Topic: Social Protocols and the Challenge of Scalability
Speaker: Stanley Rosenschein
CEO, Quindi Corporation
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Media X and CSLI, Stanford University
Location: Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (NASA Research Park Building 23) Room 118
Time: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Collaborative behavior requires not only channels of communication, but also social protocols that control how those channels will be used, how attention will be directed, and how authority and responsibility will be allocated. Many of the dysfunctions of the modern workplace - frequent interruptions, work fragmentation, information overload - can be traced to informal social protocols that scale poorly in our richer communications environment. In this talk, we review recent work on workgroup protocols (Stanford) and automated knowledge capture (Quindi) and relate them to the question of scalability. We also describe a lightweight web-based technology to support distributed planning, execution, and information sharing in dynamic environments.
Dr. Rosenschein has been active in workgroup collaboration both in his role as CEO of Quindi Corporation, and more recently as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s Media X and CSLI. Prior to founding Quindi, Stan was the founder and CEO of Teleos Research, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1996. He then served as General Manager and Chief Scientist in Autodesk's Advanced Products Group. Prior to Teleos, Stan served as the Director of Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International and as a Consulting Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Stan holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.