Education Seminar: The Computer Laboratory Goes Virtual

3 October 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ainsworth G01

Prof. Suman Banerjee
CS/ECE, UW-Madison and CTO, MobileNerd, Inc.

–  All Welcome  –


Delivering quality education today requires students to have hands on access to high-end computing platforms and technologies on which they get hands-on training. While it is available to some students, many are not always as fortunate. An obvious solution is to use available cloud infrastructure to bridge this divide for students who lack suitable access, which eliminates the need for institutions to provide access to a software laboratory, including needs for expensive computers, specific software management, and reduces some burden on the IT staff.

In this talk I will describe some ongoing successes and key challenges that arise in the context of online mechanisms to for training people in software tools, and the potential use of edge platforms to meet some of the goals. The talk is meant for a broad audience in describing new innovations for education in software skills, and address research issues in the design of cloud technologies, the wireless edge, and diverse software components.


Prof. Suman BanerjeeSuman Banerjee is an Professor in Computer Sciences at UW-Madison where he is the founding director of the WiNGS laboratory which broadly focuses on research in wireless and mobile networking systems. He is also the founding CTO of MobileNerd, Inc., which is focused on making software education accessible to all. He has published more than 100 technical papers in leading conferences and journals and also has more than 25 patents that have either been awarded or filed with the USPTO. He received his undergraduate degree from IIT Kanpur, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of  Maryland. He is the inaugural recipient of the ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar award and a recipient of the US National Science Foundation Career Award. Technology developed by him is a winner of multiple awards, including the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Competition grand prize, an Interdigital Innovation Challenge award, and multiple award papers at various conferences, such as ACM MobiCom, ACM CoNEXT, and IEEE Dyspan.  He recently as the chair of ACM SIGMOBILE, ACM's special interest group in wireless communications and mobile systems (2013-2017).


For more information, please contact Dr. Garth Pearce.

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