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Alfred V. Aho - Abstractions and Algorithms in Computer Science and Computational Thinking

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Bio: Alfred V. Aho is the Lawrence Gussman Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Columbia University. He has served as Vice President of the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs, the lab that invented UNIX, C, and C++. He has also served as Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering, as Chair of ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computability Theory, and twice as Chair of the Advisory Committee for NSF's CISE Directorate.

Professor Aho has received the ACM A. M. Turing Award and the IEEE John von Neumann Medal.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society of Canada. He has won the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates and the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association. His research interests span algorithms, compilers, programming languages, and quantum computing.

Talk Abstract: Abstractions and algorithms are powerful forces at the heart of computer science and computational thinking. As an illustration, I will show how abstractions and algorithms in computer science have transformed the field of programming language translators from an art to a science over a span of several decades.


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