"The Inside Story" takes a deeper look into technology news by interviewing the people behind the story. We talk to the sources involved in the news and explore important and interesting issues.
The Inside Story discusses the mobile graphics processing unit, which has rapidly become critical to smartphones’ ability to produce better and better graphics, with Dave Shreiner.
Dave is director of graphics and GPU computing for leading chip designer ARM Ltd. He is an expert in computer graphics and has written books on OpenGL programming.
Sam Madden is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he works on projects including the C-Store column-oriented database system and the CarTel mobile sensor network system. He has a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and was named one of Technology Review’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2005. He’s the recipient of several awards, including a US National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.
The Inside Story interviewed Sam Madden about his review of Big Data in IEEE Internet Computing magazine last year (“From Databases to Big Data,” May/June 2012, pp. 4–6).
The Inside Story discusses the numerous serious security issues that have affected Java this year with software-security expert Gary McGraw.
Gary serves as chief technology officer at Cigital Inc., a major software-security consultancy. He is the author of eight best-selling books on software security and more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
His research interests include software security; software exploits; online game security; mobile-code security, especially involving Java and .NET; and malicious code and the technologies that can counter it.
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.