Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
Dr. Lucian Hughes
Research Director, Accenture
The advent of increasingly cheap networked sensors, such as Smart Dust,
create the potential to bring a high resolution real time digital copy of
the world online. Accenture Technology Labs calls this trend "Reality
Online." We believe this trend points to a world where businesses and
consumers will go online to "surf" -- not the web so much -- as reality for
business advantage and individual value. We will illustrate this future
through a number of business and consumer "Reality Online" demonstrations
(some of which have received a dramatic level of national business and
consumer media attention).
Luke Hughes joined Accenture in 1993 and now directs the firm's Research
laboratory in Palo Alto, California a unique facility which has earned an
enviable reputation for innovation and leading-edge insights into the role
of new and emerging technologies in shaping business strategy.
Hughes's researchers are charged with analyzing and applying emerging
technology solutions to the challenges posed by the current "electronic
economy" to customers, products and services, partners and alliances,
enterprises, workers, and intellectual capital. Working closely with the
world's leading providers of computing, communication, and content
technologies, the group creates visionary application prototypes for the
marketplace, extended enterprise, and enterprise of the future.
Dr. Hughes has specialized in development of advance technology-based
business strategy throughout his career. Prior to his role as Research
Director, he was co-founder and Vice President of Product Development for
one of Accenture's start-ups. He also leads interactive sessions for
Fortune 500 senior client executives, focusing on the business implications
of technology trends and featuring research prototype solutions, through
Accenture's Executive Workshop Program.
Dr. Hughes has been extensively featured by business and technology news
and broadcast media around the world, including Forbes, ABC Nightly News,
The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, ZDTV, The San Francisco
Chronicle, Information Week, and PC Computing. He has been a keynote
speaker at large scale conferences such as Web 2000.
Dr. Hughes earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in
Artificial Intelligence from Yale University. He lives in Palo Alto,
California with his wife, three kids, and three dogs.