Kerry Hinton

Energy efficiency, sustainability and the future Internet.

The Internet continues to grow at a pace that outstrips the annual increase in electricity supply. Today the Internet accounts for only a few percent of humankind's electricity consumption and carbon footprint. If we continue as we have over recent years, this situation will change as future generations of the Internet are deployed. The "Internet of Things", "a Programmable World", "Internet of Everything" are a few of the tags given to a concept in which just about everything humankind interacts with will have an IP address and be interconnected to each other and some form of intelligent agent. In this presentation I will describe some of the current trends of our use of the Internet and ICT that have us heading in an unsustainable direction as well as provide an overview of some technologies and innovations that may well buy us some time.

Biography: Kerry Hinton received an Honours Bachelor of Engineering in 1978, an Honours Bachelor of Science in 1980 and Master of Science Degree in Mathematical Sciences in 1982, all from the University of Adelaide. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., in 1984. In 1984 Dr. Hinton joined Telstra Research Laboratories (TRL) working on analytical and numerical modelling of optical systems and components. His work also focused optical communications devices and architectures, physical layer issues for automatic, intelligent networks and monitoring in all-optical networks. Dr. Hinton was also a laser safety expert within Telstra. In 2006, Dr. Hinton joined the Centre for Ultra Broadband Information Networks (Cubin), located at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In 2011 Dr. Hinton joined the Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) as a Principal Research Fellow researching the energy efficiency of the Internet, communications technologies and networks. CEET is an industrial research centre funded by Alcatel-Lucent, the Victorian State Government and the University of Melbourne and is a world leader in researching energy efficiency in telecommunications. In 2013 Dr. Hinton took on the role of Director of the Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications.