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Symbolic Systems Program

25th Anniversary Celebration
May 4-5, 2012

The Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford began as an undergraduate program with the 1986-’87 school year. In 25 years, we have graduated over 700 students who have been helping to shape the world across many fields and endeavors. All current and past Symbolic Systems students and faculty are invited to join us for a day of celebration on Saturday, May 5th, with a welcoming reception early in the evening on Friday the 4th, preceded by a free symposium.

A schedule appears below. Late registration (which includes all meals) is $150/person until the event, or until it sells out, whichever comes first. Guests are welcome to register as well. All events will be on the Stanford campus.

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SCHEDULE

Friday, May 4

1:30-5:15 pm Free Symposium:
How the Brain Makes Meaning: Explorations in the Cognitive Science and Cognitive Neuroscience of Semantic Cognition

(
Building 200/History Corner, Room 002)

5:30-7:00 pm Welcoming Reception (drinks and hors d'oeuvres)
(
Lower Courtyard, Margaret Jacks Hall)


Saturday, May 5
(
Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center)

9:00-10:00 am Continental Breakfast

10:00-11:30 am The Symbolic Systems Program: Looking Back (Panel and Open Discussion)
[Panelists include Herb ClarkJim Greeno, John Perry, Ken Taylor, Tom Wasow, and Terry Winograd]

11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch (buffet)

1:00-5:00 pm How Symbolic Systems Is Shaping The World (Talks by Alums)
1:00
Marissa Mayer ('97)
1:20 Scott Forstall ('91)
1:40 Matt Flannery ('01)
2:00 James Rucker ('91)
2:20 Nadeem Hussain ('90)
2:40 Tania Lombrozo ('02)
3:00 Afternoon Break
(snacks)
3:20 Erica Robles-Anderson ('01)
3:40 Srinija Srinivasan ('93)

4:00 Reid Hoffman ('89)
4:20 Mike Krieger ('08, M.S. '09)
4:40
OPEN MIC FOR ALUMS

5:00-6:30 pm The Next 25 Years (Panel and Open Discussion)
[Panelists include Mike Frank ('03), Noah Goodman, Scott Klemmer, Daphne Koller, Jay McClelland, Chris Potts, and Ken Taylor]

6:30-7:30 pm Pre-Dinner Break (with drinks) - 2nd floor terrace

7:30-9:30 pm 25th Anniversary Banquet
[featuring John Etchemendy]

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Herbert H. Clark (A.B. Psychology '62)
Herb is the Albert Ray Lang Professor of Psychology and Professor, by courtesy, of Linguistics, and served as a member of the Founding Committee of the Symbolic Systems Program (1985-1986) and as a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1990-1993, 2009-present).


John W. Etchemendy (Ph.D. Philosophy '82)
John is the Provost and Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences (Philosophy) and served as
a member of the Founding Committee of the Symbolic Systems Program (1985-1986) and as a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1986-1993).


Matt Flannery
(B.S. Symbolic Systems '01)
Matt began developing Kiva in late 2004 as a side-project while working as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. In December 2005 Matt left his job to devote himself to Kiva full-time. As CEO, Matt has led Kiva's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and hundreds of millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. Matt is Skoll Awardee and Ashoka Fellow and was selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009.  In 2011, Matt was chosen for the The Economist “No Boundaries” Innovation Award.

Scott Forstall
(B.S. Symbolic Systems '91, M.S. Computer Science '92)
Scott is Senior Vice President of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Software at Apple.  He leads the teams responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch including the user interface, applications, operating system, and platform enabling the App Store.  He has led each of these products from their inception to the present.  He also leads user interface design for the Mac.  Scott joined Apple in 1997 and is one of the original architects of Mac OS X and its Aqua user interface.  He was responsible for several releases of the operating system.  He also led the creation of the Safari web browser.  Prior to Apple he worked at NeXT developing core technologies.

Michael C. Frank
(B.S. Symbolic Systems '03)
Mike is Assistant Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Linguistics, and a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (2010-present).


Noah Goodman

Noah is Assistant Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Computer Science and Linguistics, and is a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (2010-present).

James G. Greeno
Jim is The Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, and served as Director of the Symbolic Systems Program (1989-1992) and as a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1989-2003).


Reid Hoffman (B.S. Symbolic Systems '89)

Over the past decade, Reid has become a leading voice in entrepreneurship, with successes in the consumer Internet and online payment spaces.  Reid is the cofounder and executive chairman of LinkedIn. He is also a partner at Greylock and an early investor in over 100 technology companies, including Facebook and Zynga.  He also works with key non-profits that support massive scale entrepreneurship: endeavor.org, kiva.org, and startupamericapartnership.org.  Reid’s first book “The Start-Up of You” is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Nadeem J. Z. Hussain (B.S. Symbolic Systems '90)

Nadeem is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He specializes in metaethics, the investigation of what sense can be made of our moral and evaluative thought and practice including whether there are any moral truths or rational constraints on what we should do..

Scott R. Klemmer
Scott is Associate Professor of Computer Science, and is a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (2007-present).

Daphne Koller
(Ph.D. Computer Science '94)
Daphne is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department and in Pathology (by Courtesy), and is a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1997-2005, 2009-present). Her main research interest is in developing and using machine learning and probabilistic methods to model and analyze complex domains.  She also has a long-standing interest in education and pioneered in her classroom many of the ideas that are key to Stanford's massive online education effort.  She was awarded the Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellowship, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACM/Infosys award, and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.   Her teaching was recognized via the Cox Medal for excellence in fostering undergraduate research at Stanford in 2003, and by being named the Oswald Villard University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Mike Krieger (B.S. Symbolic Systems '08, M.S. Symbolic Systems '09)
Mike is the co-founder of Instagram. After graduating from Stanford in 2009, Mike worked for a year and a half as a user experience designer and engineer at Meebo before co-founding Instagram, one of the fastest-growing mobile products of the last few years. As a student in 2008, Mike received the K. Jon Barwise Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Symbolic Systems Program.

Tania Lombrozo (B.A. Philosophy '02, B.S. Symbolic Systems '02)

Tania is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy. She received her PhD in Psychology from Harvard University in 2006. Her interests span several topics in high-level cognition, including explanation, understanding, and learning, as well as social cognition and the public understanding of science.

Marissa Mayer (B.S. Symbolic Systems '97, M.S. Computer Science '99)

Marissa is Google’s Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services. She oversees product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company's suite of local and geographical products. As one of the company’s first twenty employees, she was a key player in the design of Google’s era-defining homepage. Her work on the company’s search engine helped expand usage from a few hundred thousand searches per day to over a billion.

James L. McClelland
Jay is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor, by courtesy, of Linguistics, and is a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (2009-present).


John R. Perry

John is the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, and was the initiator of the Founding Committee of the Symbolic Systems Program (1985) and a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (2001-2004).

Christopher G. Potts
Chris is Associate Professor of Linguistics and is a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (2009-present).

Erica Robles-Anderson (B.S. Symbolic Systems '01, Ph.D. Communication '09)

Erica is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

James Rucker
(B.S. Symbolic Systems '91)
James has spent the last 10 years using technology to engage everyday people in creating political, social, and cultural change.  After serving as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org, he co-founded and led ColorOfChange.org, an online advocacy community of nearly one million members focused on elevating the political voice of Black Americans.  He then co-founded and co-directed Citizen Engagement Lab (CEL), an incubator focused on building similar infrastructure for other communities, such as Presente.org, a community of a quarter million that elevates the political voice of Latinos, and Video the Vote, a citizen-journalism project that enables voters to monitor voter disenfranchisement.

Srinija Srinivasan
(B.S. Symbolic Systems '93)

Srinija was one of Yahoo! Inc.'s first five employees and served as Vice President and Editor in Chief until 2010.  She is now immersed in the arts on both coasts; she chairs the Board of Trustees of SFJAZZ, a nonprofit in San Francisco, and she's developing a performance and production center for creative music in Brooklyn.  Additionally, in 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

Kenneth A. Taylor
Ken is the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor in Philosophy and the Director of the Symbolic Systems Program (2009-present). He has also served as a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1997-2000, 2005-present).

Thomas A. Wasow
Tom is the Clarence Irving Lewis Professor in Philosophy and Professor of Linguistics, and served as convenor and member of the Founding Committee of the Symbolic Systems Program (1985-1986), as Director of the Symbolic Systems Program (1992-2000 and 2001-2005),
and as a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1986-1988, 1990-present).

Terry Winograd
Terry is Professor of Computer Science, and is a member of the Symbolic Systems Program Committee (1986-1993, 2009-present).


SPONSORS

Symbolic Systems Program

School of Humanities and Sciences

Office of the Provost, Stanford University

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