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The CRITO Speaker Series is brought to you by The Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations, The Paul Merage School of Business and The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

The CRITO Hour begins with lunch provided at 11:45 am. The brief talk is from noon - 12:25 pm, followed by conversation, and we stop promptly at 12:50 pm. The environment is informal.

Please RSVP to Maureen Vasquez ( or 949/824-1323) if you would like to attend our next CRITO Hour. We hope to see you there.


Ramesh Jain, UC Irvine
“Social Life Networks”

Thursday, January 12, 2012



Social networks have become extremely popular in the last few years. By bringing different media as well as modes of distribution social networks (SN) have revolutionized communication among people. By using the enormous reach of mobile phones equipped with myriads of sensors, the next generation of social networks can be designed not only to connect people with other people, but also to connect people with essential life resources. We call these networks Social Life Networks (SLN). We will discuss efforts in building SLNs, show example applications, and identify challenges that must be addressed to make them practical.



Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator.


Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. These companies include PRAJA, Virage, and ImageWare. Currently he is involved in two new start-ups as cofounder and advisor: mChron and Stikco Studio. He has also been advisor to several other companies including some of the largest companies in media and search space.


He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine where he is doing research in Event Web and experiential computing. Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. His current research interests are in searching multimedia data and creating EventWebs for experiential computing. He is the recipient of several awards including the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2010.



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