INI Alumni Pro Webinar

Time: September 28, 2011 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Distributed Education Center at the Collaborative Innovation Center (DEC@CIC)


The INI Pro Webinars give INI alumni an opportunity to hear from each other and learn about current projects at Carnegie Mellon University from our faculty, staff and students.

The INI is very pleased to host Dr. Alex Hills, one of INI's founding directors (1989), to discuss his recent book "Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio" at the September 28th webinar.

How to join the webinar:

Adobe Connect will be used for the webinar.  Visit our webinar link  to join and select Enter as a Guest.

Current INI Students: Join the talk in the DEC@CIC! ** Pizza will be served** so please RSVP at See you then!

Speaker: Dr. Alex Hills

Talk Abstract:

Dawn of Wi-Fi:  At 36,000 feet Wi-Fi converts our airline seats to remote offices. It lets us read email in airports, watch video in coffee shops, and listen to music at home. Wi-Fi is everywhere. But where did it come from? Its roots are at Carnegie Mellon.

Alex Hills takes us back to when the Internet was first gaining popularity, the World Wide Web had just been created, and cell phones were big and unwieldy. But he had a vision: people carrying small handheld devices that were always connected. His unwavering purpose was to change the way we use the Internet.

Alex and his team built "Wireless Andrew," the wireless network that was originally a research project intended for use by only a few investigators. Hills had to fend off eager students begging to try it. Yet soon he found a way to expand the network to cover the entire Carnegie Mellon campus – a network for use by all students, faculty and staff. This is a story of how innovation happens, and it shows just how far we've come in the world of wireless connectivity.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. He is also Profesor Extraordinario at the Universidad Austral de Chile. Dr. Hills was founding Director of Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute, and he later served as the university's Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer.

Alex is frequently invited to speak at conventions, conferences, university seminars, corporate training sessions, and community events. His talks have been well-received by audiences throughout the United States and in more than twenty foreign countries. An inventor with eleven patents, Dr. Hills can write and speak in technical jargon. But he has also fascinated people of all backgrounds with his contributions to Scientific American and IEEE Spectrum magazines -- articles that explain technology in a style that is clear to any reader.