International Initiatives on Copyright-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, November 2, 2007

International Initiatives on Copyright

Explore the future of copyright with international experts on the subject. This session was offered in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on the Universal Digital Library (ICUDL 2007), hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the School of Computer Science.

Forum on International Initiatives on Copyright

John Ockerbloom, moderator
N. Balakrishnan
Ismail Serageldin
Michael Shamos

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Prof. N. Balakrishnan received his B.E (Hons.) in Electronics and Communication from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, University of Madras in 1972 and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in 1979. He then joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering as an Assistant Professor. He is currently the Associate Director of the Indian Institute of Science and a Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering and at the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre.His areas of research include Numerical Electromagnetics, High Performance Computing and Networks, Polarimetric Radars and Aerospace Electronic Systems, Information Security, Digital Library and Speech processing. He has received many awards including the Padmashree by the President of India, 2002, Homi J. Bhabha Award For Applied Sciences, 2004 and the Alumni Award for excellence in Research for Science & Engineering by IISc, 2001. He was the NRC Senior Resident Research Associate at the National Severe Storms Lab., Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A. from 1987-1989. He was a visiting research scientist at the University of Oklahoma in 1990, Colorado State University in 1991 and a Visiting Professor, Carnegie Mellon University since 2000. He is an Honorary Professor in Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and National Institute of Advanced Studies. He is a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy (currently the Vice President), Indian Academy of Sciences (currently the Treasurer), Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C). He is the editor of Int. Journal of Computational Science and Engineering and the International Journal on Distributed Sensor Networks.. He is a consultant to several Defence and Governmental Agencies. He is one of the Directors of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and TICEL Bio Park, Director of CDOT- Alcatel Research Centre at Chennai, a member of the Council of CDAC, and member of the council of many universities and CSIR Laboratories.

Dr. John Mark Ockerbloom is a Digital Library Architect and Planner at the University of Pennsylvania. He researches and develops new technology for digital library applications, in conjunction with Library staff, and with computing and library professionals in Penn's Computer and Information Science department and in other institutions. He earneed his Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, with distinction in computer science at Yale University, and his Master's and doctorate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon.

Dr. Ismail Serageldin is the Director of the newly established Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, and chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the seven research institutes and three museums affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Previously he served as Vice President of the World Bank (1992-2000), Chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994-2000), Chairman of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a micro-finance program (1995-2000), Chairman of the Global Water Partnership (GWP, 1996-2000), and Chairman of the World Commission for Water in the 21st Century (1998-2000). Dr. Serageldin worked in a number of capacities at the World Bank (1972-2000) and has published and lectured widely. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from Cairo University, and a Masters' degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has received 15 honorary doctorates. Dr. Serageldin currently serves as Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and as chair and member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific, and international institutions and civil-society efforts. He has written more than 50 books and monographs (edited or authored) and 200 articles, book chapters, and technical papers on various topics.

Dr. Michael I. Shamos is Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the eBusiness Technology degree program and serves as a Director of the Universal Library, sponsor of the Million Book Project. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Shamos has lectured extensively on the implications of copyright on digital collections. Dr. Shamos holds seven university degrees in such fields as physics, computer science, technology of management and law. He has been associated with Carnegie Mellon since 1975. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale and law degree from Duquesne University. Since 1980, he has served as examiner of electronic voting systems for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shamos has been an intellectual property attorney since 1981, concentrating in computer-related patent and copyright matters. He is admitted to the bar of six courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has been an expert witness in recent Internet cases involving the Motion Picture Association of America and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.