University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

EventWeb: The next disruptive evolutionary stage in WWW

EventWeb: The next disruptive evolutionary stage in WWW

Ramesh Jain
Department of Computer Science, University of California at Irvine

Date: Friday, February 9, 2007
Time: 11:00am
Location: Bourns A265

The Web has changed the way we live, work, and socialize.  Rapid development in technology and its applications, however, require fundamental changes in the Web of the future.  Current Web connects every node to every other node in the cyberspace.  The nodes in cyberspace are usually documents and hence the current WWW is usually a web of documents – or a Document Web. Advances in technology and requirements of emerging applications require formation of a parallel and closely connected Web of events, the Event Web, also.  Event Web is essential for extending the reach of current WWW from only Cyberspace to the real physical world.  Such applications of information systems increasingly contain vast amount of multimedia and sensory data and require more holistic pictures of evolving situations.  Current information tools are very good in dealing with entities, objects, and keywords. To address the needs of information management in dynamic multimodal application environments, new concepts and techniques are needed.  Strong and deep conceptual, engineering, computational, and human centered design reasons suggest events as a primary structure for organizing and accessing dynamic multimedia data.   In this talk, I will discuss computational approaches to model events and their role in organizing information and experience management systems.  Architecture, components, and challenges for realizing Event Web will be discussed considering some applications.

About the speaker:

Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator. 
Currently he is the Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine.  Before this he was a Rhesa “Ray” S Farmer Distinguished Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Ramesh is a pioneer in multimedia information systems, image databases, machine vision, and intelligent systems. While professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, San Diego, he founded and directed artificial intelligence and visual information systems labs. Ramesh was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine and serves on the editorial boards of several magazines in multimedia, information retrieval and image and vision processing.  He has co-authored more than 300 research papers in well-respected journals and conference proceedings.  He has co-authored and co-edited several  books,  including Machine Vision, a textbook used at several universities. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE.  He is the Chairman of ACM SIG Multimedia. His current research interests are in experiential computing and its applications.
He recently co-founded Seraja.  Earlier Ramesh founded three companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management.  Most recently, he was the co-founder, CEO, and  CTO of PRAJA inc located in San Diego.  PRAJA was acquired by Tibco.  Prior to PRAJA, he was the founding CEO and Chairman of Virage, a San Mateo-based company developing systems for media management solutions and visual information management.   Virage was a NADAQ listed company before being acquired by Autonomy. He was also the Founder and Chairman of ImageWare Inc, which provided solutions for surface modeling, rapid prototyping, and inspection. ImageWare was acquired by SDRC.
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