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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Margaret Martonosi – Internet of Things: History and Hype, Technology and Policy

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
1:00 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

This talk will not be livestreamed or videotaped.

No RSVP required from current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

The idea of an emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is currently captivating both technologists and society at large. Although IoT techniques have their roots in ideas that are decades old, their increasingly widespread deployments have made them a hot topic these days, frequently discussed and hyped. As many as 50B networked devices are envisioned by 2020, and proponents of IoTs see a world where embedded sensing and control techniques help vehicle traffic flow more smoothly, where environmental sensing and data analysis facilitates better use of natural resources like water, and where personalized health monitoring helps individuals improve their quality of life. On the other hand, properly addressing policy concerns around security and privacy may play a role in IoT’s adoption and success. My talk will discuss key technology and policy challenges for future IoT applications and devices. Overall, I will be drawing from both technical experiences and trends, as well as from policy perspectives gained during a one year fellowship doing technology policy within the U. S. Department of State.

Margaret Martonosi is the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. From August 2015-2016, she served as a Jefferson Science Fellow doing international aspects of technology policy within the U. S. Department of State. Martonosi’s technical research focuses on computer architecture and mobile computing, particularly power-efficient systems. Past projects include the Wattch power modeling tool used by thousands of engineers worldwide, and the ZebraNet mobile sensor network, which was deployed for wildlife tracking in Kenya. Martonosi holds affiliated appointments in Princeton’s Electrical Engineering Department, its Center for Information Technology Policy, its Environmental Institute, and its Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. From 2005-2007, she served as associate dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. From 2016-2022, she holds (in addition to her primary position at Princeton) a visiting position as Andrew Dickson White Visiting Professor-At-Large at Cornell University.

Martonosi is a fellow of both IEEE and ACM. Her major awards include Princeton University’s 2010 Graduate Mentoring Award, the Anita Borg Institute’s 2013 Technical Leadership Award, NCWIT’s 2013 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, the 2015 Marie Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award, and ISCA’s 2015 Long-Term Influential Paper Award. Martonosi is an inventor on seven granted US patents, and has co-authored two technical reference books on power-aware computer architecture. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA).