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      Plenary Speakers:

The Organizing Committee of DCAS 2014 is pleased to announce 2014 Plenary Speakers:

Greg Astfalk

Greg Astfalk, Chief Scientist at HP
  Greg's focus is on future and emerging technologies beyond product roadmaps, and championing their development for use in future HP products.  Before HP he was at Convex Computer Corporation and before that at Bell Laboratories.

Title: The coming, large, changes in IT
The IT industry has been in constant change since its beginning in 1946 (with the birth of the Eniac computer), and it will be forever.  At this moment we anticipate, with high probability, a number of "revolutionary" changes over the next ~5 years. What is unique about the above list is that so many, so large, changes are hitting a harmonic.  This is unprecedented in the entire history of computing.  For clarity, some of these changes will be very long-tailed, with the transition lasting for perhaps a decade.  Greg will give a quick tour through these changes and how these underlying technologies enable "Internet of Things".

Raj Rajkumar Dr. Ragunathan "Raj" Rajkumar, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  Raj's research interests lie in all aspects of embedded real-time systems and wireless/sensor networks. In the context of wireless/sensor networks, his research interests span hardware, devices, power-efficient networking protocols, run-time environments, large-scale system architectures, visualization and administrative tools.

Joe Paradiso

Dr. Joe Paradiso, MIT Media Laboratory
  Joe Paradiso is an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory, where he directs the Responsive Environments group, which explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction and perception. After two years developing precision drift chambers at the Lab for High Energy Physics at ETH in Zurich, he joined the Draper Laboratory in 1984, where his research encompassed spacecraft control systems, image processing algorithms, underwater sonar, and precision alignment sensors for large high-energy physics detectors.  He joined the Media Lab in 1994, where his current research interests include embedded sensing systems and sensor networks, wearable and body sensor networks, energy harvesting and power management for embedded sensors, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, localization systems, passive sensor architectures, human-computer interfaces, & interactive media.

Title: At the Edges of ‘Big Data’ - Connecting with the Emerging Nervous System of Ubiquitous Sensing
Embedded sensors are touching every phase of our lives as they diffuse into the objects and environments around us.  We'll encounter a "phase change" within a few years, however, once this sensor information becomes networked and available to applications running outside of each device's domain that will be at least as profound as the onset of the web. Accordingly, this talk will overview the broad theme of interfacing humans to the ubiquitous electronic "nervous system" that sensor networks will soon extend across things, places, and people. Joe will illustrate this through two avenues of research - one looking at a new kind of digital "omniscience" (e.g., different kinds of browsers for sensor network data & agile frameworks for sensor representation) and the other looking at buildings & tools as "prosthetic" extensions of humans (e.g., making HVAC systems an extension of your sense of comfort, smart tools as human-robot cooperation in the hand), drawing from many projects that are running in my group at the MIT Media Lab.
Branislav Kisacanin Guest Speaker (during Banquet on 10/12 Sunday):
Dr. Branislav Kisacanin, CTO, Embedded Vision, Interphase

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