Colloquium d'informatique de l'UPMC – Sorbonne Universités
David Patterson, U. of California, Berkeley

Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 18:00
Location: Amphithéâtre 15, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Jussieu Campus)

Photo/ David Patterson joined UC Berkeley in 1977 after receiving all his degrees from UCLA.

His most successful projects have likely been Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), and Network of Workstations (NOW). All three projects helped lead to multibillion-dollar industries. This research led to many papers and six books, with the best known book being Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, co-authored with John Hennessy, and the most recent being Engineering Software as a Service, co-authored with Armando Fox. His current research is centered on cancer genomics for the AMP and ASPIRE Labs.

In the past, he served as Director of the Parallel Computing Lab, Director of the Reliable And Distributed Systems Lab, Chair of Berkeley’s CS Division, Chair of the Computing Research Association (CRA), and President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

This work resulted in 35 honors, some shared with friends. His research awards include election to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame along with being named Fellow of the Computer History Museum, ACM, IEEE, and both AAAS organizations. He received Distinguished Service Awards from ACM, CRA, and SIGARCH. His teaching honors include the ACM Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the IEEE Mulligan Education Medal, the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Colloquium: Myths about MOOCs and Software Engineering Education

The first part of the talk is about teaching Software Engineering. Traditional approaches to software development are often neither supported by tools that students could afford to use, nor appropriate for projects whose scope matched a college course. Hence, instructors lecture about software engineering topics, while students continue to build software more or less the way they always had; thus, software engineering course in practice is often no more than a project course. This sad but stable state of affairs is frustrating to instructors, boring to students, and disappointing to industry.

Cloud computing and the shift in the software industry towards software as a service has led to highly-productive tools and techniques that are a much better match to the classroom than earlier software development methods. That is, not only has the future of software been revolutionized, it has changed in a way that makes it easier to teach.

UC Berkeley’s revised Software Engineering course leverages this productivity to allow students to both enhance a legacy application and to develop a new app that matches requirements of non-technical customers. By experiencing whole software life cycle repeatedly within a single college course, students actually use the skills that industry has long encouraged and learn to appreciate them. The course is now heartening to faculty, popular with students, and praised by industry.

The second part of the talk is about our experience using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to teach this material. While the media's attention to MOOCs continues unabated, a recent opinion piece expresses grave concerns about their role ("Will MOOCs Destroy Academia?", Moshe Vardi, CACM 55(11), Nov. 2012). I will try to bust a few MOOC myths by presenting provocative, if anecdotal, evidence that appropriate use of MOOC technology can improve on-campus pedagogy, increase student throughput while actually increasing course quality, and help instructors reinvigorate their teaching. I'll also explain the role of MOOCs in enabling half-dozen universities to replicate and build upon our work via Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) from EdX and our electronic textbook. My conclusion is that the 21st century textbook may be a hybrid of SPOCs and Ebooks.

Other information

There will be a cocktail at 17:15, TBD.

Amphithéâtre 15
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Jussieu Campus)
4, place Jussieu
Paris Vème (métro Jussieu)

How to reach Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Jussieu campus)..

Electronic access:

Contact: Bertrand Granado

Steering committee

Marcin Detyniecki
Jean-Charles Faugère
Bertrand Granado
Mathieu Jaume
Nicolas Maudet
Marc Shapiro
Fabien Tarissan
Gaël Thomas

Calendar


All the offline videos

Year 2014 – 2015


Andy Tanenbaum, 28 October 2014
MINIX 3: A Reliable and Secure Operating System

Manuel Silva, 25 November 2014
TBD

Serge Abiteboul, 24 February 2015
Title TBD

Alessandra Carbone, 14 April 2015
Title TBD

Year 2013 – 2014


Gilles Dowek, 22 October 2013
Are formal methods the future of air traffic control? (Is there an autopilot on board?)

Tony Hoare, 26 November 2013
Laws of concurrent system design

Vint Cerf, 4 March 2014
On the Preservation of Digital Information

Claude Berrou, 25 March 2014
L'information mentale

David Patterson, 6 May 2014
Myths about MOOCs and Software Engineering Education

Jeannette Wing, 20 May 2014
Toward a Theory of Trust in Networks of Humans and Computers

Donald Knuth, 17 June 2014
Computer Science: All Questions Answered

Year 2012 – 2013


Gérard Berry, 24 October 2012
Le temps et les événements en informatique

Georges Gonthier, 27 November 2012
Le génie mathématique, du théorème des quatre couleurs à la classification des groupes

Stuart Russell, 22 January 2013
Unifying logic and probability: A "New Dawn" for Artificial Intelligence?

Frans Kaashoek, 18 April 2013
The multicore evolution and operating systems

Robert Sedgewick, 23 May 2013
Taking Education Online: A Unique Opportunity for the New Millenium

Camille Couprie, Mathilde Noual and Mathieu Feuillet, 25 June 2013
Espoirs : Winners of the 2012 Gilles Kahn prize

Year 2011 – 2012


Leslie Lamport, 28 June 2012
What is computation?