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David Kasik is a computer graphics expert who is a senior technical fellow in visualization and interactive techniques with Boeing. His research explores new ways to visualize large amounts of geometric and nongeometric data.
Kasik has been involved with computer graphics since 1969, via work in a scientific laboratory, an automotive business, and an aerospace company. This has given him a different perspective on the technology than that found in the arts and entertainment industries, which so heavily influence the field today.
He has written on the history of computer-graphics advances and where the technology is headed today. He says the field is currently at an innovation plateau but is ready for the next wave of innovation.
Distinguished research professor Joseph Mitola III, currently vice president for the research enterprise at the Stevens Institute of Technology, is well known for his research in developing software-defined radio and cognitive radio systems. Both ideas were not seen as practical at the time but have since become important, mainstream radio approaches.
His current focus is multifunction RF, which would combine radio communications and the radar technologies used to track aircraft. Multiple small radar stations would replace the relatively few stations near major airports. They could provide both traditional radar and high-speed public radio-communications services. Mitola said this could bring broadband services to sparsely populated areas and add reliability to the nationwide radar system.
The Inside Story interviewed Mitola about multifunction RF.
Much of computer technology's progress has occurred because of developments described by Moore's law, which says that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles about every two years.
In today's era of battery-powered mobile devices, computing is being driven as much by energy efficiency as by performance. Research by Stanford University associate professor Jonathan Koomey discovered that since the 1940s, computers' energy efficiency has doubled about every year and a half. The Inside Story interviewed Koomey to learn more about his research and his predictions for the future.
Read Koomey's article from IEEE Annals of the History of Computing »
Mobile video communications, which companies like Tango have started offering, could be the next big wireless technology. To learn more, The Inside Story interviewed Tango's CTO.
Industrial-control systems run operations in factories, nuclear-power stations, utility plants, and similar facilities. These facilities are complex and important, and attacks on them could cause safety hazards. The Stuxnet worm gained worldwide attention recently because it was the first malware to target industrial-control systems. Joe Weiss, an expert in industrial-control-system security and founder of Applied Control Solutions consultancy, addresses issues related to his field of expertise. In doing so, he focuses on what can be done to enhance industrial-control-system security.
In the first part of a two-part interview, Joe discusses Stuxnet and how it relates to industrial control security.
In the second part of a two-part interview, Joe discusses lessons learned from Stuxnet.
Joe Weiss is recognized as an expert in industrial-control-system security. His professional experience includes more than 35 years in the field of industrial instrumentation controls and automation, and more than 10 years in ICS cybersecurity. He is managing partner at Applied Control Solutions, which provides consulting services relating to the optimization and security of ICSs. Weiss holds two patents, has testified before the US Congress numerous times, and has made presentations at many conferences throughout the world. He has won numerous awards from organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute and the International Society of Automation. He is author of the book "Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats."