CITRIS – The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society Accomplishments, New Opportunities and Challenges
Director of CITRIS and Professor
Time and Place
Refreshments 2:15 pm
In this presentation we shall first describe the genesis of the Center, its scientific goals and organization. The second half describes the most recent technical accomplishments, notably related to the network of MOTEs, and their applications, but also other applications of IT to humanities and social science. A MOTE is an assembly of sensors, a small computer and a radio. It has the capability of sensing some physical property, such as temperature, light, velocity or acceleration, chemical sensors, strain gage sensor and their like. The computer has a small operating system, called TinyOS, which enables the user to program and control some of their activity. The radio transmits the sensed and processed information in 36 byte packets. The MOTEs operate on 2AA batteries. We shall present several examples of applications of these reconfigurable networks. However we shall also show the outstanding technical problems and issues of privacy and reliability. We shall also present some recent results in our Collaborative technologies, including Croquet base interactive system for dealing with contents from Digital Library and tele-immersive environments.
Ruzena Bajcsy (“buy chee”) was appointed Director of CITRIS at the
Bajcsy is a pioneering researcher in machine perception, robotics and
artificial intelligence. She is a
professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at
Bajcsy has done seminal research in the areas of human-centered computer
control, cognitive science, robotics, computerized radiological/medical image
processing and artificial vision. She is
highly regarded, not only for her significant research contributions, but also
for her leadership in the creation of a world-class robotics laboratory,
recognized world wide as a premiere research center. She is a member of the National Academy of
Engineering, as well as the
Bajcsy received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering
In 2001 she became a recipient of the ACM A. Newell award.
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