2011 NMC Fellows Award: Vinton G Cerf: The Internet of Things





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More devices becoming part of the Internet means the rise of various new applications and myriad
business opportunities. Join Dr. Cerf as he explores the implications of billions of devices and sensor
systems becoming part of the Internet. Entertainment equipment, for example, is now controllable
through a local WiFi network, using a mobile phone, laptop, or notepad. Indeed, third parties now
offer to manage your entertainment systems, most often with an attractive web interface. With
the new technology comes new challenges: strong authentication will be important to assure that
the party controlling your equipment is authorized. Time permitting, he will also explore potential
functionality of IPTV, well beyond the simple notions of content management and control, and
leading to direct user interaction with video entertainment.
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October
2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development
of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for
Google in the Internet world.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and
the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal
of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.
Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on
the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In
November 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom
for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April
2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.
Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science
and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from UCLA. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from the
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University
of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George
Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy, New York; the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Marymount
University; the University of Pisa; the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications;Tschingua
University, Beijing, China; the University of Zaragoza, Spain; the Technical University of Cartagena,
Spain; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; and Bethany College, Kansas.

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