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Columbia Data Science Institute

C++: An Invisible Foundation

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lecture
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reception
Brown Institute | 2nd Floor, Pulitzer Hall (2950 Broadway)
C++ is one of the key foundations of our software. It is invisible to most people because they use it only indirectly. It’s in your computer and your phone. It’s in the machines that manufacture, your computer, and your phone. It’s in most cars, including all the self-driving ones. It’s on Mars, and in deep sea-robots. It’s what runs your Java virtual machine and your Python AI/ML scripts.
In this Distinguished Lecture, Dr. Stroustrup will briefly explain what technical aspects of C++ makes it so useful. He will focus on design principles, but also touch upon resource management and what it takes to be efficient in various contexts. Finally, he will comment on the challenges facing the C++ community.
About Bjarne Stroustrup
Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup is the designer and original implementer of C++ as well as the author of The C++ Programming Language (Fourth Edition), A Tour of C++, Programming: Principles and Practice using C++ (Second Edition), and many popular and academic publications. Dr. Stroustrup is a Managing Director in the technology division of Morgan Stanley in New York City as well as a visiting professor in Columbia University’s Department of Computer Science. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and an IEEE, ACM, and CHM fellow. He received the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize, the IEEE Computer Society’s 2018 Computer Pioneer Award, and the 2017 IET Faraday Medal. His research interests include distributed systems, design, programming techniques, software development tools, and programming languages. He is actively involved in the ISO standardization of C++. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Aarhus University, where he is an honorary professor, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Cambridge, where he is an honorary fellow of Churchill College.
The Distinguished Lectures in Computational Innovation series highlights programmers, data scientists, and other practitioners from the private sector who lead cutting-edge technology initiatives such as Python, C++, and the Open Source Initiative. The events include a presentation, question & answer session, and post-event networking reception.
All Columbia University students, faculty, postdocs, and administrators are welcome to register for and attend these events.