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Why I do Computing Science Research

  1. 1. School  of  Compu,ng  Science   Why I do CS Research 25 April 2014 Wim Vanderbauwhede
  2. 2. I want to talk about
  3. 3. fiction
  4. 4. (and CS).
  5. 5. Iain Banks, Scottish writer, died last year.
  6. 6. He created “the Culture”.
  7. 7. In the Culture,
  8. 8. sentient machines run everything, everyone has everything and everything is free.
  9. 9. Banks envisaged that the society of the Culture came about through
  10. 10. the sheer availability of information and computing power.
  11. 11. In other words,
  12. 12. in Banks’s vision,
  13. 13. CS created
  14. 14. Utopia.
  15. 15. Back in the present …
  16. 16. CS luckily still has some unsolved questions ...
  17. 17. of some problems for your specialism
  18. 18. • In my area, e.g. exploiting parallelism and heterogeneous systems for energy-efficient computing. • So we need new languages, compilers, architectures, etc.
  19. 19. Back in the real world …
  20. 20. there are many problems:
  21. 21. • climate change • aging population • energy security • the internet is broken
  22. 22. • climate change • aging population • energy security • the internet is broken
  23. 23. I want to think of ways of using my research to help address some of those problems.
  24. 24. • e.g. helping weather scientists to improve prediction of severe weather events. • or linking rainfall predictions to flooding simulations
  25. 25. That way, I feel I’m part of the
  26. 26. solution.
  27. 27. Thank you!

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