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School	
  of	
  Compu,ng	
  Science	
  
Why I do CS Research
25 April 2014
Wim Vanderbauwhede
I want to talk
about
fiction
(and CS).
Iain Banks,
Scottish writer,
died last year.
He created
“the Culture”.
In the Culture,
sentient machines
run everything,
everyone has everything
and everything is free.
Banks envisaged that
the society of the Culture
came about through
the sheer availability
of information and
computing power.
In other words,
in Banks’s
vision,
CS
created
Utopia.
Back in the
present …
CS luckily still has
some unsolved
questions ...
of some problems for
your specialism
• In my area, e.g. exploiting
parallelism and heterogeneous systems
for energy-efficient computing.
• So we need new langua...
Back in the
real world …
there are many
problems:
• climate change
• aging population
• energy security
• the internet is broken
• climate change
• aging population
• energy security
• the internet is broken
I want to think of ways
of using my research
to help address some
of those problems.
• e.g. helping weather scientists to
improve prediction of severe weather
events.
• or linking rainfall predictions to
floo...
That way, I feel
I’m part of the
solution.
Thank you!
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Why I do Computing Science Research

  1. 1. School  of  Compu,ng  Science   Why I do CS Research 25 April 2014 Wim Vanderbauwhede
  2. 2. I want to talk about
  3. 3. fiction
  4. 4. (and CS).
  5. 5. Iain Banks, Scottish writer, died last year.
  6. 6. He created “the Culture”.
  7. 7. In the Culture,
  8. 8. sentient machines run everything, everyone has everything and everything is free.
  9. 9. Banks envisaged that the society of the Culture came about through
  10. 10. the sheer availability of information and computing power.
  11. 11. In other words,
  12. 12. in Banks’s vision,
  13. 13. CS created
  14. 14. Utopia.
  15. 15. Back in the present …
  16. 16. CS luckily still has some unsolved questions ...
  17. 17. of some problems for your specialism
  18. 18. • In my area, e.g. exploiting parallelism and heterogeneous systems for energy-efficient computing. • So we need new languages, compilers, architectures, etc.
  19. 19. Back in the real world …
  20. 20. there are many problems:
  21. 21. • climate change • aging population • energy security • the internet is broken
  22. 22. • climate change • aging population • energy security • the internet is broken
  23. 23. I want to think of ways of using my research to help address some of those problems.
  24. 24. • e.g. helping weather scientists to improve prediction of severe weather events. • or linking rainfall predictions to flooding simulations
  25. 25. That way, I feel I’m part of the
  26. 26. solution.
  27. 27. Thank you!
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