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Agents, Information Systems & the Internet: An Open Architecture Perspective

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Lecturer: Dr. Robert Kahn, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

A key to the success of the Internet as a means of world-wide communications connectivity was its open-architecture with defined interfaces, objects and protocols. Key attributes of that open architecture will be reviewed in the context of its application to agent systems and the management of information. Its role in the handling of personal and/or proprietary information will be discussed along with the way in which organizations can both protect and share information in the future.

About the Speaker:
After earning a PhD from Princeton, Dr. Kahn worked at Bell Labs and MIT before joining Bolt Beranek and Newman, where he led the design of Arpanet. He later received the National Medal of Technology for developing, with Vinton Cerf, the TCP/IP protocol. He subsequently went on to initiate and lead DARPA's Internet Program. Dr. Kahn is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of its Computer Science and Technology Board, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of ACM, a Fellow of AAAI, and a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. Among his many additional awards are the AFIPS Harry Goode Memorial Award, the Marconi Award, the President's Award from ACM, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the ACM Software Systems Award, the Public Service Award from the Computing Research Board, the Prince of Asturias Award, and the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.. He has twice received the Secretary of Defense Civilian Service Award. He has received honorary degrees from Princeton University, University of Pavia, ETH Zurich, University of Central Florida, University of Maryland and George Mason University.