Thursday, December 05, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Mulva Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The Internet is turning 50 this year, and we are now suddenly connected - 55% of the human race, 4.4 billion people, and their 8 billion things. We have learned through the 46-year history of Ethernet that “connectivity” is its own thing. It has its own physics, math, dimensions, architectures, disruptions, pathologies, paradoxes, and laws, like Moore’s Law, Metcalfe’s Law, and Martin Cooper’s Law. Connectivity deserves our focused attention. And ready or not, here comes the augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things.


Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe

Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He was an Internet pioneer starting in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, Xerox Parc, Stanford, and 3Com. He invented Ethernet in 1973 at Xerox Parc and founded the multi-billion-dollar Internet startup 3Com Corporation in 1979. In the 1990s, Bob was CEO-Publisher-Columnist at IDG/InfoWorld. He wrote an Internet column read weekly by half a million IT professionals. In the 2000s, Bob was a General Partner of the venture capital firm Polaris Venture Partners near Boston. Bob is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received the IEEE Medal of Honor and the National Medal of Technology for his leadership in inventing, standardizing, and commercializing Ethernet.