Google's seventh annual Computer Science Faculty Summit 2011 took place at companies New York City office; nearly 100 faculty members from universities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America attended. The two-day Summit focused on systems, artificial intelligence and mobile computing.
"Google's Internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, opened the Summit with a talk on the challenges involved in securing the "Internet of things"--that's, uniquely identifiable objects ("things") and their virtual representations. With almost 2 billion international Internet users and 5 billion mobile devices out there in the world, Vint expounded upon the idea that Internet security isn't just about technology, but also about policy and global institutions. He stressed that our new digital ecosystem is complex and large in scale, and includes both hardware and software. It also has multiple stakeholders, diverse business models and a range of legal frameworks. Vint argued that making and keeping the Internet secure over the next few years will require technical innovation and global collaboration," Google stated.
Other talks covered the engineering work behind products like Ad Exchange and Google Docs, and the range of engineering projects taking place across 35 Google offices in 20 countries.
Embedded below is a poem, about the future of mobile computing, penned by NYU professor Ken Perlin:
"A highlight of this year's Summit was Bill Schilit's presentation of the Library Wall, a Chrome OS experiment featuring an eight-foot tall full-color virtual display of ebooks that can be browsed and examined individually via touch screen. Faculty members were invited to play around with the digital-age "bookshelf," which is one of the newest additions to our NYC office," Googe added.
You may also check Research Blog, who has posted deeper dives on a few of the talks--including cluster management, mobile search and commerce, and also collected some interesting faculty reflections, visit this this link.
[Via: Google blog]