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 Grace Hopper Lecture Series 


University of Pennsylvania

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Grace Hopper Lecture Series



Margo Seltzer
Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Harvard University

"Provenance Everywhere"

Digital provenance describes the ancestry or history of a digital object. Computer science research in provenance has addressed issues in provenance capture in operating systems, command shells, languages, work flow systems and applications. However, it's time to begin thinking seriously about provenance interoperability, what it means, and how we can achieve it. We have undertaken several projects that integrate provenance across multiple platforms. Doing so introduces many challenging research opportunities. In this talk, I'll present our Provenance-Aware Storage System, focusing on our experiences integrating provenance across different layers of abstraction. I'll present some of our use cases and discuss important issues for further research.



Margo I. Seltzer is a Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research interests include file systems, databases, and transaction processing systems. She is the author of several widely-used software packages including database and transaction libraries and the 4.4BSD log-structured file system. Dr. Seltzer was a founder and CTO of Sleepycat Software, the makers of Berkeley DB, and is now an Architect for Oracle Corporation. She is a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computer Science, a Bunting Fellow, and was the recipient of the 1996 Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship, the University of California Microelectronics Scholarship. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher and won the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award in 1996 and the Abrahmson Teaching Award in 1999.Dr. Seltzer received an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Compu ter Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wu & Chen Auditorium

101 Levine Hall

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.



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