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Sept. 4: Carnegie Mellon's Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research Hosts Pre-G-20 Panel on Smart Infrastructure Technologies

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Carnegie Mellon's Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research Hosts
Pre-G-20 Panel on Smart Infrastructure Technologies

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's James H. Garrett Jr. will moderate a panel discussion about how to harness new and emerging smart technologies for buildings, transportation systems and other critical infrastructure from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Singleton Room of Carnegie Mellon's Roberts Engineering Hall.
                
As national and local governments and global leaders for the upcoming G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh debate about the amount of money to be allocated for the world's infrastructures, the Carnegie Mellon expert panel will discuss how to make our roads, bridges and energy grids more sustainable and intelligent. 
                
Students from Carnegie Mellon's Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research (CenSCIR) also will unveil a demonstration showing how to use new "electric nervous systems" concepts to wirelessly activate and monitor lighting and other heterogeneous devices through the Sensor Andrew infrastructure using only Web access.
                
The vision — known as "smart infrastructure" — promises to make the world more productive and competitive, while helping the environment and saving lives. Powering the smart infrastructures are the latest advances in sensors, wireless communications, data management, modeling, mining technologies and computing power, all tied together by the Internet.
                
"We want to make it possible for infrastructure of the future to be more efficiently and effectively managed by delivering systems that provide useful decision support information about the use, behavior and condition of the infrastructures," said Garrett, head of Carnegie Mellon's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and co-director of CenSCIR. Created in 2006, CenSCIR brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts committed to creating new fast, reliable systems to collect and process data about a myriad of complex networked infrastructure systems critical to both the nation's security and daily commerce.
   
Panel participants include Jurij Paraszczak, director of emerging business research and smarter planet initiatives at IBM; Benson Gabler, corporate sustainability manager at The PNC Financial Services Group; Guy Costa, public works director for the City of Pittsburgh; Jose Moura, co-director of CenSCIR and a professor in Carnegie Mellon's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Burcu Akinci, CenSCIR faculty member and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Piervincenzo Rizzo, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

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