Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Deborah Estrin

Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Deborah Estrin
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Professor Deborah Estrin from the University of California, Los Angeles gave a talk titled "Embedding the Internet: How Smart Sensors May Help Save the Planet" on February 10th, 2005.


Sensor networks are an exciting class of computing systems that combine distributed sensing, computation and wireless communication. On the technology side these systems are being touted as a technology as disruptive and enabling as the Internet; on the application side they are being driven as a means of monitoring public exposure to contaminants, managing land use, and supporting safer structures. In this talk I will discuss motivating applications and supporting technology while sharing lessons learned about problem (and solution) definition in this unavoidably multi-disciplinary endeavour.


Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at UCLA and Director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin has been instrumental in defining the research agenda for wireless sensor networks, first chairing a 1998 DARPA study and then a 2001 National Research Council study. Estrin's research has focused on the technical challenges posed by these long-lived, autonomous, massively distributed and physically coupled systems, with a particular focus on environmental monitoring. In 2002 she founded the NSF Science and Technology Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. During the earlier parts of her career Professor Estrin focused on the design of network and routing protocols for very large, global networks.

Over the past twenty-five years, he has received numerous awards for his research and teaching. Most recently, he received the 2003 Phil Kaufman Award for his research and entrepreneurial contributions to the electronic design automation industry. In 2003 he was also awarded a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, from his alma mater the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Estrin received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT (1985), her BS in EECS from UC Berkeley (1980), and was on the faculty of Computer Science at USC from 1986 through mid-2000. Estrin is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS and serves on the NSF Advisory Committees for CISE and ERE Directorates, and on the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB).

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