CAiSE'01 Invited Talks

The MIT Oxygen Project: Pervasive, Human-Centric Computing

Prof. Larry Rudolph


The guiding vision of the MIT Oxygen Project is to bring an abundance of computation and communication within easy reach of humans through natural perceptual interfaces of speech and vision, so computation blends into people's lives enabling them to easily do tasks they want to do - collaborate, access knowledge, automate routine tasks and their environment. It is a composite of a large number of maturing technologies under research at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and can be partitioned along three technologies: The H21, a handheld device, the N21, a network infrastructure, and the E21, an "intelligent" environment.

Larry Rudolph received his PhD from the Courant Institute at NYU in 1981 for work on the NYU Ultracomputer. After a postdoc at University of Toronto, he joined the Computer Science faculty at CMU and then at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. As soon as he became a full Professor at the Hebrew University, he left to become a principle research scientist at the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT. He currently leads the Oxygen Systems Group at MIT/LCS. He is also a faculty member of the New England Complex Science Institute (NECSI).

His research interests include parallel processing, high performance computer architecture, operating systems, complex systems and free-space optical computing.

This invited talk is sponsored by DBTA, the database interest group of the Swiss Informaticians Society.