Network Computing Guru John Gage to be Keynote Speaker at COFES 2011

Network Computing Guru John Gage to be Keynote Speaker at COFES 2011
Former Sun Microsystems chief researcher and creator of the phrase ‘The Network is the Computer’ to address the future of Network-Aided Design at leading annual CAD industry event

Bethesda, MD, February 10, 2011 — Cyon Research announces that John Gage, the former chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems, will give the main keynote address at the 2011 Congress On the Future of Engineering Software (COFES 2011) being held in Scottsdale, Arizona from 14-17 April, 2011.

Among the first employees of network-centric computer infrastructure systems developer Sun Microsystems, Gage is best known for “Net Day” and for creating the tag-line ‘The Network is the Computer’ and was the man behind many of Sun’s most successful product developments. He left the company in 2008 to join Kleiner Perkins as a partner working on green technologies to help combat global warming. Among his current projects is a global initiative to enable all schools to connect to power and communications networks in the most energy-efficient way and the development of an innovative and advanced control system for lighting. He is on the boards of the United Nations Digital Health Initiative, of the Markle Foundation, and of Relief International.

Sponsored by Geomagic, John's keynote will trace the history of computing, from the original visions of Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad to “Flying into the Heart of Atoms”, from Computer-Aided-Design to Network-Aided-Design. He will discuss how we can democratize the power of CAD by making design tools available to all the world's schools and communities, emphasizing designing for energy and water-efficient objects, systems, communities and cities.

“COFES assembles the leaders who bring the power of computing to the product design process,” said Gage. “Since Ivan Sutherland first demonstrated his Sketchpad in 1963, we have witnessed the power of computer-aided design in creating a multi-trillion dollar chip and computer industry and have seen the extension of computer-based simulation and design into every industrial field. It is now just beginning to touch new fields: fundamental materials and biological systems. More importantly”, he added, “the past 50 years have demonstrated the power of CAD to change the intellectual technology of human thought, the very way we see and understand the world.”

Geomagic has been a keynote sponsor for COFES 2010 and 2011. Ping Fu, co-founder, president and chief executive of Geomagic, said, “John’s focus is not just on how computing works but on the power it has to change, for the better, ways in which people think, act and interact. I am confident that the design and engineering technology industry, for which COFES caters, will lead the way in applying today’s, tomorrow’s and as yet unimagined technologies to the vital process of creating new and better products for the world’s communities.”

COFES is recognized around the world as the one place where leading thinkers and practitioners from the community of users and vendors of software for design and engineering (BIM/CAD/CAE/DP/PLM/PM/PPM, etc.) can interact in intellectually vigorous conversations, without their sales and marketing hats on.

About Cyon Research
COFES is an annual event owned by Cyon Research Corporation, a think-tank covering analysis of the engineering technology and software markets. Cyon Research provides key information, research, analysis, brainstorming, and consulting to its clients worldwide. Its focus is on the tools, processes, and procedures used in design and manufacturing, construction, and management.

Press Contact:
Jaime Devlin
Cyon Research

Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011


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