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Oct. 24: Lecture discusses Moore’s Law increasing computer speed as inevitability and/or rat race

Suermondt-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Is increasing computer speed in our electronic culture inevitable? This question will be explored in the free, public Allred Distinguished Lecture in Artificial Intelligence at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in ETRL 101 at Washington State University.

Jaap Suermondt, vice president and director of the analytics laboratory at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, will present “Inevitability or Rat Race? Implications of Moore’s Law from the Perspective of a Silicon Valley Data Scientist.”

In computing, Moore’s Law says that the number of transistors on integrated circuits is doubling every two years, allowing for more powerful computers and today’s portable electronics. The trend has held up since it was first observed in the 1960s.

Suermondt is an inventor on 38 granted U.S. patents and is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

With H-P labs since 1992, he is responsible for research investments in analytics systems, technologies and infrastructure as well as applications and visualization. Previously, he was director of the services and solutions research, healthcare research and business optimization laboratories.

His research and management career spans data mining, decision support systems, data de-duplication, electronic health records and patient safety, personalization and operational efficiency. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical and computational science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in medical information sciences from Stanford University School of Medicine.

The lecture is funded by Doug and Loretta Allred. A 1973 computer science alumnus, Doug Allred was responsible for building Cisco Systems’ multibillion dollar global services business. The lecture is meant to enhance computer science research and undergraduate study at WSU.



Tina Hilding, senior communications coordinator, WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095,

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