Computer Science Colloquium
Time+Place : Tuesday 31/01/2012 14:30 room 337-8 Taub  Bld.
Speaker    : Ouri Wolfson
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago
Host       : Johann Makowsky
Title      : How Your Smartphone Can Use Game-Theory to Valet-park Your Car
Abstract   :
I will briefly describe the interdisciplinary PhD program in Computational
Transportation Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The program lies at the intersection of Computer Science and Transportation.
Then I will focus on the problem of vehicular parking.
I will discuss new smartphone applications that help drivers locate open
parking slots and occupy them.
Vehicular parking is a competition for resources. Based on this, I will
present a game-theoretic framework to analyze parking. Then I will introduce
parking slot assignment and competitive games, discuss some of their
properties, and present algorithms that can run on smartphones and guide the
driver to a desirable parking slot.
Short Bio:
Ouri Wolfson, Ph.D., is the Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Computer
Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Affiliate Professor
in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at
Urbana Champaign. He is the founder of Mobitrac, a venture-funded high-tech
startup that was acquired by Fluensee Co. in 2006.
Ouri Wolfson authored over 180 publications, and holds seven patents.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a
University of Illinois Scholar for 2009. He co-authored three award winning
papers, served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association of Computing
Machinery during 2001-2003, and participated in numerous conferences as a
keynote speaker, general chairman, program committee chairman or member,
tutorial presenter, session chairman, and panelist.
Most recently he was the keynote speaker at the Mobilware 2010 Conference.
His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Air
Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA), NATO, US Army, NASA, the New York State Science and
Technology Foundation, Hughes Research Laboratories, Informix Co., Accenture
Co., and Hitachi Co.
Wolfson's main research interests are in database systems, distributed
systems, and mobile/pervasive computing. Before joining the University of
Illinois he has been on the computer science faculty at the Technion,
Columbia University, and Bell Labs.
Refreshments served from 14:15 on,
 	Lecture starts at 14:30
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