Thursday, February 24, 2022





5:00 PM – 8:10 PM (EST), THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. The Baltimore ACM Professional Chapter was recently formed to help organize monthly seminar, professional meetings and networking events, professional development workshops, and provide collaboration opportunities with computing organizations and research labs in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. ACM Baltimore Chapter is scheduled to organize the first seminar on Thursday, February 24, 2022.


(Talks will be Streamed Live/All Times are US Eastern Time)
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST            Networking and Refreshment
5:30 PM – 5:50 PM EST            ACM Baltimore Chapter Introduction
                                              Address by ACM President Prof. Gabriele Kotsis
                                              Welcome Address (Dr. Ralph Semmel, Director JHU/APL)
5:50 PM – 6:30 PM EST            Invited Talk: Origins of the Internet (Prof. Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA )
6:30 PM – 6:40 PM EST            BREAK
6:40 PM – 7:20 PM EST            Invited Talk: Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Technology Developments During the Age of COVID-19 (Dr. Aprille                                                                Ericsson, NASA)                                             
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM EST            Invited Talk: Accelerating Digital Inclusion – Making the Internet Available
                                              and Affordable to Everyone (Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University)
8:00 PM – 8:10 PM EST            Future Events and Vote of Thanks


On 24thFeruary, 2022, Thursday, from 5.00 PM to 8.10 PM EST, remote attendees can join the seminar via this Zoom link given below:



ID: 161 048 0689

PASSWORD: 740898

(Please Note: Prior Registration is not required and one can join directly using the above Zoom Link at the mentioned date and time.)


Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
(JHU/APL), 201-117, 11091 Johns Hopkins Road,
Laurel, MD 20723 Visitor’s Information
More details about Baltimore ACM Chapter can be found: On behalf of ACM Baltimore Chapter Ashutosh Dutta, Chair, ACM Baltimore Chapter Contact: or +1 908-642-8593

Recording of the Event

Gabriele Kotsis

Gabriele Kotsis is an Austrian computer scientist. She is full professor in computer science at
Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Linz, Austria, while leading the Department of Telecommunication and the division of Cooperative Information Systems. She was vice-rector for Research
and the Advancement of Women, and longstanding chairwoman of Universities Austria’s Policy
Committee on Research. From 2003 to 2007 she was President of the Austrian Computer Society, being the first female holding this position in Austria. Gabriele is a founding member of the
ACM Europe Council, serving at the council from 2008 to 2016. Since 2016, Gabriele has been
JKU’s representative in the ASEA-UNINET academic research network, which promotes cooperation among European and South-East Asian public universities. She is a distinguished member and elected
president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Ralph D. Semmel

Ralph D. Semmel became the eighth director of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on July 1, 2010. Prior to becoming Director, Dr. Semmel served as the founding head of
APL’s Applied Information Sciences Department and Infocentric Operations Business Area,
which conducted foundational research and development in the areas of cyber and information operations, information assurance, intelligence systems, and global information networks. Dr. Semmel also has led and served on a variety of federal government science and technology boards, panels, and committees. He recently was a member of the Defense Science Board.. Before joining the Laboratory in 1986, Dr. Semmel held leadership and technical positions with Wang Laboratories, MITRE Corporation, and the U.S. Army. He is a member of the ACM.

Leonard Kleinrock

Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He is considered a
father of the Internet, having developed the mathematical theory of data networks, the technology underpinning the Internet as an MIT graduate student in 1962. His UCLA Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 from which he directed the
transmission of the first Internet message. Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy
of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow,
an INFORMS fellow, a CHM fellow, an IEC fellow, an inaugural member of the Internet Hall of
Fame, a Guggenheim fellow, and an Eminent member of Eta Kappa Nu. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the Ericsson Prize, the NAE Draper Prize, the Marconi
Prize, the Dan David Prize, the Okawa Prize, the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, the ORSA Lanchester
Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

Aprille Ericsson

During her 27+ year tenure with NASA, Aprille Ericsson has held numerous positions. In 2017,
Dr. Aprille Ericsson assumed the position of New Business Lead (NBL) for the NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center (GSFC) Instrument Systems and Technology Division. Formerly, she served
as the Deputy to the Chief Technologist for the Engineering and Technology Directorate with
a focus on cubesat and smallsat mission development. She has also served at NASA HQs as a
Program Executive (PE) for Earth Science, and a Business Executive for Space Science. Some
of the most prestigious are from the Western Society of Engineers, “The 2016 Washington
Award”, and The Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta PI, Distinguished Alumnus. She is proud
to be the first (African American) female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from HU; the first American to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, the Aerospace option from HU; and the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA GSFC.

Henning Schulzrinne

Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his
Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at
AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He
served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering
Fellow,Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017. In 2019-2020, he worked as a Technology Fellow in the
US Senate. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New YorkCity Mayor’s Award
for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.