Speaker: Fran Berman, Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Where: Dorsey Learning Hall 1106, Luddy Hall
When: Friday – December 7, 2018 10:30 AM
Topic: Civilizing the Internet of Things
Abstract: The ubiquity of digital information has ushered in a new environment that is transforming how we work, do business, and live: The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is an interconnected cyber-physical-biological environment that links devices, systems, data, and people. At its best, the IoT has the potential to create a rich environment that empowers people through technology, and technology through intelligence. At its worst, the IoT can open a Pandora’s Box of inappropriate behavior, unintended consequences, and intrusiveness. To create an IoT that advances society, and not just technology, involves a holistic approach that coordinates technological design and capability, responsible policy and regulation, and responds to new challenges and opportunities for ethical use and advancement. In this talk, Fran Berman discusses the design and development of a social and technical ecosystem for the IoT that advances its use for the public good.
Bio: Dr. Francine Berman is the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2009, Dr. Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure." In 2015, Dr. Berman was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities.
Dr. Berman is former Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (2001 to 2009) and former Vice President for Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2009-2012). In 2012, she became U.S. lead of the emerging Research Data Alliance (RDA), a community-driven international organization created to accelerate research data sharing world-wide, and to develop the technical, organizational and social infrastructure needed to support data-driven innovation. Dr. Berman is Chair of RDA/U.S. and Co-Chair of RDA's leadership Council. Prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Berman was Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering and first holder of the High Performance Computing Endowed Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering. As Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), she led a staff of 250+ interdisciplinary scientists, engineers, and technologists. Dr. Berman directed the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a consortium of 41 research groups, institutions, and university partners with the goal of building national infrastructure to support research and education in science and engineering.