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The Dazzling World of Research

by on Jun.24, 2009, under Storage

The Dazzling World of Research

In a flurry of last minute e-mails I secured a video interview with the VP of Intel Labs and Director of Future Technologies Research, Andrew Chien, last Thursday. Having him agree to talk to me about the importance of research in Academia and the upcoming ACM Award Banquet, in the middle of Research@Intel Day, was a master feat of timing. What a whirl-wind— the DNO Marketing team was having our quarterly face to face with team members flying into Santa Clara from exotic locales, such as Munich and Folsom… meanwhile Research@Intel Day was at the computer history museum in Mt. View. Slipping out of the face-to-face for a mad-dash down the 101 was worth it. Dr. Chien was so personable, and his enthusiasm and belief in what we’re doing really came through at every turn. We talked on camera about the fantastic display going on at Research@Intel day and the four zones that were this year’s focus: Immersive Connected Experiences, Eco-Innovation, Mobility, and Enterprise before turning to the upcoming A.M. Turing Award presentation. In front of Turing’s Enigma machine in the museum, Andrew gave me an overview of the Award, Turing’s contribution as a pioneer of computer science, and some insight into Intel’s role supporting research. We also talked about Barbara Liskov, the latest recipient of the Turing Award, who also happened to be one of his instructors and mentors from MIT. The Turing Award is the ACM’s most prestigious award. This $250,000 “Nobel Prize” of computing will be awarded on June 27 in San Diego and thanks to the ACM and my friends at Intel, I’ll be helping out and may even have the opportunity to meet Dr. Liskov in person. I’m certainly looking forward to hearing more about the research that brought her this prize.Meanwhile, I had a chance to get a peek at some of the brilliant projects that may just change the shape of the future and had a ah-ha moment… so THIS is what makes Intel a Great Place to Work.  Andrew Chien on Supporting Excellence in Computing


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