EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. David Tennenhouse

Director of Research,
Intel Corporation


Proactive Computing: A Progress Report




For almost 40 years, Computer Science has been dominated by J.C.R. Licklider's powerful vision of Interactive Computing. Although this "Human Centered" line of research has been tremendously productive, the interactive model will not scale as networked computers begin to outnumber people a hundred or thousand-fold.

Intel Research Proactive Computing initiative - working toward environments in which networked computers proactively anticipates our needs and, sometimes, take actions on our behalf. Through this presentation you will learn about the elements of our research agenda and our work in progress. I will also identify some of the "Larger than Intel" challenges that we hope others in the research community will take on.


David Tennenhouse is an Intel Vice President in the Corporate Technology Group and Director of Research. He has been one of the pioneers of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networking, Active networks, Software Radio, and Desktop Media processing.

Tennenhouse received his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto. In 1989, he completed his Ph.D. at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He then joined MIT, where he held appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and in the Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Tennenhouse is a member of the ACM and IEEE and served on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has been a member of the National Science and Technology Council's Sub-committee on Computing Information and Communications R&D, and chaired the Technology & Policy Working Group of the President's Information Infrastructure Task Force. In addition to his journal and conference publications, Dr. Tennenhouse has chaired various workshops and studies concerned with Information Infrastructure, ATM/Gigabit networking, and Advanced Digital Television (HDTV).