Lee McKnight, associate professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University, will present “WiGiT: The Wireless Grid Innovation Testbed and the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program.” His lecture is part of the iSchool’s Brown Bag Lecture Series and will occur at noon Tuesday, November 16, 2010, in the Katzer Room, 347 Hinds Hall.

The talk will focus on the collaboration between Syracuse University and Virginia Tech and WiGiT virtual partners to contribute to open specifications for wireless grids, by creating a shared experimental playground across campuses, firms, and government organizations to develop novel applications and spur new market creation.

WiGiT’s virtual partners include academic institutions like MIT, Tufts, the Rochester Institute of Technology, City College of New York and Instituto Superior Tecnico-Lisbon, as well as organizations including the Syracuse City School District, BOCES Rockland County, Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Division, OECD, CAIR, and for-profit firms SRC, Qualcomm, Sensyr, MOD-Eco, Innoventure, Summerhill Biomass Systems and WVC.

In addition to directing WiGit, McKnight is a member of the boards of directors of Wireless Grids Corporation (which he founded in 2004) and Summerhill Biomass Systems, and is president of Marengo Research LLC. He was previously a research associate professor of computer science and associate professor and director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; lecturer for the Technology and Policy Program at MIT, and research associate at the MIT Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, and founder of the Internet Telephony Consortium; now known as MIT’s Communications Futures Program.