Moshe Vardi: Lessons from COVID-19: Efficiency vs Resilience
CISE Distinguished Lecture - September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020 11:00 AM
September 17, 2020 12:30 PM
Abstract: In both computer science and economics, efficiency is a cherished property. In computer science, the field of algorithms is almost solely focused on their efficiency. In economics, the main advantage of the free market is that it promises "economic efficiency". A major lesson from COVID-19 is that both fields have over-emphasized efficiency and under-emphasized resilience. We argue that resilience is a more important property than efficiency and discuss how the two fields can broaden their focus to make resilience a primary consideration.
BIO: Moshe Y. Vardi is a University Professor, and the George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University. He is the author and co-author of over 600 papers, as well as two books. He is the recipient of several scientific awards, is a fellow of several societies and a member of several honorary academies. He holds seven honorary doctorates. He is a Senior Editor of Communications of the ACM, the premier publication in computing, focusing on societal impact of information technology.
To participate in the webinar, please register at:
Prepare in advance by testing your internet connection and devices with Zoom software: https://zoom.us/test . Learn more about participating in meetings remotely with NSF at: https://beta.nsf.gov/about/participant.
Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: 22.214.171.124 (US West) or 126.96.36.199 (US East)
Meeting ID: 160 573 9218
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
This event is part of Distinguished Lecture Series.
Blaine Rivas, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSF Related Organizations
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering