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Prominent and distinguished Computer Scientists from academia and industry narrate their personal experiences of immigrating from where they grew up, to a completely different land (often the US), for study, work, or other reasons. The Immigrant Computer Scientists podcast, featuring these oral history interviews, is intended for a general audience, and does not require you to know Computer Science or Math or any science, or even be an immigrant! We neither draw conclusions nor take sides in ...
 
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Episode 43. Two Computer Scientists who encountered major illnesses in their lives (Tuberculosis, Breast Cancer) talk about how they navigated it, and used their experience to improve their education and research directions. Features immigrants from Chile and Moldova+Israel. Featuring: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Regina Barzilay. Remix Episode from Season…
 
Episode 42. Punched Cards! Three technologists (all of whom have been both Profs and worked in industry) talk about their experience with early computing and punched cards while in their college in the 1960s-80s. Features immigrants from Israel and Brazil. Featuring: Moshe Vardi, Rico Malvar, Tal Rabin. Remix Episode from Seasons 1 & 2.…
 
Episode 41. Alternate Realities. If you're an immigrant to the US/Canada, have you ever wondered, "What would my life have been like if I'd instead been born and grown up in US/Canada?" I asked seven accomplished and prominent immigrant Computer Scientists (from academia, industry, entrepreneurs) this question. Featuring: Regina Barzilay, Tal Rabin…
 
Episode 40. Pregnancy can affect the career of women researchers and entrepreneurs. In this episode we talk to a Professor and a successful Startup Founder about how they navigated this stage of their lives. This episode contains concrete and amazing advice! Featuring: Thamar Solorio (Prof U. Houston) and Soodeh Farokhi (Founder C2RO and VP Nakisa)…
 
Episode 39. Random Ways to Start Research. Five distinguished Computer Scientists talk about the role that random chance played in getting them started with research itself or their specific research area. Featuring: Rada Mihalcea, Tal Rabin, Regina Barzilay, Moshe Vardi, Thamar Solorio. Remix Episode from Season 2.…
 
Episode 38. Impostor Syndrome. And Failures and Rejections: How Seven accomplished and prominent Computer Scientists (from academia, industry, entrepreneurs) handle them in their career and life. Featuring: Pratima Rao Gluckman, Regina Barzilay, Tal Rabin, Ion Stoica, Rada Mihalcea, Thamar Solorio, Ricardo Baeza-Yates. Remix Episode from Season 2.…
 
Episode 35: Interview with Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Professor at Northeastern University (Silicon Valley). ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow. Best-selling textbook author. Startup founder, Former Lead of Multiple Yahoo! Labs, and Faculty in Chile. Has lived and worked on 4 continents (S and N America, Europe, Asia). Grew up in Chile.…
 
Episode 31: Two distinguished technologists share their experiences of growing up in Communist Romania in the 1960s-1990s, of the 1989 Romanian Revolution, and of immigrating reluctantly to the US. Featuring: Ion Stoica (Prof at UC Berkeley and founder of Databricks, Anyscale, and Conviva, Inventor of Apache Spark, Mesos, and Ray), and Rada Mihalce…
 
Episode 30: Interview with Regina Barzilay, Professor at MIT in the EECS Department, and a faculty at the MIT Jameel Clinic. Double immigrant from Moldova (USSR) to Israel (in 1990), and then Israel to US (1997). Breast cancer survivor. Winner of MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant” 2017, AAAI Fellow, and first recipient of $1M AAAI Squirrel Awar…
 
Episode 29: Interview with Moshe Vardi. Professor of Computer Science at Rice University. Winner of Gödel Prize (2000), and Knuth Prize (2021). ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AAAI Fellow, AMS Fellow, EATCS Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow. Member of NAE, NAS, and EAS. Topics include: Moshe's childhood and college years in Israel, Fighting in two of…
 
Episode 28: Interview with Tal Rabin, Prof CIS at Univ. Pennsylvania, and Head of Research at Algorand Foundation (blockchain). Ranked by Business Insider (2014) as #4 on List of "22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in World". Ranked by Forbes (2018) among "The World's Top 50 Women In Tech". ACM Fellow, IACR Fellow. Founder of "Women in Theory" Confer…
 
Episode 27: Three distinguished technologists share their experiences of growing up in Israel, of immigrating reluctantly to the US, of fighting in wars, and differences in culture. Three guests who include a Gödel Prize winner, 2 ACM Fellows, 2 AAAI Fellows, 2 AAAS Fellows, a MacArthur (Genius) Grant winner, and a cancer survivor. Featuring: Tal R…
 
Episode 26: Technologist and Author of book “Nevertheless, She Persisted: True Stories of Women Leaders in Tech”. Discussion of her immigration journey from India/Instrumentation Engineering/cricket to US/Computer Science/STEM. And a discussion of how her book came about. And of key themes in the book.…
 
Episode 25. Conclusion of a conversation with 6 Computer Science Bachelors' graduates from IIT Madras (Chennai), India, batch of 1998. A free-ranging conversation on the IITs, on India, on technology, and on life as Indian immigrants in the US. All guests are immigrants currently in the US tech sector, including startup founders and large tech comp…
 
Episode 24. Season 2 Premiere. A conversation with 6 Computer Science Bachelors' graduates from IIT Madras (Chennai), India, batch of 1998. All guests are immigrants currently in the US tech sector, including startup founders and large tech companies.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Balaji Srinivasan, Praveen Patnala, Rajasekar Krishnamurthy, Ramesh Chandra, Shankar Ponnekanti, Sriram Sellappa
 
Episode 21: Two guests talk about inequity and diversity in IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics). Danqi Chen, a rare woman gold medalist at IOI (and now a Prof). And Prof. Jelani Nelson's analysis of IOI inequity data for the US.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Danqi Chen, Jelani Nelson
 
Episode 20: What was CS like in 1970s and 80s, around the world? The answers might surprise you! Stories of studying and working CS in: Europe (Yugoslavia), South America (Brazil), Africa (Egypt) in the 1970s and early 1980s. Featuring prominent immigrant Computer Scientists: Dejan Milojicic, Rico Malvar, Amr El Abbadi.…
 
Episode 19: Four Prominent Computer Scientists who have spent time in both academia and industry, over multiple decades, contrast their experiences in these two sectors. Featuring: Rico Malvar, Dilma Da Silva, Rodrigo Fonseca, Fadel Adib.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Rico Malvar, Dilma Da Silva, Rodrigo Fonseca, Fadel Adib
 
Episode 18: Two prominent US Computer Scientists, both Professors in the US, grew up in Lebanon and Egypt in the 1960, 70s, 90s, and 2000s. They describe the effect of the wars in their countries on their and their family's lives. A remix episode from Season 1.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Amr El Abbadi, Fadel Adib
 
Episode 16: Impostor Syndrome. And Failures and Rejections: How Ten accomplished and prominent Computer Scientists (from academia, industry, entrepreneurs) handle them in their career and life.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Nenad Medvidovic, Jelena Mirkovic, Dejan Milojicic, Rico Malvar, Dilma da Silva, Rodrigo Fonseca, Soodeh Farokhi, Fadel Adib, Amr El Abbadi, Jelani Nelson
 
Episode 13: Interview with Jelani Nelson, Professor of EECS at UC Berkeley. Grew up in US Virgin Islands, where an overwhelming majority of population is Black and the educational ethos is very different from the mainland US 50 states. He also created two successful international CS programs for high schoolers: AddisCoder and USVICoder, in Ethiopia…
 
Episode 10: Interview with Soodeh Farokhi, Entrepreneur and founder of successful companies in Iran and Canada (C2RO), with a PhD in between from Austria. Topics include women entrepreneurs in STEM, immigrants as entrepreneurs, whether a PhD maketh a better entrepreneur, deciding not to immigrate to US.…
 
Episode 9: Two young and successful entrepreneurs originally from Iran and Lebanon, now residing in Canada and US. One - she has founded successful startups in both Iran and Canada, with a PhD from Austria in between. She is from Iran. Two - he is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT. He is from Lebanon.…
 
Episode 8. Interview with Rodrigo Fonseca, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Formerly: Tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science, Brown University. Nationwide topper among 42K students of Brazil entrance exam to UFMG. Twice immigrant from Brazil to US, in 1990s (high school exchange student) and 2000s (PhD and work).…
 
Episode 7. Interview with Dilma da Silva, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Co-founder of "Latinas in Computing", ACM SIGOPS CARES Committee Chair. Formerly: head of the CSE Dept. at Texas A&M, Researcher at IBM Research. Also former Professor in Brazil. Twice immigrant from Brazil to US, in 1990s (PhD) and 2000…
 
Episode 6. Interview with Rico Malvar, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. US National Academy of Engineering Member, and IEEE Fellow. Formerly: Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research. Also former Professor in Brazil. Twice immigrant from Brazil to US, in 1980s (PhD) and 1990s (work).…
 
Episode 5. To and fro between Brazil and US. To and fro between industry and academia. Immigration stories from three computer scientists from immigrated from Brazil in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. And went to and fro between being academic faculty and working in industry. Featuring: Rico Malvar (NAE Member, IEEE Fellow, former Microsoft Research D…
 
Episode 4. Interview with Dejan Milojicic, Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs. IEEE Fellow and ACM Distinguished Scientist. Leader in the Cloud Computing and Middleware Systems community. Immigrant from Yugoslavia to Germany for PhD and then to US for work in the mid 1990s.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Dejan Milojicic
 
Episode 3. Interview with Jelena Mirkovic, Research Associate Professor at University of Southern California and Information Sciences Institute (ISI). Leader in the security and networking field, and in building the well-known DeterLab testbed. Immigrant from Yugoslavia to the US for her PhD in 1998, went to high school and university in Belgrade d…
 
Episode 2. Interview with Nenad Medvidovic, Professor of Computer Science at University of Southern California. IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Scientist. Leader in Software Engineering research community. Twice-Immigrant from Yugoslavia to US in high school and for Bachelors degree in 1980s.Kirjoittanut Indy Gupta, Nenad Medvidovic
 
Episode 1. Immigration stories from two Professors of Computer Science, and a Distinguished Technologist in Tech Industry. Featuring: Nenad Medvidovic (IEEE Fellow, Professor at USC), Jelena Mirkovic (Research Professor at USC), and Dejan Milojicic (IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Technologist at HP Labs). All three were immigrants from Yugoslavia. For …
 
Trailer for Immigrant Computer Scientists Podcast. Prominent and distinguished Computer Scientists from academia and industry narrate their personal experiences of immigrating from where they grew up, to a completely different land (often the US), for study, work, or other reasons. Intended for a General Audience.…
 
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