Information Infrastructure and the Future of Science
Speaker: John King, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Title: Information Infrastructure and the Future of Science
Abstract: Information infrastructure has already changed science by changing the meaning of “productivity” and affecting the structure of the scientific enterprise. Science is shifting from a romantic and aristocratic enterprise to something in which “everyday people” are participants. Some see this negatively, upending the rightful place of science in human affairs. Not I: I am optimistic. Going through the changes is likely to be tumultuous, however.
Short Biography: John Leslie King is W.W. Bishop Professor of Information, former Dean of the School of Information and former Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. He joined Michigan in 2000 after twenty years on the faculties of computer science and management at the University of California at Irvine. He has published more than 200 books and papers from his research on the relationship between technical and social change. He was Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, distinguished visiting professor in Singapore (at both the National University of Singapore and at Nanyang Technological University), and Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Frankfurt. He is currently Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research, and has served as associate editor for other journals. He is now an editor of the Viewpoints section of Communications of the ACM and the Aftershock section of IEEE Computer. He has been on the Board of the Computing Research Association (CRA), the Council of the Computing Community Consortium, and the U.S. National Science Foundation Advisory Committees for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI). His PhD is in administration from the University of California, Irvine. He received an honorary doctorate in economics from Copenhagen Business School. He is an elected fellow of the Association for Information Systems and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.