Panel "Roots of Innovation are Interdisciplinary" at the 2018 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference

Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference


Diversity: Roots of Innovation. The 2018 Tapia conference theme reminds us to celebrate the historical role of diversity with respect to STEM innovation, and declare it as a standard essential set of roots for computing innovation in the future. Conquering computing challenges going forward–while ensuring benefits across all global citizens–whether it is artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, or a range of other subjects, requires the resources, talent, and experiences from a diverse collective. Just as we have embraced risk-taking, perseverance, and creativity as cornerstones of innovation, organizations and society must treat diversity with the same reverence. This should be reflected in leadership, strategies, and policies charging forward.

Panel: Roots of Innovation are Interdisciplinary
Friday, September 21, 2018 — 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Interdisciplinary work and backgrounds are sometimes perceived as less ‘serious’ and are undervalued in academic circles. In this panel, we challenge this notion and make the argument that the roots of innovation are interdisciplinary. The panelists will share their learnings and stories of engaging in successful (and at times not so successful) interdisciplinary ventures, how they were able to catalyze collaboration and how the sharing and reuse of insights from multiple areas helped them solve problems. The panel aims at shaping perceptions and increasing awareness of interdisciplinary research in computing.


Bushra Anjum, Amazon
Klara Nahrstedt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Cathy Wu, UC Berkeley EECS
George Netscher, SafelyYou