Computer Science Research Center
dedication set for Sept. 14
Luciano, News Office staff
| The Computer
Science Research Center will be formally dedicated on Sept.
celebration to mark the official opening of the $14.6 million Computer
Science Research Center will be held Sept. l4-15. Thursday's events
will feature an open house and demonstrations of various technologies
being developed by University computer scientists, as well as the
awarding of three honorary degrees; activities on Friday will focus
on technical talks and seminars geared toward the research community.
The Computer Science
Research Center is a three-floor, 78,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art
structure that represents the culmination of five years of planning,
said department head James Kurose. The Computer Science Department
was previously located on several floors in the Lederle Graduate
Research Center. The new building provides lab and office space,
creating a cutting-edge research and education environment for faculty
members, graduate students and undergraduates, as well as numerous
visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and professional
The Computer Science Research Center was funded entirely through
the state's general obligation bond issue.
One of the most
important features in the building is its wiring, which provides
extensive routes to the information highway, said Kurose.
computer infrastructure will accommodate the latest technologies
at the fastest possible speeds," he said. The building is cabled
to accommodate an array of technologies, including fiberoptics,
cellular, high-speed twisted pair, and video. This allows real-time,
Several public events
are planned for Thursday, Sept. 14, including a special convocation
in Bowker Auditorium where three distinguished computer scientists
Barry Boehm, Leonard Kleinrock, and Raj Reddy will
be awarded honorary degrees by President William M. Bulger and Chancellor
David K. Scott. The convocation begins at 10:30 a.m.
At 11:45, there will
be a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at the building's main
Barry Boehm, will give
a keynote speech in the Colloquia Room at 1:15 p.m.
An open house, including tours and demonstrations throughout the
building, will be held from 2-5:30 p.m. The campus community is
invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
lectures will include presentations on robotics; computer languages
and architecture; information retrieval and management; software
engineering; machine learning; and networking and distributed systems.
There will also be a discussion on how computer technology is changing
the face of education.
The Computer Science
Program, launched in the 1960s, was one of the first in the United
States and today is ranked 18th nationally by the National Research
Council. It is one of the top five computer science departments
in attracting research dollars and is in the top 25 percent of schools
in terms of size, says Kurose. The department brings in approximately
$8 million to $10 million annually.