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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Free Talk at NJIT: UCLA Scientist To Outline Future of Computer Networking

Computer scientist Deborah Estrin, PhD, professor of computer science at University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss computer networking systems at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on March 21, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom.  Estrin will focus on remote sensing and wireless networking systems that allow people to sense the world—including natural, human and built environments. The free event is open to the public. For more information, contact Talina Knox at 973-642-4671.

Miniaturization and Moore’s law have enabled researchers to combine sensing, computation and wireless communication in integrated, low-power devices and to embed networks of these devices in the physical world. By placing sensing devices up close to the physical phenomena, researchers can study details in space and time that were previously unobservable.

Looking back over the past few years, researchers have made significant progress toward the vision of programmable, multi-modal, multi-scale, and multi-use observatories. The greatest strides in these applications have used judicious application of server-side and in-situ processing, mobility at multiple scales, and multi-scale data and models as context for in-situ measurements. Estrin’s presentation will discuss how scientists now apply these lessons learned and technical approaches to human and natural systems, in particular by exploring use of the installed base of image and acoustic sensors that most people now carry in pockets, on belts and cell phones.

Estrin, who received her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is currently professor of computer science at UCLA. She holds the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks and is founding director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Before joining UCLA she was a member of the computer science department at University of Southern California.

Since the late 1990’s, Estrin has collaborated with colleagues and students to develop protocols and systems architectures needed to realize rapidly-deployable and robustly-operating networks of physically-embedded devices. She is interested in the application of spatially and temporally dense embedded sensors to environmental monitoring. Most recently this work includes participatory-sensing systems, based on automated, programmable, and adaptive collection of environmental, physiological, and social parameters at the personal and community levels.

Event sponsors are Murray Center for Women in Technology Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium at NJIT, the NJIT ADVANCE Program and Albert Dorman Honors College.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.