Dean's Seminar Series - Rand Waltzman

Friday, April 19, 2013 ( 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm )

Location: Babbio Center, Altorfer Auditorium


The Truth is Out There. Or is it? Information, Misinformation and Deception in New Media
DR. MICHAEL BRUNO – Dean, Schaefer School of Engineering and Science
DR. LISA M. DOLLING – Dean, College of Arts and Letters
DR. GREGORY PRASTACOS – Dean, Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management
DR. DINESH VERMA – Dean, School of Systems and Enterprises
ABSTRACT: Each revolution in communications technology throughout history has resulted in major societal changes. Examples are the introduction of printing, the telegraph, the telephone, movies and television. We are just at the beginning of the next wave of new communications technologies characterized by a disruptive transition from one-to-many to many-to-many communication. There is good news, bad news, worse news and finally hope as life is increasingly played out via these new media. The way ahead is fraught with great danger as well as unparalleled opportunity, which demand frank and open discussion. The purpose of the talk is to help formulate some of the central issues ranging from the highly technical to the psycho/sociological. 
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Waltzman joined DARPA from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (LM-ATL), where he served as Chief Scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory that specializes in advanced software techniques and the computational physics of materials. Prior to LM-ATL he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the
Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he taught and performed research in applications of machine intelligence technology to a variety of problem areas including digital entertainment, automated reasoning and decision support and cyber threat detection. Before his
professorship he served as a DARPA Program Manager focusing on machine intelligence and image understanding. Dr. Waltzman has also held research positions at the University of Maryland, Teknowledge Corporation, and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington. 
Dr. Waltzman earned his Doctor of Philosophy (1989) in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (1981) from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (1978) from the University of California at Los Angeles.