tapia conference letter
David A. Patterson
Which computer science conference:
• Includes a past President of the
National Academy of Engineering, a past
chair of IBM Academy of Technology, a past
president of ACM, a past chair of the
Computing Research Association, several members of the National Academy
of Engineering, and the current executive vice president of Research and Engineering at Google?
Tapia 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the conference. Tapped to serve
as general chair is David Patterson, UC
Berkeley—past president of ACM, past
chair of the CRA, member of the National Academy of Engineering and the
National Academy of Sciences.
Some of the highlights planned for
the event include:
˲ • The Memorial Ken Kennedy Lecture will be given by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, former chair of the IBM Academy of Engineering and the HENAAC
Hispanic Engineer of the Year;
˲ • A speech on the future of IT by Alan
Eustace, executive vice president for Research and Engineering at Google;
˲ • Presentation of the 2011 Richard
Tapia Award to William Wulf, University of Virginia, and past president of the
National Academy of Engineering.
The program will feature luminaries like Deborah Estrin of UCLA, Blaise
Aguera y Arcas of Microsoft, John Kubia-towicz of UC Berkeley, and rising stars
like Ayanna Howard of Georgia Tech,
Ilya Hicks of Rice University, and Patty
Lopez of Intel. There will be workshops
on resumé writing, professional development, and a doctoral consortium.
New this year is a focus on connections: between speakers and audience,
among students and professionals,
and beyond the conference via remote
research collaborations. The program
provides many opportunities to network and build relationships, including
an opening reception, a poster session
displaying exciting research by students, and a “meetup” day designed to
match students with opportunities.
how Can You help?
We predict this Tapia conference will be
the largest yet. If you would like to help,
here are some suggestions:
˲ • Encourage your undergraduate and
graduate students to apply for a travel
scholarship to Tapia; applications are
available at http://tapiaconference.
˲ •Provide departmental funds (or
raise funds from industry) to send people not funded by scholarships.
˲ • If your university sends at least 10
students, you can create a poster to help
recruit students to your institution.
˲ • If you are passionate about these
topics, consider registering.
˲ • Encourage your staff to register at
˲ • If your company would like to be a
Tapia sponsor, visit http://tapiaconfer-
contact Cynthia Lanius (
˲ • For those working on a Ph.D. dissertation, consider applying to present
at the Doctorial Consortium. This event
provides a highly technical and supportive environment where Ph.D. students present their research and receive
feedback from a panel of experts; http://
˲ • If you have research results, apply
to present a poster at http://tapiaconfer-
˲ • Apply for a scholarship at http://
Tapia 2011 promises to be inspirational, educational, and a lot of fun. We
look forward to seeing you April 3 in San
David A. Patterson ( pattrsn@eeCS.berkeley.edU).