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University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign

 The Future Frontier: Computing on NCSA Mosaic's 10th Anniversary

Dan Reed, NCSA Ray Ozzie, GrooveNetworks Vinton Cerf, MCI
Rick Rashid, Microsoft David Kuck, Intel Russ Mitchell, Panel Moderator

Tuesday April 29th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Foellinger Auditorium, Champaign, IL

This event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is needed.

View the archived webcast of the Mosaic Symposium.

On Tuesday, April 29, 2003, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host five of the nation's leading technologists to explore the future of computing and networking. This panel discussion will celebrate the 10th anniversary of NCSA's release of Mosaic, the world's first freely available graphical Web browser. Mosaic spurred a revolution in communications, business, education, and entertainment that has had a trillion-dollar impact on the global economy.

The 1,750-seat Foellinger Auditorium is the site of classes, lectures, symposia, concerts and other performances, and special events. Foellinger Auditorium, with its dome, recalls Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda on the University of Virginia campus. The auditorium, with copper roof and cornice, is considered an example of the Beaux Arts Classical style.
  Back in 1993, people saw Mosaic as an exciting new tool, but no one could have predicted that its wide adoption would lead to e-commerce, online classrooms, downloadable music and films, and new worldwide communities of people with shared interests.

Likewise, no one today can say for sure where the next generation of computing and networking technologies—grids connecting people, businesses, powerful computers, tools, applications, and data—will lead us. Telemedicine could save lives. Worldwide cyberclassrooms might bring cutting-edge technologies to the most remote parts of the planet. Real-time, online weather forecasting could help people avoid tornadoes and other deadly storms before they strike.

This lively, two-hour conversation will cover the past, the present, and the future of computing and networking innovation. Topics will range from the impact of Mosaic and its progeny, including Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, on society, science, and business to the panelists' long-term visions of the future of computing, networking, and technology. The panelists, all well-known experts in their fields, will identify innovations and trends, including some that are on the horizon and others that are still the dreams of big thinkers. The symposium will also give members of the community the opportunity to ask questions of these exciting thinkers and innovators.

For more information about the Mosaic Celebration, contact Karen Green at kareng@ncsa.uiuc.edu.

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