Professor of Informatics
University of California, Irvine
Computing, Sustainability, and Global Disruption
Humanity is currently facing profound global challenges such as climatic disruption, biodiversity loss, air pollution and ocean acidification. These challenges threaten to disrupt the lives of billions of people, and call into question our species’ ability to live sustainably. Fortunately, modern information systems offers a powerful means of tackling complex problems such as those involved in this suite of issues. In this talk, Professor Tomlinson will present his recent work in bringing computational tools to bear on problems of sustainability and disruption. In particular, he will describe a current research effort that seeks to enable a new approach to sustainable food security.
Bill Tomlinson is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, and a researcher in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He research areas include ICT for sustainability, computing withinlimits, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported learning. His book Greening through IT (MIT Press, 2010) examines the ways in which information technology can help people think and act on the broad scales of time, space, and complexity necessary for us to address the world's current environmental issues. In addition, he has authored dozens of papers across a range of journals and conferences in computing, the learning sciences, and the law. His work has been reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the LA Times, Wired.com, Scientific American Frontiers, CNN, and the BBC. In 2007, he received an NSF CAREER award and in 2008 he was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow. He holds an A.B. in Biology from Harvard College, an M.F.A. in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the MIT Media Lab.
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