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Todd M. Austin: "Finding Stability, Success, and Fulfillment for the Modern Computer Science Department"

Event Type
Department of Computer Science
NCSA Auditorium (Room 1122, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana)
Jan 31, 2018   10:00 - 11:00 am  
Todd M. Austin, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
Amanda Foley

Abstract: Computer Science is highly evolving today, with a fast-changing technology landscape, skyrocketing enrollments, and seemingly endless service demands. How do we navigate these rough waters without drowning, to achieve a stable state where members of the department enjoy the balance and fulfillment that academia promises? In this talk, I'll share my thoughts and ideas on how a modern Computer Science department can find this nirvana.


Bio: Todd Austin is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His research interests include computer architecture, robust and secure system design, hardware and software verification, and performance analysis tools and techniques. From 2012-2017, Todd was the director of C-FAR, the Center for Future Architectures Research, a multi-university SRC/DARPA funded center that was seeking technologies to scale the performance and efficiency of future computing systems. Prior to joining academia, Todd was a Senior Computer Architect in Intel's Microcomputer Research Labs, a product-oriented research laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon. Todd is the first to take credit (but the last to accept blame) for creating the SimpleScalar Tool Set, a popular collection of computer architecture performance analysis tools. Todd is co-author (with Andrew Tanenbaum of Vrije Universiteit) of the undergraduate computer architecture textbook, "Structured Computer Architecture, 6th Ed." In addition to his work in academia, Todd is founder and President of SimpleScalar LLC and co-founder of InTempo Design LLC. In 2002, Todd was a Sloan Research Fellow, and in 2007 he received the ACM Maurice Wilkes Award for "innovative contributions in Computer Architecture including the SimpleScalar Toolkit and the DIVA and Razor architectures." Todd is an IEEE Fellow, and he received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1996.

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