Distinguished Lecture: Personal Cloud Computing

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 9:56am

10:00 – 10:30 Reception
10:30 – 11:30 Talk
Engineering Sciences Building, Room 1001


SPEAKER: Monica Lam
Professor, Computer Science Department
Stanford University

Title: Personal Cloud Computing


What will the personal computing environment look like in the future?
Will all our personal data be readily available in the cloud, at the
expense of data privacy? Will smart cell phones replace laptops, and
potentially expose everybody on earth to the kind of computer fraud
rampant on PCs today? Will the TV and PC converge, and will the TV
become as hard to use and maintain as the PC?

This talk proposes a personal cloud computing environment that allows
users easy access to their personal data, their friends’ and public data
in a simple and integrated manner, while enjoying data privacy where
desired. The cell phone acts as a key to a user’s data in the cloud and
as a means to personalize PC and TV devices so as to take advantage of
the large-screen displays and better processing power.


Monica Lam is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford
University. Her research passion is to make computers easier to use and
to program. She has published numerous papers on compilers, operating
systems, security, computer architecture, and high-performance
computing. The SUIF project she led created a compiler infrastructure
that was widely used all around the world. She is a co-PI of the
Programmable Open Mobile Internet (POMI) 2020 project, an NSF Expedition
started in 2008.

She received a B.S. from University of British Columbia in 1980 and a
Ph. D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987. She
received a NSF Young Investigator award in 1992, and was elected an ACM
Fellow in 2008. She was the founding CEO of MokaFive, a desktop
virtualization startup spun out of Stanford. She is a co-author of
Compilers, Principles, Techniques, and Tools (2nd Edition), which is
also known as the Dragon book.