Fall 2012 Colloquium Series

All Colloquia are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some additional information on the Colloquia announced below may be added from time to time and some new Colloquia will certainly be as well, so do make sure you check this site regularly for any additions or changes. Thank you.


September 26, 2012
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A

New Media, Old Obstacles:  How Online Publishing is (and isn’t) Changing the Game for College Journalists.

Frank LoMonte
Executive Director
Student Press Law Center

Frank LoMonte has been Executive Director of the Student Press  Law Center (SPCL) since October 2007. The SPCL is an organization that acts as an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Since early 2005, LoMonte has been a member of the SPLC's Attorney Referral Network, a group of about 150 attorneys across the country who serve, on a pro bono basis, to represent student journalists facing legal conflicts.  In addition, he has been involved in pro bono cases to represent juveniles in immigration court deportation proceedings. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and holds memberships on the state legal committee of the ACLU of Georgia, Georgia First Amendment Foundation, American Constitution Society and the American Bar Association. He is an active volunteer with the Atlanta Bar Asylum Project and Atlanta Legal Aid.

In 2000, LoMonte received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was symposium editor of the Georgia Law Review. He received his bachelor's degree from Georgia State University in 1994, and also attended the University of Florida where he held multiple positions, including editor in chief, on the staff of The Independent Florida Alligator. He also spent two years on the staff of his high school newspaper at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla.

As Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center, LoMonte obviously has his finger on the pulse of what is happening in student media today.  In his Colloquium, he will cover such topics as journalistic truth, the First Amendment, and why journalism matters.

The Colloquium is co-sponsored by The Department of Humanities; The Vector,  The Albert Dorman Honors College.

October 3, 2012
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A
The History of 3D film

Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno

The Bongiorno's are husband and wife filmmakers who formed their own production company, Bongiorno Productions.  Marylou, a  graduate/adjunct professor of New York University’s Graduate Film Department, is a producer and director; Jerome is an editor, cinematographer, and animator.  The Bongiornos have created numerous fictional, documentary, art, and experimental films and screenplays. They have also exhibited their video installations in museums and galleries.  They’ve earned numerous international awards, an Emmy nomination, and received grants from The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Martin Scorsese, Lew Wasserman, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

In their Colloquium they will be talking about the history of 3D film, using as examples two excellent films they have made on Newark and the New York waterfront.  The first is entitled New Work: Newark in 3D and is their latest award-winning project which was commissioned by the Newark Museum. Inspired by the 1920 avant-garde film Manhatta, which traces a day in the life of early twentieth-century Manhattan from dawn until dusk, the Bongiornos' short film captures the rich mosaic of iron bridges, verdant parkland, architectural treasures and lively street life that is present-day Newark. Shot in black-and-white 3D, from unusual vantage points, the film brings a new perspective to a city most people only see from the sidewalks and streets. It pays homage to known landmarks like Military Park and the grand Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and shines a light on lesser known or hidden gems of the city as well. The film’s soundtrack—with its richly layered music and poetry created by Newark-based artists—gives one the feeling of being at the center of a diverse and dynamic metropolis. It is also worth noting that in the 1920 silent film Manhatta the titles were all lines quoted from Walt Whitman’s poetry;  in the Bongiornos’ film on Newark the poem narrative is written by Jonanthan Curley, resident poet and professor in the Humanities Department of NJIT.  The second 3D short city symphony film is entitled New Work: The Brooklyn Waterfront and presents us with a similar out-of-the-ordinary view of the waterfront and its surroundings.

Free 3D glasses will be provided for the Colloquium.

Co-sponsors: NJIT Technology and Society Forum and Albert Dorman Honors College

October 10, 2012
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium


















Joe Weinman














Gilbert Gatchalian






Dr. Reza Curtmola



Dr. Xiaoning Ding
Cloud Computing


Joe Weinman
Senior Vice President
Cloud Services & Strategiesat Telx:
The Interconnection &  Data Connection Company
Gilbert Gatchalian
Senior Vice President
Generalist, Global Wholesale Banking (GWB)
Bank of America
Dr. Reza Curtmola
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, NJIT
Dr. Xiaoning Ding
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, NJIT

Cloud Computing seems to be evolving as never before and companies of all shapes and sizes are adapting to the technology.  We are certainly reading and hearing a lot more about it day by day.   But how many of us know exactly what it is?  Is it just one of those terms often  bandied  around but not fully understood? Does it bring us only advantages, or are there perhaps disadvantages, too?  Is it here to stay?  And what role does it play here at NJIT?

To enlighten us on Cloud Computing, Senior Vice President Joe Weinman will first tell us about the findings of his research which led to the recent publication of his book Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing,(John Wiley & Sons, 2012). 

Senior Vice President Gilbert Gatchalian, Dr. Curtomola and Dr. Ding, who will each give us a brief overview of their insights into Cloud Computing.

Finally, the four speakers will take part in a panel discussion, chaired by Dr. Katia Passerini, School of Management, and then answer any questions you may have

We can look forward afterwards to having a clearer understanding  of the technology and of how it affects not just people’s professional lives but their private lives as well.

There now follows some information on each of the speakers which will provide you with more detailed information on their research and studies.


Joe Weinman is Senior Vice President, Telx, responsible for leading Telx’s fast-growing cloud services business development and strategy. He joined Telx® with over 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions at AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Bell Laboratories, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D.

Named a “Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader” by TechTarget, Weinman is a frequent keynote speaker, blogger and the founder of Cloudonomics, a rigorous, multidisciplinary analytical approach leveraging economics, behavioral economics, statistics, calculus, computational complexity theory, simulation, and system dynamics to characterize the sometimes counter-intuitive multi-dimensional business, financial, and user-experience benefits of cloud computing and other on-demand, pay-per-use business models. As already mentioned above, he is the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing. 

Mr. Weinman has been awarded 16 U.S. and international patents in areas such as line coding, simulation and workflow, consumer goods, wireless technologies, telecommunications, and distributed computing. He has more pending in cloud computing, homomorphic encryption, IP unicast/multicast error correction, Internet search results ranking algorithms, digital imaging, and software applications.   He is also a recipient of the AT&T Architecture Award, the AT&T Patent Achievement Award, and multiple AT&T Distinguished Speaker Awards.

He has had a variety of articles and talks published in the print and/or on-line editions of The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, CNNMoney, Business Communications Review, Global Telecoms Business, BillingOSS Magazine, Information Week, GigaOM, Salon, VON, the ACM, the IEEE, CIO Magazine, and The AT&T Technical Journal, and occasionally contributes to his own blogs, Cloudonomics.com  and The Network Effect. He has also been featured in Art and Living magazine, appeared multiple times on Asian, U.S., and European television, is frequently quoted in the U.S. and international magazine, newspaper, and online media, and appears in a number of on-line videos.

He received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin - Madison respectively, and completed Executive Education at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Gilbert Gatchalian’s professional background spans technology roles across various industries including manufacturing (Siemens Fire Safety), legal (Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton), media & entertainment (Sony Music Entertainment) and finance (NYSE Euronext and Bank of America).

His technology roles across various industries provided real-world experience in global technology teams.  Leading geographically diverse organizations in NYSE Euronext, Sony Music Entertainment and Bank of America, he has first-hand experience in participating in and managing a remote workforce.

His subject matter expertise spans multiple technology disciplines as well.  He has architected and deployed various web-hosting platforms for NYSE Euronext (i.e. nyse.com) and e-Commerce & marketing sites for Sony Music Entertainment (i.e. myplaydirect.com, michaeljackson.com, etc.).  Some of the web hosting platforms he architected and deployed are fully hosted in an Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Cloud hosting platform using cutting edge technologies by Amazon Web Services, Rightscale, Rackspace and other hosting & software service providers.  He has technology certifications in Red Hat (Certified Engineer / RHCE), Oracle Data-base (OCP) and IT Service Management Foundation (based on ITIL).

He has a B.S. in Computer Science and M.B.A. in Management of Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). 


Dr. Reza Curtmola is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at NJIT.  Previously, he was a post doctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University, where he worked in the DS^2 lab headed by Prof. Cristina Nita-Rotaru and affiliated with CERIAS. Reza Curtmola holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

His interests include Information Security and Web Technologies


Dr. Xiaoning Ding is an Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences at NJIT.

Dr. Ding, whose research has improved the performance of multi-core computer systems, joins the College of Computing Sciences as an assistant professor. Before coming to NJIT, Ding worked as a research scientist at the prestigious Intel Science and Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. His research in multi-core system design was so effective that his results have been used by Intel and Red Hat.

 These days, multi-core processors have replaced single-core processors on most computing platforms and devices, from super computers to smart phones. A multi-core processor integrates multiple computing cores onto a single integrated circuit die, improving power efficiency. Ding studies how to improve multi-core systems for use in data-intensive applications in cloud computing centers.

 In general, his research focuses on practical solutions and building usable systems. One aim of his research is to accelerate data accesses on multi-core platforms by exploiting data locality. Another aim is to develop software systems to facilitate parallel programming for multi-core processors. His research areas include operating systems, cloud computing and distributed systems, computer architecture and database systems. Several of his software prototypes have been used by industries and open source communities.

 He was awarded the Computing Innovation Fellowship, which is funded by the Computing Research Association and the National Science Foundation. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State University in 2010. He also received a Graduate Research Award at Ohio State in 2007, and the Best Student Paper Award in USENIX LISA (Large Installation System Administration Conference) in 2008.

 He has published more than twenty academic papers. His recent papers have discussed shared cache management in multi-core processors. He has also recently written about parallel programming techniques that are widely used in Java and commercial products from Intel and Microsoft.  Most recently, he is working on improving the virtualization efficiency of multi-core processors.  His research results are expected to fundamentally impact the design of virtual machines, which are the building blocks of cloud computing.

October 12, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A



Bullying and a Bully-Free Campus


Romaine Patterson
Program Host
Sirius Satellite Radio


A Wyoming native, Romaine Patterson got started in activism when her close friend Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal anti-gay hate crime in October of 1998. Immediately following his death, Romaine started speaking at vigils and community events across the country. Due to the massive media coverage Shepard's death garnered, Patterson quickly became a seasoned professional speaker. She has worked with media professionals from around the world and in virtually every media format.

Patterson is best known for her work combating the anti-gay antics of the Rev. Fred Phelps, whose followers picketed Shepard's funeral and the murder trials. In April of 1999, she founded the Angel Action, an organization for peaceful demonstration. Angel Action is now used all over the world as a means of combating hate.

Taking her activism to the next level Patterson went to work as the Regional Media Manager for The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in February of 2000. While there she worked as a spokesperson on several national media campaigns. Her work around the hateful lyrics of Eminem allowed Patterson to fulfill her goal of educating young people. In efforts to work with gay youth, Patterson has spent a great deal of time speaking at colleges and high schools around the country on a variety of issues. She has always maintained that educating today's youth is the key to putting a stop to hate, and she continues to work with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to meet this end.

Patterson returned to school at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, Tempe/Arizona  in the fall of 2001 in order to further her knowledge of the media industry. As a top graduate of the Conservatory's Master Recording Program she decided to move to New York City. She took a job at Sirius Satellite Radio in the spring of 2003 as one of the hosts of a daily talk program called “Derek and Romaine”. Romaine continues her work as a radio host on what has now become one of the most popular drive-time talk shows on the Sirius/XM radio platform. It can be heard on Sirius/ XM’s LGBT station OutQ and airs Monday through Friday from 6:00 to10:00 pm EST with daily rebroadcasts. In April of 2009, Derek and Romaine were honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation with a Special Recognition GLAAD Award for their program “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later”, which aired on the 10th  anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard.

In 2005 Advocate Books published what Romaine hopes will be just the first of many books: The Whole World Was Watching; Living in the Light of Matthew Shepard, an autobiography.

In July of 2007, Romaine gave birth to her and her partner’s first child, Romie Patterson. Two years later Romaine and her long time partner, Iris, were joined in a civil union in their home state of New Jersey, where they currently reside.

In her Colloquium, Romaine Patterson  will recount how she grew up gay in Wyoming and will talk about  her experiences at high school and the many obstacles she faced there, including being bullied. She will share her stories of how she, along with her high school principal, tackled these issues at her school and within her community and how she became a role model at the school. In her first year at college, Romaine met Matthew Shepard,  who two short years later was murdered in one of America’s most talked about hate crimes. Romaine will share with us what it was like to live through that moment in our nation's history and how she found her roots in activism. On the anniversary of Matthew's death she will share personal stories of life in Wyoming during that time and how Matthew's life and death impacted the world. She will also share her view on what makes a bully a bully and why they bully at all.


The Colloquium is co-sponsored by NJIT Athletics, the Campus Center, and the Albert Dorman Honors College.  Special thanks are due to Erin Morris, an honors scholar, for all the work she put into organizing the event.

October 18, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Jim Wise Theatre, Kupfrian Hall


Sir Tom Stoppard
Theater [I]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by Dan Drew

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was staged for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966 and was Tom Stoppard’s first major success.  When it opened in London a year later, it catapulted him overnight into the front ranks of modern playwrights.  He has never looked back since.   The play chronicles the tale of Hamlet as seen through the eyes of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play,       Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The story is told once more but this time from the worm’s-eye view of these two rather bewildered minor characters in the play.  It was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of modern drama. 

In spite of his many other successes both on television and on the stage, the witty British playwright, Tom Stoppard, remains most famous because of this mind-bending twist on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


October 26, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Campus Center Atrium
Sensory Science…How Perception Matters In Everyday Life


Gail Vance Civille
President Sensory Spectrum, Inc.

Gail Vance Civille, a pioneer in advanced sensory evaluation approaches for the consumer product industry, academia and government, is the founder and president of Sensory Spectrum.  As an expert in the evaluation of sensory properties, Gail has worked with thousands of food products, including confections and alcoholic beverages. She also is an expert evaluator of personal care products and other non-food consumer goods. Gail has been recently featured on NBC Nightly News.  She has also been featured in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, on NPR and the BBC as well as in David Kessler’s Book The End of Overeating.

In tune with her senses, Gail says “It is a sensory jolt everyday”.  In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell wrote about her and her co-workers: “The gift of their expertise is that it allows them to have a much better understanding of what goes on behind the locked door of their unconscious.”  

Gail will crack open the doors of our sensory consciousness and help us learn a little bit more about ourselves.  She will also be bringing some pieces of chocolate to help us to test our taste buds.

For more information, go to http://sensoryspectrum.com

October 31, 2012
2:30p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A

Indoor Localization and Robotic Cartography


Dr. Piotr Mirowski
Member of Technical Staff
Bell Labs


Dr. Mirowski has been a member of  the technical staff at Bell Laboratories since January 2011. Bell Labs is part of the French-owned corporation  Alcatel-Lucent – the two companies were merged in 2006 -- which describes its work as follows:
           Innovation at Alcatel-Lucent is where
          vision and technology meet our
          customers' needs. As the innovation
          engine behind  Alcatel-Lucent,
          Bell  Labs helps to weave the technological
          fabric of modern society. Our scientists and
          engineers make seminal scientific discoveries,
          launch technological revolutions that reshape
          the way people live, work and play, and continue
          to build the most advanced and reliable
          communication networks in the world.

Piotr Mirowski obtained his PhD in computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.  The subject of his machine learning thesis was "Time Series Modeling with Hidden Variables and Gradient-Based Methods" and covered applications of time series modeling such as learning gene regulation networks or statistical language modeling. His advisor was Prof. Yann LeCun. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he graduated in 2002 with a Master's degree in computer science from Ecole Nationale Supérieure ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France and worked as a research engineer in geology at Schlumberger Research (2002-2005), During his Ph.D. studies, Piotr also interned at the NYU Medical Center (investigating epileptic seizure prediction from EEG), at Google, at the Quantitative Analytics department of Standard & Poor's and at AT&T Labs Research.

Piotr's current research focuses on machine learning methods for computer vision and simultaneous l