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The Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology, a virtual research center created within UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, studies and promotes diverse access to and participation in computer science, engineering, digital media and related information technology fields.

Diversity brings with it stability and resilience; it encourages creativity by drawing on a larger pool of experiences. Promoting diversity attracts yet a larger and more qualified set of participants. Enlisting a broad range of minds and backgrounds in the design of information technology yields products and services that apply to a broader range of consumers.

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ABRC will serve as an active participant with the newly-established National Center for Women and Information Technology, which is a coalition of organizations joining forces to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential work of information technology. Through a nationally connected effort of programs, networks and research, the National Center will advance programs that encourage women’s participation, raising the visibility of these programs to a national level.

ABRC will serve as the University of California hub of this national effort. Other hubs include:

  • The Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, CA
  • University of Colorado (system)
  • Computing Research Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Girl Scouts of America, New York, NY.

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Named in honor of the first computer programmer, Augusta Ada Byron (Lady Lovelace), the center carries forward Ada’s belief of the ‘universality’ of computing based on her predictions of the impact that Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine would have worldwide. In an 1843 article, Ada predicted that such a machine might be used to compose complex music, to produce graphics, and be instrumental in both practical and scientific use. Ada’s prescient comments anticipated by more than a century much of what we think of today as information technology – from scientific computing to computational arts.

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Ada Byron Research Center
UC Irvine Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
444 Computer Science Building
Irvine, CA 92697-3425

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