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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2007

Saman Amarasinghe
Saman P. Amarasinghe is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research interests are in discovering novel approaches to improve the performance of modern computer systems without unduly increasing the complexity faced by either application developers, compiler writers, or computer architects. Saman received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University in 1988, and his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1990 and 1997, respectively.

Richard Anderson
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 Presenter project.

David August
David August is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. There he directs the Liberty Research Group which is developing architectures, code analyses, and code transformations to enhance performance, reliability, and security of multicore processors. David's work has been recognized by conference best paper awards, by IEEE Micro's "Top Picks", by NSF's CAREER Award, by an Emerson Electric Company - E. Lawrence Keyes '51 Award, by IBM's Faculty Partnership Award, and by The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of "New Ph.D.'s to Watch". David received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and was a member of the IMPACT research group.

Mark Bailey
Mark Bailey is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Hamilton College. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. His research interests include program optimization, embedded systems, computer architecture, and computer security. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Microsoft Research. Bailey is the editor of SIGPLAN Notices, and serves on the SIGPLAN Executive Committee. He is a consultant with Assured Information Security, a R&D firm that works closely with the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has been a member of organizing committees of international conferences and is a member of ACM.

Tucker Balch
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.

Lim Hock Beng
Lim Hock Beng is Program Director of the Intelligent Systems Center (IntelliSys) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His research interests include sensor networks, sensor grids and ambient intelligence, parallel and distributed computing, wireless and mobile networks, embedded systems, computer architecture, performance evaluation, and information security.

Andrew Bernat
Andrew Bernat was a founding member and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (spending 20 years there), NSF Program Director and is currently the Executive Director of the Computing Research Association, whose mission is to strengthen research and education in the computing fields, expand opportunities for women and minorities, and improve public and policymaker understanding of the importance of computing and computing research in our society. In recognition of ""... his success in creating arguably the strongest computer science department at a minority-serving institution ..."", the Computing Research Association honored him with the 1997 A. Nico Habermann Award.

Michael Buckley
Michael Buckley has been an instructor and member of the graduate faculty at the University of Buffalo for 15 years. His research areas include Tablet PC applications, social relevance in CS education, and augmentative technologies for the handicapped, in part because of his multiply handicapped daughter. Mike�s research group has produced augmentative talkers for the speech impaired, remote controlled wheelchairs, Internet access for quadriplegics, sensory stations for autistic children, among many other systems.

David Callahan
David Callahan is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft where he works on concurrency related issues within the Parallel Computing Platform Team, a part of the Visual Studio suite of developer tools. Prior to Microsoft, he worked for many years at Cray Inc. and Tera Computer Company developing language extensions, compilers, runtime support and tools for developing scalable parallel programs for high-performance computing. He was a Co-PI on the first two phases of the Cray/DARPA HPCS project called Cascade and contributed to the early designs of the Chapel programming language. He is a graduate of Rice University and his interests include optimizations compilers, parallel languages and runtime support, parallel algorithms, and hardware architecture.

Eric Chang
Eric Chang joined Microsoft Research Asia in July, 1999 to work in the area of speech technologies. Eric is currently the Director of Incubation at Microsoft Advanced Technology Center in Beijing China, where he is working on projects related to emerging market, mobility, and healthcare. Previously at Microsoft Research Asia, Eric served as Research Manager of Microsoft Research Asia Speech Group and the Acting Director of University Relations for Microsoft Research Asia. During Eric�s career at Microsoft, he led teams to ship features which became a part of WindowsXP, Office 2003, Windows Vista, and WindowsMobile 5.0 and 6.0. Before joining Microsoft, Eric was one of the founding members of the Research group at Nuance Communications, a pioneer in natural speech interface software for telecommunication systems. At Nuance, Eric worked on various projects such as confidence score generation, acoustic modeling, and robust speech detection. Eric also led the technical effort to develop the Japanese version of the Nuance product. This project led to the world�s first deployed Japanese natural language speech recognition system. Eric has also developed speech recognition algorithms at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, invented a circuit optimization technique at Toshiba ULSI Research Center, and conducted pattern recognition research at General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center. Eric graduated from M.I.T. with a Ph.D., a Master, and a Bachelor degree, all in the field of electrical engineering and computer science. While at M.I.T., Eric was inducted into honorary societies Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. Eric is a Senior Member of IEEE, an editor of Computer Speech and Language, and has published extensively in the field of speech technologies and pattern recognition.

Jamie Cromack
Jamie Cromack is a member of the External Research & Programs (ER&P) group at Microsoft Research. Her focus at ER&P is the assessment of learning in post-secondary classrooms in which computer science and computational sciences play a key role. A specialist in higher education (her Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies), she taught at the college level for over 15 years and was a new media producer in the educational arena for close to 20 years. Jamie integrated her media experience and educational background while working with the National Science Foundation grant, Math*ed*ology, and the U.S. Department of Education grant, Preparing Tomorrow�s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3). Jamie also worked with the Arts, Media & Education program at Arizona State University and was Executive Producer for the High School Channel at Education Management Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she managed a group of producers who created educational programming aligned to national standards. Her research focus includes technology in higher education, assessment & evaluation, faculty development and learning-centered education.

Silviu Cucerzan
Silviu Cucerzan is a researcher in the Text Mining, Search, and Navigation group. He joined Microsoft in 2003, after completing his Ph.D. work at the Johns Hopkins University. His main interests are information extraction from large text collections, information retrieval, machine learning, and natural language processing. His work at Microsoft covers projects on multilingual spelling correction, question answering, named entity recognition and disambiguation, search contextualization, search relevance improvement, and query suggestion. He takes pride in having several popular Microsoft products use code and technologies he developed.

Frank Dellaert
Frank Dellaert is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He obtained his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 2001, and is an expert in 3D reconstruction and probabilistic estimation in the areas of computer vision and robotics. He has published over 60 papers in journals and conferences, and is an associate editor for IEEE PAMI, the most cited journal in computer science. He has taught the graduate computer vision course for the past three years, as well as an undergraduate course introducing the students to robotics and perception. Finally, he will chair the conference on 3D Processing, Visualization, and Transmission (3DPVT) to be held at Georgia Tech in 2008.

Fr�do Durand
is an associate professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received his PhD from Grenoble University, France, in 1999, supervised by Claude Puech and George Drettakis. From 1999 till 2002, he was a post-doc in the MIT Computer Graphics Group with Julie Dorsey. He works both on synthetic image generation and computational photography, where new algorithms afford powerful image enhancement and the design of imaging system that can record richer information about a scene. His research interests span most aspects of picture generation and creation, with emphasis on mathematical analysis, signal processing, and inspiration from perceptual sciences. He co-organized the first Symposium on Computational Photography and Video in 2005 and was on the advisory board of the Image and Meaning 2 conference. He received an inaugural Eurographics Young Researcher Award in 2004, an NSF CAREER award in 2005, an inaugural Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship in 2005, and a Sloan fellowship in 2006.

Alexei Efros
Alexei (Alyosha) Efros is an assistant professor at the Robotics Institute and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research is in the area of computer vision and computer graphics, especially at the intersection of the two. He is particularly interested in using data-driven techniques to tackle problems which are very hard to model parametrically but where large quantities of data are readily available. Before coming to CMU, Alyosha received his PhD from UC Berkeley and spent a year as a fine fellow at Oxford, England.

Carol Thompson Eidt
Carol Thompson Eidt is a partner lead architect in the Microsoft Developer Division. She joined Microsoft in November 2005, and is managing a small team focused on providing concurrency support in the program analysis and code transformation framework code named Phoenix. Prior to joining Microsoft she spent 22 years at HP, where she was the only female Fellow in the company. At the time she left HP, she was the Chief Architect for Management of the Adaptive Enterprise in the Software Global Business Unit. Prior to that, her career has encompassed compiler optimization, code generation, instruction set architecture and dynamic translation. She was on the design team for both the PA-RISC and Itanium architectures, designed and developed compiler optimization for both processor families, and has participated in the standardization of both C# and CLI.

Jesus Favela
Jesus Favela is a professor of computer science at CICESE (Ensenada Center for Higher Education Scientific Research), where he leads the Collaborative Systems Laboratory and heads the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, medical informatics, and CSCW. He holds a BSc from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and MSc and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a member of the ACM and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and former president of the Mexican Computer Science Society (SMCC).

Bruno Feijo
Bruno Feijo received his Aeronautics Engineering degree from ITA (1975) and obtained his Ph D in Computer Science from the University of London, Imperial College, in 1988. Before joining PUC-Rio�s Informatics Department in 1988, he worked in the computer industry for many years. He is currently Associate Professor in PUC-Rio in the Computer Graphics Group, Chief Scientist of the �VisionLab � Laboratory of Visualization, Digital TV/Cinema, and Digital Content Production�, and Co-Founder of the Visualization Brazilian Network.

Danyel Fisher
Danyel Fisher is a researcher in the VIBE Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, with interests in online community and information visualization. He received his MS in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2000, and his PhD from UC Irvine in 2004. His research on large-scale community data has taken on aspects of geography, machine learning, and visualization as available data sources have become bigger.

Dennis Gannon
Dennis Gannon is a professor of Computer Science in the School of Informatics at Indiana University. He is also Science Director for the Indiana Pervasive Technology Labs. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California in 1974. From 1980 to 1985, he was on the faculty at Purdue University. From 1997-2004 he was Chair of the Indiana Computer Science Department. His research interests include software tools for high performance parallel and distributed systems and problem solving environments for scientific computation. His current work includes the design of software component architectures for multi-core and distributed systems and web service architectures for e-Science Grid Portals. He has been program chair or general chair of a number of conferences including the International Conference on Supercomputing, Frontiers of Massively Parallel Computing, PPoPP, HPDC, Java Grande and the International Grid Conference. He was a co-founder of the Java Grande Forum and a Steering Committee member of the Global Grid Forum where he co-chaired the Open Grid Computing Environments and Open Grid Service Architecture working groups. He is one of the original architects of the high performance computing software �Common Component Architecture� and a founder of the CCA Forum.

Amy Gooch
Amy Ashurst Gooch is an assistant professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Amy earned her BS in Computer Engineering and MS in Computer Science from the University of Utah. Amy earned her PhD in Computer Science June 2006 at Northwestern University, where she was also a researcher and instructor. While working on her Masters degree in Computer Science, she explored interactive non-photorealistic technical illustration as a new rendering paradigm and presented part of this work at SIGGRAPH 1998 and at the SIGGRAPH 1999 course on Non-Photorealistic Rendering. She has also co-authored the first book in the field, "Non-Photorealistic Rendering", published by AK Peters, 2001. For five years as a research scientist at the University of Utah, her research focused on increasing the effectiveness of computer graphics in conveying information about the three-dimensional world. Her current research is part of an interdisciplinary effort involving computer graphics, perceptual psychology, and computational vision. She is interested in better understanding the spatial information potentially available in CG imagery, determining what spatial cues are actually used when CG imagery is viewed, and using this information to create improved rendering algorithms and visualizations.

Stephen Granite
Stephen J. Granite is the Director of Database and Software Development for The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modeling. He received a BS in Biology, with a dual major in Finance, from Harvey Mudd College and an MS in Computer Science with a focus in Bioinformatics from The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his current position, Stephen served as a Staff Bioinformatician at the National Institutes of Health Intramural Sequencing Center, providing and developing Bioinformatics tools utilized in the Comparative Vertebrate Sequencing Initiative and the Mammalian Gene Collection Program.

William Griswold
William Griswold is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1991. He is Chair of ACM SIGSOFT and in 2005 was the Program Co-Chair for the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, educational technology, software design for evolution, and aspect-oriented software development. His current projects include the ActiveCampus ubiquitous computing project, WIISARD - Wireless Internet Information System for Medical Response in Disasters, Ubiquitous Presenter - a web-based extension to UW Classroom Presenter, and Arcum - environment support for the checking and evolution of crosscutting concerns.

Ananda Gunawardena
Ananda Gunawardena is an Associate teaching Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include computational Mathematics, Human Computer Interaction and Data Mining. He is particularly interested in creating usable, smart and Adaptive Educational Software.

Stevan Harnad
Born in Hungary, Stevan Harnad is Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Sciences at University of Quebec/Montreal and Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University, UK. His research is on categorisation, communication and cognition. Founder and Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press), Psycoloquy (an electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association) and the CogPrints (and Eprint Archive in the Cognitive Sciences) he is Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and author and contributor to over 240 publications. His research and development team have created the widely used EPrints software for creating Open Access Institutional Repositories as well as the scientometric search and ranking engine, citebase.

Tim Harris
Tim Harris is a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge where he is looking at the challenges of developing software for tomorrow's world of multi-processor machines connected with services distributed around the Internet. Tim's recent work has introduced the idea of 'atomic' blocks built over transactional memory as an approach for making it easier to build explicitly multi-threaded applications, and the use of automatic feedback-directed parallelism as a way to get some parallel speed up on existing applications. Before joining Microsoft, Tim was on the faculty at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory from where he obtained his B.A. degree in Computer Science in 1997 and Ph.D. degree in 2000.

Tom Healy
Thomas E. Healy is Lead Program Manager at External Research and 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 seven 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.

Maurice Herlihy
Maurice Herlihy received an A.B. degree in Mathematics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from MIT. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the research staff at Digital Equipment Corporation's Cambridge (MA) Research Lab, and a consultant for Sun Microsystems. He is now a Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. Professor Herlihy's research centers on practical and theoretical aspects of multiprocessor synchronization, with a focus on wait-free and lock-free synchronization. His 1991 paper "Wait-Free Synchronization" won the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, and he shared the 2004 Goedel Prize for his 1999 paper "The Topological Structure of Asynchronous Computation". He is a Fellow of the ACM.

Aaron Hertzmann
Aaron Hertzman is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Toronto. He received a BA in Computer Science and Art & Art History from Rice University in 1996, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from New York University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In the past, he has worked at University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, Interval Research Corporation and NEC Research Institute. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, served as an Area Coordinator for SIGGRAPH 2007, and co-chaired NPAR 2004. His awards include an MIT TR100 (2004), a Ontario Early Researcher Award (2005), a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2006), and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship (2007). His research interests include computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning.

Eric Horvitz
Eric Horvitz is a Research Area Manager at Microsoft Research. His interests span challenges in machine reasoning and learning, search and information retrieval, and human-computer interaction. He has been elected a Fellow and Councilor of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and is incoming president of the organization. He has been active on multiple editorial boards and with the organization of conferences and workshops in his areas of interest. He has served as Chair of the Association for Uncertainty and Artificial Intelligence (AUAI), on the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group (ISAT), and on the Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC). He received his PhD and MD degrees at Stanford University. More information can be found at: /~horvitz

Galen Hunt
Galen C. Hunt is Principal Researcher of the Microsoft Research Operating Systems Group and co-leads the Microsoft Research Singularity project. He joined Microsoft Research in 1997, where he has stayed except for a 2.5 year sabbatical in the Windows Server Division. Galen�s more successful efforts include writing the Detours package and the first prototype of Windows Media Player and its networking protocols. He has shipped bugs in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Automated Deployment Services. Galen holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester (where he contributed code to GCC), a B.S. in Physics from the University of Utah (where he contributed code to Linux 0.11), and 31 patents. Aside from systems research, Galen's biggest interests are his wife, daughter, son, and religion.

Wen-mei Hwu
Wen-mei W. Hwu holds the Sanders-AMD Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in the area of architecture, implementation, and software for high performance computer systems. He is the Director of the IMPACT research group ( For his contributions in research and teaching, he received the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award, the Xerox Award for Faculty Research, the University Scholar Award of the University of Illinois, the Eta Kappa Nu Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, the ACM SigArch Maurice Wilkes Award, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award, and ISCA Most Influential Paper Award. He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM. Hwu serves on the Executive Committee of the MARCO/DARPA C2S2 ( and GSRC ( Focus Research Centers. He leads the GSRC Concurrent Systems Theme with Kurt Keutzer. He also serves on the GELATO Strategy Council ( Dr. Hwu received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Isbell
Charles Isbell received his PhD from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT in 1998. Before joining the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2002, he worked as a research scientist at AT&T Labs/Research. Charles' research interests are varied, but center around using machine learning to enable autonomous agents to engage in life-long learning in the presence of thousands of other intelligent agents, including humans. In addition, he has pursued reform in computing education and is one of the architects of Threads, Georgia Tech�s new structuring principle for computing curricula. His work on both education and AI have received international attention, and have been presented in the academic and popular press.

Brewster Kahle
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian, Director and Co-Founder, has built technologies, companies, and institutions to advance the goal of universal access to all knowledge. He currently oversees the non-profit Internet Archive ( as founder and Digital Librarian, which is now one of the largest digital archives in the world.

Aman Kansal
is a researcher in the Networked Embedded Computing group at Microsoft Research. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles. He received his MS in Communications and Signal Processing and BS in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His research interests include sensor-actuator networks, pervasive computing, wireless and mobile computing, personal area networks, Internet telephony, and embedded systems. Most recently, his work has encompassed shared sensor networks of mobile phones, webcams, and other sensors, controlled mobility in sensor networks, energy harvesting theory and systems, and embedded flash storage. His research prototypes in these areas have been recognized through awards at international conferences and are being used by academic researchers and commercial product developers in several countries.

Jim Karkanias
Jim Karkanias is Senior Director of Applied Research and Technology at Microsoft Corporation. Formally trained as a researcher, Jim began his career as a bench scientist conducting neuroscience research for McNeil Pharmaceutical. Later, his pre-clinical research career expanded to encompass clinical research in the neurosciences and graduate work in bioengineering. In that span of time, his research uncovered many interesting ideas in areas spanning neuroplasticity, sensorium integration, pain modulation, cognition, memory, and network theory. In addition, to his research skills, Karkanias developed significant computer hardware and software technical skills as a consequence of a desire to continuously streamline his activities. This eventually led to a leadership position in Merck as Head of Operations for Clinical Development Programs in U.S. Human Health, where he helped to revolutionize their business. He is now applying these skills in a new venture at Microsoft � the Health Strategy Group � which aims to revolutionize healthcare through paradigm shifting approaches that integrate next generation business, process, and technology.

Tadayoshi Kohno
Tadayoshi Kohno is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. His research spans a range of topics in cryptography and computer security, including practice-oriented provable security for cryptographic protocols, network forensics and device fingerprinting, traffic analysis, anonymity, and electronic voting. Kohno received his PhD from the University of California San Diego, and was previously a member of Counterpane Labs and the Cigital Software Security Group.

Christos Kozyrakis
Christos Kozyrakis is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Crete in Greece and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Christos' research focuses on parallel computing, architectural support for systems security, and data-center energy management. He co-leads the Transactional Coherence and Consistency (TCC) project at Stanford that investigates hardware support, programming models, and runtime environments for transactional memory systems. For further information, refer to

Deepak Kumar
Deepak Kumar is Professor of Computer Science at Bryn Mawr College. His research is in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and acting in belief-desire-intention Architectures, Developmental Robotics) and Computer Science Education. He has been involved with the creation of a new computer science program at Bryn Mawr College that has incorporated several innovative approaches in the design of computing curricula and interdisciplinary minors in computing. He is a Co-PI on the Microsoft Research funded Institute for personal Robots in Education (IPRE) which is exploring the use of personal robots in CS1/CS2 courses. He is a member of the ACM Education Council and IFIP Technical Committee on Informatics and ICT in Higher Education.

Mark Lewin
Mark Lewin is a Program Manager in the External Research & Programs group of Microsoft Research, focusing on programming languages, compilers, virtual machines, operating systems, and scalable manycore computing. Mark is working with the Singularity and Bartok research teams to support academic research in these areas, and with the Common Language Runtime team on adding special runtime support for dynamic languages targeting the CLR. Mark works with Microsoft product groups to spur Shared Source versions of key systems technologies for academic research and teaching, 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. Prior to joining Microsoft Research, he was an early member of Microsoft�s Developer Relations Group, a founding Program Manager for the �Cairo� operating system project, and Program Manager for Microsoft�s RPC technologies and LAN Manager networking infrastructure.

Frank McSherry
Frank McSherry is a researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, where he works on issues of privacy in data analysis. His current interest include the privacy and analysis of Microsoft�s sensitive data assets, from social networks to site traffic to search terms. In joint research with other Microsoft Research Silicon Valley researchers and external collaborators, he has articulated new and powerful privacy definitions, and applied them to data analysis problems ranging from OLAP reporting to machine learning. Frank joined Microsoft Research from the University of Washington, where he received his Ph D in Computer Science, in 2002.

Simon Mercer
Simon 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.

Chuck Mitchel
Chuck Mitchel is the Senior Architect on the Microsoft Phoenix Project which is a framework for Microsoft�s next generation of compilers and analysis tools. Chuck has spent the last 18 years developing and shipping optimizing compilers for Microsoft�s Developer Division. Languages have included VC++, VB, C#, and host of .NET languages. Targets have ranged from X86, MSIL, PowerPC, Itanium, ARM, Pcode, Omni, � In Phoenix, he is currently driving to expose the Object Model and APIs of the production compiler and tools so they can be used by Researchers as a platform for doing experimentation and advanced work without the cost of supporting expensive, home grown infrastructures with a constantly migrating workforce of graduate students.

Dave Mitchell
Dave Mitchell is the director of Game Platform Marketing in the XNA group at Microsoft. Dave is responsible for global business development and marketing for XNA which includes all tools, technologies and services for use in game development by all game developers ranging from hobbyists and academics up to the largest of commercial game studios. Dave has been with Microsoft for more than nine years across two tours of duty and has been heavily involved with developer tools and platform technology for more than 15 years. His passion and love for video games easily outstrips that however and dates back to his Atari 400. Prior to joining the Game Developer Group, Dave led the academic team for the United States, led one of the very first .NET evangelism teams, and worked as a program manager and developer at one point on Microsoft Access 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0. Along the way, Dave left Microsoft to join a start-up and then ultimately decided to build and run his own company for several years before finally failing to escape the Microsoft recruiters once again.

Bill Moggridge
Bill Moggridge is cofounder of IDEO, independently ranked by business leaders as one of the most innovative companies in the world. A Royal Designer for Industry, Bill designed the world's first laptop computer. He pioneered interaction design and is one of the first people to integrate human factors into the design of software and hardware. He has been a trustee of the Design Museum; Visiting Professor in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art in London, Lecturer in Design at the London Business School and a member of the Steering Committee for the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy. He is currently Consulting Associate Professor in the Joint Program in Design at Stanford University. His book, Designing Interactions ( tells the story of how interaction design is transforming our daily lives; it is available from The MIT Press.

Khalid Moidu
Dr. Khalid Moidu joined the Computer and Information Technology Department (CIT) faculty as an Associate Professor, Health Information Systems. He is a medical graduate, with a doctorate in Medical Informatics from the Link�ping University in Link�ping, Sweden. He has extensive experience in academia, policy development and entrepreneurship. Professor Moidu�s current DISCOVERY (research) interest is in design and development of modular applications to support clinicians and integrate the application in existing health information systems. At Purdue, he has guided development of an e-Prescribing application and recently an application to access and review data from a clinical information system (5R monitoring). He continues to pursue research for role of information technology to support the community in self management of chronic disease with tools of �Information Therapy� and use of personal health records. His current work includes health systems security, published recently a paper on policy approach to control data access. Currently conducting a study to evaluate a commercial security platform (c-sam) for compliance to standards described by multiple agencies for wireless health applications. Dr. Moidu�s focus in his LEARNING (teaching) mandate is the training of �applied health information technology professionals� to fulfill the demands of healthcare industry. Professionals with an understanding of the variations in operations and financing of healthcare to complement thier knowledge of computer science and information technology. In community ENGAGEMENT effort he has assisted the Wabash Center in moving the RestAssured Telemonitoring System from development to deployment. He has implemented the ePrescribing application at the Tippecanoe Community Health Clinic to support prescribing and building a common medications list.

John Nordlinger
John got his start with computers earning money to pay for his Philosophy degree at Northeastern University. He was then hired by Digital Equipment Corporation to troubleshoot VAX/VMS and then work on VMS and DEC OSF/1 as a Principal engineer. John then went to at Oracle as Technical Director and then to Microsoft to lead the Microsoft SQL Server enterprise effort including launching Terraserver and Scalability Day. After a two and half year break where John traveled in Italy, India, and Thailand, John returned to Microsoft Research ER&P to promote work with academia. Drawing on his experience in India, John helped foster the new Microsoft Research lab in Banglore, India and now focuses on CS curriculum enhancement including using gaming themes and technologies. John produces the Microsoft Research Gaming Kit, and has been running the Microsoft Research gaming RFP. John also works with Kent Foster on the annual Academic Days with Gaming and the related call for papers. John has presented internationally (US, Holland, Mexico, Chile and China) for the last few years on the potential of gaming to enhance CS and the ethics of game design.

Paul Oka
As a Research Program Manager, Paul is responsible for coordinating a $25 million (USD) research alliance between Microsoft Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He 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. Paul 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, Paul 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 technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Paul 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. Paul attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst and holds a bachelor�s degree in computer systems engineering.

Darren Platt
Darren is Head of Informatics at the DoE Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Monash University, Australia, in the field of genome-wide restriction mapping. In 1995, he moved to the Sanger Centre, Cambridge, where his postdoctoral research focused on image processing for both DNA sequencing and mapping applications. He joined the computational biology group at Exelixis in 1997 as a founding member of the group. Over the last 7 years he has worked along all stages of the research pipeline for pharmaceutical and agricultural products. This covered the initial acquisition of the Drosophila (fruit fly) proteome, through comparative genomics, and integration of clinical and research literature. The team under his direction at Exelixis built a code base of 1.5 million lines serving several hundred internal and external customers. Dr Platt's current research interests include anything programmable in silicon or DNA.

Jane Prey
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
Dave Probert is a kernel architect within the Windows Core Operating Systems Division at Microsoft. Dave is also the architect for the Windows Academic Program, developing both the WRK package and ProjectOZ. Previously Dave managed kernel development for Windows, starting with the Windows 2000 release. Dave joined Microsoft in 1996, after earning his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara developing the SPACE project with Prof. John Bruno. His prior industry experience includes serving as Vice President of Software Engineering at Culler Scientific Systems, consulting for various companies on UNIX kernel internals, and working as a systems architect at Burroughs Corporation designing hardware and writing microcode for the B1900.

Arkady Retik
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.

Lucy Sanders
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.

Majid Sarrafzadeh
Majid Sarrafzadeh (M'87, SM'92,F'96) ( received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Electrical and Computer Engineering under the supervision of Professor Franco Preparata. He joined Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor in 1987. In 2000, he joined the Computer Science Department at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His recent research interests lie in the area of Embedded and Reconfigurable Computing, VLSI CAD, and design and analysis of algorithms. Dr. Sarrafzadeh is a Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to "Theory and Practice of VLSI Design". He has served on the technical program committee of numerous conferences in the area of VLSI Design and CAD, including ICCAD, DAC, EDAC, ISPD, FPGA, and DesignCon. He has served as committee chairs of a number of these conferences. He is on the executive committee/steering committee of several conferences such as ICCAD, ISPD, and ISQED. He was the program committee and the general chair of ICCAD in 2004 and 2005 � the premiere conference in CAD. Professor Sarrafzadeh has published approximately 350 papers, co-authored five books, and is a named inventor on 6 US patents. Dr. Sarrafzadeh is an Associate Editor of ACM Transaction on Design Automation (TODAES) and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers and a number of other journals. Dr. Sarrafzadeh has collaborated with many industries in the past fifteen years including IBM and Motorola and many CAD industries and was the architect of the physical design subsystem of Monterey Design Systems � Synopsys acquired the company. He was a co-founder of Hier Design, Inc. Hier Design was acquired by Xilinx in 2004.

Wilhelmina Savenye
Dr. Wilhelmina Savenye is a Professor of Educational Technology in the Division of Psychology in Education at Arizona State University. She has published over 70 articles, chapters, and monographs related to instructional design and evaluation of technology-based learning systems and is currently co-PI on the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) on Experiential Media grant. Her research includes work on cognitive and affective learning in student-centered learning environments; interactive online learning systems; multi-model environments for learning in the arts, media and engineering; instructional design; evaluation and assessment; pedagogy of technology integration into teaching; informal science learning; innovations in qualitative research methods; learning in museums; and international perspectives on learning systems.

Michael Scott
Michael L. Scott is a Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. His research interests span operating systems, languages, architecture, and tools, with a particular emphasis on parallel and distributed systems. He is best known for work in synchronization algorithms and concurrent data structures, in recognition of which he shared the 2006 SIGACT/SIGOPS Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize. Other widely cited work has addressed parallel operating systems and file systems, software distributed shared memory, and energy-conscious operating systems and microarchitecture. His textbook on programming language design and implementation (Programming Language Pragmatics, second edition, Morgan Kaufmann, Nov. 2005) has become a standard in the field. In 2003 he served as General Chair for SOSP; he is currently Program Chair for TRANSACT'07 and PPoPP'08. In 2001 he received the University of Rochester's Robert and Pamela Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching.

Sean Sedwards
Sean Sedwards is a researcher at the Microsoft research � University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (CoSBi), Trento, Italy. His interests include finding elegant modelling and computational paradigms which encapsulate useful properties of biological systems.

Wendy Seltzer
Wendy Selzer is a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute, teaching a joint course with the Said Business School, Media Strategies for a Networked World, and researching threats to online free expression. As a Fellow with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. She has taught Internet Law, Copyright, and Information Privacy at Brooklyn Law School. Previously, she was a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property and First Amendment issues, and a litigator with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. In the fall, she will be teaching at Northeastern University School of Law. Wendy speaks frequently on copyright, trademark, open source, and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl and MythTV).

Beth Simon
Beth Simon holds a bizarrely titled faculty position in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Beth's interests are in computer science education research and educational technology. As a co-leader of the Ubiquitous Presenter (UP) group, Beth supports the use of Tablet PC and other technologies in the classroom to drive inquiry-based learning. Current work in UP focuses on NoteBlogging � it's impact on students and what it reveals about student understanding -- and assessment of UP's active learning support across STEM disciplines. Beth is also interested in novice student debugging, strategies students use to read code, identifying real world resources that can be leveraged to improve Computer Science instruction, assessment in CS1, pair programming in CS1, and multi-institutional studies.

Nir Shavit
Nir Shavit received a B.A. and M.Sc. from the Technion and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, all in Computer Science. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at IBM Almaden Research Center, Stanford University, MIT; and a Visiting Professor at MIT. He joined the computer science department at Tel-Aviv University in 1992 and was at various periods since 1999 a Member of Technical Staff at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Dr. Shavit is the recipient of the Israeli Industry Research Prize in 1993 and the ACM/EATCS G�del Prize in Theoretical Computer Science in 2004. Dr. Shavit designed (together with his students) the first STM system, and has been involved (together with his students and colleagues) in the design of several of today's state of the art STMs, including the recent transactional locking paradigm. He has over twenty years of experience in designing high performance concurrent data structures, and holds numerous patents for both hardware and software synchronization algorithms.

Burton J. Smith
Burton J. Smith, Technical Fellow for Microsoft Corporation, works with various groups within the company to help expand efforts in the areas of parallel and high performance computing. He reports directly to Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer. Burton is recognized as an international leader in high performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers. Before joining Microsoft, he served at Cray Inc., formerly Tera Computer Company, as Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of Directors from its inception in 1988 to December 2005, and was its Chairman from 1988 to 1999. Prior to founding Tera Computer Company in 1988 Burton spent six years with Denelcor, Inc. and three years with the Institute for Defense Analyses. From 1970-1979 he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado. In 2003, Burton received the Seymour Cray Computing Engineering Award from the IEEE Computer Society and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He received the Eckert-Mauchly Award in 1991 given jointly by the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery and was elected a fellow of each organization in 1994. Burton attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned a B.S.E.E. degree, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith is a Senior Research Sociologist at Microsoft Research specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He leads the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research. He is the co-editor of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Smith's research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many "groups" in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see: Smith's goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. He has developed a web interface to the "Netscan" engine that allows researchers studying Usenet newsgroups to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, cross posting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity. This research offers a means to gather historical data on the development of social cyberspaces and can be used to highlight the ways these groups differ from, or are similar to, face-to-face groups. Smith is applying this work to the development of a generalized community platform for Microsoft, providing a web based system for groups of all sizes to discuss and publish their material to the web. Smith received a B.S. degree in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. degree in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from UCLA in 2001.

Mary Lou Soffa
Mary Lou Soffa received her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics and her Ph.D. in Computer Science. From 1977 to 2004, she was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh and also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1996. In 2004, she moved to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, where is the Owen T. Cheatham Professor and Department Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. Soffa received the Nico Habermann Award in 2006 for outstanding contributions toward increasing the numbers and successes of underrepresented members in the computing research community. In 1999, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. She was elected an ACM Fellow in 1999 and selected as a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction in 2003. She served for ten years on the Board of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and continues as a member of CRA-W, the committee on the status of women in computer science and engineering of the CRA. She has served on the Executive Committees of both ACM SIGSOFT and SIGPLAN as well as conference chair, program chair or program committee member of many conferences. Currently, she is the program Conference Chair for the Code Generation and Optimization Conference (CGO). She has been a distinguished speaker at a number of conferences and universities. Her research interests include software tools for debugging and testing programs, compilers, optimizations, and program analysis. She has published over 140 papers in journals and conferences. Her papers have received a number of best paper awards as well a designation of one of the 40 most influential papers in 20 years to appear in the Programming Language Design and Implementation Conference. She has directed 25 Ph.D. students to completion, half of whom are women and over 50 Microsoft students.

John A. Stankovic
John A. Stankovic is the BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. He recently served as Chair of the department, completing two terms (8 years). �He is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM. He won the IEEE Real-Time Systems Technical Committee's Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership (inaugural winner). He also won the IEEE Distributed Processing Technical Committee�s Award for Distinguished Achievement (inaugural winner). He has recently won three best paper awards in wireless sensor networks research. Professor Stankovic also served on the Board of Directors of the Computer Research Association for 9 years. Before joining the University of Virginia, Professor Stankovic taught at the University of Massachusetts where he won an outstanding scholar award. His research interests are in distributed computing, real-time systems, operating systems, and wireless sensor networks. Prof. Stankovic received his Ph.D. from Brown University.

Devika Subramanian
Devika Subramanian obtained her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and her PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1989. She is presently a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University, where she has been on the faculty since 1995. Her research interests are in the design and analysis of embedded adaptive systems and their applications in science and engineering ( Subramanian served as co-Program Chair for AAAI in 1999, and was on the IJCAI Advisory Board in 2001. She has given many invited lectures on her work, including an invited lecture at IJCAI 1993 on her work on opto-mechanical design. She has won teaching awards at Stanford, Cornell and at Rice. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Texas Advanced Technology Program.

Don Syme
Don completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and joined Microsoft Research in 1998. In addition to authoring the F# language, his recent research has revolved around Common IL and the Microsoft .NET Framework, in particular the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime. His other research interests include the formal modeling of programming languages and abstract machines and techniques for the verification of their properties.

Rick Szeliski
Rick 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. Rick 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.

Stewart Tansley
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, UK. 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 applications.

Andreas Terzis
Andreas Terzis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the faculty in January 2003. Before joining JHU, Andreas received his Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA in 2000. Andreas heads the Hopkins InterNetworking Research (HiNRG) Group where he conducts research in wireless sensor network applications and several aspects of the wireless sensor network architecture.

Kristin Tolle
Kristin Tolle is the Program Manager for Biomedical Computing and eScience in the External Research & Programs group of Microsoft Research. Since joining Microsoft, Kristin has applied for several patents and worked for several product teams including the Natural Language Group, Visual Studio Team Server, and Excel. Prior to that she was a Research Associate in the University of Arizona Artificial Intelligence Lab. During that time she developed several applications ranging from an adaptive internet music matching agent to a pharmcodynamic/pharmacokinetic-based drug dosing application. She is best known for developing the Arizona Noun Phraser, a core component of several domain specific information retrieval applications which served as the basis of her Ph.D. thesis work on domain dependent named entity extraction. Her research interests include, natural language processing, automatic ontology capture, medical data mining, medical data confidentiality, ubiquitous computing, body sensor networks, and medical information retrieval.

Kentaro Toyama
Kentaro Toyama is Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research India, in Bangalore, where he supports the daily operation and overall management of the research lab. He also leads a group that conducts research to identify applications of computing technology in emerging markets and for international development. From 1997 to 2004, he was at Microsoft Research in Redmond, where he did research in multimedia and computer vision and worked to transfer new technology to Microsoft product groups. Kentaro graduated from Harvard with a bachelors degree in physics and from Yale with a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Tandy Trower
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 projects.

Florencio I. Utreras
Dr. Florencio I. Utreras is the Executive Director of CLARA, the Latin American Cooperation of Research Networks. Dr. Utreras graduated in Mathematical Engineering from the University of Chile in 1975 and obtained the Doctor of Engineering degree from Universit� de Grenoble, France, in 1979. He is also a Former Full Professor of the University of Chile. Before joining CLARA, Dr. Utreras was the Executive Director of REUNA (the Chilean Research Network which he contributed to create) since 1992 and previously he had been full professor of Applied Mathematics of the University of Chile in Santiago and visiting professor at several universities and research centers in Europe (France, Italy) and the United States. Dr. Utreras has been involved in Research Networking since 1987 and has been awarded several national and international prizes for his contribution to the dissemination of Internet technology and research networking.

Andries van Dam
Andries van Dam is the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University and was Brown's first Vice President for Research. He has been a member of Brown's faculty since 1965, 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. He has been working for nearly four decades on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in teaching and research. He is the co-author of nearly a dozen books, including, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, with James D. Foley, Steven K. Feiner, and John F. Hughes (Addison-Wesley 1990) and his more recent, Object Oriented Programming in Java, with Katherine Sanders (Addison-Wesley 2006). He received a B.S. degree, with honors, in Engineering Sciences from Swarthmore College in 1960 and Ph.D. (1966) from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS, is a member of National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has received honorary doctorates from Darmstadt Technical University in Germany, Swarthmore College and most recently from University of Waterloo in Canada.

Evelyne Viegas
Evelyne Viegas is responsible for the Online Technologies and Web Cultures initiative in the External Research & Programs team at Microsoft Research. 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. Before Microsoft, and after completing her Ph.D. in France, she worked as a Principal Investigator at the Computing Research Laboratory in New Mexico on an ontology-based Machine Translation project. She has edited the following books: �Computational Lexical Semantics� Cambridge University Press and �Breadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons� Kluwer Academic Press. Her current research interests include approaches and experiences to make the web more �intelligent� and safer with a focus on finding information, sitting at the desktop or while on the move.

David Weller
Somewhere around 1974, David Weller discovered a coin-operated Pong game in a pizza parlor in Sacramento, California, and was instantly hooked on computer games. A few years later, he was introduced to the world of programming by his godfather, and soon discovered the amazing speed you could get by writing video games in assembly language. He spent the remainder of his high school years getting bad grades, but writing cool software, none of which made him any money. He spent the next 10 years in the military, learning details about computer systems and software development. Shortly after he left the military, David was offered a job to help architect the Space Station Training Facility at NASA. From that point on, he merrily spent time working on visual simulation and virtual reality applications. He is currently a Community Evangelist in the XNA Game Platform Marketing organization, where he spends time playing with all sorts of new gaming technology and merrily saying under his breath, I can�t believe people pay me to have this much fun!

Daniel Weitzner
Daniel Weitzner is Co-Director of the MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group, teaches Internet public policy in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and is Policy Director of the World Wide Web Consortium's Technology and Society activities. At DIG he leads research on new technology and public policy models for addressing legal challenges raised by the Web, including privacy, intellectual property, identity management and new regulatory models for the Web. At W3C he is responsible for standards addressing public policy requirements, including the Platform for Privacy Preference (P3P) and XML Security technologies. He was the first to advocate user control technologies such as content filtering to protect children and avoid government censorship. These arguments played a critical role in the landmark Internet freedom of expression case in the US Supreme Court, Reno v. ACLU (1997). In 1994, his advocacy work won legal protections for email and web logs in the US Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Weitzner was cofounder and Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Software Freedom Law Center, and the Internet Education Foundation.

Yan Xu
Yan Xu is a Program Manager in the External Research & Programs group of Microsoft Research, joining in February 2006. She manages Microsoft's academic research and education funding in software engineering frameworks and interdisciplinary computational science. Prior to this role, she worked as a Senior Software Architect for several startup software companies and served as a principle member of W3C XML Protocol working group. She has a Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University, Canada.

Feng Zhao
Feng Zhao is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, where he manages the Networked Embedded Computing Group. He received his Ph.D. 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. /~zhao