Program - Keynote Speeches
Keynote Talk 1
|The Joys and Challenges of Masses of Moving Data
Dr. Stuart Feldman
Vice President, Computer Science Research
April 4th (Tue), 9:00-10:30, Hall
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
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
Keynote Talk 2
|e-Science and Cyberinfrastructure
Dr. Tony Hey
Corporate Vice President for Technical Computing
April 5th (Wed), 9:00-10:30, Hall
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.
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
Director of Technology Development, Search & Marketplace Group
April 6th (Thu), 9:00-10:30, Hall
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, 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
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.