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Perhaps the best part of studying Computer Science (CS) is that it is not an isolated discipline; CS exists to produce systems and applications that support the business and interests of nearly every person in the world. Any area of inquiry is open to fanciful and meaningful exploration by computer scientists. In a very real sense, the world is the oyster of those who can use digital tools developed by CS.

In his talk, Dr. Kann will explore how he uses those digital tools to advance his enthusiasm for history. The talk will highlight some of the work he has done with students on digital representations of interest to both CS students and others who are history buffs. While the range of applications he has worked on is much more extensive, here he will largely focus on map applications.

Dr. Kann will also talk about basic digital tools, such as image maps, that can be used by people without a CS background. For example, he'll share how easy it is to create tools such as "", and show how they could be applied to areas such as political science (polling maps), health science (epidemiology), sociology (networks), etc.

By giving this talk, Professor Kann hopes to excite those students who might be interested in doing a research topic in digital applications. While mainly geared towards CS students, hopefully students or faculty from other disciplines will see a connection and pair with CS students to develop applications of mutual interest. [event description]


Given as a presentation as part of the Computer Science Colloquium Series in Fall 2016.