May 10, 2019, 10 A.M.
Gordon Field House and Activities Center

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown, former chief scientist of Xerox Corp. and director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), will be the keynote speaker for Rochester Institute of Technology’s annual commencement celebration on Friday, May 10, 2019. 

Brown, known as JSB, is currently a visiting scholar and adviser to the provost at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, a Silicon Valley initiative that helps senior executives understand and use opportunities that emerge from the intersections of business and technology. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning, and his personal research interests include new approaches to learning, digital youth culture, digital media, and the application of technology to accelerate deep learning within and across organizational boundaries. Brown is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has published well over 100 papers in scientific journals and written nine books.

Brown holds a BA in mathematics and physics from Brown University, a Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan, and 10 honorary doctorate degrees in four fields: science, design, public policy, and humane letters.

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