[Published originally in the May 2004 edition of Computing Research News, Vol. 16/No. 3, p. 23]
Berkeley Computer Science Division Celebrates 30th Anniversary
On February 28, 2004, the Computer Science Division of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley, celebrated its founding during Academic Year 1973-74 with a day-long symposium and reunion. More than 350 friends, faculty, and former and current graduate students attended. Some came from as far away as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Zurich, Berlin, and Saarbrucken.
In attendance were four alumni Turing Award winners (Jim Gray, Butler Lampson, Ken Thompson, Niklaus Wirth, and three faculty member Turing Award winners (Manuel Blum-back from CMU for the event, Velvel Kahan, and Richard Karp). A highlight was to be able to celebrate the recent award of the Charles Stark Draper Prize-the "Noble Prize in Engineering"-to Butler Lampson and Chuck Thacker (also a Berkeley alumnus at the event).
Participants heard review talks about the scientific achievements of the Division over the past 30 years, followed by a panel of Berkeley's alumni Turing Award winners and alumnus Bill Joy discussing the past, present, and future of the field, while fielding questions from the overflow audience. Richard Karp, in an after-dinner speech, gave a personal view of the past 30 years at Berkeley.
The presentation and event videos are available at: http://netshow01.eecs.berkeley.edu:8000/cs/. A 30th Anniversary Brochure has also been developed to coincide with this event, and is available online at: http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/cs_brochure_final.pdf.
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