Computer Science in the Information Age
John E. Hopcroft
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Troy 2018 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
The last forty years have seen computer science evolve as a major
academic discipline. Today the field is undergoing a major change.
Some of the drivers of this change are the internet, the world wide
web, large sensor networks, large quantities of information in digital
form and the wide spread use of computers for accessing information.
This change is requiring universities to revise the content of
computer science programs. This talk will cover the changes in the
theoretical foundations needed to support information access in the
John E. Hopcroft is the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied
Mathematics in Computer Science at Cornell University. From January
1994 until June 2001, he was the Joseph Silbert Dean of
Engineering. After receiving both his M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) in
electrical engineering from Stanford University, he spent three years
on the faculty of Princeton University. He joined the Cornell faculty
in 1967, was named professor in 1972 and the Joseph C. Ford Professor
of Computer Science in 1985. He served as chairman of the Department
of Computer Science from 1987 to 1992 and was the associate dean for
college affairs in 1993. An undergraduate alumnus of Seattle
University, Hopcroft was honored with a Doctor of Humanities Degree,
Honoris Causa, in 1990.
Hopcroft's research centers on theoretical aspects of computing,
especially analysis of algorithms, automata theory, and graph
algorithms. He has coauthored four books on formal languages and
algorithms with Jeffrey D. Ullman and Alfred V. Aho. His most recent
work is on the study of information capture and access.
He was honored with the A. M. Turing Award in 1986. He is a member of
the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE), and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). In
1992, he was appointed by President Bush to the National Science Board
(NSB), which oversees the National Science Foundation (NSF), and
served through May 1998. From 1995-98, Hopcroft served on the National
Research Council's Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and
In addition to these appointments, Hopcroft serves as a member of the
Scientific Advisory Committee for the David and Lucile Packard
Fellowships in Science and Engineering and the Nominating Committee
for the National Academy of Engineering. He chairs the International
Advisory Committee on Informatics and Engineering at the National
College of Industrial Relations (NCIR) in Ireland, and is Co-Chair of
the NRC Committee on Network Science for Future Army Applications.
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Last updated: March 12, 2008