Full-Day Symposium to Feature Vinton G. Cerf, Known as One of the "Fathers of the Internet"

The University of Virginia School of Engineering is proud to host a National Academy of Engineering regional meeting and symposium, in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), a National Science Foundation-sponsored Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC), and UVA's Cyber Innovation and Society Initiative. Progress on the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges will be heavily influenced by progress in cyber-physical systems. The global need for new capacity in cyber-physical systems research and development, as well as for a larger pipeline of future cyber-physical systems leaders, is critical. Attendees of this regional symposium will hear a keynote address from Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, and learn about cutting-edge research and educational initiatives in cyber-physical systems. The event also will feature visits to UVA's new 17,000-square-foot Link Lab for cyber-physical systems, and networking opportunities with attendees of a concurrent meeting of the ASSIST Center.

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University of Virginia School of Engineering, Rice and Olsson Halls, 85 Engineer's Way, Charlottesville, VA 22904

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April 30

5:00-6:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception, Link Lab, Olsson Hall, 2nd Floor (Open to Graduate Student Level and Above)

6:30 p.m. - NAE Leadership Dinner (By Invitation)

May 1

8:00 a.m. - NAE Breakfast and Business Session (NAE Pre-Registered Members Only)

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Symposium, "Cyber-Physical Systems: The Defining Technologies of the 21st Century"

*** All activities take place in the Rice Hall auditorium, room 130, unless otherwise specified.

9:30 a.m. - Doors Open

9:55 a.m. - Introductory Video

10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Speaker

"Ethics, Computer Science and the Internet of Things"

Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

11:20 a.m. - Panel Discussion

"Securing the Cyber-Physical Universe"

Jack Davidson, Panel Moderator, University of Virginia Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science Cybersecurity Program and Co-Organizer of the UVA Cyber Innovation & Society Initiative

Andrew Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist, National & Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratory

Stephanie Forrest, Director of the Biodesign Center for Biocomputation, Security and Society, and Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Sciences Engineering at Arizona State University

S. Shankar Sastry, Faculty Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, NEC Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Former Dean of Berkeley Engineering

12:20 p.m. - Morning Session Closing Remarks

12:30-2:30 p.m. - Lunch and Link Lab Demonstrations

12:30-1:30 p.m.                       Buffet Lunch Group 1, Link Lab Arena, Olsson Hall 2nd Floor

                                                (Group 2 Visits Demonstrations)


1:30-2:30 p.m.                         Buffet Lunch Group 2, Link Lab Arena, Olsson Hall 2nd Floor

                                                (Group 1 Visits Demonstrations)   

UVA Engineering Link Lab Faculty Demonstrations:

Driving Simulator Lab, Rice Hall, Room 020: “Trust in Autonomous Driving,” Professor Lu Feng, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering Systems and Environment

Autonomy Lab, Rice Hall, Room 024: “F1/10 Autonomous Racing: An Open-Source Automotive Cyber-Physical Platform,” Professor Madhur Behl, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering Systems and Environment

Drone Lab, Rice Hall, Room 028: “Planning and Control of Autonomous Aerial and Ground Robotic Systems,” Professor Nicola Bezzo, Departments of Engineering Systems and Environment and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Link Lab, Olsson Hall: “Robotic Surgery Simulation and Automation,” Professor Homa Alemzadeh, Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science


2:30-4 p.m. - Cyber-Physical Systems Presentations

2:30 - Smart Health - Veena Misra, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at N.C. State University, Director of the Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), a National Science Foundation-Sponsored Nanosystems Engineering Research Center

3:00 - Autonomous Systems - George J. Pappas, the Joseph Moore Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Member of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Laboratory and the Penn Research In Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering (PRECISE) Center

3:30 - Smart Cities for Flooding - David Maidment, Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

4:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

4:30 to 6:30 - Reception: UVA Historic Rotunda Dome Room (Open to Graduate Student Level and Above)

Shuttle transportation to and from the closing reception will be provided by A&A Limousine. Shuttles will have signage reading “National Academy of Engineering Regional Symposium Event Guest Shuttle.” Meet the bus outside of Rice Hall on Whitehead Road (map here) to go to the reception, and outside the Rotunda on McCormick Road (UVA Chapel area - map here) for return to Central Grounds Garage, Ivy/Emmet Garage and Rice Hall. Buses will run until 7:30 p.m.

Small-group tours of UVA’s historic Rotunda begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. Meet the tour guide at the Lawn (south) side steps of the Rotunda.