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MIT hosts three-day celebration for new College of Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT will celebrate the launch of the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing with three days of event programming that will explore the future of computing education and research, and offer insights from leading experts in computer science, artificial intelligence (AI), education, ethics, and more. Events take place Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Thursday, Feb. 28, with most activities in the Kresge Auditorium. Reporters are invited to attend.

The celebration opens with a range of student-centered experiences across campus, including a panel discussion on Tuesday with pioneering women working in the field of computing. It continues on Wednesday with a full-day academic symposium followed by an evening fireside chat with MIT's recipients of the Turing Award, often described as the "Nobel Prize of computing."

Those activities build up to a Thursday program designed to engage a broad audience. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will kick off Thursday's morning program, featuring TED-style talks from MIT faculty and remarks by Alphabet's Eric Schmidt, as well as a panel of entrepreneurs and investors on computing for the marketplace. The afternoon features a Q&A session with MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone; a discussion led by New York Times columnist and author Tom Friedman with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; and a panel discussion on "Computing for the People" chaired by Prof. Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and moderated by Friedman.

Announced in October 2018, the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing was established as part of MIT's $1 billion commitment to advancing the study of computing and AI and its ethical and societal implications, while also integrating computer science education with every academic discipline at MIT. The new college is slated to open in September 2019 and will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for work in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields.

Additional details about the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing launch celebration are available at: https://helloworld.mit.edu. More information on the new college can be found here: http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-reshapes-itself-stephen-schwarzman-college-of-computing-1015. The celebration theme - "Hello, World. Hello, MIT." - is a nod to a tradition in computer science of using "Hello, World" when testing a new program.

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