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DTC Seminar Series

Challenges, Opportunities, and Implications for the Future Internet


Kevin C. Almeroth
Department of Computer Science
University of California - Santa Barbara

Friday, September 8, 2006
11:00 am

402 Walter Library

A PREDICTION ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNET is a trend towards pervasive access, largely enabled by wireless communication. This trend has profound implications in numerous areas: (1) the design of wireless network hardware; (2) the development of efficient wireless protocols; (3) the evolution of transport protocols; and (4) even the creation of new applications. This talk will consider all of these areas, yet will focus on two specific research directions. First, how can we monitor, analyze, and understand the complex interaction between large numbers of mobile nodes in a wireless environment? What is the process by which we collect data, analyze it, and come to recommendations for making wireless networks "better?" These questions ultimately lead to a second set of questions focused on the profound opportunities for new applications and modes of interaction. The second part of this talk then, is the introduction of a novel social application for information sharing among "lightweight mobile devices." In the end, the goal of this talk is to link these two research areas, and stimulate thought about what new problems and new solutions exist in wireless networks and social applications.


KEVIN C. ALMEROTH is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UC-Santa Barbara where his main research interests include computer networks and protocols, wireless networking, and large-scale multimedia systems. At UCSB, Dr. Almeroth is the Associate Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS), a founding faculty member of the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) Program, Technology Management Program (TMP), and the Computer Engineering (CE) Program. In the research community, Dr. Almeroth has authored more than 125 refereed papers. He is the chair of the Steering Committee for the ACM Network and System Support for Digital Audio and Video (NOSSDAV) workshop; on the Editorial Board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Network, ACM Computers in Entertainment, and AACE Journal of Interactive Learning Research; has co-chaired a number of conferences and workshops including the IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), ACM Sigcomm Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS), IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services (MMNS), the International Workshop On Wireless Network Measurement (WiNMee), the Network Group Communication (NGC) workshop, and the Global Internet Symposium; and has been on the program committee of numerous conferences. Dr. Almeroth is the former chair of the Internet2 Working Group on Multicast, and is active in several working groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He also serves on the boards of directors and/or advisory boards of several startups. He is a Member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE.