Georgia Tech Peers Into Future of Computing in Major Symposium, Oct. 22-23

Georgia Tech’s College of Computing will host a major symposium Oct. 22-23 in which some of most influential names in modern computing and business will look ahead to how computing will shape the world around us—and who will shape the future of computing.

Titled “Sunbird: A Symposium on the Future of Computing,” the two-day event caps nearly a year of celebration at the College to commemorate its 25th anniversary and also 50 years of computer science at Georgia Tech. College of Computing faculty will lead discussions with invited speakers about how computing will affect different aspects of modern culture.

“It’s no secret that in today’s world, computing affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and in reality we have only just begun to discover how the powers of computation and connectivity can be leveraged to improve the human condition,” said Zvi Galil, the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing. “Our goal is not just to have a conversation but to make a statement— one that is fitting for a College that taught the world how to teach computer science and drives the next, new emerging realities around us.”

Leaders from the world of computing and beyond will participate. They include:
Phil Alvelda, program manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Emily Bazelon, journalist, The New York Times Magazine
David Harvey, former VP of product strategy, athenahealth
Chris Klaus, CEO, Kaneva
James Kurose, assistant director, National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Ed Lazowska, professor of computer science, University of Washington
Alan Warren, vice president of engineering, Google
Anouk Wipprecht, wearable technology fashion designer
Avis Yates-Rivers, president & CEO of Technology Concepts Group International; member, National Center for Women & Information Technology Board of Directors

Additional speakers will be added to the agenda, which will be framed around four themes:
Business & economics. How will computing affect the way people work?
Wellbeing & autonomy. How will computing affect the way people live?
Arts & entertainment. How will computing affect the way people play?
Tomorrow’s computing leaders. We know computing will shape the world, but who will shape computing?

Georgia Tech Provost Rafael Bras will open the symposium on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Klaus Advanced Computing Building on the Georgia Tech campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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For more information about Sunbird, please visit
For more information on the College of Computing’s 25th Anniversary, please visit

About the Georgia Tech College of Computing
The Georgia Tech College of Computing is a national leader in the creation of real-world computing breakthroughs that drive social and scientific progress. With its graduate program ranked 9th nationally by U.S. News and World Report, the College’s unconventional approach to education is expanding the horizons of traditional computer science students through interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on human-centered solutions. For more information about the Georgia Tech College of Computing, its academic divisions, and research centers, please visit

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