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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Towards Smart Digital Home Storage


Young Jin Nam
University of Minnesota
Computer Science and Engineering
Visiting Faculty

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

Young Jin Nam

Demand for smart digital storage at home has been increasing with a larger number of distributed storage devices (within multiple desktops, digital cameras, PVRs, DTV) and ever-growing volumes of digital data at home (terabytes per household in 2010). Unfortunately, no data storage expert is available at home, even though each family should handle any data storage-related problems, such as data backup, capacity expansion, data (file) organization over different storage devices. In this talk, we will stress the necessity of developing smart digital home storage that provides different features than typical digital storage used in enterprises. We will also share current research activities and future research directions.


Young Jin Nam is currently a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota in the department of Computer Science and Engineering. He has been also an associate professor in the School of Computer and Information Technology, Daegu University in Korea, since 2004. Young Jin Nam received a MS degree in Electrical Engineering (1994) and a PhD degree in Computer Engineering (2004) from Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea. He worked with Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) as a research staff(1994-1998) for the development of a microkernel-based OS for a massively parallel computer. He was a visiting researcher at Novell (microkernel-based UNIX, 1995-1996) and at IBM's Almaden Research Center (storage QoS controller, 2001). Since 2005, he has been involved in the ITRC (Information Technology Research Center) program for the mobile embedded software technology (2005-2013) supported by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) of Korea. Since 2009, he has been also a member of the strategic planning committee for "Smart Home Appliances and Convergence Devices" in the MKE of Korea. His research interests include intelligent storage systems, smart digital signage, and wireless sensor networks.