A supercomputer in your cellphone – Adam Berger (Eizel Technologies, Inc.)

April 1, 2003 all-day

The mobile Internet promises anytime, anywhere, convenient access to email, web, and networked applications. Parts of this promise – high-throughput 2.5G and 3G wireless networks, richly-functional PDAs and phones – are already becoming available. But there remain several core technical problems hindering full-scale adoption of wireless data. One of these problems, for instance, is real-time document adaptation: how should a small-screen rendering algorithm adapt a hypertext document (web page, email message, etc.) which was designed for viewing on a standard PC display? Solving this problem draws on techniques in image processing, pattern recognition, networking, and of course, language processing. This talk introduces a proxy-based architecture designed to handle these kinds of problems. A mobile web proxy is a remote, high-performance agent, deployed on commodity PC or high-end dedicated hardware, which acts on behalf of a population of mobile device users. Demos as time permits.

Adam Berger is a founder and CTO of Eizel Technologies Inc. (www.eizel.com), a software firm whose products allow users to do new things with their mobile phones and PDAs. Adam’s Ph.D. is from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, where his research was at the intersection of machine learning and statistical language processing. Previously, he worked for several years in the statistical machine translation group at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and held a research position at Clairvoyance Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based advanced technology firm specializing in information management.

Center for Language and Speech Processing