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Latin American eScience Workshop 2013
May 13–15, 2013 | São Paulo, Brazil

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Cristián Bonacic Cristián Bonacic is an associate professor in the School of Agriculture and Forestry, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and has led a wildlife conservation research group for more than 10 years in Chile. His research interests include automatic and remote systems for wildlife surveillance, citizen science, IT applied to wildlife conservation, and networking of biodiversity conservation scientists. He earned a D.Phil. in zoology at Britain’s Oxford University. 

Robert DeLine is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, who studies the work practices of software developers and, more recently, data scientists. From 2005 to 2012, Dr. DeLine founded and managed a research group dedicated the user-centered design of software development tools, with a focus on information seeking, program comprehension, and task management. In collaboration with colleagues, he has invented development environments that exploit spatial memory (Debugger Canvas, Code Canvas), a recommendation system for program comprehension (Team Tracks), type systems to enforce API protocols (Fugue, Vault), a software architecture environment (UniCon), and a popular environment for end-user programming (Alice). He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 and his M.S. from the University of Virginia in 1993.

Rob Fatland works at Microsoft Research on applications of technology to information challenges in environmental science. His career has included research in glacier dynamics and seismically-driven surface deformation based on data from synthetic aperture radar satellites. He has also worked on embedded systems technology, developing wireless sensor networks for harsh environments. At Microsoft Research, he works to release research tools, such as Layerscape (a collaboration/visualization system) and SciScope (a search engine for hydrology data), for adoption and use by both academic and operational geoscience communities.

Dan FayDan Fay is director of the Earth, Energy, and Environment effort at Microsoft Research Connections and works with academic scientists on related topics. Previously, he handled North America as part of the Technical Computing Initiative. He serves as a member of the Purdue University Computer and Information Technology Industrial advisory board. He is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Dennis GannonDennis Gannon is the director of Cloud Research Strategy for Microsoft Research Connections. His research interests include cloud computing, data analytics and “big data” platforms, large-scale cyberinfrastructure, distributed computing, parallel programming, computational science, and problem solving environments. At Microsoft he and his team are working with the research community to demonstrate the potential of cloud computing to enable broad access to data-intensive scientific research. Prior to coming to Microsoft, he was a professor and former chair of computer science at Indiana University and the science director for the Indiana Pervasive Technology Labs. He has published more than 100 refereed articles and he has co-edited three books. Gannon received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign after receiving a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Davis.

Tony HeyTony Hey, vice president in Microsoft Research, is responsible for worldwide university research collaborations with Microsoft researchers. He also directs the multidisciplinary eScience Group within Microsoft Research. Prior to Microsoft, Hey served as director of the UK’s e-Science Initiative, where he oversaw government efforts to build a scientific infrastructure for collaborative, multidisciplinary, data-intensive research. Before that, he led a research group in parallel computing and was head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science and dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton. Hey is a fellow of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2005 was awarded the rank of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to science. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Passionate about communicating the excitement of science, he has co-authored popular books on quantum mechanics and relativity.

Harold JavidHarold Javid is director of the Microsoft Research Connections regional programs for North America, Latin America, and Australia/New Zealand. His team works with the academic research communities in these regions to build rich collaborations including joint centers in the United States, Brazil, and Chile; faculty summits and other events; and talent development programs such as the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows program. He has a long career in research organizations, working for companies like General Electric, Boeing, and now Microsoft. He has made advances in the application of optimization and computing algorithms in industries such as power, aerospace, and pulp and paper. Javid is a member the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he made advances in optimization for multiple time-scale dynamic systems.

Jie Liu Jie Liu is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond, and the manager of its Sensing and Energy Research Group. His research interests root in understanding and managing the physical properties of computing. Examples include timing, location, energy, and the awareness of and impact on the physical world. He has published broadly in areas like sensor networks, embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and energy efficient cloud computing. He is an associate editor of ACM Trans. on Sensor Networks, has been an associate editor of the IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, and has chaired a number of top tier conferences. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Liu received his Ph.D. degree from Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley in 2001. From 2001 to 2004, he was a research scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (formerly Xerox PARC).

Simon MercerSimon Mercer has a background in zoology and has worked in various aspects of bioinformatics. Having managed the development of the Canadian Bioinformatics Resource, a national life science service-provision network, he later served as director of software engineering at Gene Codes Corporation before moving to the Microsoft Research Connections team in 2005. In his current role as director of Health and Wellbeing, he manages collaborations between Microsoft and academia in the area of healthcare research. Mercer’s interests include bioinformatics, translational medicine, and the management of scientific data.

Vidya Natampally Vidya Natampally is the director of Strategy for Microsoft Research India and joined Microsoft Research India in 2006. She is responsible for Microsoft Research India’s external partnership and collaborations. Vidya heads Microsoft Research Connections, which aims to strengthen the computer science research ecosystem in India. She works extensively with industry, government, and universities both within and outside India. The Microsoft Research Connections team at Microsoft Research India focuses on capacity building, research collaborations, and programs to address societal challenges and empower communities with tools and technologies. In addition, the team works with industry to encourage innovation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Natampally worked with a number of leading IT companies as a communications consultant where she has been instrumental in defining communications and business strategies.

Drew PurvesDrew Purves is a computational ecologist in the Computational Sciences Lab at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Purves studied and researched at Cambridge, York (U.K.), and Princeton before joining Microsoft Research Cambridge in 2007. His research focuses on populations and communities of plants, especially forests, and has led to approximately 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, PNAS, and Proc Roy Soc B.

Matthew Smith is a postdoctoral ecologist in the Computational Sciences Lab at Microsoft Research Cambridge. He has a B.Sc. in Ecology and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Ecology. Smith is a research generalist, driven principally by the desire to identify, and then apply, principles and methods that cut across disciplines in science. He has published 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-author of four books.

Juliana SallesJuliana Salles is Microsoft Research Connections’ senior research program manager in Brazil, where she engages with academics to identify globally critical, high-impact research projects. She is working on projects that use technology to enable or accelerate knowledge in such areas as tropical environments and their response to climate change, bioenergy, and biodiversity. She is also leading initiatives to attract and retain women in computing in Latin America. Salles has a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction and since joining Microsoft has worked as a UX researcher for several product teams, including Microsoft Visual Studio, Windows Live, and Windows Live Mobile. Her interests include user research techniques and methodology and their integration with the software development process.

Kristin M. TolleKristin M. Tolle, Ph.D. ,is a director in the Microsoft Research Connections team and a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington. Since joining Microsoft, she has acquired several patents and worked for several product teams including the Natural Language Group, Visual Studio, and Excel. Prior to joining Microsoft, Tolle was a research associate at the University of Arizona Artificial Intelligence Lab managing the group on medical information retrieval and natural language processing. Her research interests include: contextual computing, natural language processing and machine translation, mobile computing, user intent modeling, natural user interactions, and information extraction.

Ricardo da S. Torres holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering (Universidade Estadual de Campinas-UNICAMP, 2000) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Universidade Estadual de Campinas-UNICAM, 2004). He is a professor at the Instituto de Computação da Universidade Estadual de Campinas since 2005. He has served as associate coordinator and coordinator of the bachelor's degree course in computer science at Unicamp and as coordinator of the course of computer engineering at. Currently, he is director of the Institute of computing of the Unicamp since March 2013, also working as tenured professor (5.3 level, since 2012). He has published more than 100 papers in conferences and journals and has served as a reviewer and coordinator of several conference program committees. He has guided Ph.D. theses, dissertations and dozens of scientific research projects, in addition to acting as a post-doctoral internship supervisor. Torres conducts research in the areas of database, image processing, and digital libraries, working mainly in topics related to image retrieval by content.

Alexandre da Veiga is a senior developer at Microsoft working on the graphics engine for Excel’s GeoFlow. Prior to GeoFlow, da Veiga worked on several Microsoft geospatial products, including Virtual Earth 3D and Bing Maps. He received his B.S. in computer science from PUC-PR in Curitiba, Brazil, before joining Microsoft in 2001.