Distinguished Lecture Series in Computer Science

The UW-L Distinguished Lecture Series in Computer Science attracts internationally-recognized leaders in computer science for lectures, technical symposia, and workshops. The series was started in 1990 and is supported through the UW-La Crosse Foundation and the College of Science and Health.


Cliff Young

Member of Google Brain team and one of the designers of Google's Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) which supports deep learning applications. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Young worked at D. E. Shaw Research, building special-purpose, massively parallel supercomputers for molecular dynamics.

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Shafi Goldwasser

RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and professor of computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

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Vijay Kumar

UPS Foundation Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Katherine Yelick

Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. Recipient of the ACM Athena Award.

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Leslie G. Valiant

T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Recipient of the ACM's 2010 Turing Award, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science 2008 EATCS award, and the 1997 Knuth Award.

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Charles Thacker

Leader of the Computer Architecture group at Microsoft Research. Recipient of the ACM's 2009 Turing Award, the IEEE 2007 Von Neumann Medal and National Academy of Engineering Charles Stark Draper prize.

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Barbara Liskov

Institute Professor at MIT and Associate Provost for Faculty Equity. Recipient of the ACM's 2008 Turing Award, IEEE 2004 Von Neumann Medal and the ACM SIGPLAN 2008 Programming Language Achievement Award.

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Frances Allen

IBM Fellow Emerita at the T. J. Watson Research Laboratory. Recipient of the ACM's 2006 Turing Award for pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution.

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Jeannette M. Wing

President's Professor of Computer Science and the head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Victor R. Basili

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland.He was Executive Director of the FraunhoferCenter –Maryland and founder and principal of the Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL) at NASA/GSFC.

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Tom DeFanti

Director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), director of the Software Technologies Research Center and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Suzanne Weghorst

Research scientist and research director at theUniversity of Washington's Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab).


Henry Fuchs

Fedrico Gil Professor in the Computer Science Department, as well as an adjunct professor of Biomedical Engineering and adjunct professor of Radiation Oncology of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Research includes virtual reality as it relates to medicine through three-dimensional biomedical imaging, as well as head-mounted displays.


Yale Patt

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Ernest Cockrell, Jr., Centennial Chair in Engineering, TheUniversity of Texas at Austin. Researcher in high performance computer implementation generally five to 10 years beyond what industry provides at that point in time.


Ken Kennedy

Ann & John Doerr Professor of Computational Engineering and Director of the Center for High Performance Software Research at Rice University in Houston, Texas.


David Harel

William Sussman Professor of Mathematics at theWeizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He is the inventor of the language of statecharts (1983), and was part of the team that designed Statemate (1984-1987) and Rhapsody (1997).


Anita K. Jones

Professor of Computer Science in the School ofEngineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Department of Defense, Director of Defense Research and Engineering from 1992 to 1996.


David Lorge Parnas

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and NSERC/Bell Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Raj Reddy

Dean of the School of Computer Science at CarnegieMellon University and the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science and Robotics. Co-recipient of the ACM's 1994 Turing Award.


Andries van Dam

Professor, founder and first Chair of Computer Science Department at Brown University and author of five books on computer graphics.


David Patterson

Professor at the University of California - Berkeley. Co-author of important texts in Computer Architecture. Led the design of RISC 1 (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) Architecture and RAID Systems.


David Gries

Professor at Cornell University, author of five books on computing, and recipient of Computing Research Assoc. Service Award - 1991.


Richard Stallman

Founder of the League for Programming Freedom, President of the Free Software Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation Fellow.


Bertrand Meyer

Leading researcher in object-oriented software development, author, creator of the Eiffel programming language, President of Interactive Software Engineering Inc.