The Magic and Beauty of Computer Science

Joshua Kroll

Joshua Kroll is a senior at Harvard University where he studies Mathematics and Physics. Still, he likes to refer to himself as a "computer scientist in disguise." His interest in computing led him in high school to research projects on pseudo-random number generation and on cryptography. Ultimately, it led him to a job at the Naval Postgraduate School. There, he worked with Craig Martell, applying natural language processing techniques to the study of human gestures and endearing himself to students by solving the problems on their automata theory assignments.

Since then, he has worked on computer vision in underwater video at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and failures in the domain name system at Akamai Technologies, Inc. He is also the president of the Harvard Computer Society, a student group dedicated to computer science awareness and the promotion of technology use at Harvard.