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Distinguished Lecture Series    

Knowledge and Information Based Autonomic Computing and Communication

Dr. David Du

NSF and University of Minnesota

Friday, November 3, 2006
Talk: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
3405 Engineering

Hosts: Li Xiao and Richard Enbody


David H.C. Du



University of Minnesota

With the rapid technology advancement, we now have cheap and small devices with high computing power and large storage capacity. These devices are designed to improve our daily life by monitoring our environment, collecting critical data, and executing special instructions. These devices have gradually become an essential part of our future Internet. Unprecedented amount of data are collected by these devices. How to manage and look for the desired information becomes a great challenge. We are developing an intelligent storage approach that taking advantage of the technology advancement by migrating several key features from file systems and the layers above into storage devices. The research issues and potential benefits of this approach will be discussed. A brief presentation of NSF funding directions for NeTS NOSS (Networking of Sensor Systems) Program and Cyber Trust Program will also be provided.


David H.C. Du is currently a Professor at Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is also serving as a Program Director at National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia. At NSF he is working on both Sensor Network and Cyber Trust (Internet Security) Programs. He has a Ph.D. of computer science from University of Washington, Seattle in 1981.

Research Expertise: Dr. Du has research in multimedia computing, mass storage systems, high-speed networking, high-performance computing, database design, and CAD for VLSI circuits. He has authored and co-authored over 180 technical papers including 85 referred journal publications in these research areas. He has graduated 45 Ph.D. and 80 M.S. students in the last 25 years. His research in multimedia computing and storage systems include video-on-demand server architecture, video and audio synchronization techniques, multimedia storage systems, intelligent storage devices and future storage systems. His research in CAD includes physical layout, timing verification and delay fault testing for high-speed circuits. His research in high-speed networking includes heterogeneous high-performance computing over high-speed networks, quality of service, high-performance computing over a cluster of workstations and PCs, optical networks and sensor networks.

Professional Activities and Awards: Dr. Du is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute. He was the US WEST Chair Professor at the University of Minnesota from 1994 to 2000. He is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals. He has also served as Conference Chair and Program Committee Chair for several conferences in the multimedia and database areas. He has had research grants from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, ONR, DOE and companies like 3M, Northern Telecom, Unisys, IBM, Seagate Technology, US WEST, Honeywell, Sun Micro, LSI Logic, ETRI/Korea, ITRI/Taiwan, Intel, Cisco and etc.

Industrial Experiences: Dr. Du has served as a consultant to a number of companies in the past. In 1996, he spent 6 months in the Computer Communications Lab (CCL) of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan. His major function at CCL/ITRI was to plan several long term R&D projects funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 1998, he joined IXMICRO as the Vice President of Research and Development for one year. He led a team of 30+ engineers to develop products such as ATM Network Interface Cards, ATM Switches, Fast Ethernet Switches, Wireless Mice, ADSL Modems, and Streaming Video Servers. He has co-founded a startup company called Streaming21 and has helped to establish another startup company called Baynacre with some of his former students. Both companies are currently located in San Jose, California. Streaming21 is focused on developing streaming video products for carrier and entertainment markets. Baynacre is focused on static timing analysis software tools for Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits (VLSI), especially for use with circuit designs based on nanotechnology.