Special Media Lab Talk: Mark Abel

April 11, 2014


MIT Media Lab, E14-240


This talk will provide an overview of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing (ISTC-PC) and will highlight some of the research that will help drive the next generation of pervasive and ubiquitous computing. For the past 20 years, the pervasive and ubiquitous computing community has developed technology that allows sensing, computing, and wireless communication to be embedded in everyday objects, enabling a range of context-aware applications. These apps and technologies embedded in our everyday life are changing the way people are experiencing computing, but even more is possible. Future systems will support applications that have much deeper awareness of users and their activities, context, and goals, and will be able to learn and adapt continuously to user's habits, routines, and preferences. Come hear how the Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing (ISTC-PC) is helping to instantiate this vision.


Mark Abel is the Director for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing (ISTC-PC) based at the University of Washington, where he is also an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Prior to his role running the ISTC-PC, Mark was a longtime Lab Director and General Manager at Intel. Abel’s labs' teams have won or shared Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, seven times for the creation of new technologies and new businesses for Intel, including the invention and delivery of technologies that have shipped in over a billion Personal Computers. His teams have also twice won Argentina’s highest technical award, the Sadosky Award. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Abel held research and leadership positions with Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, U S WEST Advanced Technologies and Siemens. He has an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He was the 2011 recipient of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering distinguished alumni award, the Engineering Alumni Merit Award, in Computer Science and Engineering.

Host/Chair: Joseph A. Paradiso

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