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Computing in the 21st Century 2012
Computing in the 21st Century 2012

Co-hosted by Microsoft Research Asia, Nankai University and Tianjin University, the 14th Computing in the 21st Century Conference was held in Tianjin on October 25, 2012. Following the theme ‘Computing, Naturally’ the conference invited top minds from around the world to share the latest trends and greatest achievements in computer science with over 2,000 faculty members and college students in Tianjin.

Event Date and Venue

  • October 25, 2012 in Tianjin, Tianjin University

Keynote Speakers

Hsiao-Wuen Hon
Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia
Fellow of IEEE


Topic: Transforming the Impossible to the Natural


Rick Rashid
Chief Research Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Members of NAE and AAAS 


Topic: Microsoft Research and the Evolution of Computing

Abstract | Video and transcript

John Hopcroft
IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science Department, Cornell University
1986 Turing Award Recipient


Topic: New Directions on Computer Science

Abstract | Video and transcript

Daniela Rus
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, MIT
Fellows of AAAI and IEEE


Topic: Computation Challenges for Creating Autonomous Systems

Abstract | Video and transcript

Michael I. Jordan
Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Department of Statistics, California University, Berkeley
Members of NAS, NAE and AAAS

Topic: Divide-and-Conquer and Statistical Inference for Big Data

Abstract | Video and transcript

Jeannette M. Wing
President's Professor and Head, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University
Fellows of ACM and IEEE


Topic: Towards a Theory of Trust in Networks of Humans and Computers

Abstract | Video and transcript

Peter Lee
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research Redmond
Fellow of ACM


Topic: The Pipeline from Computing Research to Surprising Inventions

Abstract | Video and transcript

Panel Discussion: Disruptive Innovations

Moderator: Rico Malvar, Chief Scientist and Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Research

  • Huisheng Chi
    Vice Chairman of the University Council, Peking University
  • Anoop Gupta
    Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft Research, Redmond
  • Weipeng Li
    Professor and Dean, School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China 
  • Hong Tan
    Senior Researcher and Research Manager, Human Computer Interaction Group, Microsoft Research Asia

About the Conference

Ever since Microsoft Research Asia was established in Beijing in 1998, it has been committed to strong collaboration with academia to cultivate talent for IT and related industries. Computing in the 21st Century Conference is an annual academic conference founded and organized by Microsoft Research Asia since its inception, which has become one of the biggest and most influential conferences in computing science education and research in China and Asia-Pacific region. The previous 13 annual conferences have been successfully held in many Asian countries and regions including, China, Japan, Korea and Singapore, and have attracted a total of more than 36,000 attendees. They have welcomed numerous Turing Award winners and top scholars and researchers from all over the world to give keynote speeches, share their mind, and have face to face dialogues with students. Well received by the faculty members and students, the Conference is honored by the media as the “Most Significant Academic Exchange in the Computing Science Research Area.”

View the agenda for more conference details.