Symposium: Societal Impact through Computing Research


Friday, September 25, 2015, 9:00am to 5:00pm


Maxwell Dworkin, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Societal Impact through Computing Research

 The Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) presented "Societal Impact through Computing Research” on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science, in Maxwell Dworkin at 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge.  Speakers addressed topics at the intersection of computer science and areas of intense societal importance, such as healthcare, privacy, security, economic fair division, and government.

Symposium Schedule
9:00 – 10:15 Opening Technical Session

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee & Tea break
10:30 – 12:30 Second Technical Session

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Breakout Sessions

3:00 – 3:15 Coffee & Tea Break
3:15 – 5:00 Final Technical Session & Concluding remarks

5:00 – 6:00 Reception

The program will include talks by the following intellectual leaders:

  • Ben Adida, lead Engineering at Clever, former CRCS Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School

  • Edward W. Felten, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University

  • Krzysztof Gajos, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University

  • Isaac Kohane, Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

  • Shawn Murphy, Corporate Director, Research IS and Computing, Partners Healthcare, Assoc. Director, Laboratory of Computer Science, Massachusetts General Hospital, Assoc. Professor of Neurology, HMS
  • Ariel Procaccia, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, former CRCS Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Jessie Tenenbaum, Associate Director of Bioinformatics at Duke Translational Medicine Institute

  • Jim Waldo, Harvard Chief Technology Officer, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Harvard University

  • Christopher S. Yoo, Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science at University of Pennsylvania Law School

Please contact CRCS's project coordinator at with questions regarding the symposium.