Monica Lam : POMI 2020 Workshop


Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Reclaiming Data Ownership with the Tian-Di-Ren Architecture"


The rise of the smart phone makes possible new system architecture for personal computing, which we call Tian-Di-Ren. Tian-Di-Ren, which means heaven-earth-man in Chinese, is a three-tier architecture that integrates servers, mobile phones, with PCs and set-top boxes. In this architecture, we carry our digital identity with us on our cell phone; all our digital assets are available in the cloud; we easily leverage computers and set-top boxes around us by personalizing them with our phone. This talk presents the rationale of the Tian-Di-Ren architecture, and describes a first prototype of such a system.


Monica Lam has been a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University since 1988. Her current research focus is on building a programmable open mobile internet. Her past contributions include compiler optimizations for high-performance computers. Together with her students, she pioneered the concept of using virtualization for desktop management and founded the startup Moka5 in 2005. With Aho, Ullman and Sethi, she co-authored Compilers, Principles, Techniques, and Tools (2nd Edition), also known as the Dragon book. She received her B.Sc. from University of British Columbia and her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. She is an ACM Fellow.