Seminar: What I Learned from a Sabbatical At Google/Alphabet

Speaker: Dwight Makaroff, Professor, Computer Science

Speaker: Dwight Makaroff, Professor, Computer Science 

Large-scale software systems in the context of industrial organizations and the infrastructure to maintain them are complex and dynamic entities. I had the privilege to experience some small portion of that environment while I was a Visiting Research Scientist in the Technical Infrastructure Division in the Mountain View, CA campus of Google, Inc., which has now become the major component of the collection of companies known as Alphabet, Inc.

In this talk, I will give a glimpse into some of my experiences in Silicon Valley that will be of interest to researchers and students alike. These personal insights may help guide students to obtain some level of expectation with respect to career choices with respect to current opportunities with companies like Google. I will also show specifics of my group's objectives and the research project in which I participated as a case study of problems faced in support of performance objectives at scale. 

  • Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
  • Thorvaldson, Room 105 
  • Everyone is welcome to attend!

Biography: Dwight Makaroff is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a member of the DISCUS research group. His research involves networking, operating systems, and distributed systems projects from the performance point of view. Dwight obtained his B.Comm. in Computational Science and his M.Sc. in Computational Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.