[Ml-stat-talks] Colloquium speaker Sumit Gulwani Monday Nov 21- 1:30pm

Robert Schapire schapire at CS.Princeton.EDU
Fri Nov 18 12:00:33 EST 2011


Members of this list might be interested in this learning-related 
colloquium.

To meet with the speaker, please contact Nicole Wagenblast 
<nwagenbl at CS.Princeton.EDU>.

Rob

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Automating End-user Programming and Education using Program Synthesis
Sumit Gulwani, Microsoft Research
Monday, November 21, 2011, 1:30 PM
Computer Science Small Auditorium (Room 105)

Recent research in program synthesis has made it possible to effectively 
synthesize small programs in a variety of domains. In this talk, I will 
describe two useful applications of this technology that have the 
potential to influence daily lives of billions of people. One 
application involves automating end-user programming using examples or 
keywords, which can allow non-programmers to effectively use 
computational devices such as computers, smartphones (and in the future 
robots) to perform a variety of repetitive tasks. Another application 
involves building intelligent tutoring systems that can help teachers 
and students with a variety of educational activities such as 
synthesizing problems, hints, solutions in various domains including 
math, science, and programming.

Sumit Gulwani is a senior researcher in the RiSE group at Microsoft 
Research, Redmond. His primary research interest is in the area of 
program synthesis with applications to automating end user programming 
and building intelligent tutoring systems. Sumit obtained his PhD in 
computer science from UC-Berkeley in 2005, and was awarded the C.V. 
Ramamoorthy Award and the ACM SIGPLAN Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation 
Award. He obtained his BTech in computer science and engineering from 
the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 2000 and was awarded 
the President's Gold Medal.

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