Special Event

Technologies for a Mobile Society
(Provost's Lecture Series)

Speaker:Sebastian Thrun
CEO of Udacity, Research Professor at Stanford University and Google Fellow
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 0016 Westbrook Building, Divinity School, Duke

Provost's Lecture Series 2012/13

Information Futures – the future of informational and computational challenges and opportunities that exist in using “big data”

The Provost announces the seventh series of related lectures on a topic of major campus and broader societal importance. The purpose of the series is to provide greater depth and a diversity of views on a topic of major public importance and lively debate which should appeal to our students and faculty both in their University roles and as citizens. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

Today, the ability to collect, store, analyze, and summarize large amounts of data is imperative for Duke to continue to advance as a world class university and for our faculty and students to navigate this new world. Leaders in academe and industry are being invited to present their views and experiences on meeting the data deluge challenge. Presentations will cover some of the following issues:

Scholarship: How might the availability of large data sets afford new opportunities to promote additional conversations within and between intellectual disciplines?

Instruction: Are there new opportunities for using the available data in classroom instruction and team and individual research?

Entrepreneurship: Does the rapid rise of social media companies offer opportunities to integrate entrepreneurship into the educational experience? What opportunities for industry partnership are emerging?

Infrastructure: What challenges exist in information systems, including Networking, Storage, and Visualization?

The Provost wishes to thank the following Lecture Series Advisors for their work in helping to design this year's series: Ian Baucom (Franklin Humanities Institute), Robert Calderbank (Dean of the Natural Sciences), Vincent Conitzer (Computer Science), Stephen Craig (Chemistry), Cathy Davidson (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory/HASTAC), Andrew Janiak (Philosophy), Thomas Katsouleas (Dean, Pratt School of Engineering), Carlo Tomasi (Computer Science), and Keith Whitfield (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs).


Sebastian Thrun is CEO of Udacity, an educational company, but also a part-time research professor at Stanford University and a Google Fellow. Thrun's work focuses on advancing society in areas as diverse as transportation, mobile computing, and online education. He has published over 350 papers, and was elected into the National Academy of Engineering at age 39. His work has been featured in various articles, and he has won numerous awards.

Hosted by:
Peter Lange, Provost, Duke University