The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $5 million gift from Sunday Group, Inc., a software company that uses the latest IPFS and blockchain technologies to develop financial software for the global market, to its Samueli School of Engineering.
Made in honor of Leonard Kleinrock, an Internet pioneer and distinguished professor of computer science at UCLA, the gift will establish the UCLA Connection Lab, a center devoted to shaping the future of the Internet and computer networking. To be led by Kleinrock, the lab will work to foster interdisciplinary research on a range of technologies, including blockchain, computer networks, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the "Internet of things." In addition to enabling the center to recruit top faculty and support research conducted by undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars, the gift will be used to seed priority research and connect members of the lab with industry and government leaders.
As a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the early 1960s, Kleinrock created the mathematical theory of packet switching, which allows different computers to communicate with one another. In 1969, he was asked by the Advanced Research Projects Agency to put his theory into practice, and with his team at UCLA helped develop ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
"Simply put, Professor Kleinrock's work was essential in giving the world the Internet, which has revolutionized our lives," said Sunday Group co-founder and CEO Todd Mitsuishi. "The creation of the UCLA Connection Lab will play an important role in continuing his legacy, and Sunday Group is honored and proud to play a small part in this endeavor."
"The UCLA Connection Lab is designed to provide an environment that will foster advanced research in innovative technologies at the forefront of all things regarding connectivity and will deliver the benefits from that research to society globally," said Kleinrock. "The lab's broad-based agenda will enable faculty, students, and visitors to pursue research challenges of their own choosing, without externally imposed constraints on scope or risk."
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