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MIT experts, alumni to discuss 'Future of Atoms in an Age of Bits'

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- MIT experts and alumni (many of whom are both) will discuss the impact of the internet and related technologies on our physical world in a day-long series of lectures and panel discussions during Technology Day on Saturday, June 3, the day after MIT's Commencement.

This year's theme for the annual program, sponsored by the MIT Association of Alumni and Alumnae, is "The Future of Atoms in an Age of Bits." The program, planned by a committee of alumni and staff from the Association, is the intellectual centerpiece of Tech Reunions.

The morning program focuses on changes in the human-computer interface, buildings and cities, and logistics and transportation infrastructure. The afternoon panels will discuss work and social relations in a teleconnected world, the future of university education and the physical campus, and innovations and new directions in entrepreneurship.


Dean William A. Mitchell of the School of Architecture and Planning, and Professors Yossi Sheffi, Rodney A. Brooks and Rosalind W. Picard are the featured speakers from 9am-noon in Kresge Auditorium.

��������� Dean Mitchell will address "E-Topia: Digital Telecommunications and the Future of Cities."

��������� Professor Sheffi of civil and environmental engineering, director of the Center for Transportation Studies, will discuss "Transportation Auctions and Exchanges."

��������� Dr. Brooks, the Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, will speak on "Flesh, Machines and the Physical World."

��������� Associate Professor Rosalind Picard of the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, ScD 1991, will focus on "The Emotionally Smart Machine."


Three panel discussions are scheduled for 3-5 pm in locations around campus:

��������� "The New Neighborhood: Living and Working in Virtual Communities," Room 6-120

Moderator: Assistant Professor Judith S. Donath, SM 1986, Director of the Social Media Group, MIT Media Laboratory. Panelists: Associate Professor Mitchel Resnick, PhD 1992; William S. Kazman, SB 1985, president and CEO, Global Telemedix, Inc.; Beerud D.Sheth, SM 1994, co-founder of eLance, Inc.

��������� "Clicks and Mortar: The Future of Physical U," Little Kresge Theater.

Moderator: David Warsh, columnist, the Boston Globe. Panelists: Professor Merton C. Flemings, SB 1951; director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance; Professor Richard C. Larson, SB 1965, director of the Center for Advanced Educational Studies; Jonathon A. Winder, senior vice president, Education Division, Harvard Business School Publishing.

��������� "Emerging Innovations and Entrepreneurship," Room 10-250

Moderator: John W. Poduska Sr., SB 1959, chair of Advanced Visual Systems. Panelists: Keith E. Camhi SM 1991, CEO and Co-Founder, Fitlinxx; Marina Hatsopoulos, SM 1993, CEO, Z Corp.; Henry N. Holtzman, SB 1986, founder, president, and CEO, Presto Technologies, Inc., and Jonathan D. Albert, SB 1997, Principal Engineer and Co-Founder, E Ink Corporation.

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