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Celebrate 40 years of computer science education at Augusta University

While the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences may be a new school founded in 2017, computer science education at Augusta University has deep roots dating back to 1979.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of computer science at Augusta University, you’re invited to the Computer Science Colloquium Series on Fridays in November at the Georgia Cyber Center’s Hull McKnight Building. Hear from four distinguished members of the computer science community, including:

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Dr. Amir Herzberg

Dr. Amir Herzberg earned his doctorate in computer science in 1991 from the Technion in Israel. From 1991-95, he worked at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where he was a research staff member and the manager of the network security research group. From 1996 to 2000, Herzberg was the manager of e-business and security technologies at the IBM Haifa Research Lab. From 2002-17, he was a professor in Bar Ilan University (Israel).

Herzberg is the author of more than 150 research papers, five book chapters and 24 patents. Herzberg has served on technical program committees for more than 50 conferences, delivered keynote and plenary addresses at 10 conferences, organized multiple professional events, and has been TPC chair of IEEE CNS ’19, editor of PoPETS (2014-) and ACM TISSEC (2011-14), and area chair of IEEE CNS (2013-17). In 2017, he received the Internet Society’s Applied Networking Research award.

Herzberg will be speaking on “The State of Internet Infrastructure Security” at 2 p.m. Nov. 1, in Room 2201 of the Georgia Cyber Center.

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Dr. Andrea Richa

Dr. Andrea W. Richa received bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined Arizona State University in 1998, where she is now a full professor of computer science and engineering. Richa is also a Barrett Honors Faculty and is an associate faculty at the Biodesign Institute in the Center for Bio-computation, Security and Society.

Richa’s main areas of expertise are in distributed/network algorithms and computing in general, and more specifically in bio-inspired distributed algorithms, distributed load balancing, wireless network algorithms,  delay-tolerant networks and distributed hash tables (DHTs). This year, Richa was awarded a prestigious MURI award from the DoD-ARO. She was the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in 1999, and the keynote speaker and program\general chair of several prestigious conferences, including being the program committee chair of the 31st International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC) in 2017.

Richa will be speaking on “Algorithmic Foundations of Programmable Matter” at 10 a.m. Nov. 8, in Room 2201 of the Georgia Cyber Center.

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Dr. Jennifer Welch

Dr. Jennifer L. Welch is Regents Professor and Chevron Professor II in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her SM and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include algorithms and lower bounds for distributed computing systems, especially distributed shared objects.

Welch will be speaking on “Complexity of Multi-Valued Register Simulations: A Retrospective” at 1 p.m. Nov. 8, in Room 2201 of the Georgia Cyber Center.

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Dr. Maurice Herlihy

Dr. Maurice Herlihy has an AB in mathematics from Harvard University, and a doctorate in computer science from M.I.T. He has served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and the staff of DEC Cambridge Research Lab. He is the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, the 2008 ISCA influential paper award, the 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize and the 2013 Wallace McDowell award. He received a 2012 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Lecturing Fellowship, and he is fellow of the ACM, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Herlihy will be speaking on “Blockchains and the Future of Distributed Computing” at 1 p.m. Nov. 22, in Room 2201 of the Georgia Cyber Center.

Come ready to learn and bring questions for these special guests. For more information about the Colloquium Series, email or call 706-721-1100.

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