Professor, Université de Savoie
Can we talk about Future Society without an Internet Science?
Internet is nowadays a reality experienced daily by billions of human beings. This network that has evolved in 40 years from a small experiment involving 4 nodes into a web crossing continents, and connecting hundreds of millions of servers and routers, concretizing the cyberspace ”consensual hallucination” prophesized by William Gibson in 1982. However, Internet was not the first and most important network that has impacted humanity. Current humanity is resulting from the large network of migration, transferring DNAs, that has lead Lucy’s cousins, the Australopithecus afarensis , to come out of Africa and spread into the world. The remainder of human history has largely been shaped by different networks: networks of roads, financial, social, families, etc. Network are therefore playing a central role in the development of human societies and one has to understand them their properties in order to have a grab of the Future Society. Internet Science is an emerging multidisciplinary emerging science that combines expertise ranging from humanities, sociology, economics, psychology to computer science, physics and mathematics. The aim of this science is to understand the fundamental concepts of Internet and other network and to provide keys in understanding the past and future evolution of Internet. I will give a broad description of this science and present the European Network of Excellence on Internet Science (EINS).
Kavé Salamatian is a full professor at University of Savoie. His main areas of researches are Internet measurement and modeling, and networking information theory. He was previously reader at Lancaster University, UK and associate professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie. Kavé has graduated in 1998 from Paris SUD-Orsay university where he worked on joint source channel coding applied to multimedia transmission over Internet for his Phd. In a former life, he graduated with a MBA, and worked on market floor as a risk analyst and enjoyed being an urban traffic modeler for some years. He is working these day on figuring out if networking is a science or just a hobby and if it is a science what are its fundamentals. He has been TPC chair of the first Internet Science Conference in April 2013.