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2015-2016 CS Seminar Series Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place in the 6th floor conference room of Donald Bren Hall (DBH 6011). Refreshments will be served at 10:50am, and the seminar talks will run from 11:00am until noon.

For additional information, please contact CS Seminar Administrative Coordinator, Carolyn Simpson, at or (949) 824-1546.

April 4, 2014

David Patterson

Pardee Professor of Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium

Host: CS Distinguished Lecture Series


Using MOOCs to Reinvigorate Software Engineering Education


Industry has often complained that academia ignores vital software topics, leaving students unprepared upon graduation. This talk explains how the confluence of cloud computing and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have allowed UC Berkeley to greatly improve both the effectiveness and the reach of its undergraduate software engineering course. By experiencing the whole software life cycle repeatedly within a single college course, and by using the same tools and techniques that professionals use, students actually use and learn to appreciate the skills that industry has long encouraged.

Speaker Bio:

David Patterson is the Pardee Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His research style is to identify critical questions for the IT industry and gather interdisciplinary groups of faculty and graduate students to answer them. Some of his best-known projects — including Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) — have helped lead to billion-dollar industries. He and his teammates have earned numerous awards: the C & C Prize, the IEEE von Neumann Medal, the IEEE Johnson Storage Award, the SIGMOD Test of Time award, the ACM- IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, and the Katayanagi Prize.

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