Wednesday, May 24: Daniel Reed

Data Writ Large: Technology, Culture and Collision

Big data and deep learning are the memes of the day, as we shift from a world where data was rare, precious, and expensive to one where it is ubiquitous, commonplace, and inexpensive. Massive digital data, powerful multilayer classification networks, and inexpensive hardware accelerators are bringing new data-driven approaches to discovery, challenging some long held beliefs, and illuminating old questions in new ways. Spanning our social experiences (think Netflix or Facebook), business and economics (automation of both physical and intellectual tasks), and research and scholarship (manuscript analysis via feature extraction or digital analysis of large text corpora). Like any new tool or technology, big data challenges and reshapes both our social and technical expectations.  This talk will discuss these challenges – how we reached this point — and where we are likely to go, including privacy and security, streaming data (sometimes called the Internet of Things), and the likely and possible futures of current and future data technologies.

About Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed imageDaniel A. Reed is Vice President for Research and Economic Development, as well as University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Medicine, at the University of Iowa.  Previously, he was Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft’s long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company’s associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world.

Before joining Microsoft, he was the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Vice Chancellor for IT, and the Chancellor’s Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for UNC Chapel Hill.  Prior to that, he was Gutgsell Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was also one of the principal investigators and chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid, the world’s largest computing platform for open scientific research.  He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University.  Dr. Reed has served as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), and the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee, along with a wide variety of other federal advisory committees.