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Program - Keynote Speeches


Keynote Talk 1

The Joys and Challenges of Masses of Moving Data
Dr. Stuart Feldman
Vice President, Computer Science Research
IBM, USA
April 4th (Tue), 9:00-10:30, Hall


Abstract

We are about to see a rapid rise in the amount of information that organizations can use due to appearance of sensors (video, RFID, instruments, and so forth). Enterprises are also being forced to accelerate their time scales both for response and for strategic shifts. This talk will discuss some of the reasons for these changes, and the challenges they will face to extract maximum advantage at reasonable cost and risk.

 

Stuart Feldman Stuart Feldman did his academic work (AB, Princeton and PhD, MIT) in astrophysics and mathematics. He is the Vice President of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International) and of the CRA (Computing Research Association). He was chair of ACM SIGPLAN and founding chair of ACM SIGecom. He has taught E-Commerce Courses at Yale School of Management and is a Consulting Professor of Information Technology at Carnegie-Mellon West.

Feldman received the ACM Software System Award in 2003 and the Distinguished Executive of the Year from the Academy of Management in 2005. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM.

He was a computer science researcher at Bell Labs and a research manager at Bellcore before joining IBM in mid-1995. He has published research in software engineering (and was the creator of Make), programming languages, scientific computing and other areas of computer science. He was also architect for a large new line of software products at Bellcore. He is the recipient of the 2003 ACM Software System Award.

Feldman joined IBM in 1995 and is now Vice President, Computer Science in IBM Research. He is responsible for driving the long term and exploratory worldwide science strategy in computer science and connected fields such as mathematics, management sciences, social sciences. He leads programs for adventurous research and university collaborations, represents computer science research at senior management levels in Research and in IBM, and influences national and worldwide computer science policy. He is also the technical leader of the Research Division solution engineering initiative. Before that, he was Vice President for On Demand Business Transformation Strategy in IBM Research, responsible for defining and coordinating activity in I BM's Research labs worldwide in the areas of business process integration, management, collaboration, and optimization as well as for industry-specific knowledge and solutions. His previous IBM position was Vice President for Internet Technology, responsible for corporate strategies relating to the future of the Internet, leadership in new technologies, managing a department that creates experimental Internet-based applications.


Keynote Talk 2

e-Science and Cyberinfrastructure
Dr. Tony Hey
Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing
Microsoft, USA
April 5th (Wed), 9:00-10:30, Hall


Abstract

The Internet was the inspiration of J.C.R.Licklider when he was at the Advanced Research Projects Agency in the 1960's. In those pre-Moore's Law days, Licklider imagined a future in which researchers could access and use computers and data from anywhere in the world. He funded an elite group of Computer Science Departments in the USA - which he called his 'InterGalactic Computing Group' - to explore how to realize his vision. Today, as everyone knows, the killer applications of the Internet were email in the 1970's and Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web in the 1990's which was developed initially as a collaboration tool for the particle physics academic community. In the future, frontier research in many fields will increasingly require the collaboration of globally distributed groups of researchers needing access to distributed computing, data resources and support for remote access to expensive, multi-national specialized facilities such as telescopes and accelerators or specialist data archives. There is also a general belief that an important road to innovation will be provided by multi-disciplinary and collaborative research - from systems biology and bio-informatics to earth systems science and chemo-informatics. In the context of science and engineering, this is the 'e-Science' agenda. Robust middleware services will be widely deployed on top of the academic research networks to constitute the necessary 'Cyberinfrastructure' to provide a collaborative research environment for the global academic community. This talk will review the elements of this vision and describe how the scientists and engineers are collaborating with computer scientists and the IT industry to create the new e-Infrastructure. When mature, it is clear that such an infrastructure will support the creation of dynamic 'Virtual Organizations' and collaborative environments for many types of application in both academia and industry. This new Cyberinfrastructure will clearly be of relevance to more than just the research community and will support both the e-learning and digital library communities as well as many business applications. This technology is likely also to change the nature of scientific publication with institutional or subject repositories linked to digital archives containing the primary research data.

 

Tony Hey Tony Hey is a Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing. As corporate vice president for technical computing, Tony Hey coordinates efforts across Microsoft Corp. to collaborate with the global scientific community. He is a top researcher in the field of parallel computing, and his experience in applying computing technologies to scientific research helps Microsoft work with researchers worldwide in various fields of science and engineering.

Before joining Microsoft, Hey worked as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the pre-eminent computer science research institutions in England. Since 2001, Hey has served as director of the United Kingdomís e-Science Initiative, managing the governmentís efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies.

Hey is a fellow of the U.K.ís Royal Academy of Engineering and has been a member of the European Unionís Information Society Technology Advisory Group. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. In addition, Hey has advised countries such as China, France, Ireland and Switzerland to help them advance their scientific agenda and become more competitive in the global technology economy. Hey received the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor for services to science in the 2005 U.K. New Yearís Honours List.

Hey is a graduate of Oxford University, with both an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.


Keynote Talk 3

The Changing Face of Web Search
Bradley Horowitz
Director of Technology Development, Search & Marketplace Group
Yahoo!, USA
April 6th (Thu), 9:00-10:30, Hall


Abstract

Web search is now entering its second decade. We identify and discuss several distinct phases of its evolution. Early attempts at organizing the web (such as the Yahoo Directory) relied on human editorial to classify web sites. The next phase introduced massive automation and applied standard information retrieval techniques. The next breakthrough was the realization that the topology and link structure of the web itself was crucial to improving relevancy. This takes us to the modern era of web search, and while there are many dimensions which can be improved (comprehensiveness, relevancy, freshness, user-experience, etc.) we will discuss what Yahoo believes to be the next important phase in the state of the art: social search. The concept and attendant technical challenges of social search will be discussed and presented, as well as disclosing Yahoo's progress and strategy in this area.

 

Bradley Horowitz Bradley Horowitz, director of technology development, is responsible for leading Yahoo!'s efforts in building innovative search technologies. Bradley's expertise helps drive initiatives that enable the company to provide comprehensive and compelling offerings to customers. Previously he managed a portfolio of products for Yahoo!, including media search, desktop search and the Yahoo! Toolbar.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Bradley served as both the chief technical officer and the vice president of engineering for the Virage division of Autonomy, where he was responsible for the technical delivery of five major product lines. Prior to Autonomy, he founded Virage, the company widely recognized as the market creator and leader for advanced media indexing and analysis. Bradley helped grow the company from "a garage startup" through its NASDAQ IPO.

Bradley was a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab. While at the Media Lab, he worked on a number of topics related to computer vision, graphics and image processing, which resulted in a patented new technique for the recovery of structure, motion and camera parameters from video sequences.

Bradley holds an MS in Media Science from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.


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