Workshop on Frontiers
in Distributed Information Systems

Marriott Reach Resort, Key West, Florida
April 28 - May 1, 1996

Organizing Committee

On behalf of the organizing committee we invite you to participate in the second annual workshop on new opportunities at the interface between computing and wide area communications. Frontiers in Distributed Information Systems will be held April 28-May 1 at the Marriott Reach Resort, Key West, Florida. Last year, we emphasized the changing character of wide area communications media. This year, the focus will be on the applications, the customer set, and critical usability factors on the Internet and the media that may emerge from it.

Because of the explosion in computing and communication technology, many new products and services are now possible. However, many of the proposed visions for these new products and services are mutually inconsistent and some still have significant technical and social obstacles. Technical elegance will often not be the principal factor in determining success.

Many of us, in our own organizations, prepare "roadmaps" based on our guesses about where technology is going now and in the five to ten year future, using these roadmaps to identify critical areas in which research is needed to stay on track. In the workshop we will identify and critically examine such issues and opportunities in distributed information systems. The goal is to consider them with more vision and greater technical accuracy than we each bring to the discussion individually.

This year, questions that will be discussed include:

  1. Which digital services will really attract home / business / mobile users worldwide in the next two years? In the next 10 years? How does the Internet as we know it have to change to support these uses and users? How will the world be changed?
  2. How do people today look at the world differently because of the ubiquity of computing? What new uses will be created by people who have been immersed in computing since childhood?

Program (nearly final version)

	7:00 pm EDT  Reception on the Roof

	7:00 am Breakfast

         Internet Today
	Eric Sumner (Moderator)

	8:00    Steve Whittaker  Lotus           Groupware

	8:40    Bob Kraut        CMU             Home Internet Usage/Minitel

	9:20    Break

	9:40    Colin Harrision  IBM             Internet's Impact on the Telecom Industry

       10:10    Brewster Kahle   WAIS/AOL        Role of Service Provider/Archiving

       10:20    Attendees Introductions

       11:00    Lunch

         Internet and the user
	Gene Ball (Moderator)

	4:30    Josh Alspector   Univ Colo       User Models for video-on-demand

        4:50    HY (Henry) Chang IBM             Convergence of Web, Distributed Objects and Groupware

	5:10    Freedom Baird    MIT Media Lab   Storytelling on the Web
	5:50    Break

	6:10    Peter Clemente   FIND/SVP	 Internet Demographics

		Dan Campbell	 FIND/SVP	 Internet Demographics

	6:40    Attendees Introductions

	7:20    Dinner

	7:00 am Breakfast

         Interface technologies
	John Denker (Moderator)

	8:00    Tommy Poggio    MIT             Animation of Images

	8:40    Mark Maybury    MITRE           Content-based Browsing of Video

	9:20    Break

	9:40    Chris Heegard   Cornell         Cable Modems

	10:20   Attendees Introductions

	11:00   Lunch

         The Changing Customer
	Bob Flynn (Moderator)

	4:30    Brewster Kahle  WAIS/AOL        Archiving and a Network Advisor

	5:10    Carl Marbach    IPCC            Life on the Internet (Speciality Publishing)

	5:50    Break

	6:10    Attendees Introductions

	6:50    Dinner

	7:30 am Breakfast

         Evolution of the Infrastructure
	Rich Howard (Moderator)

	8:00    Larry Jackel       AT&T            Telephony on the Web -- overview

	8:40    Wojtek Furmanski   Syracuse        High Performance Computing

	9:20    Break

	9:40    Dan Hammerstrom    ASI             Video Capabilities and Tools

	        Scott Kirkpatrick  IBM             Client Multimedia Capabilities

	10:40   Eli Noam           NYU             Internet Economics

	11:00   Lunch

Attendees at this workshop were invited because each has interesting ideas to contribute. We have set aside short portions of the program to ask each of the non-speaker attendees to introduce themselves and say what they think is the most important development in this area. (up to 4 minutes each). This year's attendee's included:

Alspector, Josh
University of Colorado
Dept. of ECE, PO Box 7150
Colorado Springs, CO  80933-7150

Baird, Freedom
Media Lab at MIT
20 Ames Street, Room E15-431
Cambridge, MA  02139

Ball, Gene
One Microsoft Way, 9S/1
Redmond, WA  98052

Blasgen, Mike
IBM  -  Research Division
11501 Burnet Road, MS/9460
Austin, TX  78758

Chang, Henry
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
P.O. Box 704
Yorktown Heights, NY  10598

Clemente, Peter
FIND/SVP  Emerging Technologies
Research Group
641 Avenue of the Americas, 4th Floor
New York, NY  10011

Cox, Ingemar
NEC Research Institute
4 Independence Way
Princeton, NJ  08540

Davis, Jim
INTERAXX Television Network, Inc.
10800 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 800
Miami, FL  33161

Denker, John
4g330 AT&T Research Labs
Holmdel, NJ  07733

Dill, Rick
IBM Research
Route 34
Yorktown Heights, NY  10598

Flynn, Bob
Polytecnic University
36 Saw Mill River Road
Hawthorne, NY  11432

Furmanski, Wojtek
NPAC, Syracuse University
201 Physics Building
Syracuse, NY  13244-1130

Gear, Bill
NEC Research Institute
4 Independence Way
Princeton, NJ  08540

Goodman, Rod
California Institute of Technology
MC 136-93
Pasadena, CA  91125

Hammerstrom, Dan
Adaptive Solutions, Inc.
1400 Compton Drive
Beaverton, OR  97007

Harrison, Colin C.
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Saeumerstrasse 4
Rueschlikon, Switzerland  8803

Heegard, Chris
Cornell University
4 Woodland Road
Ithaca, NY  14850

Howard, Richard E.
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
600 Mountain Ave, RM 1E-337
Murray Hill, NJ  07974

Jackel, Larry
AT&T Research
101 Crawfords Corner Road
PO Box 3030, Room 4G308
Holmdel, NJ  07733

Ji, Chuanyi
ECSE Dept.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
38, 15th Street
Troy, NY  12180

Kahle, Brewster
Internet Archive
1056 Noe Street
San Francisco, CA  94114

Karidis, John
IBM Consumer Div.
Mgr. of New Product Exploration
Route 100, PO Box 100, MD 3411
Somers, NY  10589

Kirkpatrick, Scott
IBM Research
PO Box 216
Yorktown Heights, NY  10598

Kraut, Robert
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
1307 Wean Hall
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

Kumar, Rakesh (Teddy)
David Sarnoff Research Center
CN5300, 201 Washington Road
Princeton, NJ  08810

Marbach, Carl B.
InterNetwork Publishing Corp.
5455 N. Federal Hwy.
Boca Raton, FL  33487

Maybury, Mark
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA  01730

Malkhi, Dahlia
AT&T Research
600 Mountain Ave, 2A-345
Murray Hill, NJ  07974

Miller, Thomas
202 The Commons, Suite 502
Ithaca, NY  14850

Omohundro, Steve
NEC Research Institute, Inc.
4 Independence Way
Princeton, NJ  08540

Ourmazd, Abbas
Institute for Semiconductor Physics
Walter-Korsing-Street 2
Frankfurt (Oder), East-Brandenburg
Germany  15230

Pitkow, Jim
GVU Center
296 Ardmore Cr  #6
Atlanta, GA  30309

Poggio, Tomaso
45 Carleton St.
Cambridge, MA  02142

Simard, Patrice
AT&T Laboratories
101 Crawfords Corner Rd.
Holmdel, NJ  07733

Singer, Yoram
AT&T Research
600 Mountain Ave, Room 2A-407
Murray Hill, NJ  07974

Spaulding, John
INTERAXX Television Network, Inc.
10800 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 800
Miami, FL  33161

Sumner, Eric E. Jr.
600 Mountain Avenue, Room 2C-535
Murray Hill, NJ  07974

Weigend, Andreas
Univ of Colorado at Boulder
Computer Science Dept
Campus Box 430
Boulder, CO  80309-0430

White, Steve R.
IBM Research
P.O. Box 704
Yorktown Heights, NY  10598

Whittaker, Steve
ATT Research
600 Mountain Ave, Room 2c 404
Murray Hill, NJ  07974

Workshop Site, Accomodations, & Application Information

The workshop will be held at the Marriott Reach Resort, in Key West, FL. Complimentary transportation is available from Key West International Airport (80 flights/day) or one can drive from Miami. Rooms can be booked at the FDIS conference rate of $129/night, single or double occupancy, at 1-800-874-4118. These rates will apply for us Sunday April 28 through Thursday May 2. Those who come before or after the meeting, a very limited number of rooms is available at $10 extra.

The conference fee is $300, payable at the meeting by check made out to "Caltech".

To register, fill out the online form ( We will email your confirmation (as long as places are available). For other questions, contact our administrator, or the organizers. Suggestions of additional participants are welcome. Send them to

Conference Administration:

Denise Prull
451 North Sycamore
Monticello, IA 52310

Phone: (319) 465-5585