technology and Urban Planning, offers remarks on building data for policy change; Vivienne Sze, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, provides insights on energy-efficient AI; Munther A. Dahleh, director of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and the William A. Coolidge Professor, discusses economics and market design for data ; and Andrew W. Lo, the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, speaks about his research on management computing and the financial ecosystem at the celebration of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing.

The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, made possible by a $350 million foundational gift from the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone, marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution, and it will help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI.

In fields far beyond engineering and science — from political science and urban studies to anthropology and linguistics — some of today’s most exciting new research is fueled by advanced computational capabilities. The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will create the next generation of highly trained computational thinkers and doers who can offer the world the cultural, ethical, and historical consciousness to use technology for the common good. (Learn more: https://helloworld.mit.edu/about/).

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