Distinguished Lecture Series

This annual series showcases outstanding researchers, scholars and thinkers in the field of computer science and related disciplines, and gives them a forum to present their views and ideas to students, faculty, and the interested public.

2021–2022 Distinguished Lecture Series

photo of Raquel Urtasun

Raquel Urtasun
Founder and CEO
Waabi Innovation Inc.
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
Co-founder, Vector Institute for AI

Inaugural 2021–22 DLS Presentation
An AI-first Approach to Self-driving

Thursday, October 7, 2021
12:30 p.m.
Online presentation

Watch lecture on YouTube

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Karl J. Friston
Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
Institute of Neurology
University College London

Active Inference

Thursday, November 4, 2021
11:00 a.m
Online presentation

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2021-2022 DLS (you are here)

  • Raquel Urtasun
  • Karl J. Friston

2020-2021 DLS

  • Moshe Y. Vardi
  • Oren Etzioni
  • Mary Czerwinski
  • Laurie Williams
  • Leonard Kleinrock

2018-2019 DLS

  • Donald Knuth
  • Vitalik Buterin
  • Margo Seltzer
  • Barbara Liskov
  • Shafi Goldwasser

​2017-2018 DLS

  • Silvio Micali
  • James Demmel
  • Jeff Ullman
  • ​Jennifer Widom
  • ​Joe Mitchell

2016-2017 DLS

  • Gail Murphy
  • Ophir Frieder
  • Eric Horvitz
  • Daniel Alan Spielman

2015-2016 DLS

  • Margaret Martonosi
  • Mike Stonebraker
  • Tony Chan
  • Robert Tarjan
  • Susan Dumais
  • Kevin Leyton-Brown

2014-2015 DLS

  • Michael Zyda
  • Deborah Estrin
  • Harry Shum
  • Leslie Pack Kaelbling
  • Laurie Hendren

2013-2014 DLS

  • Frans Kaashoek
  • David Sankoff
  • Mary Lou Soffa
  • Pat Hanrahan
  • Maria Klawe

2012-2013 DLS

  • Zvi Galil
  • Hector Levesque
  • Jennifer Chayes
  • Renée Miller
  • Maneesh Agrawala
  • David Eppstein

2011-2012 DLS

  • Bruno Buchberger
  • Saul Greenberg
  • Ed Lazowska
  • Jeannette Wing
  • Cynthia Dwork

2010-2011 DLS

  • Stuart Feldman
  • Madhu Sudan
  • Susan Landau
  • Gilles Brassard
  • Joe Marks
  • Jon Kleinberg

2009-2010 DLS

  • Andy Yao
  • Paul Van Oorschot
  • Shafi Goldwasser
  • Adi Shamir
  • Fran Allen

2008-2009 DLS

  • Alan Kay
  • Eric Brewer
  • Anne Condon
  • Nancy Leveson
  • Tom Furness

2007-2008 DLS

  • David Patterson
  • Manuela Veloso
  • David D. Clark
  • Christos Papadimitriou

2006-2007 DLS

  • Kurt Mehlhorn
  • Ben Shneiderman
  • Barbara Liskov
  • Vint Cerf

2005-2006 DLS

  • Umesh Vazirani
  • Stephen Cook
  • Andrew Tanenbaum
  • Andries van Dam

2004-2005 DLS

  • Alfred Aho
  • Brian Kernighan
  • Jim Gray
  • Barbara Grosz
  • Jim Mitchell