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50 Years of Public Computing

at the University of Illinois


50 Years of Public Computing at the University of Illinois

April 15 - 16, 2010
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana IL

Thursday, April 15

8:15 Coffee

8:45-9:15 Welcome video

  • John Unsworth, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)
  • Michael Bragg, University of Illinois College of Engineering
  • Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois College of Education
  • Imani Bazzell, Champaign, IL
  • Kate Williams, University of Illinois GSLIS

9:15-10:45 Panel 1: PLATO (1960) video

  • Don Bitzer, North Carolina State University
  • Lippold Haken, University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Peter Braunfeld, University of Illinois Department of Mathematics
  • Paula Kaufman, University Library, chair

10:45-11:00Break

 

11:00-12:30Panel 2: eToysIllinois (2004), Assess as You Go (2009), and I–LLINI(2006) video

  • Lenny Pitt, University of Illinois Department of Computer Science
  • Kathleen Harness, University of Illinois College of Education
  • Bill Cope, University of Illinois College of Education
  • Vanna Pianfetti, University of Illinois College of Education
  • Brian Bell, Parkland College, chair

12:30-1:30Lunch

1:30-3:00Panel 3: Project Gutenberg (1971) video

  • Michael Hart, Project Gutenberg
  • Greg Newby, Arctic Region Supercomputing Center
  • Terry Weech, University of Illinois GSLIS
  • Abdul Alkalimat, University of Illinois GSLIS/Department of Afro-American Studies, Chair

3:00-3:15Break

3:15-4:45Panel 4: Wolfram|Alpha (2009) video

  • Jean Buck, Wolfram Research
  • Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research
  • Chengxiang Zhai, University of Illinois Department of Computer Science, chair

4:45-5:30Reception with drinks

Friday, April 16

8:15Coffee

 

8:45-10:15Panel 5: Urbana Free Library (1984) and Champaign County Net (1993) video

  • Fred Schlipf, Urbana Free Library video
  • John Dunkelberger, Urbana Free Library
  • Steve Sonka, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public Engagement
  • Mary Ellen Farrell, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, chair

10:15-10:30Break

 

10:30-12:00Panel 6: Prairienet (1994) video

  • Greg Newby, Arctic Region Supercomputing Center
  • Ann Bishop, University of Illinois GSLIS
  • Mary Wilkes Towner, Urbana Free Library
  • Fred Halenar, City of Champaign video
  • Brant Houston, University of Illinois College of Media, chair

12:00-1:00Lunch

 

1:00-2:30Panel 7: Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center (2000) and Champaign-Urbana Wireless Network (2001) video

  • Dan Meredith, New America Foundation
  • Ellen Knutson, Kettering Foundation
  • Jack Brighton, Illinois Public Media, chair

2:30-2:45Break

2:45-4:15Panel 8: Looking forward video

  • John Unsworth, University of Illinois GSLIS
  • Marc Snir, University of Illinois Department of Computer Science
  • Mike Smeltzer, University of Illinois Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services
  • Bill Cope, University of Illinois College of Education
  • Kate Williams, University of Illinois GSLIS, chair

 About the program

  • Opening remarks will provide an overview of innovations at Illinois in public computing especially referencing the continuity of the milieu of innovations of the past with what we are trying to do today.
  • Panel 1 and 2 are on educational projects
  • Panel 3 and 4 are global impacts
  • Panel 5 and 6 focus on the local community, businesses, civil society
  • Panel 7 is new institutions: media and community wireless
  • Panel 8 is looking ahead

Questions to lis-dev@illinois.edu.


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