Information and communications technologies have the potential to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, and help address societal challenges as well.  Although there are applications of computing where market forces are driving development and deployment, there are other applications where government, academia, civil society and philanthropy can and should play an important role.  Kalil will discuss the implications of digital transformation for the computer science research and education agenda, and the need for greater multi-disciplinary and multi-sector collaborations.

Tom Kalil is an expert on technology and innovation policy, and Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is also the Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the United States National Economic Council. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and international economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Kalil completed graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Kalil became a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, and later Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he developed multi-disciplinary research initiatives, most of them at the interfaces among information technology, nanotechnology, and biology. He served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences.