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(Re)defining Computing Curricula by (Re)defining Computing
  • Charles L Isbell, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus
  • Lynn Andrea Stein, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Robb Cutler, Purdue University
  • Jeffrey Forbes, Duke University
  • Linda Fraser, Microsoft
  • John Impagliazzo, Qatar University
  • Viera Proulx, Northeastern University
  • Steve Russ, University of Warwick
  • Richard Thomas, Queensland University of Technology
  • Yan Xu, Microsoft
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What is the core of Computing? This paper defines the discipline of computing as centered around the notion of modeling, especially those models that are automatable and automatically manipulable. We argue that this central idea crucially connects models with languages and machines rather than focusing on and around computational artifacts, and that it admits a very broad set of fields while still distinguishing the discipline from mathematics, engineering and science. The resulting computational curriculum focuses on modeling, scales and limits, simulation, abstraction, and automation as key components of a computationalist mindset.


© 2009 ACM. This article was published in inroads- ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, vol. 41, iss. 4, p. 195-207 and may be found here.

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Charles L Isbell, Lynn Andrea Stein, Robb Cutler, Jeffrey Forbes, et al.. "(Re)defining Computing Curricula by (Re)defining Computing" (2009)
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