Prominent and distinguished Computer Scientists from academia and industry narrate their personal experiences of immigrating from where they grew up, to a completely different land (often the US), for study, work, or other reasons. The Immigrant Computer Scientists podcast, featuring these oral history interviews, is intended for a general audience, and does not require you to know Computer Science or Math or any science, or even be an immigrant! We neither draw conclusions nor take sides in any political debate—this podcast documents experiences. Listen, Enjoy, Learn! For more information and episode guides visit: http://csimmigrant.org/
Episode 43. Two Computer Scientists who encountered major illnesses in their lives (Tuberculosis, Breast Cancer) talk about how they navigated it, and used their experience to improve their education and research directions. Features immigrants from Chile and Moldova+Israel. Featuring: Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Regina Barzilay. Remix Episode from Seasons 1 & 2.
Episode 42. Punched Cards! Three technologists (all of whom have been both Profs and worked in industry) talk about their experience with early computing and punched cards while in their college in the 1960s-80s. Features immigrants from Israel and Brazil. Featuring: Moshe Vardi, Rico Malvar, Tal Rabin. Remix Episode from Seasons 1 & 2.
Episode 41. Alternate Realities. If you're an immigrant to the US/Canada, have you ever wondered, "What would my life have been like if I'd instead been born and grown up in US/Canada?" I asked seven accomplished and prominent immigrant Computer Scientists (from academia, industry, entrepreneurs) this question. Featuring: Regina Barzilay, Tal Rabin, Ion Stoica, Rada Mihalcea, Thamar Solorio, Moshe Vardi, Ricardo Baeza-Yates. Remix Episode from Season 2.
Pregnancy and Career
Episode 40. Pregnancy can affect the career of women researchers and entrepreneurs. In this episode we talk to a Professor and a successful Startup Founder about how they navigated this stage of their lives. This episode contains concrete and amazing advice! Featuring: Thamar Solorio (Prof U. Houston) and Soodeh Farokhi (Founder C2RO and VP Nakisa).
Random Ways to Start Research
Episode 39. Random Ways to Start Research. Five distinguished Computer Scientists talk about the role that random chance played in getting them started with research itself or their specific research area. Featuring: Rada Mihalcea, Tal Rabin, Regina Barzilay, Moshe Vardi, Thamar Solorio. Remix Episode from Season 2.
Impostor Syndrome 2
Episode 38. Impostor Syndrome. And Failures and Rejections: How Seven accomplished and prominent Computer Scientists (from academia, industry, entrepreneurs) handle them in their career and life. Featuring: Pratima Rao Gluckman, Regina Barzilay, Tal Rabin, Ion Stoica, Rada Mihalcea, Thamar Solorio, Ricardo Baeza-Yates. Remix Episode from Season 2.
Encouraging, surprising, and entertaining
This podcast became my regular source of motivation and inspiration. The guests describe how they approached their careers, highlighting ups, downs, and sharp turns. The stories showcase different ways people take towards impactful work, emphasizing the fun in the process. It is easy to relate to the guests and feel energized to contribute more to the CS field. I am so impressed by Indy Gupta; he has a fantastic sense of storytelling and shows genuine curiosity. I am very familiar with his technical work, but I would never guess that he would be the Terry Gross (from NPR Fresh Air) of the computing field!
Full of inspiring stories
As an immigrant, I found many of the stories relatable and overall very inspiring. I’m a big a fan of this podcast now and every new episode is an extra motivation for me to hit the gym to listen to it :-) thanks Indy for all your efforts.
Fascinating stories about CS researchers
I am hooked after listening to a couple. It’s fascinating to hear the stories. Indy is a natural when it comes to being a host. Great job!