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A Celebration of Butler Lampson's Contributions to Computing

On February 13, 2014, we celebrate Butler Lampson's 70 years with a day of exciting talks revisiting the history of computer systems and talking about issues of current concern.

Butler has spent many years, at Xerox PARC, at DEC, and now at Microsoft, transforming computer systems. His vision led to the first personal computer, to Internet protocols, to modern text processing systems and much more. He has won numerous awards for his work including the Turing Award in 1992.

Come join us at Microsoft Research New England on February 13, 2014 to revisit the history, to share the excitement of the beginning of modern computer systems, and to find out about the future of computing.


9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Microsoft Research New England 
(Map and directions)
Horace Mann Conference Room
First Floor Conference Center
One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m. 

Hospitality Notice for University and Government Employees

Microsoft Research is providing hospitality at this event. Please consult with your institution to determine whether you can accept meals and other hospitality under your institution's ethics rules and any other laws that might apply. By accepting our invitation, you confirm that this invitation is compliant with your institution's policies.



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9:30 a.m. 


Opening remarks 
9:45 a.m. Chuck Thacker 

The Alto Architecture

10:15 a.m. Charles Simonyi 

Snobol through Bravo

10:45 a.m.


11:15 a.m. Bob Metcalfe 

The Invention of Ethernet at Xerox Parc 40 Years ago

11:45 a.m. Bob Sproull 

Butler does printing

12:15 p.m. Alan Kay 

"I've got a plane to catch"

12:45 p.m.


2:00 p.m. Ron Rivest 

Reflections on SDSI

2:30 p.m. Martin Abadi 

Authentication in distributed systems: Theory and actual practice

3:00 p.m. Cynthia Dwork 

Differential Privacy: Dreams and Nightmares

3:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m. Nicholai Zeldovich 

The Scalable Commutativity Rule: Designing Scalable Software for Multicore Processors

4:30 p.m. Adam Kalai 

A Colorful Approach to Programming by Example

5:00 p.m. Leslie Lamport 

Thank You, Butler

5:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

5:45 p.m.     Reception 


Arrival Guidance

Upon arrival, be prepared to show a picture ID and sign the Building Visitor Log when approaching the Lobby Floor Security Desk. Alert them to the name of the event you are attending and ask them to direct you to the appropriate floor. The talks will be held the First Floor Conference Center, Horace Mann Conference Room.

Organizing Committee

Christian Borgs (Microsoft Research)
Jennifer Chayes (Microsoft Research)
Barbara Liskov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Madhu Sudan (Microsoft Research)
Chuck Thacker (Microsoft Research)

If you have any questions, please email the conference organizers at