Future of Computing Symposium

Future of Computing Symposium

Oct. 20-21, 2021

The Future of Computing Symposium organized by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) brings together researchers from diverse areas to discuss and brainstorm on new computing technologies that have the potential to transform our society. The symposium features a line-up of outstanding speakers, both internal and external. This event marks the 70th anniversary of CSL’s founding and celebrates its long and illustrious legacy in pioneering technologies including the invention of flat-panel plasma displays, the first computer-assisted instructional program, electronic vacuum gyroscope, the first binaural hearing aid, and many others that have created the world we live in today.

This event will imagine the future of various computing disciplines and applications, including:

  1. Computing beyond traditional approaches
  2. Robotics and autonomy
  3. AI for cyber-physical systems
  4. Security and privacy
  5. Immersive technologies


See below for the tentative agenda.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Time Topic Speakers
8:30-9:30 am    Opening Remarks and CSL in Historical Overview/Perspective

Provost Andreas Cangellaris
Grainger Dean Rashid Bashir
CSL Director Klara Nahrstedt

9:30-10:00 am
Coffee Break  
10:00-11:30 am

Beyond Traditional Computing Panel
Session Chairs: Naresh Shanbhag and Lav Varshney - UIUC

James DiCarlo, MIT
Mattia Gazzola, UIUC
Paul Kwiat, UIUC

11:30am-1:30 pm



1:30-3:00 pm

Security Panel
Session Chairs: Carl Gunter and Klara Nahrstedt - UIUC

Nick Feamster, University of Chicago
Andrew Miller, UIUC

3:00-3:30 pm

Coffee Break


3:30-5:00 pm

AI for Cyber-Physical Systems Panel
Session Chairs: Olgica Milenkovic and Vikram Adve - UIUC

Karrie Karahalios, UIUC
Anshumali Shrivastava, Rice University
Alex Schwing, UIUC

Thursday, Oct. 21

Time Topic Speakers
9:30-11:00 am

Immersive Technologies Panel
Session Chairs: Romit Roy Choudhury, Yurii Vlasov, Nam Sung Kim - UIUC

Sarita Adve, UIUC
Sami Koyejo, UIUC
Ravish Mehra, Facebook

11:00 am - 1:00 pm



1:00 am- 2:30 pm

Robotics and Autonomy Panel
Session Chairs: Nancy Amato and Sayan Mitra - UIUC

Katie Driggs-Campbell, UIUC
Negar Mehr, UIUC
Daniela Rus, MIT

2:30-3:00 pm Coffee Break  
3:00-4:30 pm

Summary and White Paper Discussion
Session Chairs: Klara Nahrstedt and Naresh Shanbhag - UIUC