ECE Seminar Series

ISTeC Distinguished Lecture In conjunction with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Computer Science Seminar Series

Title: Intersections between Information Technology Research and Public Policy
Speaker: Scott Jordan
Affiliation: University of California, Irvine; Federal Communications Commission
Day: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Morgan Library Event Hall

Abstract: Information technology researchers often assume that good research will lead to deployment in the Internet of new systems based on that research. Universities often assume that the principal barrier to deployment is the transition from research idea to prototype. In this talk, I will argue that these assumptions are often incorrect, and that deployment based on good information technology research is often stymied by a combination of economic and legal issues that were not considered in the research. I will present three case studies: quality-of-service, IP interconnection, and device attachment. We will discuss whether the manner in which each was deployed coincides with the original research vision; what factors may have resulted in perturbations from the original vision; and whether these perturbations are in the public interest. I will encourage information technology researchers to pay attention to what is in the public interest, to the interests of the parties that may implement the idea, and to whether these interests coincide.

Bio: Scott Jordan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research has focused on Internet quality of service issues, including traffic management and resource allocation, in both wired and wireless networks. His current research interests are Internet policy issues, including net neutrality, data caps, and device attachment. Scott is currently serving as the Chief Technologist at the Federal Communications Commission. He advises on technological issues across the Commission. Scott received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, he served as an IEEE Congressional Fellow, working in the United States Senate on communications policy issues.