The 2007-2008 academic year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first degree program involving computers at the University of Michigan. To celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni and faculty, and also to look forward to the next fifty years of advancement in computers, the Division of Computer Science and Engineering is hosting the CSE@50 symposium May 7-9, 2008. The celebration will be open to all alumni and faculty of University of Michigan computer degree programs as well as former University of Michigan students who have worked in the computer field over the years. This will be a unique opportunity for those of us that have studied computers at Michigan to reunite in a combination reunion, symposium, and celebration.
The symposium will consist of invited talks and panels by national leaders from industry and academia - all UM alumni or former faculty. We will be asking our speakers to reflect back and look forward - to reminisce about their days at ichigan during the computer and information revolution, and to give us their vision of the revolutions yet to come.
The symposium will begin on Wednesday evening with a welcoming reception. Thursday will be a full day meeting with invited talks and panels. Thursday evening we will have a banquet and special panel discussion, followed by a half day session on Friday. Friday afternoon is left open for spontaneous (or planned) meetings: long-lost friends, former student groups, or members of research labs to have their own get-togethers.
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