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Computer science touches all areas of thinking — from medicine to law to economics to journalism. A new way of thinking — computational thinking — is emerging as a fundamental way of understanding and reimagining the entire world. 

As part of the CS+X Initiative, the CS+X Events series cultivates transformational conversations between computer scientists and top experts spanning a wide range of disciplines. The events aim to create connections across the University, foster CS+X research collaborations, and potentially spark entirely new fields of study.

CS+X Events: 2020-21

Digital Marketing and Computer Science Workshop
December 14 & 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Hosted by Northwestern Computer Science and Adobe Research

"AI and It's Impact" Session 4: AI & Education
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4 p.m.

"AI and It's Impact" Session 3: AI & Human-Computer Interaction
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4 p.m.

"AI and It's Impact" Session 2: AI & The Social Sciences
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 4 p.m.

"AI and It's Impact" Session 1: Precision Medicine
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Previous CS+X Events

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CS+X Events: 2019-20

CS+Behavioral Medicine Workshop

September 26, 2019
10 a.m. / Room 3514

Jessica Hullman: CS+Journalism Colloquium Seminar

November 14, 2019
12 p.m. / Room 3514
Hosted by: Prof. Larry Birnbaum

Maya Ackerman: CS+X Colloquium Seminar

November 18, 2019
12 p.m. / Room 3514
Hosted by: Prof. Bryan Pardo

AI Open House

November 20, 2019
3 p.m. / Ford Design Center, Hive (Room 2-350)

Ben Golub: CS+Econ Colloquium Seminar

December 2, 2019
12 p.m. / Room 3514
Hosted by: Prof. Jason Hartline / Theory

Annie Liang: CS+Econ Colloquium Seminar

December 6, 2019
12 p.m. / Room 3514
Hosted by: Prof Jason Hartline / Theory

John Villasenor: CS+Law Colloquium Seminar

December 12, 2019
10 a.m. / Room 3514
Hosted by: Computer Science 

Aloni Cohen: CS+Law Colloquium Seminar

February 11, 2020
9 a.m. / Room 3514
Hosted by: Computer Science 

CS+Law Faculty Talks

February 26, 2020
5 p.m. / Pritzker School of Law RB 140

Michael Genesereth: CS+Law Colloquium Seminar

June 3, 2020
12 p.m. / Zoom
Hosted by: Computer Science

CS+X Events: 2018

Feburary 21
CS+X: Law Colloquium
Dr. Sebastian Zimmeck, Carnegie Mellon
“Improving Privacy Policy Compliance – An Interdisciplinary Approach”
Hosted by: CS Division & Pritzker School of Law

February 22
CS+X: Journalism Colloquium
Dr. Tanja Aitamurto, Stanford University
“Knowledge & Emotion in 360⁰ Journalism”
Hosted by: CS Division & Medill School of Journalism

March 1
CS+X: Journalism Colloquium
Prof. Saiph Savage, West Virginia University
“Using Computer-Based Collective Action for Citizen Journalism”
Hosted by: CS Division & Medill School of Journalism

March 15
CS+X: Journalism Colloquium
Prof. Jessica Hullman, University of Washington
“Improving Data Reasoning Using Visualization and Automation”
Hosted by: CS Division & Medill School of Journalism

May 14
CS+X Seminar
Prof. Elaine Chew, Queen Mary University of London
“The Perception and Appreciation of Musical Structures”
Hosted by: CS+X and the MA in Science in Sound Arts and Industries

October 10
CS+X Colloquium
Prof. David Bamman, UC Berkeley
“The Data-Driven Analysis of Culture”
Hosted by: Prof. Doug Downey

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CS+X Events: 2017

Prof. Rebecca Wexler

Visiting Fellow at Yale University
"Life, Liberty, and Trade Secrets: Intellectual Property in the Criminal Justice System"
Hosted by: CS Division

Prof. Niki Kittur

Associate Professor & Cooper-Siegel Chair in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
"Towards a Universal Knowledge Accelerator"
Hosted by: CS Division

Prof. Eden Medina

Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
"Just Computing: Global Perspectives on Computing and Society"
Hosted by: CS Division

Dr. Dan Goldstein

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research (NYC)
"Getting Machines to Put Numbers into Perspective for Us"
Hosted by: Prof. Kristian Hammond

Prof. Tanzeem Choudhury

Associate Professor in Computing & Information Sciences at Cornell University
"Tracking Behavioral Symptoms of Mental Health & Delivering Personalized Interventions Using Mobile & Wearable Devices"
Hosted by: CS Dept.

Prof. Matthias Scheutz

Professor, Cognitive & Computer Science, Tufts University
"Towards an Integrated Architecture for Open-World Human-Robot Interactions"
Hosted by: Prof. Kenneth D Forbus 

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research & AD White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
"Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and Future Challenges"
Hosted by: CS Division

Prof. John Lafferty

Louis Block Professor, CS Dept. at University of Chicago
"Statistical Learning Under Communication and Shape Constraints"
Hosted by: Prof. Douglas Downey as part of the CS + Stats Colloquium Series

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CS+X Events: 2016

Prof. Abraham Flaxman

Mathematician/Computer Scientist at UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
"The Computer Science of Disease Burden Measurement"
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Prof. Martin J. Wainwright

Professor, Dept. of Statistics & EECS, University of California at Berkeley
"Statistics Meets Optimization: Fast Randomized Algorithms for Large Data Sets"
Hosted by: Prof. Aravindan Vijayaraghavan

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CS+X Events: 2015

Prof. Mark Guzdial

Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Requirements for a Computing-Literate Society"
Hosted by: Prof. Bryan Pardo

Prof. Jacob Abernethy

Assistant Professor, Dept. of EECS, University of Michigan
"On the Equivalence of Simulated Annealing & Interior Point Path Following for Optimization"
Hosted by: CS Dept. as part of the CS + Stats Colloquium Series

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Speakers in 2014

Prof. Roger B. Dannenberg

Professor, CS Dept, Carnegie Mellon University
"Automating Music Listening and Understanding"
Hosted by: Prof. Bryan Pardo as part of the CS + Music Speaker Series
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Luca Andrea Cardelli

Assistant Director, Microsoft Research (Cambridge, UK) & Royal Society Research Prof, CS Dept., University of Oxford
"The Cell Cycle Switch Computes Approximate Majority"
Hosted by: Prof. Robby Findler & CS+X Committee

R. Preston McAfee

Economist, Google
"Machine Learning in an Exchange Environment”

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