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Distinguished Lecture on Building the Digital University

UC San Diego's Larry Smarr to Give Distinguished Lecture on Building the Digital University

(April 9, 2003)

Prof. Larry Smarr of the department of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego.  Smarr will give a lecture entitled

Prof. Larry Smarr of the department of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego. Smarr will give a lecture entitled "Building the Digital University -- The Emerging Knowledge Infrastructure" on April 16, 2003, at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Telecommunication technologies are quickly revolutionizing the way we interact and learn at universities and colleges. Wireless communication has added another dimension, namely mobility. After 15 years of building out the wired Internet infrastructure on campuses to support email, Web browsing, and file transfers, universities are entering a period in which major extensions to this core system are emerging.

Professor Larry Smarr of the department of computer science and engineering at UC San Diego will give a lecture entitled "Building the Digital University -- The Emerging Knowledge Infrastructure" at 11 a.m., April 16, 2003, in Room A 265 in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. The lecture is part of the Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series in the College of Engineering.

Smarr is a widely-quoted authority on the future of information technology and telecommunications. He is a pioneer in prototyping a national information infrastructure to support academic research, governmental functions, and industrial competitiveness. He played a pivotal role in the development of the Internet and high-performance computing. Smarr's research interests are the Internet, information technology, telecommunications, supercomputing, interdisciplinary research, networking, and the wireless Web.

"We are delighted that Larry Smarr will be visiting our campus at a time when UCR is ready to become a fully digital university as well," said Dr. Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. "Larry's timely visit is an opportunity for us to explore future collaborations with UC San Diego and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. These collaborations would involve several people at UCR from all parts of the campus."

"Wireless Internet access from both unlicensed and licensed radio bands are spreading rapidly, dedicated dark fiber optical networks are being set up between universities in many states, and the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are starting a decade long construction of a new generation of shared scientific facilities to accelerate data intensive science," said Smarr. "These trends will result in a vastly more powerful knowledge and collaboration system in academia than exists today. It will also require universities to innovate new designs for campus buildings and develop a much enlarged scope of responsibility for information infrastructures."

In his lecture, Smarr will offer examples of how the new California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)2] is creating 'Living Laboratories' to explore these futures with interdisciplinary teams. The OptIPuter (optical networking, Internet Protocol, and computer storage and processing) project and the Cal-(IT)2 buildings on UC San Diego and UC Irvine campuses will be used as specific examples, along with knowledge grids emerging in medical imaging and earth sciences.

Smarr joined the UCSD faculty in 2000 and became the founding director of Cal-(IT)2 in December 2001. Prior to UCSD, he was the founder and 15-year director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Computational Science Alliance, both based at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

Smarr is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Maps and directions to the Bourns College of Engineering are available at UC Riverside information kiosks, or on the campus Web site Campus parking costs $6 per day. Hourly permits are available: 30min, 1 hour, 2 hour, and all day. Monday through Friday daytime hourly rate for parking is $1.00/per 30 minutes.

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