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CME 510: Linear Algebra Optimization Seminar

Speaker: Alan Karp, HP Labs, Ret.

Title: Patenting Division or How I Ran Afoul of the US Supreme Court

Abstract: Trying to patent division sounds like the action of a crazy person. Nevertheless, I succeeded, not once, but three times. Two of those patents are actually legitimate. In this talk, I'll explain what we did, why some of that is worth patenting and why one of those patents is explicitly ruled out by a US Supreme Court decision. Along the way, I'll show you more about computer arithmetic than you care to know, explain the big part serendipity played in the work, and give a case study on the value of quality refereeing. As an added bonus, I'll even throw in a bit of mathematics.

Bio: Alan Karp received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, spent two years at IBM Research modeling exploding stars, and one year as an assistant professor of physics at Dartmouth College before joining IBM's Palo Alto Scientific Center to work on vector and parallel computing.He moved to Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, where he became one of the architects of the chips in Intel's Itanium line.  He then joined HP's newly formed E-speak Operation to productize the technology he helped develop at HP Labs, later returning to HP Labs to work on usable security and subsequently joining HP's Enterprise Services organization as an architect for enterprise-scale distributed systems.

Dr Karp has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, the Journal of Transport Theory and Statistical Physics, and the editorial advisory board of the journal Scientific Programming.  Dr Karp chaired the committee judging the entries for the Gordon Bell Prize for parallel processing for its first 10 years. He was awarded two IBM Outstanding innovation awards and holds over 70 patents.


Michael Saunders
Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
4:30pm to 5:45pm