We’re 3 female computer scientists at MIT, here to answer questions about programming and academia. Ask us anything!
Hi! We're a trio of PhD candidates at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (@MIT_CSAIL), the largest interdepartmental research lab at MIT and the home of people who do things like develop robotic fish, predict Twitter trends and invent the World Wide Web.
We spend much of our days coding, writing papers, getting papers rejected, re-submitting them and asking more nicely this time, answering questions on Quora, explaining Hoare logic with Ryan Gosling pics, and getting lost in a building that looks like what would happen if Dr. Seuss art-directed the movie “Labyrinth."
Seeing as it’s Computer Science Education Week, we thought it’d be a good time to share some of our experiences in academia and life.
Feel free to ask us questions about (almost) anything, including but not limited to:
- what it's like to be at MIT
- why computer science is awesome
- what we study all day
- how we got into programming
- what it's like to be women in computer science
- why we think it's so crucial to get kids, and especially girls, excited about coding!
Here’s a bit about each of us with relevant links, Twitter handles, etc.:
- does research in human-computer interaction, focusing on massive CS classrooms
- has also studied drones that can perch on vertical walls
- is a former wrestler (check out this take-down!)
- does research on programming language design and software verification
- developed a programming language called Jeeves that makes it easier for programmers to build strong privacy features for apps
- once worked without email for 10 days and wrote a Newsweek article about it
- co-founded Graduate Women at MIT
- does research on multi-core databases and distributed systems
- gives talks on scaling your database and using caches effectively
- so badly wants YOU to learn to code that she wrote up this nifty resource page
- used to work at Google and helped launch the new Digg (don’t hold that last one against her!)
Disclaimer: we are by no means speaking for MIT or CSAIL in an official capacity! Our aim is merely to talk about our experiences as graduate students, researchers, life-livers, etc.
Let's go! http://imgur.com/gallery/2b7EFcG
FYI we're all posting from ilar769 now because the others couldn't answer.
Thanks everyone for all your amazing questions and helping us get to the front page of reddit! This was great!