- Posted February 18, 2013 by
Vancouver, British Columbia
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What are the disruptive forces in Graphics, Big Data, Social Media Predictive Analysis, Innovation, Education, Entrepreneurship?
Where do you see the innovations in the graphics field going? Do you see a Matrix environment, like in the movies, where you can't distinguish it and where you kind of live in this totally immersive world?
Is there predictability and thus risk mitigation in business, government, media, public sentiment, the stock market and in behavior using social media and Big Data predictive analysis tools?
What are the upcoming innovations in Big Data?
From the perspective of leadership, what policies need to be implemented to foster innovation?
What are your best practices for start-ups?
What are the best practices in teaching computing science?
How do your views compare with a leading scientist who speaks on the prior questions and more.
Chat: Alain Chesnais on Big Data, Trends, Social Media, ACM, Innovation
Alain Chesnais is Past President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Chesnais recently founded TrendSpottr (Toronto) serving as Chief Scientist, which develops web services to identify real time trends in social media such as Twitter and Facebook. He was the CTO of SceneCaster.com from June 2007 until April 2010 and was Vice President of Product Development at Tucows Inc. from July 2005 — May 2007. He also served as director of engineering at Alias|Wavefront managing the team that received an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for developing the Maya 3D software package. Prior to his election as ACM president, Chesnais was president of ACM SIGGRAPH and SIG Governing Board Chair.
To see the full interview and profile, go to: http://tinyurl.com/Alain2013
Extracts from the DISCUSSION:
Earlier in our discussion Alain talked about the importance of teaching Computer Science in all domains and gave many reasons for that. He talked about Harvey Mudd College and their very innovative system for engaging students into Computer Science. Alain shares additional experiences and success stories at Harvey Mudd.
"....There are 2 elements that are very noteworthy. First there is a large increase in terms of the numbers of students now signing up to major in computer science. The interesting thing is that these students don't come from your traditional STEM background (historians, people who study literature, etc), so you are getting a wide variety of students coming in, bringing in their own way of looking at problem-solving.....The other aspect that has been absolutely amazing at Harvey Mudd (that I attribute to the change in the way that computer science is taught), is that the number of women who are enrolling in computing is I believe 47 percent, compared to the national average in the States which is either in the single digits or the low teens (depending at which school you're at)...."
You are the immediate past President of the ACM, the world's largest and foremost educational, scientific, professional association well known for their Turing Awards (the Nobel Prize of Computing), their Learning Center, and SIGS such as SIGGRAPH. Can you talk about the internationalization of the ACM, how that is progressing and why this is important?
"....What I've seen happen over the past 30 years is to see the organization go from stating that it wanted to be an international presence, to putting the structure in place in terms of supporting conferences outside of North America, to then going to a structural change where we actually put into place these regional councils that support membership outside the United States and Canada. That's been a very exciting process to watch and to be a part of...."