Contact Information

Computer Science Department
Colgate University
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(tel) 315.228.7719
(fax) 315.228.7009
department@cs.colgate.edu

Upcoming events

  • 28

    Mar

    2017

    Professors Sommers and Strash will give a brief overview of the electives they are teaching in Fall 2017: Software Engineering for the Cloud and Advanced Algorithms, respectively.


Past events

  • 21

    Mar

    2017

    Speaker: Tom Brackett, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Colgate University

    Abstract: A look at the case to be made that John Vincent Atanasoff, born in Hamilton, NY in 1903, was indeed the inventor of the digital computer.

    Bio: Tom Brackett is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Colgate. He founded Colgate's Computer Science department in 1971 and was the Director of Computing at Colgate from 1970 to 1975. Before founding the CS department, Tom was a professor in the Chemistry departments at Colgate (1963 to 1971) and Rice University (1957 to 1962). Tom, along with his spouse Elizabeth Brackett, have worked extensively to support the education of Burmese refugees. They founded the Brackett Refugee Education Fund in 1997 and were awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa by Colgate in 2015.

  • 7

    Mar

    2017

    Speaker: Madeline E. Smith
    Abstract:
    Computing technologies have become increasingly embedded into modern life. Tools such as smartphones have become so ubiquitous that it is hard for us to imagine life without them. Undoubtedly such technologies have have significant impact on people’s lives, both positive and negative. Smartphones with built-in GPS functionality allow us to navigate through places we are unfamiliar without ever getting lots. People have also blindly followed those same GPS directions off of cliffs and into lakes, leading to severe injuries and even deaths [1,2].

    During this tea we will use this and several other examples to discuss questions such as: As computer scientists who work on designing and building these tools and the technologies that make them possible, how can we consider the social impact of our work? How do our own personal values become embedded into our code? What are our ethical and moral responsibilities?

    [1] https://www.cnet.com/news/womans-gps-leads-her-straight-into-a-100-ft-deep-lake/
    [2] https://www.cnet.com/news/man-followed-gps-drove-off-disused-bridge-ramp-wife-dies-police-say/

Events history