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October 2020

CIS Seminar: “Theoretical Reflections on Quantum Supremacy”

October 20 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Zoom – Email CIS for link, cherylh@cis.upenn.edu

The recent demonstration of quantum supremacy by Google is a first step towards the era of small to medium scale quantum computers. In this talk I will explain what the experiment accomplished and the theoretical work it is based on, as well as what it did not accomplish and the many theoretical and practical challenges that remain. I will also describe recent breakthroughs in the design of protocols for the testing and benchmarking of quantum computers, a task that has deep computational and philosophical implications. Specifically, this leads to protocols for scalable and…

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CIS Seminar:”Advances in Machine Learning Systems Research”

October 27 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Zoom – Email CIS for link, cherylh@cis.upenn.edu + Google Map

long-standing grand challenge in computing is to enable machines to act autonomously and intelligently: to rapidly and repeatedly take appropriate actions based on information in the world around them. Driven by trends in the data economy, rapid progress in AI, and an increasingly programmable physical world we are at an inflection point that demands a new class of AI system. This new class of systems goes beyond training models at scale, to connecting models with the world, rendering predictions in…

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November 2020

CIS Seminar:”Critical Computing Education

November 10 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Zoom – Email CIS for link, cherylh@cis.upenn.edu

Computing can be a wondrous, powerful tool, bringing us information, experiences, and connections that transform our lives for the better. However, as many of us have learned, computing has also contributed to great injustices, increasing surveillance of our most vulnerable populations, eroding the middle class through economic displacement, and amplifying historical injustices embedded in society. In this talk, I discuss our responsibility as scholars to engage both the powers and perils of computing in our research, teaching, and service. I…

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