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Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC)

Expanding Perceptions:
Collaborative Opportunities with ITTC
In Software and Communications Technology

Conference Agenda

ITTC Overview -- Victor Frost, ITTC Director
ITTC IT Overview -- Timouthy Johnson, Executive Director for Operations and Applied Technology

List of Speakers:

Perry AlexanderPerry Alexander
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Rosetta: Reducing the Cost of System Level Information"

Perry Alexander joined KU in 1999 after seven years at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned multiple teaching awards and was twice voted Professor of the Year. He received his doctorate, master's, and two bachelor's degrees from the University of Kansas. Alexander teaches software engineering, digital systems design, and systems development. His primary research interest is the integration of formal methods and modeling in software and hardware systems development. Alexander also advises ITTC's Systems Level Design Group, which concentrates on application of formal methods and automated reasoning to software and hardware system synthesis and analysis. The group's research builds on work begun at the University of Cincinnati.

David AndrewsDavid Andrews
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Embedded and Real-Time Distributed Systems"

David Andrews comes to KU from the University of Arkansas, where he taught for eight years and chaired the combined departments of computer science and computer engineering. He has a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and a master's from the University of Missouri. Andrews worked for eight years as a senior systems engineer and research engineer for General Electric. His research focuses on computer architecture, distributed and parallel systems, and embedded and real-time systems. He has co-authored three books on topics related to computer-aided engineering and design, multiprocessor memory resource allocation, and the C* programming language. At KU, Andrews teaches courses in digital design, computer architecture, compilers, and operating systems.

Jerry JamesJerry James
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Construction & Integration of Distributed Systems"

Jerry James came to KU from the Distributed Systems Laboratory (DSL) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received his Ph.D. There he spent five years researching reliable distributed objects. His work included derivation of fault tolerance limits on objects, investigation into the effects of model assumptions, and the construction of a compositional proof methodology. Before joining DSL, James taught introductory programming courses in languages like Java and Lisp. Prior to that, he received his master's from Brigham Young University. At KU, James teaches advanced operating systems and implementation of concurrent systems. His research interests include concurrent objects, fault tolerance, and consistency of shared data in distributed systems.

Stephen LohmeierStephen Lohmeier
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Wireless Communications and Radar for the New Millenium"

Stephen Lohmeier joined KU in 1999 after nine years experience working with radars and remote sensing. Before joining KU, he was with Dynetics, Inc. in Alabama, for three years. There he worked on surveillance and tracking radar problems related to air and missile defense. Lohmeier received his Ph.D. and master's degrees from the University of Massachusetts. While completing his Ph.D., he worked with the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) at the University of Massachusetts. At MIRSL he designed, built, and used millimeter-wave, polarimetric radars to solve various problems in remote sensing. At KU, Lohmeier teaches control systems, electromagnetics, and adaptive arrays. His personal research interests include remote sensing of clouds and rain, polarimetric radar, and bistatic radar.

Hossein SaiedianHossein Saiedian
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Improving the Quality of Software Engineering and Management for Kansas City Metro Industries"

Hossein Saiedian joins KU from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he headed the University Committee on Research. In 2000, he received the UNO Excellence in Teaching Award and the Excellence in Research Award. And in 1998, the Journal of Systems and Software included him on its list of the top 10 software engineer scholars. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from Kansas State University and a master's in mathematics from Emporia State University. His main research interest is in software engineering, including process improvement and object-oriented development. As Associate Chair, Saiedian aims to develop the software engineering program at KU and to expand the electrical engineering and computer science programs at the Edwards campus in Overland Park.

Scott HintonScott Hinton
Chair of KU's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments"

Scott Hinton became chairman of KU's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in 1999. Prior to joining KU, he was with the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he was Hudson Moore, Jr., Professor of Electrical Engineering. He previously held the title of BNR/NSERC Professor of Photonic Systems at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He holds an M.S.E.E. from Purdue University and a B.S.E.E. from Brigham Young University. He is a fellow of both the Optical Society of America and of IEEE. His research interests include photonic switching systems, free-space optical interconnects, optical backplanes, and technology-enhanced learning environments. Before entering academia, Hinton worked for 12 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories; there he managed the development and advancement of free-space photonic switching systems.