Shimon Schocken

 

 


 

I am the founding dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science at IDC Herzliya, a young Israeli university that I helped establish in 1995. Since its inception, students and faculty from our school went on to found dozens of companies, some of which were acquired by Microsoft, Google, eBay, SalesForce, CA, Cisco, AOL, Apple, Faceook, and Intel.

In addition to IDC, I was a tenured professor at NYU (1985-1995), a visiting professor at Harvard (2005) and at Stanford (2012), and chairman of the Israeli ministry of education’s computer science committee.

Together with Noam Nisan, I developed Nand2Tetris – an open-source approach for teaching applied computer science, described in a bestselling MIT Press book and in a recent TED talk. This project evolved into one of the first successful MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), taken freely by thousands of self-learners over the web.

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In this project-centered course* you will build a modern computer system, from the ground up. We’ll divide this fascinating journey into six hands-on projects that will take you from constructing elementary logic gates all the way through creating a fully functioning general purpose computer. In the process, you will learn - in the most direct and constructive way - how computers work, and how they are designed.

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Apr 11th 2015

Build a modern computer system, starting from first principles. The course consists of six weekly hands-on projects that take you from constructing elementary logic gates all the way to building a fully functioning general purpose computer. In the process, you will learn -- in the most direct and intimate way -- how computers work, and how they are designed.

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