…we have the “Microsoft Carnegie Mellon Center for Computational Thinking.”
From SC Online’s coverage:
Computational thinking, as developed by Jeannette M. Wing, head of Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science Department, involves solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science.
Hmm. Professor Wing is of course set to become the new head of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate at NSF on 1 July. Oh well, coincidence I’m sure.
will support research in core computer science areas using an approach called problem-oriented explorations, pioneered by Carnegie Mellon’s ALADDIN Center. Researchers from a variety of fields will address specific, real-world problems; initial topics include privacy, e-commerce, multicore computing and embedded medical devices. In addition, the center will develop and disseminate courses and curricula suitable for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as K-12 classes.