Seminars & Colloquia

Scott Midkiff

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

"Computer Science: A Quest for Excellence "

Monday February 06, 2006 10:00 AM (talk begins) 9:30 AM (reception begins)
Location: 136, MRC NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)


Abstract: In this presentation I provide a brief overview of my research, teaching innovations, and other relevant experience. I also discuss one person’s (my own) opinion on the opportunities and challenges in computer science research and education today and for the future. Finally, I discuss my observations, ideas, and vision related to how North Carolina State University’s Department of Computer Science can continue to grow in stature and further increase its impact in education, research, and economic impact.
Short Bio: Scott Midkiff ( is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he has been on the faculty since 1986. He also holds a courtesy appointment as a Professor of Computer Science. He has prior industrial experience at Bell Laboratories (1979-1982) and, in summer positions, at IBM (1977, 1978). He was a visiting research associate at Carnegie Mellon University (1985-1986). Professor Midkiff received the B.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University (1979), the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1980), and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University (1985). Professor Midkiff teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in networks and telecommunications. He conducts research in wireless networks, mobile systems, pervasive computing, and network simulation. Professor Midkiff is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) grant in advanced networking. In addition to the NSF’s IGERT program, other current or recent sponsors of Professor Midkiff’s research include the NSF’s Information Technology Research (ITR) and Digital Government programs, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Customs Service, Catalyst Communications Technologies, Intel, and Microsoft Research. He is a member of Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute and Center for Wireless Telecommunications and is an associated faculty member of the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group. Professor Midkiff is the Education and Training department editor and a founding member of the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine. He has also served on numerous technical program committees and organizing committees. Professor Midkiff is a member of the statewide advisory board for the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP), a multi-university distance learning program, and contributed to the creation of Virginia Tech’s M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Computer Engineering and the Master of Information Technology program. Professor Midkiff is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Associate for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Host: Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University Computer Science

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