David Alan Grier and Erin Dian Dumbacher

Forward Slash

Forward Slash is a monthly column that incorporates a multimedia format to profile the lives, trials, and accomplishments of the rising generation of computing professionals, describing the challenges they face and the character they draw upon to do their daily work.

David Alan Grier,  an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is a Fellow of IEEE and the author of the forthcoming book The Company We Keep. Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Erin Dian Dumbacher is an associate director of research at the Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media. Contact her at erin.dumbacher@fulbrightmail.org or on Twitter @erin_dian.

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It's Complicated

Here's the deal.  We've watched comptuer science (and computer engineering) change over the years and adopt new methods and ideas.  Math to logic to statisticsto quality assurance to any number of ideas.  At this point in history, it seems to be adopting the methods of social science.  Is this new?  is it a tread?  Will it simplify our work or will it do something else?  Such is the question before ius.


From Computer's October 2012 issue.

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