TOCS Event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

TOCS Event


Randy Smith

Randy Smith
Research Engineer, Oracle Labs


April 3, 1:30 pm



CMUSV, Rm 118 [directions]

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Title: A History of Tomorrows in Educational Computing
Abstract: This talk will start by analyzing past research into the future of educational use of computers. Starting with the unimaginably distant past (1985) and continuing through the present day, we'll note how a technology, once arrived differs from its predicted form. As we move from the days of exploratory microworlds, through shared virtual reality, then into annotated reality, we see a drift away from abstraction toward technology supporting direct experience with the world. as the story unfolds, you'll gain insights that inform your own creation of tomorrow's technology.
Speaker Bio: Randy Smith is a research engineer at Sun Labs (now Oracle Labs), where he has been principal investigator in several areas, including projects in visualization technologies and object-oriented languages. He helped start the Sun SPOT wireless sensor project. He also created "Kansas," a 2D virtual world for creating multi-user simulations, part of the world's largest study of distributed synchronous small group learning. He was formerly co-leader of the Self project: Self is a pure object-oriented language. The original Self paper recently won an award as being among the 3 most influential papers in the first ten years of the OOPSLA conference. Before working at the Oracle and Sun research labs, he worked at Xerox PARC, and Rank-Xerox EuroPARC in Cambridge, England. His Ph.D. is in theoretical physics from the University of California at San Diego.