Ahmad Abdulkader earned a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University,
Egypt in 1990; a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt
in 1993; a Masters in Computer Engineering from McMaster University, Canada in
1995; and a Masters in Computer Science from University of Washington in 1999. He has done research in
document analysis and recognition, neural networks,
machine learning, and signal processing. He started Contact Innovations, a company in Toronto, Canada that specializes
in automatic check processing, which still exists. In 1997, he started in the Handwriting Recognition Group at Microsoft. He was
the architect of the group until 2005. He is currently the Research Development Manager in Live Labs. He has 12 patents awarded and has several publications in the
and machine learning fields.
Blaise Aguera y Arcas
Blaise Aguera y Arcas has a broad background in computer science and applied
math, and he has been writing software for more than 20 years, with special
emphasis on scientific computing, data analysis, machine learning, and graphics.
He graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Physics in 1998, and he
attended the PhD program there in Applied Math. His advisor,
known as one of the inventors of wavelets, periodically asks when he plans to
hand in the thesis.
His experience includes independent research, consulting, and freelance
software design in a variety of areas, including computational neuroscience,
computational drug design, data compression, and others. During 1996–97, he was
Senior Software Engineer at Real-Time Geometry, which was purchased by MetaTools
(later Viewpoint.com). While at RTG and MetaTools, he authored patents on
multiresolution 3D visualization and techniques for video compression and
internet transmission using Trixels (TM), as well as playing a leading role in
developing streaming and multiresolution 2D and 3D technologies and contributing
to the hardware and software design of a 3D laser scanner. In 2001, he received
worldwide press coverage for his discovery, using computational methods, of the
printing technology used by Johann Gutenberg, considered the inventor of
printing from movable type in the West. This technology differs markedly from
later printing technologies, suggesting a reassessment of Gutenberg’s
traditional historical role. Blaise’s work on early printing was the subject of
a BBC Open University documentary entitled, “What
Did Gutenberg Invent?” and a monograph on this research is (eventually)
forthcoming. He has published essays and research papers in theoretical biology,
neuroscience, and history in The EMBO Journal, Neural Computation and Nature.
In 2004, Blaise founded a software company originally named (rather opaquely)
Sand Codex LLC, later Seadragon, Inc., to develop ideas in scalable
architectures and user interfaces for interacting with large volumes of visual
information, potentially over a narrow-bandwidth connection. He raised two
rounds of funding, first from angel investors, then from a Seattle-area VC,
hired the initial engineering and management team, and was the principal author
of the company’s IP portfolio. Microsoft bought Seadragon at the beginning of
2006, in an acquisition driven by Technical Fellow and Live Labs founder
Alfred V. Aho
Alfred V. Aho is Lawrence Gussman Professor of Computer Science and Vice Chair for
Undergraduate Education in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University.
Al has won the IEEE John von Neumann Medal and is a Member of the U.S. National
Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He chairs
the advisory committee for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He is also the “A” in AWK.
As co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services Division, James (Jim) Allchin
shares overall responsibility with Kevin Johnson for the division of the company
that includes the Windows and Windows Live Group, Windows Live Platform Group, Online
Business Group, Market Expansion Group, Core Operating System Division, Windows
Client Marketing Group, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, and the Server
and Tools Business Group. Allchin has announced his plans to retire from Microsoft
following the commercial availability of Windows Vista™, the next-generation Microsoft
Windows operating system.
Previously, as group vice president of the Platforms Group, Allchin had overall
responsibility for the product delivery, engineering and technical architecture
for the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft .NET, the Windows Server System
and new media technology. He was also responsible for delivering the best developer
tools, framework and support to fulfill the promise of .NET. His group’s mission
was to build platforms software that consumers and businesses will make an integral
part of their day-to-day activities.
Allchin is a member of the Senior Leadership Team, responsible for developing
Microsoft’s core direction along with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. Allchin joined
Microsoft in 1990 with the initial charter of driving the company’s networking product
strategy. Since then he has led the development and marketing efforts for a variety
of Microsoft’s operating systems and other server systems.
Before joining Microsoft, Allchin helped start Banyan Systems Inc., where he
was the principal architect of the VINES distributed network operating system. He
spent more than seven years at Banyan, holding numerous executive management positions
in development and marketing. Ultimately, he became senior vice president and chief
While completing his doctorate in computer science in the early 1980s, Allchin
was the principal architect of the Clouds distributed transactional, object-oriented
operating system. Before that, he helped develop the DX series of operating systems
for Texas Instruments Inc. Allchin has attended the University of Florida, Stanford
University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Richard Anderson is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University
of Washington. His main research interests are Educational Technology, Computer
Science Education, and Pen-based Computing. He has been at University of Washington
since 1986. He spent the 2001–2002 academic year at Microsoft Research working with
the Learning Sciences and Technology group where he started working on the Classroom
Marcelo Arenas received B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics (1997) and Computer
Engineering (1998) and a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (1998) from the
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science
(2005) from the University of Toronto, Canada. In 2005, he joined the Computer
Science Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in different
aspects of database theory, such as expressive power of query languages, database
semantics, integrity constraints, inconsistency handling, database design, XML
databases, and data exchange. Marcelo has received an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
(2004), two best paper awards (PODS 2003 in San Diego, California, and PODS 2005
in Baltimore, Maryland) and an Honorable Mention Award from the ACM Special
Interest Group on Management of Data (SIGMOD) for his Ph.D dissertation, “Design
Principles for XML Data.”
Akhtar Badshah is senior director of Microsoft Community Affairs, where he administers
the company’s global community investment and employee programs. Among his responsibilities,
Dr. Badshah manages Unlimited Potential, a global initiative to promote digital
inclusion and increased access to technology skills training in underserved communities.
Unlimited Potential focuses on improving lifelong learning for disadvantaged young
people and adults by providing technology skills through community-based organizations
around the world. Since May 2003, Microsoft has made grants of cash and software
totaling nearly $50 million to more than 150 programs in 45 countries.
Dr. Badshah also oversees programs aimed at helping nonprofit organizations improve
their effectiveness through increased technology capacity. This includes Microsoft’s
signature relationships with organizations such as NPower and Boys & Girls Clubs
of America. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Badshah was the CEO and president of
Digital Partners Foundation, a Seattle-area nonprofit organization whose mission
is to utilize the digital economy to benefit the poor. At Digital Partners, he established
the organization’s core programs in India, Africa and Latin America. His work included
development of the Digital Partners Social Venture Fund, designed to support the
expansion of IT-based anti-poverty efforts around the world, and the Digital Partners
Social Enterprise Laboratory (SEL), an initiative that provides mentorship and seed
money to entrepreneurs whose vision and business models use ICT to empower the poor
and their underserved communities.
Dr. Badshah serves on the Advisory Board for the Development Gateway Project
of the World Bank, World Links India, World Corp., Teachers without Borders and
Datamation Foundation India. He has co-edited “Connected for Development—Information
Kiosks for Sustainability,” and authored “Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity
and Sustainability” and several articles in international journals on ICT4D, megacities
and sustainability, urban and community development, and housing. Dr. Badshah is
a doctoral graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the former
president of the Lambda Alpha International New Jersey Chapter, an honorary land
economic society. He is very active in the Seattle area community and serves on
various local committees.
Victor Bahl is a Principal Researcher and Manager of the Networking Research
Group. His research interests span a variety of problems in computer networking,
including self-managing networks, low-power RF communications, ubiquitous
wireless Internet access and services, location determination techniques and
services, multi-hop wireless mesh networks, and real-time audio-visual wireless
Tucker Balch is an associate professor in the division of Interactive and
Intelligent Computing at Georgia Tech. Previously, Balch was on the faculty of
the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Balch’s research focuses
on behavior-based control, motion planning, and building reliable, large-scale
multi-robot and multi-agent systems. In recent work he is developing algorithms
for observing and modeling the behavior of multi-agent systems, and in
particular, social insect colonies. He has published more than 70 technical
articles in journals, magazines, and refereed conference proceedings. He
received the NSF CAREER Award in 2003. Balch received the Ph.D. degree in
Computer Science at Georgia Tech in 1998. Balch is a member of the Board of
Trustees of the RoboCup Federation, where he works to support robotics education
and (friendly) competition. He created TeamBots, a Java-based, easy-to-use
robotics development environment for education.
Suman Banerjee is an Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences at University of
Wisconsin and heads the Wisconsin Wireless and Networking Systems (WiNGS)
laboratory. He completed his PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from
University of Maryland and his BTech degree in Computer Science and Engineering
from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. His research is focused in
the area of wireless and mobile networking, ranging wide-area cellular networks,
wireless LANs, PANs, sensor networks, spectrum-agile systems, and RFID systems.
Guy Barker is a Technical Development Lead in the Microsoft Laptop PC Group, having
previously worked in the Tablet PC Group. Guy’s interest is in promoting awareness
of today’s mobile PC platforms as practical tools in the field of accessibility
and in identifying how more people can benefit from these technologies in the future.
His related site, http://herbi.org/, invites suggestions
and feedback on this topic.
Bryan Barnett is Lead Program Manager with the External Research & Programs group
at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, where his current responsibilities
include negotiation of sponsored research and intellectual property agreements with
universities. Before joining Microsoft, Barnett was founder and Vice-President of
ApexLearning, which he originated as an incubation project while working as investment
analyst and project manager at the venture capital firm Vulcan Northwest. In previous
careers, Barnett was a university teacher and an attorney with the Colorado General
Assembly. He holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from the University
Regina Barzilay, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is up to the challenge. Barzilay is focusing
her research on computational modeling of linguistic phenomena. She is exploring
the ability of a computer to summarize information found in multiple documents that
contain related information, such as news articles covering the same event. This
will aid readers in finding meaning from the ever increasing body of information
Steven Bathiche has been a member in the applied research group in the Microsoft
Hardware division since 1999. He obtained a BS in electrical engineering from Virginia
Tech and an MS in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. While in Graduate
school he developed the Mothmobile, a hybrid robot that uses an insect as its control
system via a neural electrical interface. One of his shipping products includes
the Microsoft Freestyle Pro game pad, a gaming device that employs inertial sensors
to deliver four degrees of freedom in control. Steve’s current work focuses on creating
new classes of computers that push the boundaries of human to machine interaction;
new form factors, novel sensing techniques, and interactions; mobile computing;
and cutting edge display technology. He has been granted eight patents, six of which
are in shipping products, and has 26 pending patents.
Patrick Baudisch is a research
scientist in the field of human-computer interaction at the Adaptive Systems and
Interaction Research Group at Microsoft
Research, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in
Computer Science at the
University of Washington. His focus is
on interaction techniques that help users interact with very large displays and
visualization techniques that allow users to view large documents on small screen
devices. While at Xerox PARC, Baudisch created
focus plus context screens. While at Fraunhofer-IPSI
and during his stay as a guest researcher at the
GroupLens project at the
University on Minnesota, Baudisch worked on user interfaces for information filtering
systems. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from
Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.
Genevieve Bell is the Director of User Experience in Intel’s Digital Home Group.
Her team is focused on gaining a better understanding of daily life in homes all
over the world, and using that knowledge to influence platform directions, product
offerings, investment decisions and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Digital
Home Group, Bell spent seven years as a contributing member of Peoples and Practices
Research where she conducted ethnographic research in a variety of American consumer
spaces and households and in the domestic spaces of five strategically situated
European countries for several Intel product groups, as well as a study of the emerging
middle classes in China and India. She is particularly interested in issues of cultural
difference as they are expressed around technology adoption and use; is widely published
on this topic and holds one patent in the US, and one pending in Japan stemming
from this work.
Bell recently completed a three year research project focused on gaining a better
understanding of the ways in which cultural practices in urban Asia are shaping
people’s relationships to new information and communication technologies, conducting
ethnographic fieldwork in seven Asian countries, encompassing 100 households in
17 different cities. Insights gained from this project resulted in the creation
of technology offerings specifically tailored to China and India — a first for Intel,
and have helped to bring the notion of ‘culture’ as a technology determinant into
Intel’s mainstream thinking. She was the recipient of an individual Intel Achievement
Award in 2005 for this work.
Prior to joining Intel in 1998, Bell taught anthropology and Native American
Studies at Stanford University. Bell received her BA/MA in anthropology from Bryn
Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1991. She earned a PhD in cultural anthropology
from Stanford University in 1998. She is working on a book for MIT Press based on
her fieldwork in Asia.
Dr. Tanya Y. Berger-Wolf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer
Science at the University of Illinois. Her work is in application of discrete
modeling and analysis techniques to various areas of computational biology.
Specifically, her research is in computational population biology, from genetics
to social interactions in both human and animal populations.
I was born in Hungary in 1963 and raised and educated in the United States. I
graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in physics
in 1985, and received a Master’s degree in computer science and electrical
engineering from the University of Vermont in 1989. I worked at Autodesk
developing the rendering engine for AutoCad 11. I joined Microsoft in 1993, and
wrote the first software-accelerated OpenGL pipeline to enable real-time
rendering. Having led the OpenGL development team through two Windows releases,
I was later responsible for DirectX graphics from DirectX 5 through DirectX 8. I
led the initial prototyping and development effort for a game console which
became Xbox, and helped shape the Xbox technical and market strategy. I was
co-creator of the incubation project that led to the formation of Media Center.
I am the architect of Microsoft’s ultra-mobile PC efforts, the creator of the
“Origami” project, and general manager for UMPC. I live in the city of Seattle,
Washington with my wife and three boys. When I’m not at work, I’m usually riding
my horse, training for my hobby competing as a show-jumper.
Phil Bourne, PhD
Philip E. Bourne is a Professor in the
Department of Pharmacology at
the University of California San Diego and
also Co-Director of the Protein Data Bank and
an Adjunct Professor at the Burnham Institute
and the Keck Graduate Institute. He is the
Founding Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal
PLoS Computational Biology, he is on
the Advisory Board of Biopolymers and on the Editorial Boards of
Proteins: Structure Function and Bioinformatics, Biosilico, and IEEE Trends in
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He is also a long standing member
of the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health panels
responsible for reviewing proposals relating to biological infrastructure and
Patrick Bristow has been a part of the ConferenceXP team since 2004. His area of
focus is in-classroom educational technology, which he has been researching for
five years. Prior to joining Microsoft Research, he was a co-founder of the e-Fuzion
project at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
A.J. Brush is a researcher in the Communities Technologies group. Her main research
interest is human-computer interaction with a focus on computer supported cooperative
work. She focuses on how technology can help people and groups with everyday problems,
such as too much e-mail or family scheduling. She received her Ph.D. in computer
science from the University of Washington in September 2002.
Michael Buckley is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Buffalo,
partner in a software development firm specializing in adaptive communications,
and father to a handicapped daughter who uses a Tablet PC as her portal to the world.
Bill Buxton is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to joining Microsoft
he was Principal of the Toronto-based design and consulting firm, Buxton Design.
Bill is one of the pioneers in computer music, and has played an important role
in the development of computer-based tools for music, film, industrial design, graphics,
and animation. As a researcher, he has had a long history with Xerox’ Palo Alto
Research Center and the University of Toronto, where he is still an Associate Professor
in the Department of Computer Science. He has also been a lecturer in the Department
of Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
From 1994 until December 2002, he was Chief Scientist of Alias|Wavefront, and
from 1995, its parent company SGI Inc. In 2001, the Hollywood Reporter named him
one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood. In 2002 Time Magazine named
him one of the top five designers in Canada, and he was elected to the ACM’s CHI
More information on Buxton and his work can be found at
Max Chickering is a Mad Scientist working in Microsoft Live Labs. Max recently
defected from Microsoft Research, where he spent 10 years in the Machine
Learning and Applied Statistics group. He is interested in practical
applications of machine learning algorithms. Max received his PhD in computer
science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he received his
Bachelors in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ken Church received his BS, Masters, and PhD from MIT in computer science in 1978,
1980, and 1983. He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1983 and moved to Microsoft in 2003.
He has worked in many areas of computational linguistics, including speech, language
modeling, data mining, and search. Honors: AT&T Fellow.
Sailesh is the Director Worldwide University Relations at Microsoft Research where
he is focused on partnering with universities in emerging areas of research and
education to advance the state of the art. In his previous lives he worked on MSN
TV where he spearheaded the revitalization and turnaround of a medium size business
unit. Prior to that, he created a worldwide partner ecosystem of OEMs and ISVs capable
of delivering solutions based on MSTV. He had stints at Oracle defining their XML
and Internet strategy and representing the company in W3C standards, as well as
at Hewlett-Packard labs doing research on problems of managing large scale distributed
systems. He played a key role in starting up Transarc Corporation, which was a spin-off
from CMU that commercialized distributed File Systems AFS/DFS and Encina distributed
transaction processing system. He has a PhD from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Masters from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s from Indian Institute of Technology,
Kanpur. Sailesh enjoys mountaineering, backcountry skiing, long distance running,
and being a juror in documentary film festivals.
Michael F. Cohen
Michael F. Cohen, Principal
Researcher, joined Microsoft Research in 1994 from Princeton University where he
served on the faculty of Computer Science.
The 1998 SIGGRAPH
Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his contributions to the Radiosity method
for image synthesis. Dr. Cohen also served as paper’s chair for
Michael received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University
of Utah. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Art and Civil Engineering from
Beloit College and
Rutgers University respectively, and an M.S.
in Computer Graphics from Cornell.
Dr. Cohen also served on the Architecture faculty at Cornell University and was
an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah. His work at the University
of Utah focused on spacetime control for linked figure animation. He is perhaps
better known for his work on the radiosity method for realistic image synthesis
as discussed in his recent book “Radiosity
and Image Synthesis” (co-authored by John R. Wallace).
At Microsoft, Dr. Cohen has worked on a number of projects ranging from image based
rendering, to animation, to camera control, to more artistic non-photorealistic
rendering. An early image-based rendering project, dubbed “The Lumigraph” is similar
to creating a digital hologram. More recent work has focused on Computational Photography
providing new ways to combine multiple images.
Jan Cuny is a Professor at the University of Oregon, working mostly in the area
of domain-specific support for computational modeling. Since 2004, she has been
at the National Science Foundation, heading the CISE Broadening Participation in
Computing initiative. Jan was a long time member of the Computing Research Association’s
Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W), serving at various times as a CRA-W co-chair,
and the lead on their Academic Career Mentoring, Grad Cohort, and Cohort for Associated
Professors projects. Jan has also been on the Advisory Board for Anita Borg Institute
for Woman and Technology, the Leadership team of the National Center for Women in
Technology, and the Executive Committee of the Coalition to Diversify Computing.
She was Program Chair of the 2004 Grace Hopper Conference and she is General Chair
of the 2006 conference. She is a member of the ACM Ed Council.
Mary Czerwinski is a Senior Researcher and Manager of the Visualization and Interaction
Research group at Microsoft Research. The group is responsible for studying and
designing advanced technology and interaction techniques that leverage human capabilities
across a wide variety of input and output channels. Mary’s primary research areas
include spatial cognition, information visualization and task switching. Mary has
been an affiliate assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, University
of Washington since 1996. She has also held positions at Compaq Computer Corporation,
Rice University, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Corporation, and Bell Communications
Research. She received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Indiana University in
Bloomington. Mary is active in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, publishing
and participating in a wide number of conferences, professional venues and journals.
Rob DeLine heads a group called Human Interactions in Programming (HIP) at Microsoft
Research, which uses an HCI approach to study software development as a human activity.
With his colleagues, he is currently studying recommender systems for team newcomers,
the use of spatial memory to navigate large code bases, and patterns of communication
and interruption in co-located development teams. In the past, he has studied program
verification and type systems, software architecture (dissertation under Mary Shaw
at CMU), and user interface toolkits (MS under Randy Pausch at University of Virginia).
Dr. Brian Donnellan
Dr. Brian Donnellan is a Lecturer in Information Systems in the National University
of Ireland, Galway. His research interests lie primarily in the area of knowledge
management systems, a broad area that encompasses the use of information systems
to support knowledge management, innovation systems, new product development, and
technology management. He has spent 20 years working in industry. His most recent
position was in Analog Devices B.V. (ADI), the European R&D centre of a U.S. electronics
company with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
Stephen is Director of Microsoft’s External Research Office, and architect of the
European Science Initiative, Microsoft’s new research programme focused on creating
and accelerating fundamental advances in ‘new kinds’ of science and computing. Stephen’s
role is vital to extending Microsoft Research Cambridge’s position and function
in the European region.
Stephen has a PhD in Computational Neuroscience and has worked in pioneering
research fields at the intersection of computing and science for almost two decades.
He has held appointments at BT Laboratories, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and at NCR,
as founder, chief scientist and managing director of its internationally acclaimed
Advanced Research Lab (the Knowledge Lab). He holds several patents in science and
Stephen is visiting professor at University College London, where he is also
on the Board of Advisors. He sits on the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Science
& Innovation Framework committee, advises the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences
Research Council, acts as advisor to the Swiss National Science Foundation Programme,
and has been an advisor to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the UK Department
of Trade & Industry.
Neil Enns is a Lead Program Manager in the Visual Studio for Devices team at Microsoft.
Prior to joining the Visual Studio team, he spent six years working on Windows Mobile
technology such as Pocket PC and Smartphones.
Kyril is Director of the High Performance Computing product unit in the Windows
Server group, leading the technical computing product strategy and implementation
at Microsoft. Prior to this role, Kyril held a number of positions including Director
of Central Program Management for Windows Server, cofounder of a new distributed
platform incubation project, executive staff member, competitive analysis lead,
and a software developer in Windows networking. Kyril joined Microsoft in 1998 as
the result of acquisition of Valence Research clustering startup he co-founded and
lead to profitability. Kyril worked as a key technical member of two other clustering
startups, as well as a software consultant for Intel on chipset performance simulation
and embedded system development projects. Kyril holds BS and MS degrees in computer
science with parallel systems and computation finance focus, as well as an MBA in
Technology Management. Kyril is active in the Seattle entrepreneurship community
as an advisor and an angel investor. Kyril lives in Seattle with his wife Lauren
and in his spare time enjoys traveling, performing arts, kayaking, and scuba diving.
Daniel Fay is the Director for Technical Computing in North America where he
works with scientists to leverage computing technologies to make breakthroughs
in scientific and engineering research. Previously, Dan was Manager of
the eScience Program in Microsoft Research, supporting academic eScience research
projects. Dan was previously the Program Manager for Project 7, a unique
project that brought together a variety of academic languages and language
researchers to target and give feedback on the Common Language Runtime and its
multi language support.
Joseph Fernando is an Architect and Program Manager at Microsoft. Joseph has
over 15 years experience in the computer industry in engineering, product
development, and architecture. Previously, Joseph has driven initiatives to
enhance software architecture, design and development practices at Microsoft.
Further he has architected productivity tools, has served as a Development
Manager in the Digital Media Division, and has led multiple teams in Visual
Studio/Development Division. He has helped ship over 15 products while at
Microsoft Corporation. He earned his undergraduate degree from Knox College with
a double major in Computer Science (Honors) and Physics; and a Master of Science
in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University. His graduate research was in
the area of adaptive controls.
Gary William Flake, Ph.D., is a technical fellow at Microsoft Corporation, where
he is responsible for integration between Microsoft Research and MSN, and for setting
the technology vision and future direction of the MSN® portal, Web search,
desktop search, and commercial search efforts.
Before joining Microsoft, Flake founded Yahoo! Research Labs, ran Yahoo!’s corporate
R&D activities and companywide innovation effort, and was Overture Research’s chief
science officer. Before joining Overture, Flake was a research scientist at NEC
Research Institute and the leader of its Web data-mining program. His numerous publications,
spanning 15 years, have focused on machine learning, data mining, and self-organization.
His other research interests include Web measurement, efficient algorithms, models
of adaptation inspired by nature, and time-series forecasting.
He has served on numerous academic conference and workshop organization committees
and is a member of the editorial board for the Association for Computing Machinery’s
Transactions on Internet Technology. Flake, who earned his Ph.D. in computer science
from the University of Maryland, also wrote the award-winning book, “The Computational
Beauty of Nature,” which is used in college courses worldwide.
Mythreyee Ganapathy currently manages the external research programs for
Microsoft Research in India. Mythreyee considers herself fortunate to
have gained a rich experience in the software industry by executing various
roles around the globe. Starting out as a software engineer in India, she moved
on to being a consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP in their Systems
Integration practice. Since joining Microsoft, Mythreyee has been working
deeply with academia as a product manager and program manager. She has a
bachelors in computer engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and
Science, Pilani, India and a Masters in Computer Information Systems from
Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts.
David Garza-Salazar is a full professor and Associate Dean of the Division of
Electronics and Information Technologies at Tecnológico
de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey in Mexico. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science
from Tecnológico de Monterrey and a Ph.D. degree in
Computer Science from Colorado State University. His research interests include
parallel computing, distributed systems, operating systems, digital libraries,
and mobile computing. Dr. Garza has been principle investigator in different
projects sponsored by national and international agencies, such as CONACYT
(National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico), CUDI (University
Corporation for the Development of Internet), and the European Commission. Dr.
Garza-Salazar has been the director of research and graduate programs in
Electronics and Information Technologies from 2001-2006. He is a member of IEEE
Jim Gemmell is a researcher in the Microsoft Research Media Presence Group at the
Bay Area Research Center (BARC) in San Francisco. His current research focus is
on personal lifetime storage, as architect of the MyLifeBits project and chair of
the First ACM Workshop on Continuous Archival and Retrieval of Personal Experience
(CARPE). Dr. Gemmell received his PhD from Simon Fraser University and his M. Math
from the University of Waterloo. His research interests include personal media management,
telepresence, and reliable multicast. He produced the online version of the ACM
97 conference and is a co-author of the PGM reliable multicast RFC. Dr. Gemmell
serves on the editorial advisory board of Computer Communications.
François Guimbretière is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Human-Computer
Interaction Lab (HCIL). His research interests focus on pen computing. In the paper
world, he is studying how new technologies can be used to bridge the gap between
the digital world and the paper world. In the digital world, he is studying how
new design for pen-based computer such as CrossY, a crossing-based drawing application.
He is also conducting research on how to help people understand and compare very
large trees such as phylogenies.
Thomas E. Healy is lead program manager at External Research & Programs, Microsoft
Research. In this role, he, along with his staff, manage a portfolio of programs,
including university engagements in Latin America and India, the iCampus research
alliance, the Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship program, and the Microsoft
Research Faculty Summit. Tom has been at Microsoft Research for the past five years.
Previous to joining Microsoft Research, he worked in the computer industry for 25
years focusing on the role technology plays in education. He has received a B.A.
in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.S. in Organizational
Development from Lesley University.
Johannes Helander spearheads the Microsoft Research Invisible
Computing effort and creates software for interoperable embedded
devices. He thinks humans should give the high-level goals to computers
in natural ways—the computer devices should then figure out on their own
what it means and what to do. This would save users from all the mundane
and messy details that make current consumer devices sometimes
unfriendly. His research focuses on software that make computers
interoperate and self-configure. This includes small real-time operating
systems; auto-adaptive distributed programs; and reasoning based on
context histories, privacy, and embedded XML middleware.
His embedded Web services toolkit is available at
Aaron Hertzmann is assistant professor of computer science at the University of
Toronto. Hertzmann is working on building simulated models for computer animation.
His work shows that realistic physical models can be created from a small number
of physical measurements. These models can predict human motion in a variety of
new circumstances, making them invaluable to animators. Similarly, these methods
may have impact on biomechanics research, ultimately aiding physicians and physical
therapists in their work.
Ken Hinckley is a research scientist at Microsoft Research. His interests span many
areas of human-computer interaction including input devices, interaction techniques,
sensors and sensing systems, mobile devices, and ubiquitous computing. For recent
papers, see /Users/kenh/Default.htm.
Galen C. Hunt is Principal Researcher of the Microsoft Research Operating Systems
Group. He joined Microsoft Research since 1997, but spent a 2.5 year sabbatical
in the Windows Server Division. Galen wrote the Detours package, the first prototype
of Windows Media Player, and contributed code to Linux 0.11. He has shipped bugs
in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Automated Deployment Services.
Galen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and degree
in Physics from the University of Utah.
I received my D.Phil in computer vision from Oxford University in 1998, and I have
worked for Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley since 2002. The majority of my research
has been in the field of visual tracking and sequential filtering, and I helped
to introduce particle filters to the computer vision community with the Condensation
algorithm. More recently my interests have broadened to include distributed systems
research, and I spent much of mid-2003 to early 2005 working closely with the MSN
Search product group on the design and implementation of their V1 search engine.
Current research projects cover a range from inference methods for Bayesian networks
with applications in visual tracking and dense stereo estimation to programming
models for large-scale distributed systems and many-core processor architectures.
Harold Javid is program manager at External Research & Programs, Microsoft Research.
In this role, he is responsible for the Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship
program and the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Previous to joining Microsoft
Research, he enjoyed seven years of leadership as supportability program manager
and group manager in Microsoft’s Product Support Services. Prior to joining Microsoft
Corporation, Harold served as Director and General Manager in divisions of Acrowood
Corporation, and he worked in research groups in Systems Control, Inc., General
Electric, and the Boeing Company. He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Phillip Joe, User Experience Manager, manages user research and design for the Windows
New Business and Products Group, aimed at improving the lives those who today do
not have access to computers or the internet. After his studies at the Royal College
of Art in England, Phillip joined IDEO and was Head of Interaction Design for the
London office. He has worked on projects ranging from automobile heads-up displays
to UI for a crisis-control center at Hong Kong’s Chep Lap Kok airport. At Microsoft,
Phillip has worked as a designer at both MSN and Mobile Platforms Division.
Dina Katabi has joined the MIT faculty in March 2003, after completing her PhD
at MIT. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science Department. Dina’s work focuses on wireless networks,
network security, routing, and distributed resource management. She has award
winning papers in ACM SIGCOMM and Usenix NSDI. Further, she has been awarded a
Sloan Fellowship award in 2006, the NBX Career Development chair in 2006, and an
NSF CAREER award in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation won an ACM Honorable Mention
award and a Sprowls award for academic excellence.
S. Keshav is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Tetherless
Computing at the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Earlier in his career has was a researcher at Bell Labs, an Associate Professor
at Cornell, and a co-founder of Ensim Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup. He
is the author of a widely used graduate textbook on computer networking. His
current interests are in infrastructural issues underlying tetherless computing.
Scott Klemmer is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University,
where he co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Group and is a member of the
new Stanford Institute of Design. He received a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer
Science from Brown University in 1999, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from
the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and 2004 respectively. His primary
research focus is interaction techniques and design tools that enabled integrated
interactions with physical and digital artifacts and environments.
Eddie Kohler is assistant professor of computer science at the University of California,
Los Angeles. Kohler hopes to make computer systems radically easier to program.
His vision is based on an innovative synthesis of basic systems research and component-based
programming language techniques. In application, his work aims to create a more
understandable, robust, and secure foundation for systems programming. Kohler is
also hopeful that his designation as a Microsoft Fellow will help his university
recruit the best and the brightest students.
Todd Landstad is a Lead Software Design Engineer in Test for the Microsoft Tablet
PC Platform API team. Todd started at Microsoft working on the Windows 95 device
drivers test team. Since then he has worked as a Software Design Engineer in Test
for a variety of Microsoft products, including Internet Explorer 3.0, Windows 98,
and Microsoft Hardware products. Joining the Tablet PC team in mid 2001, he worked
on the Tablet PC Platform and created several power toy applications. Todd’s current
role is helping to design and ship future Tablet PC technologies that enable ISV’s
to create great Tablet PC–related products.
I am a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, where I started the
Software Productivity Tools (SPT)
research group. This group is now part of the
Software Improvement Group (SWIG),
along with the Testing, Verification,
and Measurement (TVM) and
HIP groups. I spend much
of my time on the Singularity
project, a new research project focused on the construction of reliable systems
through innovation in the areas of systems, languages, and tools.
My research has applied programming language and compiler technology
to a wide range of problems, most notably efficient program measurement and fine-grain
distributed shared memory. I’m now working on applying this approach and technologies
to improve software development. My goal is to develop and demonstrate new tools
for program design, coding, debugging, and test that fundamentally improve software
Dr. Elizabeth Lane Lawley
Elizabeth Lane Lawley is an associate professor of Information Technology at RIT,
where she also directs the Lab for Social Computing. During the 2005-2006 academic
year, Dr. Lawley was a visiting researcher in Microsoft Research’s Community Technologies
Group. Her research interests include social and collaborative search technologies,
social behavior in virtual worlds, and gender imbalances in information technology
Bongshin Lee came to Microsoft from the University of Maryland where she
designed a unique application that shows the trends and patterns of conference
publications. One of the questions that the tool answered was which papers and
authors are most referenced over time. She received a first place award for her
design from the InfoVis 2004 Information Visualization contest. Bongshin now
works in the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment group
(VIBE) of Microsoft Research.
John Lefor is currently a Program Manager in Microsoft Research defining and expanding
the Phoenix Academic Program. His interest in compilers started when he was an undergraduate,
many years ago, at the University of Rochester and he never quite grew out of appreciating
the issues of codegen and performance. John came to Microsoft in 1990 and worked
on various projects including OLE and Window 95, as well as internal Microsoft tools
used for performance measurement and optimization. His most recent work on the Phoenix
framework is aimed at making Phoenix an excellent tool for research and instruction.
Dr. K. Rustan M. Leino is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, where his research
centers around programming tools. He is currently working on the design and implementation
of the Spec# programming language and its static program verifier. Before joining
Microsoft Research, Leino worked as a researcher at DEC/Compaq SRC, where among
other things he led the Extended Static Checking for Java (ESC/Java) project, a
program checker built on the technology of program verification. His PhD thesis
from Caltech (1995) addressed an important specification problem in ESC/Modula-3.
Before going to graduate school, Leino worked as a software developer and technical
lead in Windows/Windows NT at Microsoft. In his spare time, he plays and records
music, substitute teaches step aerobics, and spends time with his wife and four
Ken Leppert Jr.
Ken is an attorney in Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs department. He
provides legal support for Microsoft Research, which includes the External Research
& Programs group, and Craig Mundie’s Advanced Strategies and Policy organization.
Over the past year, much of his time has been spent negotiating agreements for engagements
Mark Lewin is a Program Manager in the External Research & Programs group of Microsoft
Research, focusing on compilers, virtual machines, and operating systems. Currently
Mark is working to create an integrated shared source research platform based on
key Microsoft systems technologies, including SSCLI, Phoenix, and the Windows Research
Kernel. Mark also directs Microsoft Research’s partnership with ACM in support of
the ACM Student Research Competition program.
Mark is an eleven year veteran of Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft Research,
he worked closely with the UNIX software community on Microsoft Developer Relations
initiatives. Mark was also Program Manager for Microsoft’s RPC technologies, the
“Cairo” operating system project, and Microsoft LAN Manager.
Fei-Fei Li is assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Li is interested in vision: the task
of making machines see like humans. Just as the art lover’s brain blends individual
points of color in an impressionistic painting to create a whole, Fei-Fei is developing
algorithms to enable computers to generate comprehensive digital representations
of complex objects and scenes. The result will be new tools for personal photo organization,
image searches, surveillance, industrial inspections, and eventually assistance
for the visually impaired.
Daniel T. Ling
As corporate vice president, Daniel T. Ling oversees the Redmond laboratory of Microsoft
Research. Microsoft Research is dedicated to a broad program of basic and applied
research in computer science and related areas. The laboratory’s mission is to advance
the state of the art, develop new technologies which benefit Microsoft customers,
and engage with the worldwide research community. Ling served as director of the Redmond laboratory from 1995 until his promotion
to vice president in April 2000. During that time, the Redmond laboratory grew over
threefold to include research in new areas such as networking, data mining, computer-mediated
collaboration, streaming media, devices and new development tools. Ling joined Microsoft Research in March 1992 as a senior researcher in the area
of user interfaces and computer graphics. He was one of the founders of the laboratory.
Steven B. Lipner is Director of Security Engineering Strategy at Microsoft. He is
responsible for the development of programs to provide improved product security
to Microsoft customers, and for the Security Development Lifecycle team that focuses
on improving Microsoft’s security development processes. Mr. Lipner has over thirty
years’ experience as a researcher, development manager, and general manager in IT
security. He holds S.B. and S.M. degrees from M.I.T. and attended the Harvard Business
School’s Program for Management Development.
Phillip Long is a Senior Strategist for the Academic Computing Enterprise at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Director of Learning Outreach for MIT
iCampus. He provides direction in applying MIT Information Services and Technology
resources to support the integration of technology into the curriculum. He leads
the MIT iCampus dissemination effort freely sharing MIT developed educational technology
tools to support active learning & scalable web services for undergraduate instruction.
Dr. Long received his Ph.D. in Biology from Penn State, & post-doctoral training
as an NIMH Fellow at the Institute for Animal Behavior, Rutgers University. He was
selected as a National Library of Medicine Fellow in Medical Informatics, while
Assoc. Dir. for the Medical Research Library at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Long’s professional
activities are numerous: NMC Board (06-09), NMC Project Horizon 2005, 2006 Syllabus
Conference Campus Host, 2006 ELI SAC Program Committee Chair, Steven’s Institute
of Technology Web-Campus board, past member of the US Army Distance Learning Subcommittee,
and many others.
Daniel Makoski is a senior designer in the Windows New Business and Products Group,
focused on product innovation for Microsoft’s next billion customers. Daniel studied
International Relations at Tufts University and Design at the School of the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston. He’s worked as an Interface Designer at a multimedia studio,
Interactive Media Director at an advertising agency, Creative Lead at Studio Archetype,
User Experience Manager at Sapient, and Director of Research and Design at an experience
design consultancy. Prior to his current role within Windows, Daniel led strategic
prototyping at MSN.
Patrick E. Mantey
Professor Patrick E. Mantey is the founding Dean of the
Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. He is now the director of
ITI, the Information Technology Institute in the Baskin School of
Engineering. Professor Mantey is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers and a member of American Society for Engineering
Education. He is the UC Santa Cruz affiliate director of
CITRIS, and he serves on on the Steering Committee of the
UC Industry University Cooperative Research Program. His research interests
include multimedia systems, educational applications of computer technology,
image and signal processing and sensor networks, simulation and modeling of
complex systems, real-time data acquisition and control systems, multimedia and
database applications including geographic information systems, and decision
Dr. Mercer has a background in Zoology and has worked in various aspects of bioinformatics
over the years. Most recently, he was Director of Bioinformatics and Strategic IT
at the National Research Council of Canada’s Institute for Marine Biosciences, with
responsibility for the Canadian Bioinformatics Resource, a national network dedicated
to bioinformatics research support. He then worked as Director of Software Engineering
at Gene Codes Corporation before moving to the External Research & Programs team
of Microsoft Research.
C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. started his tenure as president of the University of Maryland,
College Park, with the same three-word slogan that has guided his entire academic
career: “Quality, Quality, Quality.” After earning his doctorate in Engineering
Mechanics from Berkeley in 1963, Mote spent a year as a research fellow at the University
of Birmingham in England, then three years as an assistant professor of mechanical
engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh before returning
to Berkeley in 1967. Mote served two terms as vice chair of Mechanical Engineering
and served as chair from 1987 to 1991. At that time, he was appointed to the FANUC
Chair in Mechanical Systems in addition to being named vice chancellor for University
Relations, the post he held until accepting the presidency at Maryland in 1998.
Mote earned the 1971 Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California.
He has supervised more than 50 doctoral students, including several who are still
in progress, and more than 60 master’s theses. Mote intends to teach and work with
graduate students at Maryland as well.
Mote’s research activities have focused on dynamic systems, instrumentation,
vibration and biomechanics. He has achieved international recognition for his work
on gyroscopic systems, including high-speed translating and rotating systems such
as circular and band saws, computer memory disks and tapes. He also has researched
the biomechanics of skiing injuries leading to the development of safer ski bindings.
His research has resulted in more than 300 scholarly publications as well as patents
in the United States, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
A registered professional engineer in California, Mote has served in numerous
capacities for professional societies, including the National Academy of Engineering
(NAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society
for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and is co-editor of its biannual research series,
“Skiing Trauma and Safety.” Mote’s work has been supported continuously since 1962
by the National Science Foundation, and he also has received research fellowships
from the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Alexander
von Humboldt Foundation, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.
He was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in 1988. The American
Society of Mechanical Engineers International elected him to honorary membership
in 1997, and he has been elected as well to fellow grade in the International Academy
of Wood Science, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Association
for the Advancement of Science. In 1998 he was awarded the Berkeley Citation. In
1992, he conceived, designed and implemented a $1.1 billion comprehensive capital
campaign, which had achieved more than $800 million at the time he left Berkeley.
Craig Mundie was named to the new position of chief research and strategy officer of
Microsoft in June 2006. He is working closely with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
to assume responsibility for the company’s research and incubation efforts — in
anticipation of Gates’ departure from a day-to-day role in Microsoft in July
2008. Mundie also partners with General Counsel Brad Smith to guide Microsoft’s
intellectual property and technology policy efforts.
previously held the position of Microsoft chief technical officer of advanced
strategies and policy, in which he worked with Gates to develop comprehensive
technical, business and policy strategies for Microsoft on a global scale. In
addition, he worked with government and business leaders in Washington, D.C.,
and across the globe to address the technology and policy issues of security,
privacy, telecommunications regulation, intellectual property and software
procurement standards. Previously at Microsoft he led the Consumer Platforms
Division, initiated digital TV efforts including acquiring and managing the
WebTV Networks subsidiary. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1992 he co-founded and
was CEO of Alliant Computer Systems Corporation.
In August 2000, President
Clinton named Mr. Mundie to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory
Committee, which advises White House staff on issues affecting the security of
the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. Since February 2002, Mr. Mundie
has served on the Council on Foreign Relations. In April 2002, Mr. Mundie joined
the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. Mr. Mundie is a
trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and is on the
advisory board of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of
Technology (Georgia Tech).
Elizabeth D. Mynatt is Associate Professor in the College of Computing at the
Georgia Institute of Technology, and she is the director of the GVU Center.
There, she directs the research program in Everyday Computing, examining the
human-computer interface implications of having computation continuously present
in many aspects of everyday life. Themes in her research include supporting
informal collaboration and awareness in office environments, enabling creative
work and visual communication, and augmenting social processes for managing
personal information. Dr. Mynatt is one of the principal researchers in the
Aware Home Research Initiative, investigating the design of future home
technologies, especially those that enable older adults to continue living
independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting.
Todd manages the University Relations team of Technology Evangelists. His group
is responsible for working with researchers and faculty interested in applying Microsoft
products and technologies in their investigations. He also manages academic source
code licenses, Microsoft Research’s annual Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and
external research funding.
Miguel Nussbaum, Ph.D., full professor for Computer Science at the School of
Engineering of the Catholic University of Chile, is member of the board of the
Chilean National Science Foundation and member of the “Scientific Committee for
Latin America, of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge.”
His research areas are Ubiquitous Learning and Knowledge Management with
projects in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Professor Henry Nyongesa is the Head of the Department of Computer Science at
University of Botswana. His research interests are allied to application of
computational intelligence techniques for the design and development of adaptive
decision support systems, especially for healthcare applications. He has
previously worked at Sheffield University, Brunel University, and Sheffield
Hallam University in the United Kingdom.
A. Richard Newton
A. Richard Newton also is UC Berkeley’s Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering.
A dedicated educator, researcher, and businessman, Dean Newton is internationally
recognized for his pioneering research in circuit design methodologies and electronic
systems architecture. As dean, he is passionate about employing technology to tackle
tough societal problems and about educating the next generation of engineers to
develop those technologies. Recipient of numerous awards for his research, he was
named to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004, the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences in 2006, and won the Phil Kaufman Award, the highest recognition of
the EDA Consortium, in 2003. Dean Newton began his career as a student at the University
of Melbourne, Australia and continued his work in electronic design automation at
Berkeley, earning his Ph.D. in 1978 in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
department and joining the faculty the following year. He is cofounder of a number
of successful companies, including Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, and is a
Trustee of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
John Nordlinger is a program manager in Microsoft Research ER&P. Before joining
Microsoft, John was a Technical Director at Oracle, where the worked on 64-bit Oracle
and launched the Oracle 64-bit VLM database on Digital’s Alpha using SAS Insight
on the front end. John was then asked to do a similar event with Microsoft SQL Server
with the 64-bit SQL Server database, a special supporting version of Window XP and
with SAS Insight again on the front end. Responsible for Microsoft’s Scalability
Day, John, working with Microsoft Research’s wizard Jim Gray, launched
TerraServer, a billion-byte SQL
Server database and map of the US and other regions, and hosted six of the largest
demos in Microsoft. TerraServer remains a very popular Web resource. John then left
Microsoft, went mountain climbing and toured Asia (India and Thailand), eventually
returning to Microsoft two and a half years later to work in Microsoft Research.
Initially John was asked to manage the universities in the Northeast and manage
the Indian schools (IITs) where he was under the stewardship of Anandan, now director
of the Microsoft Research Lab in Bangalore, India. John then changed focus from
geographic regions to solving the problem of declining computer science (CS) enrollment
and has been charged with reinvigorating CS curriculum with CS computer gaming technologies
As a research program manager, Mr. Oka is responsible for coordinating a $25 million
research alliance between Microsoft Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Oka is a member of Microsoft Research learning science and technology group
but he is located on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA where he supports several iCampus
projects as a technical advisor and coordinates technology transfer of iCampus technologies
into other universities, Microsoft Research teams, and advises on advancing next
generation technologies for lifelong education.
Mr. Oka joined Microsoft in 1993 where he spent seven years working with fortune
100 companies in the New England area building distributed systems on Microsoft
technologies. Prior to joining the Learning Science and Technology group, Mr. Oka
was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham, MA, where he lead
a team of architects to provide everything an enterprise customer needs to envision,
plan, and architect a complete customized solution using Microsoft .NET-connected
Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Oka worked for Honeywell Bull Information Systems
CASE tools department where he develop API’s to access local OLTP systems from both
UNIX and Windows systems. Mr. Oka attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering.
Jitendra Padhye received his PhD in Computer Science from University of
Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000. His current research focuses on developing tools
and techniques for management of corporate WiFi networks. Previously, he worked
in the areas of wireless mesh networks and TCP performance modeling.
Melissa Pailthorp is a Senior Manager for Community Affairs at Microsoft. Melissa
focuses on Microsoft’s Citizenship and digital inclusion efforts in Europe, the
Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), as well as humanitarian assistance and select
global partnerships. Her skills include program design, development, and
expansion, always with an eye toward sustainable innovation. Melissa came to
Microsoft two years ago following 15 years of strategy planning and management
work in non-profit, corporate, and government settings, domestically and within
international development circles.
Andrew Phelps is the Director of Game Design & Development and an Associate Professor
of Information Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester,
NY. He is the founding faculty member of the Masters of Science in Game Design &
Development within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences,
and his work in games programming education has been featured in The New York Times,
CNN.com, USA Today, National Public Radio, and several other articles and periodicals.
He regularly publishes work exploring collaborative game engines and game engine
technology and their use in introductory computing curricula. Professor Phelps is
the principle investigator and founder of the Multi-User Programming Pedagogy for
Enhancing Traditional Study (M.U.P.P.E.T.S.) project, an endeavor funded by Microsoft
Research that seeks to use game worlds and collaborative environments to enhance
introductory computing education. This ongoing work has been published in several
venues, including ACM SIGGRAPHiournal of Game Development, and the CMP Game Developer’s
Conference. He maintains a Web site featuring his work as an educator, artist, programmer,
and game addict at andysgi.rit.edu and currently
teaches courses in programming, multimedia programming, game engine development,
2D and 3D graphics, and information technology theory.
Andrew Phillips is a post-doctoral researcher at
Microsoft Research Cambridge,
working on Simulating Biological
Systems in the Stochastic Pi-Calculus, in collaboration with
Luca Cardelli. He is also a member of
the External Research Office,
working on tools for
Jon Pincus works at Microsoft Research on software reliability tools and technologies,
concentrating on static analysis. As founder and CTO of Intrinsa Corporation, he
was one of the original developers of PREfix, and continues to be involved in its
development and deployment inside Microsoft. Before that, he worked on CAD and Document
Management systems and collected the usual degrees from the usual institutions.
Jay Pittman has spent the past eight years working on cursive handwriting recognition
for the Tablet PC. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent nine nears at MCC in Austin,
Texas, working on a variety of recognition and human-computer-interface research
topics, with more than half of that time spent in handwriting recognition. In the
early 1990s, Jay spent two years at the National University of Singapore working
on recognizing cursive Chinese script. He also spent two years at the Oregon Graduate
Institute working on the integration of handwriting recognition with speech recognition,
natural language processing, and 3D graphics, in a military training application.
Jay’s current research focuses on reducing the cost of expanding recognition to
Professor Ravi Poovaiah is senior faculty member at the Industrial Design Centre
(IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He has backgrounds in Mechanical
Engineering (IIT Madras), Product Design (IIT Bombay), and Graphic Arts Education
(Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence, U.S.). His current pedagogic as
well as research interests are located in areas related to Collaborative Learning
Environments, Way Finding Systems, Interaction Devices, Visual Information Visualisation,
and Designing for Children. Professor Poovaiah has consulted major industry leaders
in India such as Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Bharat Electronics
Limited, Siemens India, and Motorola, among others.
Jane Prey leads the Tablet Technologies in Higher Education Initiative and the Gender
Equity and Pipeline Initiative for Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft
in 2004, she was a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the University
of Virginia for 11 years. She also spent two years as a Program Manager at National
Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is a member of
the IEEE CS Educational Activities Board, and served on the board for ACM SIGCSE.
Jane is currently the chair of the Frontiers in Education steering committee and
a member of the ACM Education Board.
Dave Probert, Ph.D.
Dave Probert, Kernel Architect, Windows Core Operating Systems Division, has worked
in kernel development at Microsoft for over nine years. He received his Ph.D. in
Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB) in 1996, where he investigated how to build operating systems without kernels
(the SPACE project). Prior to Microsoft, Dave worked for almost 20 years with UNIX
internals, starting with version 6 on PDP-11s. He has also worked as a hardware
engineer for Burroughs Corporation, Vice President of Software Engineering at Culler
Scientific Systems, building a mini-supercomputer and as a systems programmer for
the Computer Science department at UCSB, where he had the perfect office, 100 feet
from the Pacific ocean and next to a 64-node Sparc-based Meiko parallel computer.
Jaime Puente is a Program Manager at Microsoft Research in the External Research
& Programs group and is in charge of the External Research Program in Latin
America. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a faculty member in the Electrical
and Computer Engineering Department at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral
(ESPOL) in Ecuador. His favorite subjects to teach were Computer Networking and
Microprocessors. While it was difficult to leave academia to join the Industry,
Jaime feels that working now for Microsoft Research, he is still involved with
the academic world through his work in External Research & Programs. He works
closely with faculty and graduate students to create greater opportunities for
them to pursue research. In addition, Jaime spent five years at various managing-level positions at the banking industry in Ecuador as Telecommunications and
Information Technology manager. This work kept him engaged with leading
technology on a very personal level creating greater integration for the banks
and the customers. Before to joining Microsoft Research in 2003, Jaime worked as a Technical
Project Manager for Latin America in the Professional Services division of
Commerce One Inc based out of South Florida.
Jaime Puente was a Fulbright Scholar for his early engagement with Academia. It was
during his time as a Fulbright Scholar that he started to lecture and conduct
research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields exploring how
academia and industry needs intersect. His educational background includes a
Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and a
Masters of Business Administration and an Electronics Engineering degree both
from ESPOL in Ecuador.
I am a member of the Software Productivity
Tools group at Microsoft Research.
Currently, my research interests are formal design and analysis of software, hardware,
and protocols, as well as analysis techniques: model checking, automated theorem
proving, type systems, run-time verification.
Arkady Retik is the Windows Academic Program Manager in the Source Asset
Management (SAM) team, Microsoft, Redmond. Before SAM, he worked on several
development projects in the Server’s Windows Management Infrastructure
group. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2000, Arkady served for a decade as a
researcher, faculty member and Professor in several universities, mostly in the
U.K. He taught and researched a variety of subjects in computing and
engineering. Arkady established and directed the Virtual Construction Simulation
Research group at the University of Strathclyde, pioneering research in advanced
visualization and VR. He holds a DSc in Computer Aided Design and Planning from
the Technion Institute of Technology, from where he also has BSc and MSc. He was
recently made a Visiting Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.
I am a Development Lead in the Windows Core Operating System Division (COSD), specifically
the Networking and Devices Technology Group. Currently I am leading the development
of a new kernel mode device driver model for Windows drivers. I have been at Microsoft
for three years, but have spent 22 years in the industry working on multi-processor
operating systems, starting with UNIX, and then Windows in the last 12 years. At
my previous companies, I have delivered the base code for Windows Terminal Server,
a multi-processor UNIX implementation, and a MACH 3.0 Unix SVR4 server.
Steve Richardson is the manager of the Machine Translation (MT) Project and
a Principal Researcher in the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Group of
Microsoft Research, which he joined at its inception in 1991. Steve worked
previously at IBM for over a decade, including at its Bethesda Development Lab
and at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He received BS and MA degrees in
computer science and linguistics from Brigham Young University and a PhD in
computer science from the City University of New York. He began his career in
computational linguistics working on MT over 30 years ago and has been involved
in research and development of MT and related NLP technologies ever since.
Daniel C. Robbins is a User Interface Designer working at Microsoft Research. His
projects include interaction techniques for information visualization and search
on everything from Smartphones to wall-sized displays. Dan’s degree is in fine art.
In his free time Dan enjoys hiking, making sculpture from aerospace castoffs, and
planning for his first child. Prior to working at Microsoft, Dan helped pioneer
the 3D UI work from the Brown University Computer Graphics Group.
George Robertson is an ACM Fellow and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research,
where he does research on 3D user interfaces and information visualization. Before
coming to Microsoft, he was a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC, working on 3D interactive
animation interfaces for intelligent information access. He was the architect of
the Information Visualizer. In the past, he has made significant contributions to
machine learning, multimedia message systems, hypertext systems, operating systems,
and programming languages.
Roni Rosenfeld is Professor of Language Technologies, Machine Learning, and
Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a B.Sc. in
Mathematics and Physics from Tel-Aviv University in 1985, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D.
in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is a
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, and a recipient of the Allen Newell
Medal for Research Excellence. Prof. Rosenfeld’s current research interests are
in computational molecular virology, molecular evolution, human-machine speech
communication, and the use of speech and language technologies to aid
international development. He has also performed research in statistical
language modeling, machine learning, and speech recognition. He has published
over 100 scientific articles in academic journals and conferences.
Richard M. Russell
Richard M. Russell was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2002 as Associate
Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive
Office of the President. In that capacity he is Deputy Director for Technology,
charged with the technology portfolio — which includes departments in Technology,
Telecommunications and Information Technology, and Space and Aeronautics. In addition
to his role at OSTP, Mr. Russell serves as the Senior Director for Technology and
Telecommunications for the National Economic Council. Congress established OSTP
in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive
Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and
international affairs. The 1976 Act also authorizes OSTP to lead an interagency
effort to develop and to implement sound science and technology policies and budgets
and to work with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and
higher education communities, and other nations toward this end.
For nine years, Michael Sagan has worked as Senior Designer and Technology Principal
for Trek Bicycle. In that time, he has been the Industrial Design lead for pro team
projects since 1997. Michael works with Trek’s Advanced Concept Group and Industrial
Design Group: a multi-talented staff of designers, engineers, and other bicycle
experts to bring the most advanced cycling projects to life. Trek provides cutting
edge technology to not only the Discovery Pro Cycling team, but into the same machines
that can be purchased at any independent Trek dealer. Past projects include: Trek
Madone Series, TTx and Time Trial machines, Pilot, Top Fuel, and the Trek 5200.
Having studied Industrial Design at University of Illinois-Chicago, and graduating
from Northern Illinois University in 1993 with a Bachelor of General Studies degree
in Design Engineering and Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Michael
applies a unique perspective to the product development process at Trek by coming
to the cycling world from the architecture, consumer product design and packaging
Lucy Sanders is CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information
Technology and also serves as Executive in Residence at the ATLAS Institute at the
University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). She has an extensive industry background,
having worked in development and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell
Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software
and solutions (multi-media communication and customer relationship management).
In 1996, Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment
bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology
area. Lucy serves on several boards, including the Engineering Advisory Council
and the Department of Computer Science Advisory Board at CU, the Denver Public Schools
Computer Magnet Advisory Board, and several corporate boards. In 2004 she was awarded
the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Engineering at CU. Lucy also
is Program Chair for the 2006 Grace Hopper Conference. Lucy received her B.S. and
M.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado
at Boulder, respectively.
With a background that includes mobile computing and digital culture, John SanGiovanni
is known for his unique perspective on emerging technologies. In his current role
as Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Research, John manages Microsoft’s academic
research funding into mobile computing and wireless technologies. Prior this role,
John has had several technology learning-related roles with PPI/Knowledge Universe,
and he worked in entertainment at the Walt Disney Company. John’s current research
focus is into interaction techniques and hardware interface technologies for next-generation
mobile devices. In this area, SanGiovanni has several patents for alternative text
input systems (non-handwriting, non-speech, non-typing). In recent years, John has
spent his time exploring the ways that mobile devices and wireless technologies
will transform communication, entertainment, and learning.
Greg Schechter is an architect on the “Avalon” team in the Windows Client Platform
Division at Microsoft, focusing primarily on programming model and the engine behind
the multimedia, graphics, and imaging portion of Avalon. Greg is also leading the
development effort for the new Desktop Window Manager in Longhorn, and he plays
a key role in its architecture.
Prior to Avalon, Greg was the development manager for the Windows Forms team
in the .NET Framework and the lead on the Mobile Internet Toolkit, a system for
adaptive server-side generation of ASP.NET content targeting a variety of types
of mobile devices. Upon joining Microsoft in 1994 until 1998, he was the development
lead and primary technical driver behind DirectAnimation, an API set for integrated
media and animation that shipped with Internet Explorer 4, Windows 2000, and beyond.
Greg was at Sun Microsystems from 1988 to 1994, working on a variety of 2D and
3D graphics packages and on advanced integrated media API and system development.
Greg received an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS in Computer
Engineering from the University of Michigan.
When on furlough (a small joke, really), Greg gets to hang out with his wife
and three kids.
Kevin Schofield is General Manager for Strategy and Communications at
Microsoft Research. His organization drives consensus on technical strategy
and priorities for Microsoft’s research efforts. He is also responsible for
developing Microsoft Research’s relationships with academia, customers, press,
analysts, and Microsoft’s own product groups. Mr. Schofield joined Microsoft in
1988, and has worked in Microsoft Research since 1997. Over the course of his
tenure at Microsoft, he worked in both development and program management for a
number of products, including networking, operating systems, MSN, and multimedia
I’m a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, USA. I started here
in 1999. Before joining Microsoft Research, I worked at the University of Ulm (1993-1999),
at the Technical University Berlin (1997–1992), and for a major German software
company (1992-1993). Since 2003, I’ve been managing the Foundations of Software
Engineering (FSE) group in Redmond. We focus on advanced technologies for software
modeling and verification that include Contracts for C# (the
Spec# project), and
advanced test-generation and verification tools (the
and the MUTT project).
Earlier I researched data access integration (The
Cω project), and I worked with Abstract
Sean Sedwards is a researcher at the
Microsoft Research – University of Trento. Centre for Computational and Systems
Biology in Trento, Italy. His interests include the simulation of biological
processes using multiset rewriting techniques.
Dr. Ajanta Sen
Dr. Ajanta Sen is an independent researcher and analyst of development issues
in technology and design. She received her doctorate (Ph.D.) in Development Planning
from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India. Dr. Sen is a visiting
faculty member for Interaction Design at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India, emphasizing cultural factors in new
media and traditional technology practices to inform design methodology. She has
held various positions as a consultant, such as International Director, Project
Solar Eclipse (1997 & ongoing), a cross-cultural collaborative project on the Internet
(with focus on children and underserved communities); investigator and strategist
for a rural computing project at Motorola Research India Lab (2005 and ongoing);
design strategist with major petroleum companies such as the Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Ltd (BPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), India and retail setups such as the
Khadim’s Group, India; investigator with Design Expo projects at the Social Computing
group, Microsoft Research, Redmond, U.S. (2003 and 2004). Dr. Sen has also been
a guest lecturer at Falmouth College of Arts (FCA), design school in Cornwall, U.K.;
City Gallery, Leicester, U.K.; University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, U.K.; University
of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney, Australia; University of Feira de Santana (UEFS),
Bahia, Brasil; and West Dean College, U.K., among others.
Dr. Clarisse Sieckenius
Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the
Informatics Department of PUC-Rio. With a PhD in Linguistics and a history of research
in natural language processing and text generation, she developed a semiotic theory
of HCI called semiotic engineering. The theory was published in 2005 by The MIT
Press, in a book called The Semiotic Engineering of Human-Computer Interaction.
Clarisse is a pioneer of HCI in Brazil. She has supervised 15 PhD students, most
of whom are now faculty in various Brazilian universities.
Beth Simon is a faculty member in the Computer Science and Engineering Department
at the University of California, San Diego. Beth’s interests include educational
technology, Tablet PCs in education, and multi-institutional computer science education
Satnam Singh is an architect at Microsoft investigating design and verification
techniques for parallel hardware systems and concurrent programs. His current interests
include the formal analysis of message passing programs and programming methodology
for multi-core systems. Satnam Singh obtained his BSc and PhD in computing science
in the area of hardware design with functional programming from the University of
Glasgow where he continued to be a professor in Electrical Engineering and then
Computing Science from 1991 to 1998. In 1998 he joined Xilinx’s research laboratory
in San Jose, California where he developed alternative techniques for specifying
and formally verifying data-parallel hardware systems including the Lava system
In 2004 he joined a Microsoft incubation team working on parallel and distributed
Gino Sorcinelli joined the Isenberg School of Management (Isenberg School), University
of Massachusetts Amherst for Fall semester 1994 as a member of the Accounting and
Information Systems Department, and the Director of Computer Resources. Since assuming
this position, he has been responsible for teaching courses about business information
systems as well as managing the computer and network resources within the Isenberg
Prior to his arrival at the Isenberg School, Gino spent six years in the private
sector working for a large multi-line insurance company. In that position, he led
a team of Human Resource professionals during a period of time when the company
initiated an enterprise-wide reengineering effort, reduced employee FTE by 25%,
and merged with another financial services company. Before working in the insurance
industry, Professor Sorcinelli held a tenured faculty post in the Division of Labor
Studies, Indiana University for 13 years. During this period, he helped to create
the first microcomputer-training lab for union officials in the United States. He
also developed many different computer-based instructional programs.
John D. Spencer
John D. Spencer received a Bachelor Science in Business Administration,
University of Central Florida and an MBA in International Business from the
American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), Glendale
Arizona. After extended military service in the 60’s, John held positions from
1976 thru 1994 with TRW Inc., Revere Copper & Brass, Pullman Incorporated,
,Bell Laboratories, Argonne Laboratories, Hughes Helicopters Inc., and the
McDonnell Douglas Corporation as an information technologist, developer, and
systems manager. John has been with Microsoft for eleven years most which has
been with Microsoft Research, university relations focused.
Alexander Szalay is Alumni Centennial Professor in the Department of Physics and
Astronomy of the
University. His research interests are Multicolor Properties of Galaxies,
Galaxy Evolution; The Large Scale Power Spectrum of Fluctuations; Gravitational
Lensing; and Pattern recognition and Classification Problems. His projects
include The SDSS Project and
Large Scaleable Databases.
Richard Szeliski leads the Interactive Visual Media Group at Microsoft Research,
which does research in digital and computational photography, video scene analysis,
3-D computer vision, and image-based rendering. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computer
Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, in 1988. He joined Microsoft
Research in 1995. Prior to Microsoft, he worked at Bell-Northern Research, Schlumberger
Palo Alto Research, the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International, and
the Cambridge Research Lab of Digital Equipment Corporation.
Dr. Szeliski has published over 100 research papers in computer vision, computer
graphics, medical imaging, and neural nets, as well as the book Bayesian Modeling
of Uncertainty in Low-Level Vision. He was a Program Committee Chair for ICCV’2001
and the 1999 Vision Algorithms Workshop, and served as an Associate Editor of the
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and on the Editorial
Board of the International Journal of Computer Vision.
Katalin Szlavecz is an Associate Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer in the
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
in The Johns Hopkins University. Her areas of
interest include Organic Matter Decomposition, Trophic Structure, Animal
Ecology, Biological Diversity, Ecosystem Ecology, Forest Ecology, Invertebrate
Biology, Soil Science, and Zoology.
Stewart is responsible for Robotics and Embedded Systems as
part of External Research & Programs in Microsoft Research. Before this, he
worked on Microsoft’s production IPv6 software as part of the Windows Networking
team. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2001, Stewart spent 13 years in the
telecommunications industry in various technical and management positions in
network software research and development, focusing on technology transfer.
Stewart has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence applied to Engineering from the
University of Technology, Loughborough, U.K. He has published a variety of papers
on artificial intelligence and network management, he has several patents, and
he has co-authored a book on software engineering for artificial intelligence
Hugh Teegan is a Mobile Devices architect at Microsoft focusing on the
Smartphone. Prior to his nine years at Microsoft, he did two startups and worked
on communications protocols for various companies in Europe and the US. Born in
Ireland and a graduate of TCD, he now lives in Washington State where he is an
ardent hiker and sloppy rower.
Marvin Theimer is the software architect for the High Performance Computing
group in the Windows Server group. His focus is on both HPC cluster computing as
well as Grid computing. Marvin received a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford
University in 1986. He then spent two years with the QuickSilver distributed
operating system project at IBM’s Almaden Research Center. Following that, he
spent almost ten years at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center exploring the topics
of ubiquitous computing and weakly consistent, replicated systems. He then
joined Microsoft Research and spent five years exploring topics in peer-to-peer
file systems and global-scale peer-to-peer event notification systems. Marvin
moved from research to join the Advanced Web Services product team in the fall
of 2003. His focus there was on defining and prototyping a Web services-based
Grid computing architecture. He moved over to the Windows Server High
Performance Computing group in September of 2004, where he is responsible for
defining the overall architecture of future versions of Microsoft’s high
performance compute cluster products.
Bo Thiesson is a Researcher in the Machine Learning and Applied Statistics (MLAS)
group at Microsoft Research, which he joined in 1996. He received his Masters (1991)
in Computer Sciences and his PhD (1996) in Statistics from Aalborg University, Denmark.
His work is primarily inspired by the fields of statistics, machine learning, and
artificial intelligence, which has allowed him to work on many interesting applications
at Microsoft Research. Most recently, his work has focused on scalable learning
algorithms, personalization for handwriting recognition, language modeling, time-series
analysis, video-tooning, anti-spam filtering, and smart text input methods.
Joe Tront is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.
He has been working on using technology to improve engineering education since 1984.
Besides his work on tablet PCs, he has developed several online multimedia presentations
and is the editor of the engineering collections in the digital libraries
Tandy Trower has a 24-year history with new products and technology initiatives
at Microsoft bringing to market new products as diverse as Microsoft Flight
Simulator and Microsoft Windows. In addition, as a strong proponent of the
importance of design in human-computer interaction, he has contributed to the
company’s investment in improving its user interfaces, founding the company’s
first usability labs and product design roles. He continues to investigate and
drive strategic new technology directions for the company and incubating new
Matt is a Research Software Development Engineer at Microsoft
Redmond. He manages a software development group, does computer vision research,
and transfers technology to product groups. Matt received his B.S. and M.S.
degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He
worked at AT&T Bell Labs from 1991 to 1996. He has been at Microsoft since
1996, first in the Windows group, then for the past six years in Microsoft
research interests include computational photography and computer vision.
Andy van Dam
Andy van Dam is the Thomas J. Watson Jr., University Professor of Technology and
Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and was recently
named the Director of the Microsoft Center for Research on Pen-Centric Computing
at Brown. He is a co-founder of Brown’s Computer Science Department and was its
first Chairman, from 1979 to 1985. His research includes work on computer
graphics, hypermedia systems, post-WIMP user interfaces, including pen-centric
computing, and educational software.
Evelyne Viegas is responsible for the
Internet Technologies and Cultures initiative in the External Research &
Programs team at Microsoft Research in Redmond WA, U.S. She also works on the
academic engagement for
Microsoft Live Labs, a recently funded lab, Microsoft Research and MSN joint
project. Prior to her present role, Evelyne has been working as a Technical,
Lead, and Program Manager at Microsoft delivering Natural Language Processing
components to projects for MSN, Office, and Windows. Prior to joining Microsoft,
and after completing her PhD in France, she worked as a principal investigator
at the Computing Research Laboratory in New Mexico on an ontology-based Machine
Translation project. She is the editor of Computational Lexical Semantics
with Cambridge University Press and Breadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons
with Kluwer Academic Press.
Mitch Walker is a Program Manager for the XNA Framework. He’s been with Microsoft
for 8 years where he’s been a Consultant, Evangelist and Program Manager. His passion
for .NET, developer tools and games lead him to the XNA team where he gets to use
all three in helping develop a platform that makes it easier to write multi-platform
games for Windows and Xbox 360.
Helen J. Wang is a researcher in the Systems and Networking research group at Microsoft
Research, Redmond, WA. Her research interests are in system/network security, networking,
protocol architectures, mobile/wireless computing, and wide-area large scale distributed
system design. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science department
of U. C. Berkeley in December, 2001. Her Ph.D. thesis was on “Scalable, robust wide-area
control architecture for integrated communications.” Helen obtained her Bachelor
of Science in Computer Science from U. T. Austin, and Master of Science in Computer
Science from U. C. Berkeley.
Jian Wang is the senior researcher and research manager of multi-modal user interface
group at Microsoft Research Asia. The current major research projects the group
has been working on include digital ink and recognition for Tablet PC, digital pen
and paper, and aggregated personal computing. Before joining Microsoft in 1999,
He held a position of professor at Zhejiang University. Jian’s research interests
have been in the areas of digital ink and pen computing, ubiquitous computing and
multi-modal user interface.
Yi-Min Wang is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond, where he
manages the Cybersecurity and Systems Management Group and leads the Strider
project. Yi-Min received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in
1986. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, worked at AT&T Bell Labs
from 1993 to 1997, and joined Microsoft in 1998. His research interests include
security, systems management, dependability, home networking, and distributed
Brad Weed is currently the User Experience Manager for Microsoft Office. His
team is responsible for researching and designing useful, usable, desirable, and
feasible interactions that delight both end users and customers. Brad has been
at Microsoft and in Office since 1992 where he started as a designer working on
Word and Windows 3.1. He has since built a team of User Experience Designers and
Researchers that have helped shape each every release of Microsoft Office.
Previous to Microsoft, Brad worked at Wavefront Technologies (now Alias
Software) as a user interface designer and engineer. He studied computer
cartography as a Geography major at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mark Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Mark Wilkinson earned his Bachelors degree in genetics from the University of
Alberta in Edmonton, 1990, with an emphasis on developmental genetics. In 1996
he received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia. He
followed a post-doctoral program under the
Human Frontiers Science Program
at the Max Planck Institut fuer
Zuechtungsforschung in Cologne Germany,
during which he made a career shift into Bioinformatics. He pursued a second
post-doctoral fellowship at the National Research Council of Canada’s
Plant Biotechnology Institute
emphasizing bioinformatic analysis. He then worked as a freelance bioinformatics
consultant before joining the iCAPTURE Team at the University of British
Columbia, and continues working in the area of bioinformatics with a particular
focus on data integration and machine-readable knowledge representation.
Hugh Williams is a Senior Software Design Engineer at Windows Live Search, where
he currently leads the multimedia search development team. He has published over
80 papers and patents on aspects of search, specializing in the areas of information
retrieval, computational biology, and search architectures. He is the author of
Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL, a best-selling O’Reilly book,
and has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.
Dr. Andy Wilson
Andy Wilson is currently a member of the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group
at Microsoft Research, where he dreams of a day when commodity user interfaces work
half as well as they do in the movies. He received his PhD from the MIT Media Lab
in 2000 and his BA in computer science with a minor in cognitive psychology at Cornell
in 1993. His interests lie in novel interfaces based on sensing techniques such
as computer vision, wireless inertial sensing, gesture recognition, and probabilistic
Alec Wolman is a researcher in the Networking group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. His
research interests include mobile and wireless computing, distributed systems,
Internet technologies, operating systems, and computer architecture. He
received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington in
October, 2002. Before graduate school, he worked for DEC at the Cambridge
Curtis Wong is a Principal Researcher of the Next Media group at Microsoft
Research. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was Director of Content at Intel,
General Manager of Corbis Productions, and Interactive Producer at the Voyager
Company. Curtis is one of the pioneers of interactive media creating some of
leading examples of emerging media, such as the Criterion Collection of feature
films on laserdisc; Multimedia Beethoven, A Passion for Art, and Leonardo da
Vinci’s on CD-ROMs; and ArtMuseum.net, PBS’s Commanding Heights, and Age of AIDS
for enhanced broadband television. As a researcher, he has been developing next
generation media prototypes and technologies for future products. Curtis serves
on the board of Trustees for the Rhode Island School of Design and the Seattle
Art Museum as well as the advisory boards of PBS Kids, the National Constitution
Center and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences jury for
the annual Emmy Awards.
Steven R. Woodward
Steven Woodward is one of the key individuals working with the industry and Microsoft
partners to better understand the Identity Metasystem and InfoCard. He has briefed
many of the largest eCommerce sites, governments, and those in the financial industry
on how this technology can be applied to solve their current security challenges
on the Internet. He has gained insight into a broad cross section of industries
and the challenges they are trying to solve with respect to user authentication
and identity theft. A former developer and program manager, Steve has been a Technical
Evangelist for 7 of his 10 years at Microsoft.
Qi Zhang has spent the past three years working on East Asian handwriting recognition
for the Tablet PC. Qi received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington
University in 2002 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Washington University
in 2001. Qi’s current research focuses on personalizing recognition, improving cursive
recognition, and enhancing input throughput for East Asian recognizers.
Feng Zhao is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, where he manages the
Networked Embedded Computing Group. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science from MIT and has taught at Stanford University and Ohio State
University. Dr. Zhao was a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC and directed PARC’s
sensor network research effort. He serves as the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM
Transactions on Sensor Networks, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical
papers and books, including a recent book published by Morgan Kaufmann, Wireless
Sensor Networks: An Information Processing Approach. He has received a number
of awards, and his work has been featured in news media such as BBC World News,
BusinessWeek, and Technology Review.