2013 - February
Ubiquity symposium: The science in computer science: broadening CS enrollments: an interview with Jan Cuny
by Richard Snodgrass
Until 2000, computer science enrollments were steadily increasing. Then suddenly students started turning to other fields; by 2008, enrollments had dropped by 50 percent. To that end, Jan Cuny has been leading a program at the National Science Foundation to increase both the number and diversity of students in computing. In this interview with Ubiquity, she discusses the magnitude of the problem and the initiatives underway to turn it around.
Ubiquity symposium: Evolutionary computation and the processes of life: evolutionary computation in physical world
by Lukáš Sekanina
In this ninth symposium article, Lukáš Sekanina addresses evolutionary and evolvable hardware; answering the questions what it means for a physical system to be designed evolutionarily and on what kinds of computations such physical systems perform will be answered.