Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Advancing the Impact of Research: The push for Open Access publishing

David Hodges and David Wagner

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

David Hodges and David Wagner
Professors, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

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Now that most scholarly and professional publication is electronic, costs of distribution are largely unrelated to volume of usage.   Thus the old subscription-based publication business model needs revision.  UC libraries and many others are demanding action to reduce the cost of library acquisitions.  Open Access is an obvious choice.

Many authors prefer that there should be no charge for access to published research.  This is possible if the up-front costs of peer review, editorial work, electronic indexing and archiving, etc. are covered via authors fees.  (Fees range from $500 to $3000.)

PLoS One ( is a spectacularly successful non-profit open-access electronic journal based on author fees.  It directly challenges the grip of the for-profit subscription-based publishers Nature, Elsevier, and Science in the life sciences, and is expanding into other fields of science and engineering.

Non-profit publishers IEEE, ACM, Usenix, now dominate in EECS publishing.  Where are they on the path to open access?  Or are they candidates for replacement?
That is the focus for our brief presentations, followed by questions and discussion.

Dave Hodges is the current IEEE VP for Publications.  David Wagner is an advocate for open access within the ACM.

For the UCB statement, see:


David A. Hodges, Professor Emeritus, is the Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor of Engineering Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned the B.E.E. degree at Cornell University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Berkeley. From 1966 to 1970 he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill and Holmdel, NJ. In 1970 he joined the faculty in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. Following a year as Chair of the EECS Department, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering from 1990 to 1996. He retired from regular service in 1998 and no longer accepts new students. In the 1970s and 1980s Professor Hodges was active in teaching and research on microelectronics technology and design. Since 1984 his research has centered on semiconductor manufacturing systems. He supervised 27 completed doctoral dissertations and 91 completed master's degrees. With Professor R. C. Leachman, he founded Berkeley's Competitive Semiconductor Manufacturing Program, with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the international semiconductor industry. Professor Hodges was the winner of the 1997 IEEE Education Medal and the 1999 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award. He was the founding Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, a past Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, and a past Chairman of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. With R. W. Brodersen and P. R. Gray, he received the 1983 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Award for pioneering work on switched-capacitor circuits. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a former Director of Silicon Image, Inc. and of Mentor Graphics Company.

David Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Division at the University of California at Berkeley with extensive experience in computer security and cryptography. He and his Berkeley colleagues are known for discovering a wide variety of security vulnerabilities in various cellphone standards, 802.11 wireless networks, and other widely deployed systems, and he has published two books and over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers. David is a founding member of the ACCURATE center. He is active in the areas of systems security, cryptography, and electronic voting.

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