Socially-Engaged Computational Thinkers

"AI and Developing Socially-engaged Computational Thinkers" (Position Paper, AAAI Spring Symposium on "Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science" (2008). The the talk itself (Powerpoint slides given here) describes a course that illustrates societal embedding of computing: "Computing, Sustainability, and the Environment," which convened in "virtual space" in Fall 2008 (e.g., Skype, Second Life from my NSF office). This first-year seminar discussed Computing's burden on the natural environment, "green" computing, and Computing's possible role in larger sustainability strategies. The course was a precursor to an upper division special topics course that I led in Spring 2011 after returning to Vanderbilt: CS 292: Computing and the Environment