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CEMSE Dean’s Distinguished Lecture | IBM Global Technology Outlook (GTO) 2014

Start Date: December 7, 2014
End Date: December 7, 2014

By Dr. C. Mohan (IBM Fellow, Almaden Research Center
The Global Technology Outlook (GTO) is IBM Research's vision of the future for information technology (IT) and its impact on industries that use IT. This annual exercise highlights emerging software, hardware, and services technology trends that are expected to significantly impact the IT sector in the next 3-7 years. In particular, the GTO identifies technologies that may be disruptive to an existing business, have the potential to create new opportunities, and can provide new business value to our customers. The 2014 GTO is built not only on its 32 predecessors, but the 102 years of IBM innovation. The 2014 GTO reports on seven key findings: Millennial Enterprise, Cloud 3.0, Managed Data Services, Cloud-Based Networks, Biospace Revolution, Internet of Things (IoT) 3.0 and Cognitive Computing. In this talk, I will share the GTO 2014 findings. This talk should be of interest to not only technical people but also to a much broader set of people.
Biography: After coming into existence on the banks of the river Cauvery in the town of Mayuram (now called Mayiladuthurai) in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, I grew up mostly in Vellore on the banks of the river Palar. After graduating from Krishnaswamy Mudaliar High School (KMHS) in Vellore in 1971, I went to Loyola College in Madras (now called Chennai) to do my Pre-University Course (PUC). In 1972, I entered the portals of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Madras to do a B.Tech. in chemical engineering. Even before I got into chemical engineering proper in the 3rd year, I had started using an IBM 370/155 as a hobby in my 2nd year at IITM and got interested in computer science (CS). In the absence of an undergraduate program in CS at that time in IITM, I had to wait to finish my B.Tech. before formally pursuing my interest in CS. After finishing my B.Tech. in 1977, I went over to the US and joined the PhD program in CS at The University of Texas at Austin, on the banks of the Colorado river. After finishing my PhD with a dissertation on database management in December 1981, I joined IBM Research in San Jose - the birthplace of the relational model of data, SQL and System R, the hard disk drive and atom manipulation. I was at what was then called the IBM San Jose Research Laboratory and what is now called the IBM Almaden Research Centeruntil May 2006, except during my sabbatical at INRIA in the Paris area (Rocquencourt) during 1998-99. From June 2006 until January 2009, I worked as the IBM India Chief Scientist, based in Bangalore, with responsibilities that relate to serving as the executive technical leader of IBM India within and outside IBM. At the end of that India assignment, I came back to the IBM Almaden Research Center to continue doing research in the database area.

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For more info contact: Prof. Mootaz Elnozahy (​)

Date: Sunday 7th December 2014
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall II Room 2325
Light lunch will be available at 11:45am