- Them: "What do you do?"
- Me: "I'm a professor at the University of Chicago."
- "That's neat. What do you teach?"
- "Computer Science."
- (a) "Oh. Excuse me, I see someone I know," or
(b) "I'm setting up a wireless network in my house.", or
(c) "I don't use the computers much but my kids are really into it."
How do you discuss your research with non-specialists? I'm sure some of you solve this problem by not having any non-CS/Math friends. But if we can't easily discuss our work one-on-one how do we convince the public that our research is important to them and society at large.