Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

What can computer science do for democratic elections?

David Wagner

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

David Wagner
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

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Computing technology plays an increasing role in administering public elections.  I will discuss several ways that computer science may be able to contribute to improving elections, facilitating greater access and convenience for voters and greater transparency and accuracy in election results.  I will present recent research on using techniques from computer vision and statistics to improve election auditing.  I will also discuss opportunities for CS research to help enfranchise voters who are poorly served by our current system and to improve usability and accessibility for all.


David Wagner is Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, with expertise in the areas of computer security and electronic voting.  He currently serves on the Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidance Development Committee, which helps develop federal voting standards.  In 2007, he helped lead a comprehensive review commissioned by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to examine California e-voting systems, and he has worked extensively with federal, state, and local election administrators and policymakers.

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