Mason hosts two tech-focused symposiums


George Mason University is home to two symposiums that highlight its commitment to tech talent. The first is a two-day virtual symposium that helps kick off a new thematic initiative to enhance diverse multidisciplinary research in computing, society, and health care, aligned with Mason’s new School of Computing.

The two-day virtual “Frontiers of Computing in Health and Society” symposium will feature keynote talks, moderated panels, and lightning talk sessions organized around the broad themes of “AI, Social Justice, and Public Policy” (Sept. 20) and “Computational Systems Biomedicine” (Sept. 21).

The conference is open to students, faculty and the general public. Get more information and the schedule here.

Learn more about the TTIP Faculty Thematic Hiring Initiative, Mason’s new action to promote multidisciplinary education, research and collaboration in computing. The initiative is part of the university’s effort to support Virginia’s Tech Talent Investment Program (TTIP), the plan to ensure that Amazon and the state’s tech sector have a strong and sustainable talent pipeline.

Mason’s School of Computing (SoC) and the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA) are co-hosting the inaugural Interdisciplinary Computing Research Symposium on Oct. 8 in Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

This symposium aims to bring together faculty from across the university to discuss potential research collaborations. Our goal is to facilitate dialogues and create connections between faculty with expertise in digital technologies and faculty focused on developing computational approaches and deploying computing systems to address problems in their fields, as well as faculty focused on studying the societal impact of digital technology and digital systems.

The symposium will feature lightning talk sessions (organized around the four themes of healthy society, healthy economy, healthy planet and healthy people), interpreted broadly and including other emergent interdisciplinary research themes, where faculty can provide brief introductions to their research, a poster session to connect speakers from the lightning talk sessions to attendees who are interested in collaboration, as well as “birds-of-a-feather” sessions on topics proposed by attendees.

The deadline to register for the symposium is Sept. 20.