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Presenter: Dan Reed, Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Title: "The Grid: The Future of Information Infrastructure"

Abstract: Dan Reed, Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Computational Science Alliance, will discuss efforts to develop and deploy aspects of America's next generation information infrastructure, the Grid. The Grid encompasses distributed computing, data, visualization, and collaboration resources, unified by a malleable software substrate. The talk includes development and deployment efforts, as well as the implication of mobile devices.

Bio-sketch: Daniel A. Reed is currently Gutgsell Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he is Director the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) and of the National Computational Science Alliance, one of two NSF Partnerships for an Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI). He is also a principal investigator in the NSF-funded GrADS project to develop adaptive software for computational grids and a participant in several national consortia related to parallel computing, Grids, and visualization. He and his collaborators are also developing "smart spaces" based on situated and mobile environments.


Presenter: Larry Smarr, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California at San Diego
Title: "A Mobile Internet Powered by a Planetary Computer"

Abstract: The wired Internet with its half billion personal computers as end points will form the foundation for an expansion of the Internet throughout the physical world. Billions of cell phones, information appliances, sensors, actuators, and embedded processors will join the Internet via various wireless technology extensions of the wired Internet. In the near future, peer-to-peer distributed computing, essentially crossing SETI@home with Napster, will create a planetary scale computer with millions of PCs. This computational and storage fabric may become a new information utility powering the mobile Internet.

Bio-sketch: Larry Smarr was the founding director of NCSA and the National Computational Science Alliance, while a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In August 2000, he moved to the University of California San Diego, where he is a professor of computer science and engineering. In December 2000, he became the founding director of UC's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, which has a focus on the software, wireless, and photonic technologies necessary for extending the capabilities of the internet into a global grid. He is a member of both the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH. He is also a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Presenter: Brian Redding, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Motorola
Title: "The Promise of Bluetooth"

Abstract: Bluetooth Wireless Technology promises the creation of a world without wires. It is now positioned to deliver on some of these promises as products incorporating Bluetooth Wireless Technology become available. The discussion will be an overview of the Bluetooth Wireless Technology and the direction it is heading in the consumer marketplace.

Bio-sketch: Brian Redding has worked as a software engineer at Motorola's Urbana-Champaign Design Center (UDC) in Champaign, IL for the last11 years. In 1998, Brian began his involvement with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as contributing member of the Bluetooth 1.0 specification team. He now serves as a software architect on the Bluetooth software development in the Motorola's Personal Communication Sector. In addition, he continues to work today in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as Motorola's delegate to the Bluetooth Architecture Review Board (BARB) and Motorola's delegate to the Bluetooth Qualification Review Board (BQRB).


Presenter: Chris Burke, Motorola
Title: "The Wireless Application Protocol: What is it and Where is it Going?"

Abstract: Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), a commercial standard for forms-based applications on cell phones, has been widely hyped and criticized. In this presentation Chris will share his views on three basic questions about WAP: What is it? What technical and economic factors motivated its deployment? What is its future?

Bio-sketch: Chris Burke, a 19-year veteran of the wireless data industry, is Director of Application Interface Strategy for Motorola's Internet Software and Content Group. Previously he served as Director of Internet Standards Strategy for Motorola Corporation, as Program Manager for Motorola's WaveGuide wireless SDK, and as lead software architect and engineer for Motorola's DataTAC and CDPD wireless data subscriber products. Chris chaired the experimental Web Elucidation of Internet-Related Developments (WEIRD) working group of the IETF, represents Motorola in the IPv6 Forum, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Portable Computer and Communications Association. He holds a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Chris and his wife Trisha live in Seattle.


Presenter: Dewayne Hendricks, CEO, Dandin Group
Title: "New Directions in Delivering Broadband Wireless Connectivity"

Abstract: One of the major barriers to the development and deployment of advanced wireless data networks has been regulatory in nature. In the last several years the FCC has taken steps to remove a number of those barriers and the technologies now available are making it possible to deploy fixed broadband wireless networks with economics that are a major departure from the past. This talk will cover some of the possibilities that are available today and reflect on what may become possible in the future.

Bio-Sketch: Dewayne Hendricks is CEO, of Dandin Group, Inc., a Fremont, California based company which does research and product development in the area of broadband wired and wireless data devices and services. He is also a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technological Advisory Council (TAC Prior to that he was General Manager, Wireless Business Unit, for Com21, Inc. Before Com21, he was Co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation Wireless Field Tests for Education project. He was formerly the CEO and co-founder of Tetherless Access Ltd., which was one of the first companies to develop and deploy Part 15 unlicensed wireless metropolitan area data networks which used the TCP/IP protocols. He has participated in the installation of these networks in other parts of the world such as Kenya, Tonga, Mexico, Canada and Mongolia.


Presenter: David Hughes, Principal Investigator, NSF Wireless Field Test Projects
Title: "Distributed Sensors and User's Challenges and Promises"

Abstract: Hughes will report on the need, made apparent by his wireless field test support of environmental and biological field science, for better and cheaper sources of low power that can serve widescale distribution of sensors and wireless devices. The potential of new forms of digital wireless technologies will be discussed. And the need for the scientific community to lobby the FCC, in the interests of science will be explained.


Presenter: Robert Kipp, Section Chief Engineer, SAIC - Champaign
Title: "Urbana - 3-D Wireless Simulation Tool"

Abstract: This talk describes "Urbana", a locally (SAIC) developed software package for predicting wireless performance in indoor and outdoor settings based on high-fidelity 3-D descriptions of the environment (e.g., buildings, terrain) and antenna placement. Related and enabling modeling technologies will also be discussed, as well as Urbana's role in the overall wireless network planning and analysis problem.

Bio-sketch: Dr. Robert Kipp is a technical manager at SAIC in Champaign (formerly DEMACO, Inc.), where he has been employed since 1993. At SAIC, he leads a team responsible for the development of commercial modeling technologies for wireless, automotive radar, and other antenna applications. Dr. Kipp received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and has published multiple articles in the area of computational electromagnetics.


Presenter: William Lane, Chief Technologist, Wireless Communications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Title: "The Wireless Spectrum"

Abstract: William Lane will discuss spectrum policy issues from the perspective of why they exist and what the FCC is doing to find solutions. In specific, Mr. Lane will address issues related to the 3G cellular requirements, Part 15 unlicensed spectrum, and continuing efforts to provide better spectrum access.

Bio-sketch: Dr. Bill Lane was named Chief Technologist of the Wireless Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission in June of 2000. Prior to joining the Commission, Lane was the Chief Scientist with Femme Comp Incorporated and served on the Department of the Army staff, where he was responsible for the Joint Tactical Radio System Program, the DoD software defined radio program. Previously, Lane completed a career as a US Army Signal Corps Officer culminating with the rank of Colonel and assignment as the Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy. His assignments and responsibilities included a broad range of tactical communications ranging from special operations to division- and corps-level communications as well as strategic level communications with the former Defense Communications Agency. In addition, he served as an Instructor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy and as a Special Projects Officer in the Joint United States Military Mission for Aid to Turkey. Lane received his Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, his MBA degree from Long Island University, and his BS degree from the United States Military Academy. He is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.


Presenter: Brad Myers, Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: "Using Wireless Handheld Devices in the Classroom, Home and Office."

Abstract: Although the topic of this conference deals with computing and communications while on the "go", people spend most of their time in places that are now, or will soon be, full of built-in computerized devices. How will wireless handhelds be used when you are standing in front of a large networked display screen on the wall? We are investigating the myriad ways that mobile wireless devices can augment other computerized devices when nearby. For example, in classrooms, students' handhelds can be linked to the instructor's computer for instantaneous testing, interlinked notetaking, and guided simulations. In homes, the mobile device can serve as "personal universal controllers" to provide highly usable interfaces to complex appliances and home automation. In offices, mobile devices can augment conventional desktop applications running on PCs. In meeting rooms, attendees can use their handhelds to cooperatively control and annotate the joint work product. In all of these situations, the user interface is partially on the mobile device and partially on fixed devices, so they can be described as "Multi-Machine User Interfaces." For more information, see

Bio-sketch: Brad A. Myers is a Senior Research Scientist in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is the principal investigator for various research projects including: the Pebbles Hand-Held Computer Project, Silver Multi-Media Authoring, Natural Programming, User Interface Software, and Demonstrational Interfaces. He is the author or editor of over 200 publications, including the books "Creating User Interfaces by Demonstration" and "Languages for Developing User Interfaces," and he is on the editorial board of five journals. He has been a consultant on user interface design and implementation to over 40 companies, and regularly teaches courses on user interface software. Myers received a PhD in computer science at the University of Toronto where he developed the Peridot UIMS. He received the MS and BSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during which time he was a research intern at Xerox PARC. His research interests include hand-held computers, programming by example, programming languages for kids, user interface development systems, user interfaces, visual programming, interaction techniques, window management, and programming environments. He belongs to SIGCHI, ACM, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE, and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.


Presenter: Gordon Erlebacher, Professor of Computer Science, Florida State University
Title: "The Wireless Web @ FSU"

Abstract: Dr. Erlebacher will describe initial steps towards the development of a wireless infrastructure to support scientific visualization at Florida State University. His presentation will discuss the merits of various technologies and visions of the near and far future.

Bio-sketch: Gordon Erlebacher received his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1983 for the development of adaptive triangular grid techniques applied to MHD. He worked 13 years at NASA and ICASE in the field of transition and turbulence of compressible flows, integrating scientific visualization, scientific computing, and mathematical modeling. He is currently a Professor in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Florida State University, developing new methodologies to enhance the use of large-scale display devices for scientific visualization through the use of wireless technologies and hand-held devices.


Presenter: Al Gilman, Trace Center at Wisconsin
Title: "Wireless Access and People with Disabilities in a Universal Grid"

Abstract: Wearable GPS promises a revolution in the independence with which blind people can go places. Digital cell phones have raised hob with hearing aids through electromagnetic interference. Wireless access to a network rich in services has the potential to be either bane or boon to people with disabilities. We will review some pertinent usage scenarios and draw some pointers for the overall service delivery architecture that favor the upside outcome.

Bio-sketch: Al Gilman is an aerospace escapee who is paying off his debt to humanity, in part, by supporting the Trace Center research program as it looks at Universal Design for the emerging fabric of pervasive intelligence.


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