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Distinguished ACM Speaker:
Bebo White
Based in CA, USA


Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the basic energy science and high-energy physics laboratory operated by Stanford University. Prior to retirement he worked at SLAC as a Computational Physicist and Senior Computing Information Systems Analyst. He is also a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong.

While his initial responsibilities at SLAC were in computational physics, in recent years Professor White's work has been dominated by his involvement with World Wide Web technology. He first became involved with WWW development while on sabbatical at CERN in 1989 and was instrumental in establishing the first non-European Web site at SLAC in 1991.

Professor White has lectured and spoken internationally to academic and commercial audiences. He is the author of eight books and over one hundred journal/proceedings articles. In addition, he has been actively involved with the planning and execution of five major international conference series: The International World Wide Web Conference, The International Conference on Web Engineering, The IADIS International Conference on WWW/Internet, The International Conference on ICT in Teaching and Learning, and The Web Science Conference. His current research interests include The Internet of Things, Cybercurrencies/Bitcoin and Blockchain, The Future of User Interaction Design, and Social Media in Education.

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  • Cybercurrencies and Blockchain (fiction, fallacy, fact, fun, and future):
    Hardly a day goes by without a news story about Bitcoin or Ethereum, two of the best known and strongest cybercurrency technologies. Opinions run the spectrum, from those who view it as mainly a monetary vehicle for criminal activity to those ...
  • Preparing for the Internet of Things:
    The Internet as we have known it for the past three+ decades is in the midst of a major and disruptive change. “The Internet of Things (IOT)” will bring opportunities that could hardly be imagined in the past and new challenges tha...
  • Storages Are Not Forever:
    Like the well-known concern over diminishing fossil fuels, information technology is bringing its own unique future challenges. This lecture describes one of the most fundamental of these concerns -  the limited/finite amount of data stor...
  • The Future of User Interaction Design: User interaction design is one of the most active and exciting research and development areas in computer science. As IT becomes more pervasive in every aspect of day-to-day life, interaction efficiency becomes more critical. As exciting new and more...
  • The Web: A Nostalgic View of the Past and Informed Hopes for the Future: This lecture draws upon the speaker’s 30-year love affair with WWW technology – from his first exposure at CERN in 1989 and the first US Web site at SLAC in 1991 to his current involvement with Web Science, the Semantic Web, and the Web O...

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