Keynote Speakers


Surajit Chaudhuri
Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research

Surajit Chaudhuri is a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research. His current areas of interest are enterprise data analytics, self-manageability and cloud database services. Working with his colleagues in Microsoft Research, he helped incorporate the Index Tuning Wizard (and subsequently Database Engine Tuning Advisor) and data cleaning technology into Microsoft SQL Server. Surajit is an ACM Fellow, a recipient of the ACM SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award, ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award, a VLDB 10 year Best Paper Award, and an IEEE Data Engineering Influential Paper Award. Surajit received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1992. Surajit is the managing director of Microsoft's XCG Lab which is a project-driven innovation lab focusing on big data, cloud systems, security, and hardware-software co-design. He also serves on the Senior Leadership Team of the President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division.

Sanjeev Khanna

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Sanjeev Khanna is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research interests are in the design and analysis of algorithms for combinatorial optimisation and in complexity theory. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an IBM Faculty Award. Sanjeev serves on the Editorial boards of SICOMP, ACM TALG, and Foundations and Trends in Theoretical Computer Science and served as an area editor for Encyclopaedia of Algorithms.

Gerhard Weikum

Scientific Director, Max Planck Institute for Informatics

Gerhard Weikum is a Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbruecken, Germany, and also an Adjunct Professor at Saarland University. His research spans transactional and distributed systems, self-tuning database systems, DB&IR integration, and automatic knowledge harvesting from Web and text sources. He co-authored a comprehensive textbook on transactional systems, received the VLDB 10-Year Award for his work on automatic DB tuning, and is one of the creators of the Yago knowledge base. Gerhard Weikum is an ACM Fellow and a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering. He received a Google Focused Research Award in 2010, and the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award in 2011.

Related Links


  • Microsoft Research
    21 Station Road
    Cambridge CB1 2FB
    United Kingdom


  • Artur Czumaj, University of Warwick
  • Milan Vojnovic, Microsoft Research
  • Jingren Zhou, Microsoft

Local Arrangements

  • Cara Freeman, Microsoft Research