Randy H. Katz, UC Berkeley

Randy H. Katz

Building-Energy-Trans­porta­tion Systems (BETS) and the Coming Industrial Disruptions


Most of us spend the vast majority of our time inside buildings or getting between them. The increasingly interconnected systems for building management, energy generation and delivery, and transportation are setting the stage for a major technological and societal revolution, and it may happen faster than we could imagine. Experts predict that vehicles and the way they are used will change more in the next two decades than they have in the last 100 years. The impact on cities will be particularly profound. In this talk, we highlight the interconnected trends leading to major disruptions in the petroleum, utility, and automobile industries and the opportunities these disruptions provide for new information technology research and development, the ultimate achievement of which will be an entirely new kind of "operating system" for the real-world.


Randy Howard Katz is the United Microelectronics Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He is best known for his innovations in computer architecture (Snoop multiprocessor cache consistency), storage systems (RAID), and wireless networking (Snoop TCP), as well as overseeing the connection of the U.S. White House to the Internet in 1994 while seconded to the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA). He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and fellow of the ACM and IEEE. He has published over 300 journal articles, conference papers, and book and book chapters. He has won numerous awards for research and teaching, and is particularly proud of his honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki.