Like stories? About immigrants? Who are also Computer Scientists? In the Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast, distinguished and renowned Computer Scientists from both academia and industry narrate their personal experiences of immigrating from where they grew up, to a completely different land (often the US), for study, work, or other reasons. This podcast, featuring these oral history interviews, is intended for a general audience, and does not require you to know Computer Science or Math or any science, or even be an immigrant! We neither draw conclusions nor take sides in any political debate—this podcast documents experiences. Listen, Enjoy, Learn! For more information and episode guides visit: http://csimmigrant.org/
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Host: Indy Gupta
Indy Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Indy leads the Distributed Protocols Research Group, where he works on large-scale distributed systems. He is recipient of the the NSF CAREER award in 2005, the Junior Xerox Award for Faculty Research in 2008, the CAS/Beckman Fellowship in 2009, and the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty Fellowship in 2010. Indy has won Best Paper Awards at IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2017, IEEE IC2E 2016, IEEE ICAC 2015 and BigMine 2012. He received teaching recognition in the UIUC “List of Teachers ranked as Excellent” multiple times since 2003. He served as General Chair of ACM PODC 2007; PC co-chair at HotCloud 2018, IC2E 2017, ICCAC 2016, DeMIST 2016, ACM/IFIP/Usenix Middleware 2010, IEEE SASO 2010. He has worked at Google, IBM Research, and Microsoft Research. Previously, Indy received his PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2004, and Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai/Madras, in 1998. Indy also hosts a music radio show called “East of Zero” on community radio station WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign, Illinois.
Episode 1 – From A Country That No Longer Exists
In this inaugural episode, host Indy Gupta speaks with Nenad Medvidovic (IEEE Fellow, Professor at USC), Jelena Mirkovic (Research Professor at USC), and Dejan Milojicic (IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Technologist at HP Labs), discussing their immigration from the former Yugoslavia in the 1980s and 1990s and how they adapted in the United States. Highlights of this talk include how each of these guests navigated failure, rejection, and imposter syndrome.
Episode 2 – Nenad Medvidovic Interview
This episode is the second in a four part series about computer scientists who immigrated from the former Yugoslavia in pursuit of education and career. This week host, Indy Gupta, interviews Nenad Medvidovic about his journey coming to the United States with little to no English, and how he was able to transform failure and rejection into becoming a professor, leader in the software community, and an IEEE Fellow.