Embedding the Internet: Instrumenting the Physical World

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Prof. Deborah Estrin
Department of Computer Science
University of Southern California

Wednesday, May 10, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


Pervasive micro-sensing and actuation offers to revolutionize the way in which we understand and construct complex physical systems: from airplane wings to plankton colonies. The capabilities for detailed physical monitoring and manipulation offer enormous opportunities for almost every scientific discipline. At the same time embedded instrumentation and control can alter the feasible granularity of engineering. This talk will highlight some of the architectural challenges posed by the massively distributed, large scale, physically-coupled, and usually untethered computing systems that are needed to realize this vision.


Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she joined the faculty in 1986. Estrin received her Ph.D.(1985) and M.S.(1982) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S.(1980) from U.C. Berkeley. In 1987, Estrin received the National Science Foundation, Presidential Young Investigator Award for her research in network interconnection and security. Estrin is a co-PI on the DARPA Virtual Internet Testbed (VINT) project, the DARPA Scalable Coordination Architectures for Deeply Distributed Systems (SCADDS) project and the NSF Routing Arbiter project at USC's Information Sciences Institute where she spends much of her time supervising doctoral student research. While she continues her research related to protocol scaling in the Internet, much of her new work focuses networking and coordination among very large numbers of physically-embedded devices (sensors, actuators).