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Participatory Sensing: From Ecosystems to Human Systems

November 21, 2019, 3:35 PM - 4:05 PM


The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center

10 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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Deborah Estrin, Cornell Tech

Twenty years ago, I was motivated by the Internet’s proliferation and Moore’s law to consider the architectural-challenges and application-opportunities of distributed sensor networks. The opportunity to bid for, build, and run the NSF Science and Technology Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (2000-2012) was personally the transformative experience of my professional life, and more importantly contributed to the shaping of many young researchers and research fields. CENS embraced societally important applications as the context for innovation, integrated theory and experimentation, and adapted to ride unanticipated technology trends -- the proliferation of mobile devices and machine learning. One of the key paradigms that emerged was Participatory Sensing, “data collection and interpretation in which individuals use their personal mobile devices and web services to systematically explore interesting aspects of their worlds ranging from health to culture,” which continues to pose technical and socio-technical challenges in the context of crowdsourcing, social media, IoT, mobile health, federated learning, edge computing, personal agents, personalization, and privacy.

Speaker Bio: Deborah Estrin is the Robert V. Tishman '37 Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech where she also serves as Associate Dean for Impact. Her research interests are at the intersection of user-centric data applications, personalization, and privacy. Her honors include the ACM Athena Lecture (2006), the Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), honorary doctorates from EPFL and Uppsala University, the IEEE Internet Award (2017), and MacArthur Fellow (2018). She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005), the National Academy of Engineering (2007), and the National Academy of Medicine (2019). Before joining Cornell, Estrin was the Founding Director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), an NSF Science & Technology Center based at UCLA.