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The Gene Brice Colloquium Series is supported by contributions to the Gene Brice Colloquium Fund.  The Gene Brice Colloquium Fund for Electrical Engineering was established in 1991 in memory of William E. (Gene) Brice, B.S.E.E. '37.

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The 2015 Gene Brice Colloquium
"The Internet Trajectory and Technology" 
Speaker: Dr. Leonard Kleinrock

 Abstract: In this presentation we discuss the origins and trajectory of the Internet. The early work on analyzing and extracting the principles of packet switching is presented, as well as a brief description of the critical events in the growth of the Internet. We also describe our vision of where the Internet is heading. Along the way we offer some words of advice to students and researchers.    

McMurtry Auditorium
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Reception to follow.
The talk is co-sponsored by the Ken Kennedy Institute. 



kleirockDr. Leonard Kleinrock is considered a father of the Internet, having developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while an MIT graduate student. This was in 1962, many years before the birth of the Internet which occurred in his laboratory when his UCLA Host computer became the first Internet node in September 1969. A month later, he directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject. In his early research, he set up the model of computer networks, identified queueing theory as the key network evaluation tool and developed optimal design procedures. He discussed packetizing messages, evaluated the effect on performance of topology and routing procedure and articulated the underlying principles of data networks, identifying the importance of resource sharing, the economy of scale, and the use of distributed control. Dr. Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963. He currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, nomadic computing, peer-to-peer networks, and intelligent software agents. Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS Fellow, and an IEC fellow. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the Ericsson Prize, the NAE Draper Prize, the Marconi Prize, the Okawa Prize, and was further recognized when he received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States. 


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