Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Professor James Demmel
Chief Scientist and Associate Director, CITRIS
EECS Department, U.C. Berkeley

Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) will create information technology to tackle society’s most critical needs. CITRIS research will focus initially on the areas of energy efficiency, transportation, seismic safety, education, health care, and environmental monitoring, all based on a common computing structure we call a societal-scale information system.

CITRIS was spurred by Governor Gray Davis’s call for visionary new UC Centers for Science and Innovation. In a powerful partnership between four University of California campuses, California industry, and the State of California, CITRIS will deliver the technical foundations to meet California’s urgent public-sector needs in years, not decades, and lead the way in creating the information technology infrastructure we need for a vibrant 21st century society.

Corporate and private donors have pledged more than $170 million for CITRIS.

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James Demmel received his BS in Mathematics from Caltech in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1983. After spending six years on the faculty of the Courant Institute , New York University , he joined the Computer Science Division and Mathematics Department at Berkeley in 1990, where he holds a joint appointment.

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