Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
The present and the future of mechanical engineering in the information age is the focus of a two-day conference April 8-9 hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Twelve MIT professors will give talks ranging from quantum computing to the MIT Auto-ID Center, which among other things is developing the bar code of the future. Other conference topics are informatics, networking, mechatronics, smart materials, bioinstrumentation and optical engineering.
"The Evolving Role of Mechanical Engineering in the Information Age" is the title of the keynote address, to be delivered by Mr. Papken Der Torossian, chairman and CEO of the Silicon Valley Group.
The conference, which will be held at the University Park Hotel in Cambridge, is free to members of the MIT community. For more information or to register, see the conference web site.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 29, 2000.