Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International (2008)
Miami, FL, USA
Apr. 14, 2008 to Apr. 18, 2008
Jeannette Wing , Carnegie Mellon University and National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, USA
My vision for the 21st Century: Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, let’s add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability. Computational thinking has already influenced other disciplines, from the sciences to the arts. The new NSF Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation initiative in a nutshell is computational thinking for science and engineering. Realizing this vision gives the field of computing both exciting research opportunities and novel educational challenges. The field of computing is driven by technology innovation, societal demands, and scientific questions. We are often too easily swept up with the rapid progress in technology and the surprising uses by society of our technology, that we forget about the science that underlies our field. In thinking about computing, I have started a list of “Deep Questions in Computing,” with the hope of encouraging the community to think about the scientific drivers of our field.
Jeannette Wing, "Computational thinking and thinking about computing", Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International, vol. 00, no. , pp. 1, 2008, doi:10.1109/IPDPS.2008.4536091