DATE: Tuesday, May 13, 2008
TIME: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
PLACE: Wean Hall 5409

Feng Zhao
Microsoft Research

Power Management: from tiny embedded devices to warehouse sized data centers

Energy is a scarce resource in today's economy. Energy conservation is limited by our poor visibility into how energy is produced, distributed, and consumed. I will describe our recent work in instrumenting homes, offices, and data centers so that we can better account for where the energy goes and optimize for the energy use. Designing a monitoring and control system of this scale requires rethinking of the networking, programming, and management of distributed sensors and actuators.

Feng Zhao is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, where he manages the Networked Embedded Computing Group. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Dr. Zhao was a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC and directed PARC's sensor network research effort. He serves as the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, and has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers and books, including a recent book published by Morgan Kaufmann - Wireless Sensor Networks: An information processing approach (with Leo Guibas). He has received a number of awards, and his work has been featured in news media such as BBC World News, BusinessWeek, and Technology Review.

Hosts: Carlos Guestrin & Greg Ganger

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