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Thursday, February 24, 2011 — 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Institute for Computer Research (ICR) and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology joint seminars

First seminar:

Open systems science: a new research methodology and its application to open systems 

Mario Tokoro, President and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc, Tokyo Japan

Date

Thursday, February 24, 2011 

Location

Davis Centre, DC 1304 

Time

3:00pm

Abstract 

In the 21 century, most of the important problems that we need to solve consist of integrated systems with many mutually-related, time-varying subsystems. These systems cannot be treated as closed systems but must be addressed as open systems. Problems of open systems cannot be solved simply by reductionism and therefore require a new methodology. Dr Tokoro proposes a new scientific methodology called Open Systems Science and shows some examples to which the methodology can be successfully applied including huge software systems, medical and environmental problems.

Second seminar:

Open systems dependability: a new approach to achieve dependability of huge and complex software systems

Mario Tokoro, President and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc, Tokyo Japan

Date

Friday, February 25, 2011

Location

Davis Centre, DC 1304

Time

3:00pm

Abstract 

Today, most of the social infrastructure systems are supported by huge and complex software that must be dependable to provide sustainable services. However, such software systems inevitably involve incompleteness and uncertainty: incompleteness due to incomplete specifications and implementation which can be amplified by systems revision; and unpredictability due to requirements evolution, environmental changes, unexpected usage and attacks across networks. Therefore, it is almost impossible to treat such a system as a closed system whose functions and boundaries are fixed. Rather it must be approached as an open system whose dependability on huge and complex software systems is discussed and the notion of Open Systems Dependability is proposed. Then, the DEOS approach that integrates processes for development, operation and continuous revisions is described with the architecture which realizes the system.

Biography

Dr. Mario Tokoro is a Co-Founder, President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., established in 1988 (http://www.sonycsl.co.jp/en). The laboratories focus on research in computer science in a broader sense, including linguistics, music, biology, economy, health care, open energy systems, and sustainability. As the conceptual base for research, he has been advocating a new scientific methodology called Open Systems Science to solve problems of complex, ever-changing systems (Open Systems Science – from Understanding Principles to Solving Problems, IOS Press, 2010). Dr. Tokoro is Sony Chair Professor at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University since 2009. He has been serving as the Research Supervisor of the Japan Science and Technology Agency project of “Dependable Embedded OS for Practical USE (DEOS)” (http://www.dependable-os.net/index-e.html). Dr. Tokoro received his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Keio University and became Professor of Computer Science at Keio University. He is an innovator in Computers and the Internet. He invented Acknowledging Ethernet and devised and promoted the notion of Object Oriented Concurrent Programming (Object-Oriented Concurrent Programming, MIT Press, 1987). He led the project of the Muse Operating System at Sony Computer Science Laboratories which was later used in several of Sony’s products including Digital Satellite TV Set-Top-Boxes and AIBO pet robots. He also devised the Computational Field Model, Real-Time Distributed Objects, and the notion of Intimate Computers. In 1997, Dr. Tokoro moved from Keio University to Sony Corporation and became Corporate Senior Vice President, and then assumed the position of CTO in 2000. He promoted the method of architecture-based design and common software platforms for consumer electronics products. For this purpose, he established a consortium called CELF (Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (http://www.celinuxforum.org/) with eleven international corporations including Panasonic, IBM, and Phillips). Now, almost all Sony products exploit Linux or Linux-based software. He retired from Sony Corporation in 2008. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Waterloo and at Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris VI. He served as a member of the British Telecom Group CTO External Advisory Board, NTT DoCoMo Technology Advisor Board, and various Governmental Committees. He has been an Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan since 2006. He was awarded the Officier de l’Ordre National du Merit from the Republic of France in 2005 and has a Docteur Honoris Causa from University of Paris (UPMC) in 2010.

Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
1304
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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