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Proactive Computing: A Progress Report

12/11/2002 4:15 PM 34-101
David Tennenhouse, Vice-President and Corporate Technology Group Director, Research, Intel Corporation

Description: For almost 40 years, Computer Science has been dominated by J.C.R. Licklider's powerful vision of Interactive Computing. Although this "Human Centered" line of research has been tremendously productive, the interactive model will not scale as networked computers begin to outnumber people a hundred or thousand-fold. Intel Research has initiated work on Proactive Computing working toward environments in which networked computers proactively anticipate our needs and, sometimes, take actions on our behalf. This talk presents the elements of Intel's research agenda and identifies some of the "larger than Intel" challenges facing the research community.

About the Speaker(s): David Tennenhouse is an Intel Vice President in the Corporate Technology Group and Director of Research. He has been one of the pioneers of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networking, Active networks, Software Radio, and Desktop Media processing. Tennenhouse received his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto. In 1989, he completed his Ph.D. at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He then joined MIT, where he held appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and in the Sloan School of Management. Tennenhouse previously served as Chief Scientist and Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Technology Office. At DARPA, he directed a research program focusing on information technology issues of strategic concern to the U.S. government. As Office Director, Tennenhouse formulated DARPA's PRO-Active Computing research strategy which emphasizes the networking of embedded and autonomous systems. He was also a key player in the development of the U.S. government's Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT2) initiative.

Host(s): School of Engineering, Laboratory for Computer Science

Tape #: 14343

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