Computing Primetime
Everyone is a computer user, even if we aren’t aware of it. Computers once took up entire rooms, but now we carry powerful computers in our pockets, or even on our wrists. Computers now touch virtually every facet of our lives, right into our bodies and all around us. Societal advances will be increasingly reliant on computers and how they are used. Tune in to hear from renowned UC San Diego computer scientists who are combining theory and practice to solve problems and affect positive change.

Date: 6/3/2016
Computer scientist and educator Beth Simon of UC San Diego argues against old-school teaching styles and instead offers fresh ways to keep tech-phobic students engaged in class. Siimon is presented as part of The Constellation, a series of interviews hosted by Sally Ride Science @ UC San Diego.

Date: 4/4/2016
UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute's Larry Smarr, noted authority in information technology and high-performance computing hosts a discussion with UC San Diego's Rob Knight, leading expert on microbiomes and bioinformatics who is widely renowned for his early and innovative investigations of the symbiotic relationships between microbial life and humans, about how the unique cyberinfrastructure resources for Big Data at UC San Diego will drive applications in the new frontier of microbiome research.

Date: 8/24/2015
On this edition of Computing Primetime Ravi Ramamoorthi, director of the new UC San Diego Center for Visual Computing - or VisComp - is joined by two other faculty members on the interdisciplinary roster of UC San Diego researchers in the center: Cognitive Science professor Zhuowen Tu, and Qualcomm Institute research scientist Jurgen Schulze, who also teaches computer graphics in the Computer Science and Engineering department. In a wide-ranging conversation they discuss the three grand research themes that underpin VisComp activities: Mobile visual computing and digital imaging to capture, process and display the visual world with smartphones and other devices; Interactive digital (augmented) reality to allow us to render and mix real and virtual content seamlessly and realistically in real time, and the ability to automate computer-based visual understanding of the world from small-scale underwater organisms to large cities.

Date: 11/26/2014
Calit Research Scientist and National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin, renowned for his hi-tech search for the tomb of Genghis Khan hosts Ryan Kastner, co-director of UC San Diego's Engineers for Exploration Program in a discussion of the ways computer engineering and computer science are integral to many fields like archaeology that one would never imagine.

Date: 10/22/2014
UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department Chair Rajesh Gupta, an expert in cyber-physical systems, kicks off a conversation with two cyber security experts from the computer-science faculty in UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering: Prof. Stefan Savage, and Prof. Hovav Shacham. Savage and colleagues generated controversy and debate over public policy after they demonstrated the vulnerability of modern automobiles to attack from hackers who can take advantage of internal as well as external digital components and systems in today's cars. Most recently, Prof. Shacham uncovered security vulnerabilities involving the full-body backscatter, X-ray scanners deployed at entrances to airports, train stations and other public places.

Date: 1/30/2002
Considered the founding father of the electronic communication age, Claude Shannon's work ushered in the Digital Revolution. This fascinating program explores his life and the major influence his work had on today's digital world through interviews with his friends and colleagues.