Text Box: Department of Computer Science at Cornell University
Text Box: Text Box: The Salton Series is supported by Amit Singhal, Cornell PhD ‘97




Text Box: Advertisement-supported social networking portals generally aim to lock in users' data and exploit them in ad targeting.  Because of network effect, personal information of a large population can well end up in the hands of a monopoly or an oligopoly.  Besides privacy concerns, such an outcome would also reduce competition.  The goal of this research is to create an open standard and API so that social applications can work on anybody's data regardless of where the data are stored.  We believe that having a safe haven for personal data may even open up more social computing possibilities.

We have developed a prototype of a decentralized social networking architecture called PrPl, short for Private-Public.  One of our goals is to make decentralized social applications easier to develop.  To this end, we are working on a distributed social database language that hides the complexity of distribution and access control, and a communication framework called Junction for developing ad hoc distributed applications .
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                Lecture Series           
Text Box: Thursday
October 22, 2009
Text Box: 4:15 pm
B17 Upson Hall
Reception - 4th Floor Atrium at 3:45pm

Monica Lam

Professor, Computer Science




Monica Lam is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.  She is currently working on the Stanford Programmable Open Mobile Internet (POMI) 2020 project.   Her past research projects include parallel architectures, compiler optimizations for locality and parallelism, program analysis to improve security and reliability, and virtualization-based desktop management.   She helped found Tensilica, a company that specializes in configurable processor cores, in 1998.  She co-founded Moka5 in 2005 with her students to commercialize their research on desktop virtualization.  She is a co-author of the second edition of the dragon book, Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, published in 2006.  She received a B.Sc. from University of British Columbia in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987.  She is a Fellow of the ACM.

Text Box: Building a Social Networking Future Without Big Brother

Gerard Salton (1927- 1995) A towering figure in the field of information retrieval, Gerard Salton synthesized ideas from mathematics, statistics, and natural language processing to create a scientific basis for extracting semantics from word frequency. The impact of his contributions is profound - five textbooks, over 150 research papers, and dozens of Ph.D. students. The modern computer science and information science research scene, with its terabyte databases, Web, and related technologies, owes a great deal to Gerry's pioneering efforts.


This lecture series honors our former colleague with speakers who similarly are innovators in their fields.