The Human Intranet – Where Swarms and Humans Meet

  Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
  Location: Cadence / Bldg 10, 2655 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA (map)
  Speaker: Dr. Jan M. Rabaey, Professor, UC Berkeley


Time: 6:30 PM (PT) Networking/Refreshments, 7:00 PM Presentation


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There is no question about it – the Internet of Things (IoT) is happening as we speak. It is radically transforming the information technology platform, and providing an extremely high bandwidth channel between the cyber world (as represented by the Cloud) and the physical and biological world in which we live. The evolution is quite foundational as for the first time it allows for the engineering of systems that tightly interweave the “real” physical and the “imaginary” cyber worlds, often blurring the boundary between the two.

Yet, the IoT concept on itself conjures a picture of a static, internet-centric organization, in contrast to the dynamic and organic nature of many of the cyber-{physical,biological}
applications we envision. In such an environment, which we have dubbed the “Swarm”, applications would form by opportunistically marshaling the resources that are available to them at a given time and place. The Berkeley Ubiquitous Swarm Lab is developing a broad range of technologies essential to make the Swarm vision come to reality.

Some of most compelling application domains of the Swarm relate to how humans interact with the world around it and the cyberworld beyond, as well as their fellow human beings and themselves. While the smartphone has already introduced a fundamental change, most of our interactions are still funneled through a limited set of means (such as displays, headphones, keyboards, touch panels) integrated in a single device. The Swarm has the potential to change all of this. Envision instead a “Human Intranet”, that harvests the capabilities of all the devices we carry around us, on us, or inside us, to create a single open and integrated platform, opening the door for true innovation and creativity.

In this presentation, some of the true opportunities, challenges and limitations of the swarm and human intranet vision will be addressed.

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Speaker Bio

Dr. Jan Rabaey received the EE and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 1978 and 1983 respectively. From 1983-1985, he was a Visiting Research Engineer at UC Berkeley. From 1985-1987, he was a research manager at IMEC, Belgium, and in 1987, joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley, where he is now holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pavia (Italy), Waseda University (Japan), the Technical University Delft (Netherlands), Victoria Technical University and the University of New South Wales (Australia). He was the Associate Chair (EE) of the EECS Dept. at Berkeley from 1999 until 2002 and is currently the Scientific co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), as well as the director of the Multiscale Systems Research Center (MuSyC).

Professor Rabaey has authored or co-authored a wide range of papers in the area of signal processing and design automation. He has received numerous scientific awards, including the 1985 IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design Best Paper Award (Circuits and Systems Society), the 1989 Presidential Young Investigator award, and the 1994 Signal Processing Society Senior Award. In 1995, he became an IEEE Fellow. He has also be awarded the 2002 ISSCC Jack Raper Award, the 2008 IEEE Circuits and Systems Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the 2009 EDAA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2010 Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award. In 2011, he was elected to the Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Belgium). He is past Chair of the VLSI Signal Processing Technical Committee of the Signal Processing Society and has chaired the executive committee of the Design Automation Conference. He serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of a wide range of companies.

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