Dr. Jon Bentley

Models of Research: Papers, Patents and Products

Tuesday, April 22, 4:00 PM

Packard Lab Room 466

Abstract: Young researchers need to make many choices. What problems will I work on? How will I attack them? How will I present the results of my work? This talk presents a number of models that I have found useful in guiding my own career as a researcher. In particular, I will offer opinions on issues such as: Teaching or research? Theory or experiment? Fundamental or applied? Almost all of the good advice in this talk consists of retelling stories from older and wiser research hands.

Bio: Jon Bentley's research interests include programming techniques, algorithm design, and the design of software tools and interfaces. He has written over two hundred articles on a variety of topics, ranging from the theory of algorithms to software engineering. His books include Writing Efficient Programs (1982) and Programming Pearls (2nd Edition 2000). He received a B.S. from Stanford in 1974 and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1976, then taught Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon for six years. He joined Bell Labs Research in 1982, and retired in 2001 to join Avaya Labs Research, from which he retired in 2013. He has been a visiting faculty member at West Point and Princeton, and has been a member of teams that have shipped software tools, telephone switches, telephones and web services.

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