Keynote speaker: Felix Wu

Felix WuWe are happy to announce Felix Wu as one of our keynote speakers.

Prof. S. Felix Wu has been doing “experimental” system research, i.e.,  building prototype systems to justify and validate novel architectural concepts. Since 1995, he and his students/postdocs have built many experimental systems in the areas of fault tolerant network, IPSec/VPN security policy, attack source tracing, wireless network security, intrusion detection and response, visual information analytics, and, more recently, future Internet design.
An article titled "Networking: Four ways to reinvent the Internet" published in Nature 463 (February 3rd, 2010, by Katharine Gammon) provided a brief but very nice cover about his primary thought on a Social-network-based future Internet architecture (much more comprehensible than if he were to write it, actually).
During the past couple years, he has been pretending (and hoping) to know a little bit more about humanity science so he can claim that he is working on multidisciplinary research. And, he strongly believes that thoroughly considering the factor of human relationships is necessary for any IT innovation.
Therefore, his primary research objective, before he retires, is to help and contribute to the information technology advancement that would truly help our human society. As an initial step, he recently released the SINCERE (Social Interactive Networking and Conversation Entropy Ranking Engine, sponsored by NSF) search engine under http://www.sincere.se, which is trying to help our Internet society to discover "interesting/unusual" discussions.
Felix received his BS from Tunghai University, Taiwan, in 1985, both MS and PhD from Columbia University in 1989 and 1995, all in Computer Science. He has about 110+ academic publications, which means that he should probably focus much more on the depth and quality. He is currently a Professor with the Computer Science department at UC Davis.


Title: Social Computing Leveraging Online Social Informatics

This talk is concerning human relationship, interactions, and value between the information content and the structural properties of online social networks. And, how will this affect our paradigm of computing under the trend of Social Media Systems? We view the online social network as a vehicle for propagating information (or innovations) of various kinds in supporting human/relationship-centric computation. Depending on the available structural topology (or the structure of overlapping communities), some information might get propagated much faster/wider, while other information might never be practically accessible by most of the population. Thus, it is valuable to develop a computational model to analyze and leverage the information content’s value according to the integration of social and information networks. Furthermore, the "value" of social informatics can be used, as an alternative, to determine the outcome of ubiquitous computing. The possible applications following this principle include discovery of community interests and inter-dependency analysis between information content and human relationship. We will discuss how contents might possibly affect the structural properties of online social networks under different models of social capital.



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