Amazon Science Day at UCLA photo gallery

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Oct. 29, 2021 | Mong Auditorium, Engineering VI

9 – 10 a.m.

Light Refreshments

10 – 10:25 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Jens Palsberg, Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering
  • Jayathi Murthy, Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean, UCLA Samueli
  • Stefano Soatto, VP of Applied Science, Amazon Web Services AI/Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli

10:25 – 11:45 a.m.

Research Presentations #1

  • Nobel Laureate Andrea Ghez, Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics, UCLA
  • Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli
  • Nanyun “Violet” Peng, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli
  • Eleazar Eskin, Chair and Professor of Computational Medicine Department — UCLA Samueli and The David Geffen School of Medicine

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Patio of the James West Alumni Center

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Research Presentations #2

  • Gerard Medioni, Amazon Distinguished Scientist & VP, Physical Stores Tech
  • Pietro Perona, Amazon Fellow for AWS Deep Learning
  • Sriram Sankararaman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli
  • Veronica Santos, Associate Dean of EDI and Faculty Affairs, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA Samueli
  • Achuta Kadambi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA Samueli
  • Abeer Alwan, Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA Samueli

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

  • Tour of the Birthplace of the Internet (3420 Boelter Hall)
  • Tour of the augmented reality production set of The Man in the High Castle (Freud Playhouse)

This Date in History

October 29, 1969

The Birth of the Internet

Gene Block, Leonard Kleinrock, Eric Garcetti with City of LA cerificate of appreciation and the key to the city

To celebrate the launch of the hub, UCLA Engineering today held “Amazon Science Day at UCLA,” an event that coincided with the 52nd anniversary of the birth of the internet. On Oct. 29, 1969, UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock directed the transmission of the first internet message from his lab in UCLA’s Boelter Hall to the Stanford Research Institute. Kleinrock, now a UCLA distinguished professor of computer science, has received numerous prestigious honors for his foundational contributions to the development of the internet.