Guest Lectures at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Seminars and Lectures at CMU-SV

The Silicon Valley campus regularly hosts lectures and discussions with distinguished guests. These events are open to faculty, staff, students and the public, and often broadcast to colleagues at the Pittsburgh campus and made available for remote attendance.

2014 Distinguished Lecture Series

A monthly series featuring guest speakers discussing technology research, trends and projects. For information on future events in this series, please subscribe to our newsletter and mailing list.

Phillippe Kruchten

April 30 — Phillippe Kruchten

Professor and NSERC Chair in Design Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia

"Why is software so bad? (Is it?)"

1:30 p.m., Room 118, Silicon Valley campus

Event Details

Future Events

  • Sept. 10 — Don Knuth, "All Questions Answered"
Sponsor list including Gold Sponsor Yahoo!

Past Lectures

Guests are welcome to attend the lectures. Please see the visitor information for directions to our campus. Each lecture will also be broadcast live over the Web via Adobe Connect at for remote attendance. Recordings will be available following the event on CMU-SV's YouTube channel.

Talks on Computing Systems

Recent events from CMU-SV's TOCS series, sponsored by Yahoo! Recordings from previous years are available in the talk archive.







Dirk Riehle

Professor of Open-Source Software, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Inner Source in Product Line Engineering


David Stork

Research Director - Computational Sensing and Imaging Group, Rambus Labs

Ultra-Miniature Lensless Computational Sensors and Imagers

Adobe Connect


10-8-13 Nolan Bushnell

CEO, Brainrush

Technology Pioneer & Entrepreneur

ASI 1997 Man of the Year

Video Game Hall of Fame

Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame

Newsweek's "50 Men That Changed America"

"The Revolutionaries" - Tech Museum, San Jose

Nolan Bushnell - Technology Pioneer and Entrepreneur

Adobe Connect



Benjamin Brooks

Research Geologist,Earthquake Science Center/US Geological Survey

Crowd-sourced Earthquake Geodesy

Not available.

9-17-13 David Broman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Linköping University Sweden

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

Modeling, Compiling, and Executing with Ubiquitous Notion of Time

Adobe Connect



Jon Whittle

Professor and Chair of Software Engineering, Lancaster University

The Truth About Model-Driven Software Development: Who's Doing It, How and Why?

Adobe Connect


9-3-13 Dr. Raja Sengupta

Associate Professor - CEE:Systems, UC Berkeley

Adapting the Citizen to the City: Who's Doing It, How and Why?

Adobe Connect


8-27-13 Steve Mason

Innovation Advisor, Obscura Digital

Senior Director, Samsung SISA

Spatial Operating System Design

Adobe Connect


7-23-13 Ken Karakotsios

Cellular Automata (CASim on the Mac II, Tracit on iPhone & iPad)

Creator, SimLife (an award-winning game)

Founder, DecisionPower

Creator, MarketSim

Occupy the Future

Adobe Connect


7-9-13 Alec Proudfoot

Chief Designer, Proudfoot Design

Engineer, Google's RechargeIT Plug-In Vehicle Project

Engineer, GM Impact Prototype

Dead Simple Human Powered Airplane (DaSH PA) Project

Adobe Connect


7-2-13 Andrzej M. Goscinski

School of Information Technology, Deakin University - Australia

Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing

Associate Editor, Inderscience's International Journal on Cloud Computing

Associate Editor, Springer's Future Generation Computer Systems

General, Program Chair, and Honorary Chair of IEEE Conference Program

Toward SaaS Clouds Supporting HPC Biology and Medicine Applications



6-11-13 Jason Chuang
Postdoctoral Researcher, Computer Science, Stanford University Designing Visual Analysis Methods

Adobe Connect


6-4-13 Jon Fisher
CEO/Co-Founder, CrowdOptic Being Out Front to Trade to the #1 Acquirer


5-28-13 Sanjeev Agrawal CEO, collegefeed Kickstarting Early Careers Through collegefeed

Adobe Connect


5-21-13 Terry Winograd

Stanford University

Hasso Platner Institute of Design at Stanford

Liberation Technology Project


Computer Professionals of Social Responsibility

2011 CHI Lifetime Research Achievement Award

Filling in the H in CHI

Adobe Connect


5-7-13 Ronald Kaplan

Sr. Director/Distinguished Scientist, Nuance

Consulting Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University

Conversational User Interface
4-30-13 Chuck Thacker
Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
The Xerox Alto Architecture

Adobe Connect


4-23-13 Stan Rosenschein

BranchTime Technologies

CSLI, Stanford University

Open Coordination Architecture for a Networked World

Adobe Connect


4-16-13 Salim Achouche
Sr. Software Architect, Informatica Trying to Optimize ETL on Top of Hadoop using HIVE

Adobe Connect


4-9-13 Scott Clark Software Engineer, Yelp Optimally Learning for Fun and Profit

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4-2-13 Dr. Paul Hofmann
CTO, Saffron Technology
Sense Making and Prediction Like the Human Brain


3-26-13 Jeany Stein CEO, Select2Gether The Future of Consultation and Location - From Social to Mobile

Adobe Connect


3-5-13 Alex Nobert Director of Technical Operations, Minted They Grow Up So Fast: Scaling Production Web Applications

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2-26-13 Abe Ishihara Research Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University Degradation of Solar Arrays and its Resolution
2-12-13 George Vanecek Sr. Principal Researcher/Architect, FutureWei Technologies/Center of Innovation eCeNS Hybrid Knowledge Base and SCN Engine Framework for Building Intelligent Systems

Adobe Connect


1-29-13 Robert de Neve Founder/CEO, E Systems Technology Inc. Collaborative Manufacturing: How the Next Generation in Production Systems will save US Jobs & Intellectual Property

Adobe Connect