The Impact of NITRD: Two Decades of Game-Changing Breakthroughs in Network and Information Technology -- Expanding Possibilities Ahead

February 16, 2012 - Washington, DC Overview and Agenda Event Summary Photos


Welcome Remarks & the IT Innovation Ecosystem

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Welcome Remarks

George Strawn
Director, National Coordination Office for NITRD, & Co-Chair, NITRD Subcommittee

  • Farnam Jahanian

IT Innovation Ecosystem

Farnam Jahanian
Assistant Director for CISE, NSF,
& Co-Chair, NITRD Subcommittee


"A Day in the Life"

  • Jeannette Wing

"A Day in the Life"

Jeannette Wing
Carnegie Mellon University


Information Technology and People

Moderator: Charles Romine, former NCO director (now at NIST)

  • Kevin Knight

Human Language Technology:
What Machines Do with Text and Speech

Kevin Knight
USC Information Sciences Institute

  • Elizabeth Mynatt

As We May Think: The Legacy of Computing Research and the Power of Human Cognition

Elizabeth Mynatt
Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Helen Nissenbaum

Privacy, Information Technology, and Digital Media

Helen Nissenbaum
New York University


Information Technology in the Physical World

Moderator: Christopher Greer, former NCO director (now at NIST)

  • Sebastian Thrun

Reinventing Mobility

Sebastian Thrun
Google and Stanford University

  • Shwetak Patel

The Role of Sensors in Our Daily Lives

Shwetak Patel
University of Washington


The Economic Impact of Networking & Information Technology Research & Development

Moderator: Paul Messina, Argonne National Laboratory

  • Erik Brynjolfsson

The Economic Impact of Information Technology

Erik Brynjolfsson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Tom Lange

The Modeling and Simulation Behind Improving Everyday Life

Tom Lange
Procter & Gamble


  • The Honorable Al Gore. 45th Vice President of the United States.


Building Blocks of Information Technology

Moderator: Barbara Helland, Department of Energy

  • Vint Cerf

NITRD and the Internet

Vint Cerf

  • William Scherlis

Software and Strategy

William Scherlis
Carnegie Mellon University

  • Stefan Savage

Successes and Challenges of Computer Security Research

Stefan Savage
University of California, San Diego


Information Technology for the Advancement of Science

Moderator: Karin Remington, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • Russ Altman

Chain Reactions: Information Technology and Biomedical Discovery

Russ Altman
Stanford University

  • David Keyes

High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering: The Tree and the Fruit

David Keyes
Columbia University & KAUST

  • Katherine Yelick

More and Moore: Growing Computing Performance for Scientific Discovery

Katherine Yelick
University of California, Berkeley, & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


  • The Honorable Tom Davis, formerly U.S. House of Representatives (VA)


Information Technology and the World of Data

Moderator: Cita Furlani, former NCO director (now at NIST)

  • Eric Brown

This Research Made Watson Possible

Eric Brown

  • David Keyes

Data to Insights to Actions: Enabling Evidence-based Healthcare

Eric Horvitz
Microsoft Research

  • Alexander Szalay

Data-Intensive Discovery in Science: The Fourth Paradigm

Alexander Szalay
Johns Hopkins University


Future "Big Ideas" Panel

  • Eric Brown

Charles Vest
National Academy of Engineering

Peter Lee
Microsoft Research

Elizabeth Mynatt
Georgia Institute of Technology

Thomas Kalil
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (moderator)

Stefan Savage
University of California, San Diego


Closing Remarks

  • Closing Remarks

Ed Lazowska
University of Washington &
Computing Community Consortium

Susan Graham
University of California, Berkeley, & Computing Community Consortium


Participating Organizations


Corporate Sponsors


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