Future of Computing Symposium

Future of Computing Symposium

Oct. 20-21, 2021
See the Future of Computing White Paper

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, electrostatic 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

10:00-10:30 am - James DiCarlo, MIT
10:30-10:45 am - Mattia Gazzola, UIUC
10:45-11:00 am - Paul Kwiat, UIUC
11:00-11:30 am - Panel Discussion

11:30am-1:30 pm



1:30-3:00 pm

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

1:30-2:00 pm - Nick Feamster, University of Chicago
2:00-2:15 pm - Bo Li, UIUC
2:15-2:30 pm - Andrew Miller, UIUC
2:30-3:00 pm - Panel Discussion

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

3:30-4:00 pm - Anshumali Shrivastava, Rice University
4:00-4:15 pm - Karrie Karahalios, UIUC
4:15-4:30 pm - Alex Schwing, UIUC
4:30-5:00 pm - Panel Discussion

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

9:30-10:00 am - Ravish Mehra, Facebook
10:00-10:15 am - Sarita Adve, UIUC
10:15-10:30 am - Sanmi Koyejo, UIUC
10:30-11:00 am - Panel Discussion

11:00 am - 1:00 pm



1:00-2:30 pm

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

1:00-1:30 pm - Daniela Rus, MIT
1:30-1:45 pm - Katie Driggs-Campbell, UIUC
1:45-2:00 pm - Negar Mehr, UIUC
2:00-2:30 pm - Panel Discussion

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