Celebrating Computational Thinking at Duke

Held Thursday, March 3, 2022

We presented our first CCT symposium live on YouTube. To watch individual sessions, view the YouTube playlist.

1:00 – 1:15 PM:  The Future of Computational Thinking at Duke

In this informal conversation, Duke leadership including special guest Provost Kornbluth will discuss the future of computational thinking at Duke.

1:15 – 1:55 PM: AI Health: What Does ‘Ethical and Equitable Data Science’ Mean?

Duke AI Health is focused on developing, evaluating, and implementing data science and artificial intelligence applications for health and healthcare at Duke and beyond, focusing on ethical and equitable data science. In this discussion, we’ll discuss short case studies to illustrate the challenge and potential of computational thinking applied to medicine, healthcare delivery, and the health of individuals and communities.

2:00 – 2:45 PM: Computation-Empowered Science

Computation-empowered science has led to extraordinary research and results in the last century. In this discussion, Duke experts will discuss the future potential, challenges, and opportunities in this landscape.

2:45 – 2:55 PM: The Digital Intelligence Certificate: How Does Computational Thinking Impact Our World?

Unprecedented access to data, computing, and technology is transforming our world and our concept of a liberal arts education. Regardless of undergraduate discipline, all Duke University students’ futures will be influenced by the interrelationship between computation, data, technology, industry, governments, and society. The Digital Intelligence Certificate is an interdisciplinary pedagogical program that will prepare students for this complex future.

3:00 – 3:55 PM: The Computational Humanities

Computational humanities explore the computational revolution, and its implications for how we live, think, work, create, and communicate within and across various disciplines. In this session we’ll talk about some of the ongoing work and community within Duke.

4:00 – 4:55 PM:  Innovating Computational Education

In a series of lightning talks, faculty will share how they are creating learning experiences and innovating in their teaching to broaden access to computational education across Duke. The session will also include a “Question and Answer” discussion on what we can learn from these experiments and scale innovation across the curriculum.

5:00 – 5:10 PM: Winners of the 2022 AI for Art Competition

Using algorithms to generate art promotes deeper understanding of the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the visual and media-based world around us and provokes inquiry into the endeavor and humanity behind creativity. The 2022 Duke AI for Art Competition is a forum for artworks generated by artificial intelligence methods, systems, networks and algorithms. During this final segment of the symposium we’ll announce the winners of the competition with discussion of their art and its generation.


  • Symposium director: Shelley Rusincovitch
  • Production team: Stephen Toback and Mich Donovan
  • Project management and coordination: Isabel Valls and Tiffany Torres

We’re especially grateful to the presenters for sharing their time and expertise with this audience.

For questions or more information, please send an e-mail to computationalthinking@duke.edu.

Featured speakers


Valerie Ashby, PhD, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Dean


Matthew Hirschey, PhD, Director of the Center for Computational Thinking; Associate Professor of Medicine (moderator)


Sally Kornbluth, PhD, Duke University Provost


Jerome Lynch, PhD, Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering