We created a technological infrastructure that has transformed our lives. Immense volumes of data are being captured by instruments, satellites, and sensors, 24/7. Huge data sets are available to scientists, engineers, governments, the military, and the private sector. Areas such as bioinformatics, drug discovery, nano-engineering, healthcare, e-commerce, require unprecedented levels of cooperation between experts from a variety of fields. At the new frontiers of engineering, science and technology, the new generation of scientists and engineers must be trained to listen to and learn from others. We must learn to collaborate in order to devise the new methods, technologies and insights needed to support such distributed networks of research. Computing is the driving force, at the center of this fundamental change. During this talk I will offer my personal (and optimistic) view on the future of computing and the intersection with the sciences, and will discuss areas that I think offer greater opportunities.
Since Oct 2007 Dr. Juan E. Vargas is University Relations Manager at Google. He was a Sr. Academic Relations Manager for Microsoft from May 2004 to September 2007. He is also a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of South Carolina, teaching data mining, Bayesian networks, embedded and distributed systems, data structures & algorithms, programming languages, and operating systems. Dr. Vargas research interests include data mining, embedded systems, sensor networks, distributed systems and biomedical engineering. His research is published in more than 60 articles, several book chapters, and many conferences. Dr. Vargas has a PhD from Vanderbilt University, MS from CINVESTAV-IPN, BSEE from the University of Texas at El Paso.