Yi Deng is currently the Dean and Professor of College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte since July 2009. Prior to joining UNC-Charlotte, he has been the Dean and Professor of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at the Florida International University (FIU) from 2002 to 2009. He served as the Managing Director of Embedded Software Center at the University of Texas at Dallas from 2000 to 2002. He has authored or co-authored over 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, and been awarded 21 research grants as the principal or co-principal investigator totaling over $21 million, most of which from premier US federal funding agencies. He has initiated and led many large scale multidisciplinary R&D and education projects and initiatives, founded and/or directed three research centers, including the Center for Advanced Distributed System Engineering, the NSF Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology at FIU, and the IBM Center for Autonomic and Grid Computing at FIU. He has been an active contributor to the professional and research community in various leadership capacities. He co-founded and co-led the Latin American Grid (LA Grid) Consortium and founded and directed the Consortium of Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE), whose partners include leading institutions and research centers in the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Spain, China, India and Japan. Yi Deng received his B.S. in Computer Science and Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1983, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and1992, respectively.
Changing Landscape of Information Technology and Its Implications in Research and Education
In the 21st Century economy, every industry has become a “technology and information industry”, where computing, information and communication are not only essential utility, but more importantly, the core driver for innovation. Information technology is integrated into every aspect of economy, government and society at large. The field has evolved and expanded from its focus on computation to data, information and knowledge. There is a fast increasing trend of integration between the information technology and other (existing and emerging) disciplines. All of these will have transformational effect on research and education and on the future of our institutions. I will discuss the trends and their implications to our students, faculty, programs and organizations, and how our college plan to deal with these changes.