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Keynote 1: Marty Cooper

Fireside Chat with Martin Cooper

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 10:45–12:00

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Recipient of the 2020 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award
"For seminal contributions to the conception, practice and adoption of portable telephony.”

About the speaker:

Martin "Marty" Cooper is a pioneer in the wireless communications industry, especially in radio spectrum management. While at Motorola in the 1970s, Cooper invented the first handheld cellular mobile phone in 1973 and led the team that developed it and brought it to market in 1983. He is considered the "father of the (handheld) cell phone" and is also cited as the first person in history to make a handheld cellular phone call in public. Cooper is co-founder of numerous communications companies with his wife and business partner Arlene Harris; He is co-founder and current Chairman of Dyna LLC, in Del Mar, California. Cooper also sits on committees supporting the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Commerce.

Keynote 2: Xia Zhou Dartmouth College

The Road Less Taken

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 9:00–10:15

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Abstract:

Selecting research topics is a crucial stage of the research process. It is often attempting to choose mainstream or hot topics even though they may not align with one's own genuine interest. In this talk, I will reflect on my journey of researching a topic that is relatively under-explored in this community. I will overview our work examining the use of light for data communication and object/behavioral sensing with a focus on two aspects. The first aspect is the minimalist nature of proposed methodologies that seek to replace invasive cameras with low-cost, small photodiodes to enable biomechanical and biophysicalogical human sensing, as well as sensing of human face-to-face interactions. The second aspect is the cross-area nature of our exploration, highlighting our work on designing self-powered gesture recognition that intersects human-computer interaction and recent endeavor exploring laser communication for underwater robotics. I will conclude by final thoughts on exploring topics that are not mainstream.

About the speaker:

Xia Zhou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, where she co-direct the Dartmouth Networking and Ubiquitous (DartNets) Laboratory and Dartmouth Reality and Robotics Lab (RLab). Her research interests lie broadly in mobile computing with recent focuses on light based communication and sensing, mobile sensing, and human-computer interactions. She is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) in 2019, the Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Creative and Scholarly Achievement in 2018 and named as N2Women: Rising Stars in Networking and Communication in 2017. She has also won the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2017, NSF CAREER Award in 2016, and Google Faculty Research Award in 2014. She received her PhD at UC Santa Barbara in 2013 and MS at Peking University in 2007.

Keynote 3: Chandra Narayanaswami, PhD Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, New York

Mobile Computing - A Trip Down Memory Lane with IBM’s Linux Watch and Peeking Ahead

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:00–10:15

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The IBM Linux Watch debuted at LinuxWorld in August 2000, followed by Bluetooth Developers Conference 2000, CES and CeBIT in 2001, and continued till about 2004. The watch ushered many technological firsts and significantly pushed the boundary in embedded software and mobile applications. Several generations of smartphones and tablets have since changed the way we live and work beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. This talk will take us back in time and cover the origins of the Linux Watch research effort, describe some of its key innovations and achievements, and reflect on some aspects of the future it predicted correctly then and also on many concepts it completely missed. The talk will also cover more recent lessons learned and challenges faced by IBM while building and deploying a slew of enterprise grade mobile applications for multiple industries. We end with some thoughts on what the future might hold for mobile and ubiquitous computing.

About the speaker:

Chandra is currently a Distinguished Research Staff Member, leading working on Supply Chains at IBM Research. His work in recent years has focused on core science and technology for several areas of AI-based electronic commerce and supply chains. His earlier works include the Linux Watch, SoulPad, Personal Mobile Hub for medical monitoring applications, a navigation system that was the first to provide geotagged photographs along with route information, and the OpenGL graphics standards/libraries.

Chandra has authored more than 40 scientific papers and served as Guest Editor and Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Pervasive Computing, as General Chair of ISWC (Wearables), and as Program Committee Member of numerous ACM/IEEE conferences. He holds more than a hundred US Patents and was twice named an IBM Master Inventor. He has a PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He's a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) and the IBM Industry Academy. He also serves on the leadership team for the IBM AoT and on the Advisory Council for the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.