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2nd DISTINGUISHED LECTURE "Stelios Orphanoudakis"

Mar 22, 2010

On Monday 22nd of March 2010, 18:00 hrs, at the FORTH Amphitheatre in Heraklion (Crete), Dr. Peter Freeman will give the 2nd lecture in the context of «Stelios Orphanoudakis». Distinguished Lecture series. This year, the Lecture is in the area of Computer Science, Information and Communications Technologies, and is entitled: «The Interaction of Science and Society as Illustrated by the Internet»

Abstract of Dr. P. Freeman's Lecture:
Science and society are more tightly intertwined than either recognises; both need to act on this observation. The need-based interaction between them is well understood, but there are interactions more fundamental and, at the same time, less well understood. The origins, growth, and potential future of the Internet form an illuminating story in its own right, but also serve to illustrate this observation. We will comment on the context of modern research, sketch the history of the Internet, illustrate some of the crucial interactions between society and the Internet as it has developed, and speculate on some possible futures. We will close with some thoughts on increasing understanding between science and society.

Dr. P. Freeman is Dean Emeritus and was Founding Dean of the College of Computing of Georgia Tech, USA from 1990 to 2002. He continues to work with Georgia Tech on specific projects and is a Director with the Washington Advisory Group. From 2002 to 2007, he was Assistant Director of NSF, heading the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate. He is widely recognised within the academic and scientific community for his contribution in the area of Computer Science and Information and Communications Technologies. Dr. P. Freeman will be introduced by Professor Nikolaos Spyratos (Universite Paris-Sud 11, France), this year's Chairman of the Selection Committee for Computer Science.

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