Distinguished Speaker Series with Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell



  • MyLifeBits

    Join us between from 6:00-7:00pm for light snacks and a networking reception.

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    Gordon BellMicrosoft Media Presence Research Group
    Jim Gemmell,Microsoft Media Presence Research Group

    Introduction By

    John Toole, Executive Director, Computer History Museum

    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumCSPA, and ACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

    The MyLifeBits project is putting all personal documents and media in a PC for both daily and archival applications. For the last few years, the project has been capturing and storing Gordon Bell's articles, books,correspondence (letters and email), CDs, memos, papers, photos,pictures, presentations, home movies, videotaped lectures, and voice recordings in the Memex system that Vannevar Bush posited in 1945. Our project is focused on new applications that are afforded given its database orientation.


    Read more on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series and see a list of upcoming speakers!


    Speaker Bio: Gordon Bell

    Gordon Bell has been involved with building computer systems since 1959, since graduating from M.I.T. In 1960 he joined Digital Equipment Corporation and was responsible for the first minis and timeshared computers, including the VAX. In 1987 he established the computing directorate at the National Science Foundation and lead the cross-agency group and plan for the first Internet. He is a founder of The Computer History Museum-Mountain View, CA, a Fellow of various professional organizations and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. Awards include the 1991 National Medal of Technology, an honorary doctorate in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the 2001 Eta Kappa Nu Karapetoff Award for lifetime accomplishments. He has written several books about computer systems, and High Tech Ventures(1991) based on his involvement with about 80 startup companies. Since joining Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center as a Senior Researcher in 1995, his work includes scalable computing, telepresence, and cyberizing everything in the MyLifeBits project.


    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-9:00pm Program



    Pre-registered Cost
    $10 SDForum, CHM, ACM SF Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA members
    $20 Non-members

    Pre-Registration Closes at 2:00pm, the day of the event.

    Cost at the door
    $15 SDForum, CHM, ACM SF Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA members
    $25 Non-members
    Members of discounted and co-hosting organizations without a coupon code for this event should call 408-494-8306 to register.

    Pre-registration unavailable. Please register at the door.