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Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information
Technology, a virtual
research center created within UC
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, studies
and promotes diverse access to and participation in computer science,
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.
ABRC will serve as an active participant with the newly-established
National Center for Women and Information
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,
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:
Institute for Women and Technology, Palo Alto, CA
of Colorado (system)
Research Association, Washington, D.C.
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Scouts of America, New York, NY.
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