Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast

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By Indy Gupta
Our guest: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Faculty at Northeastern University (Silicon Valley), Startup Founder, Textbook author, and Head of multiple Yahoo! Labs. Immigrant from Chile. Has lived and worked on four continents. IEEE Fellow and ACM Fellow. [Wikipedia] [LinkedIn] [Twitter]. Topics in this episode include:  Amazing and humorous stories every 5 minutes…
By Indy Gupta
This guest came from a background where money wasn’t abundant, parents who didn’t go to college, and faced many rejections on the road to attending college. Now, she is a professor in the United States and a leading researcher in the area of NLP! In episode 24, we hear the…
By Indy Gupta
From a very difficult upbringing to a chance email that she wasn’t supposed to receive, which launched Rada Mihalcea‘s career in research and to the US, and to her eventually becoming a Professor in the US. Oh, and she got a second Ph.D. along the way (Linguistics Ph.D., after a…
By Indy Gupta
Guest: Ion Stoica, Professor of Computer and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Director of RISELab at UC Berkeley. He is also an ACM Fellow, Mark Weiser Award winner, inventor of Apache Spark, Apache Mesos, Ray, Tachyon, Chord, and founder of highly impactful companies Databricks, Anyscale, Conviva. Connect and…
By Indy Gupta
Today’s two guests are famous in their own fields – Systems and NLP respectively: Ion Stoica, Professor of Computer and Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Director of RISELab at UC Berkeley Rada Mihalcea, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Director of Michigan AI…
By Indy Gupta
Guest: Regina Barzilay, Professor at MIT in the EECS Department, and a faculty at the MIT Jameel Clinic. Winner of MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant” 2017, AAAI Fellow, and the first recipient of the $1M AAAI Squirrel Award 2020 for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity. Learn more about…
By Indy Gupta
“We think of ourselves (in Computing) as the Rebels. We are not the Rebels anymore — We are The Empire. We are running the (Death) Star.” “You have to be morally obtuse to work for a tobacco company… today for some computer companies, it requires moral obtuseness to work for…
By Indy Gupta
Guest: Tal Rabin (Prof, UPenn + Head of Research at Algorand Foundation) You may have heard of Multi-Party Computation. You may have seen the song “I will survive” performed by the “Women in Theory” group featuring Women CS Faculty. If not, that’s okay! In today’s episode, we talk to one…
By Indy Gupta
In this episode, three distinguished technologists share their experiences of growing up in Israel, immigrating reluctantly to the US, fighting in wars, and the differences in culture. Three guests include a Gödel Prize winner and Knuth Prize Winner, two ACM Fellows, two AAAI Fellows, two AAAS Fellows, a MacArthur (Genius)…
By Indy Gupta
“Women are over-mentored and under-sponsored…Women tend to get a lot of mentors who are not sponsors, and men tend to get a mentors who are sponsors.” “Just imagine a world where you’re only successful. That would be so boring!” “I’m always being told that I’m aggressive — and I say…
By Indy Gupta
Together in one room, seven graduates from IIT Madras (Chennai) India, Computer Science and Engineering Bachelors’ degree 1998 cohort. In part two, we discuss:   How did those from small towns/villages succeed at IIT JEE (often called the toughest exam in the world)?   How did immigration change our outlook…
By Indy Gupta
Presenting – The premiere episode of Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast Season 2! This kind of episode has never been done before! Together in one room – seven graduates from IIT Madras (Chennai) India, Computer Science and Engineering Bachelors’ degree batch of 1998. Of them, three are startup founders, three are…
By IEEE Computer Society Team
Listen to Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast Immigrants have played a crucial role in the United States’ dominance in science and higher education, from scientific breakthroughs to new inventions. While America continues to lead in new technology, more than 75% of the people behind these advancements are foreign-born scientists. Sharing a…
By Indy Gupta
Listen to a few of the voices from this upcoming Season 2. Several IEEE/ACM/AAAS/AAAI Fellows, a Gödel Prize winner, MacArthur Fellows, a cancer survivor, several entrepreneurs, a book author, and much more! New countries! New guests! Fresh episodes! Every week! Starting next week. In Season 1 (2021), we visited 5…
By Indy Gupta
Does a Ph.D. help one be a good entrepreneur? How do you discover that you are a good entrepreneur, or that you like it? Listen again to two entrepreneurs – Soodeh Farokhi (VP Nakisa and founder of startups in Iran and Canada), and Fadel Adib (Prof, MIT) talks about the…
By Indy Gupta
Listen again from two of our guests talking on IOI. The International Science Olympiads in Computer Science are massive events, yet they see very few women participants, and even fewer women medalists. This episode features two guests who talk about the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI): first, one of the…
By Indy Gupta
What was Computer Science education like in the 1970s and 80s (prehistoric days for CS!)? Were there Computer Science departments in universities outside the US? The answers might surprise you! This episode features three prominent Immigrant Computer Scientists who studied CS on 3 continents: Europe, South America, Africa. Their countries…
By Indy Gupta
May all your dreams be realized this year, and may you stay healthy! In this week’s episode: Industry vs. Academia. Four Computer Scientists, who spent significant time as both faculty and in industry, talk about Industry vs. Academia. Many of you have gone through, or maybe going through, similar thoughts…
By Indy Gupta
Dear Listeners — As 2021 draws to a close, we wanted to thank you for listening to the Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast, and for your words of encouragement and support (and feedback!) throughout 2021. New episodes are coming soon in early 2022! In this week’s episode: Two Computer Scientists from…
By Indy Gupta
In this week’s episode, 3 Yugoslav Computer Scientists, who immigrated to the US in the 1980s-1990s, talk about the effect of the Balkan Wars on their lives and their families. Featuring: Nenad Medvidovic (Prof USC), Jelena Mirkovic (Res Prof USC), Dejan Milojicic (Distinguished Technologist, HPE Labs). Episode 17  with episode…
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