Chris Hill, MIT's Director of Research Computing: "Looking forward and backward, and beyond computing for Siri, Alexa, self-driving autonomy and killer robots."


Thursday, April 18, 2019, 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Science Center, Hall A


SPEAKER: Dr. Chris Hill, Principal Research Engineer at MIT


ABSTRACT: There is a vast amount we don't know about the physical world. Computing ecosystem innovations are having an extraordinary influence on helping us to see and sense things that seemed impossible to detect only a few years ago. The same technological innovation is also helping us make sense of what we can now observe in the real world. In this talk I will look at few examples of how pervasive information technology underpins much what we can now do in science, and speculate on some key near term opportunities and challenges.


BIO: Chris Hill is MIT's Director of Research Computing and a computational Earth science researcher in the Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He has many decades experience in projects that apply novel computing technologies to the study of the Earth system, and in developing research computing infrastructures to facilitate a broad array of fundamental research directions.