Impact of Computer Science Research on Science, Technology, and Society


February 20, 2014


The field of computing is driven by scientific questions, technological innovation and societal demands. There is wonderful interplay-push and pull-among these three drivers. For example, accelerating technological advances and monumental societal demands force us to revisit the most basic scientific questions of computing. These drivers are also measures of the impact of computing research. In my talk I will give examples from Microsoft Research of our impact on science, technology, and society. I will close with pointers to new directions for computing research.


Jeannette Wing

Jeannette Wing has recently joined Microsoft Research as Vice President and Head of Microsoft Research International, with responsibilities for laboratories in India, China, and England. She was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon (1985-2012), where she twice served as Head of the Computer Science Department and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and at the University of Southern California (1983-1985). From 2007 to 2010 she was Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

Her research focuses on the foundations of trustworthy computing, in particular on the science of security and privacy. Except for when she was at NSF, she was on Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board since its inception in 2003. She promotes a vision that computational thinking–an approach to problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science—can transform the conduct of all disciplines. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the AAAS, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.