Tabriz delivers a message about adaptability and purpose | Computing

A foundation that fueled its success

Tabriz believes the basis for her planning and resulting success was formed right here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a computer science student from Illinois.

That thought solidified in her mind, as she strolled around campus the night before graduation. Tabriz started near the South Quad, visiting the new Siebel Center for Design and ended in another new building – the Campus Instructional Facility near the Engineering Library.

“In tech, we serve people, so understanding society, history, psychology, political science, and other liberal arts and humanities is important,” Tabriz said.


The designs of both buildings centered on collaborative learning and open discussion spaces; they reminded Tabriz of the unique environment of this university and how spaces are created for incidental connection and innovation.

“Seeing these beautiful spaces made me want to go back to college, Tabriz said. “To some extent, I believe it is true that youth is wasted by youth. I didn’t spend enough time south of Green Street. I was focused on building engineering skills when I was a student here, and I didn’t really appreciate the importance of creating those cross-disciplinary, cross-functional connections to solving real-world problems.

“I was heartened to hear Dean (Grainger Engineering) Rashid Bashir tell me about the emphasis here on interdisciplinary engineering education. In a messy world, engineering is the art of restraint – and that stress often comes from things outside of math or physics.

A new generation of computer science students, ideally placed to succeed

Encouraged by Grainger Engineering’s collaborative spirit, Tabriz believes the capabilities of the next generation are enormous, especially in its field.

A group of Illinois CS students and other members of the Women in Engineering student group had lunch and met with Parisa Tabriz on Friday – a day before the Grainger Engineering convocation was held.

When she arrived on campus as a student, Tabriz got her first personal computer and her first access to high-speed internet. By the time she graduated, she had her first cell phone. Fast forward just 15 years, and this technology is as ubiquitous as the power grid.

“Technology has advanced at a faster rate than we can even fully comprehend in a relatively short period of time, and I’m thrilled to know that the future is in the hands of today’s students,” he said. she declared.

It helps to get the most out of a comprehensive computer training, which Tabriz did here.

Tabriz remembers taking his first course in artificial intelligence and learning the basics of neural networks, while taking electives in law and business. She embarked on research for the first time, under Professors Bill O’Brien, Jr. and Nikita Boris, who taught her the power of addressing open issues and thinking about the bigger picture. .

With similar experiences now under their belt, Tabriz greatly anticipates what this year’s CS graduates will accomplish in areas such as natural language processing, which can be used for translation, robotics, and autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles. , the continued application of machine learning to a range of topics, and the proliferation of wearable devices and split screens.

“One of the things that gives me hope and optimism is that today’s students are now much more socially aware. They reflect on the impact of technology on the environment, society and democracy. Combine that with the proliferation of computing, massive datasets, continuous advancements in algorithms, and it’s clear that the next technology leaders will have more problem-solving capabilities than ever before. Of course, they will also encounter new problems that did not exist before.

Parisa Tabriz, when discussing the incredible potential of today’s computer science students.


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