This talk will provide an outsiders perspective on the field of mobile computing. Based on the talks of the previous two days, Dr. Scott Kirkpatrick will provide an analysis of the state of the field and offer insights into different aspects of mobile computing research. The talk will be prepared during the course of the workshop and will directly reflect the presentations and discussions that take place.
Scott Kirkpatrick received his A.B. degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard, both in physics. He held postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago in 1970 and 1971, and consulted at the AEC's Argonne Laboratories. Since joining the IBM Research Division in 1971, he has been a Research Staff Member at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, first as member of the Physical Sciences Department, and subsequently in the Computer Sciences Department. He has been, at various times, manager or senior manager of departments in theoretical physics, low temperature physics, systems design and architecture.
His research first centered on the statistical physics of amorphous or disordered materials, such as spin glasses. This led to work on design automation for VLSI and optimization by simulated annealing, and subsequently to managing activities in the design, measurement, and analysis of hardware for advanced personal computers in the Computer Sciences Department. From 1986-1992, he led projects prototyping critical technologies for new types of portable workstations, initiating work on online handwriting recognition and wireless communications.
During 1993, he was on sabbatical at the Racah Institute of Physics, (and a member of the Center for Neural Computation) at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, doing research on critical phenomena in combinatorics, and in statistical characterization of electrical activity observed in the brain. He has remained involved in questions in neuroscience where statistical analysis and modelling will be necessary to the understanding of phenomena in perception and memory. Since 1994, his projects at IBM have concentrated on techniques for managing energy dissipation at the system software level of computer systems, on developing new ways of effectively integrating speech, handwriting and gesture into computer applications, and on the implications of video and graphics capabilities for future personal computing.
He was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology, and has served on its governing Technology Council.
Dr. Kirkpatrick has been a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the University of Paris. In 1993, he was visiting professor of Physics at the Hebrew University. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 1987, he received (jointly with Dan Gelatt) the American Physical Society's Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics. He is also a Fellow of the AAAS (1989), and of the IEEE (1996). In 1998, he was visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris for a month.
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