Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, April 22,2009
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B01

Can Hi-tech Hitchhiking Work?

Jim Morris
Carnegie Mellon University
This is a special Earth Day talk. Earth Day is celebrated April 22 every year. Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment.

About the talk:

Cell phones and the web might breath life into this old form of travel, but can it overcome the cult of the car? A lot of people are trying to make it work, but many have failed in the past. See for the full story.


There is no downloadable version of the slides for this talk available at this time.


The Ridenow Project Report in PDF format.

About the speaker:

[speaker photo] Dr. James H. Morris is a Professor of the Practice of Software and dean of the Silicon Valley Campus of Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon, an MBA and Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley where he developed some important underlying principles of programming languages: inter-module protection and lazy evaluation. He was a co-discoverer of the Knuth-Morris-Pratt string searching algorithm. For ten years he worked the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he was part of the team that developed the Alto System, a precursor to todayís personal computers. From 1983 to 1988 he directed the Information Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon, a joint project with IBM which developed a prototype university computing system, Andrew. From 1992 to 2004 he served as department head, then dean in the School of Computer Science. He held the Herbert A. Simon Professorship of Human Computer Interaction from 1997 to 2000. He has been the principal investigator of several NSF and DARPA projects aimed at computer-mediated communication. He is a founder of the MAYA Design Group, a consulting firm specializing in interactive product design. He also founded Carnegie Mellonís Human Computer Interaction Institute, Robot Hall of Fame, and the Silicon Valley Campus.

Contact information:

Jim Morris
1788 Oak Creek Dr.

412 609-5000