Featured in Five is a monthly section where we pose five questions to a Computing Reviews featured reviewer. Here are the responses from our November featured reviewer, Serguei Mokhov (Concordia University).
Q: What is the most important thing that's happened in computing in the past 10 years?
A: The expansion of the Internet and its related technologies and challenges, such as networking, security, mobile and cloud computing, multimedia, context awareness, and computer games.
Q: By the end of your career, where do you think computer science will have taken us? What are you working on that might contribute toward that?
A: I think there will be giant leaps in AI, NLP, and natural user interfaces; the formalization of most aspects in computing (formal methods); and solutions to hard problems in CS like P=NP. In addition, I think there will be a high-speed, interplanetary Internet. Part of my research falls into some of these categories in terms of self-forensics, Forensic Lucid, MARF, GIPSY, and others.
Q: Who is your favorite historical figure?
A: I have a few: Internet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock (packet-switching networks), John von Neumann (the von Neumann architecture), and Ada Lovelace (the first programmer).
Q: If you weren't working in the computer science field, what would you be doing instead?
A: I would be working in aerospace (that is, the science and engineering behind it, and spaceflight).
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
A: Drum & bass (but, generally, most electronic music).