Building A Smarter Planet With University Collaboration: Empowering People Through Information Integration

Josephine M. Cheng
IBM Fellow and Vice President
IBM Research - Almaden


We are all now connected -- economically, technically and socially. Our planet is becoming smarter. Infusing intelligence into the way the world literally works -- the systems and processes that enable physical goods to be developed, manufactured, bought and sold, services to be delivered ... everything from people and money to oil, water and electrons to move, and billions of people to work and live. All these become possible via information integration scattering in many different data sources: from the sensors, on the web, in our personal devices, in documents and in databases, or hidden within application programs. Often we need to get information from several of these sources to complete a task. However, this can be a difficult or time consuming endeavor. This talk describes some information-intensive tasks, choosing examples from such areas as healthcare, science, the business world and our personal lives. It will discuss the barriers to getting information together and delivering it to the people that need it, in a form they can understand, review key research on information integration and information interaction, indicate how the combination may enable real progress, and illustrate where research challenges remain.

About the Speaker:

Josephine M. Cheng is an IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Research - Almaden in San Jose, California. She oversees more than 400 scientists and engineers doing exploratory and applied research in various hardware, software and service areas, including: nanotechnology, materials science, storage systems, data management, web technologies, workplace practices and user interfaces. Cheng has been at the forefront of relational database technology for over twenty years. She was also principally responsible for developing IBM's database technology for the Web, allowing people to access huge amounts of data via the internet that was previously accessible only through proprietary systems. Cheng received the Asian American Engineer of the Year award in 2003. She was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2006 for sustained leadership and contributions to relational database technology and its pervasive applications to a wide range of digital operational systems. In 2006 she was named one of the Top 10 Software Leaders in China and received the Professional Achievement Award from UCLA in 2007. Currently, she is a guest professor at Tsinghua University and Shanghai University; advisory board committee to the School of Software and Microelectronics, Peking University and chairs the advisory board committee of the Department of Computing of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is also on the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) advisory board of the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) , as well as a member of San Jose State University's Engineering Industry Advisory Council. Cheng also serves on the advisory board of the UCB Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and is a board member of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC). Josephine Cheng has been awarded 28 patents for her inventions. Cheng was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., 1975, Mathematics and Computer Science; M.S., 1977, Computer Science).