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Columbia University's Jeannette Wing Named Feature Speaker at 2019 Internet2 Global Summit

Posted on Feb 11, 2019 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2019 Internet2 Global Summit, Big Data, Frontpage News, Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 11, 2019 – Jeannette M. Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and professor of computer science at Columbia University, will serve as a featured keynote speaker at the 2019 Internet2 Global Summit event. The talk entitled “Data for Good: Data Science at Columbia” will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC.

Wing will address how the recent convergence of big data, cloud computing, and novel machine learning algorithms and statistical methods are causing an explosive interest in data science and its applicability to all fields. Her talk will also address the design of data science solutions and the need for both excellence in the fundamentals of the field and expertise to develop applications which meet human challenges without creating greater risk.

“As a community of researchers, scientists and technologists we understand the importance of seamless and trusted access to research data that supports collaboration and helps drive scholarship, creativity and innovation,” said Howard Pfeffer, president and CEO of Internet2. “Cloud computing and machine learning have both accelerated the possibilities of big data research. Dr. Jeannette Wing is a preeminent leader in the field of data science and her talk is a timely and welcomed perspective for our collective efforts as a community to support research and education.”

From 2013 to 2017, Wing was a corporate vice president of Microsoft Research. She is a consulting professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, where she twice served as the head of the computer science department and had been on the faculty since 1985. From 2007 to 2010, Wing was the assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. 

Wing's general research interests are in the areas of trustworthy computing, specification and verification, concurrent and distributed systems, programming languages, and software engineering. Her current interests are in the foundations of security and privacy, with a new focus on trustworthy AI. 

Wing is currently a member of the National Library of Medicine Blue Ribbon Panel; the Science, Engineering, and Technology Advisory Committee for the American Academy for Arts and Sciences; the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics; the Advisory Board for the Association for Women in Mathematics; and the Alibaba DAMO Technical Advisory Board. 

Wing received the CRA Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and the ACM Distinguished Service Award in 2014. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Wing received her bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The 2019 Internet2 Global Summit event will convene research and education technology leaders from March 5-8 at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC hotel. It will feature two keynote addresses, presentations from noted subject-matter experts, and sessions focused on trust and identity, advanced networking, information security, and integrated solutions for research, scholarship and creativity. More information can be found on the 2019 Global Summit website

A live netcast will be available at the event page,

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the news media interested in attending the Internet2 Global Summit should contact Sara Aly at or 720-379-9674.

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Media Contact: Sara Aly
Communications Manager, Internet2