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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2008

Tarek Abdelzaher
Tarek Abdelzaher received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999 on Quality of Service Adaptation in Real-Time Systems. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Virginia, where he founded the Software Predictability Group until 2005. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has authored/coauthored more than 100 refereed publications in real-time computing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and control. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems, an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal, as well as editor of ACM SIGBED Review. He was program chair of several conferences in real-time computing including RTAS 2004 and RTSS 2006 and General Chair of IPSN 2007, RTSS 2007, DCoSS 2008 and Sensys 2008. Abdelzaher's research interests lie broadly in understanding and controlling the temporal and performance properties of networked software systems in the face of increasing complexity, distribution, and degree of embedding in an external physical environment. Tarek Abdelzaher is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas
Blaise Aguera y Arcais the architect of Microsoft Live Labs incubation projects. He has worked in a variety of roles, from individual contributor to strategist; at present the bulk of his time is devoted to Photosynth. 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 B.A. in physics in 1998, and he attended the Ph.D. program there in applied math. His advisor, Ingrid Daubechies, 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 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 Gary Flake.

Bora Beran
Bora Beran is a postdoctoral researcher in the eScience group at Microsoft Research. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Civil Engineering at Drexel University in hydroinformatics with a background in environmental science. His research interests include Geographical Information Systems (GIS), knowledge representation, data mining and their use in geosciences.

Magdalena Balazinska
Magdalena Balazinska is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Magdalena's research interests are broadly in the fields of databases and distributed systems. Her current research focuses on distributed stream processing and sensor data management. Magda holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T. She is a Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow (2007), received the Rogel Faculty Support Award (2006), and a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship (2003-2005).

Dan Bohus
Dan Bohus is currently a researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group at Microsoft Research. His current research agenda is focused on situated natural language interactive systems. More specifically, some of areas of interest are: conversational scene analysis and multi-modal sensor fusion, engagement models, mixed-initiative and multi-participant interaction, lifelong learning and adaptation. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dan obtained his Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he investigated problems of dialog management, grounding and error handling in task-oriented spoken dialog systems. More information can be found at: /~dbohus

Alberto Ca�as
Alberto J. Ca�as was born in Costa Rica and has an undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering from the Instituto Tecnol�gico de Monterrey, M�xico, and Master�s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has taught at the University of Waterloo, at the Instituto Tecnol�gico de Costa Rica, where he founded the computer science department, at INCAE in Costa Rica, at Tulane University in New Orleans and at the University of West Florida. He co-Founded the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, in Pensacola, Florida, a research center dedicated to investigating human-centered computing and where he has led the development of CmapTools, a knowledge modeling and sharing program that is in use in hundreds of countries throughout the world. He has been an advisor in the use of technology to many organizations, including NASA and the Presidents of Costa Rica and Panama.�He has published extensively and has been a guest speaker at conferences throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Bill Chen
Bill Chen is a researcher in Virtual Earth Labs, the research arm of Microsoft Virtual Earth. His interests include image-based modeling, interactive computer graphics, visualization, and computational photography/videography. Bill received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.S. from UC Berkeley. At Stanford, he worked on light field modeling, appearance capture, and projector-camera systems. In Virtual Earth, Bill is currently working on semi-automatic techniques for camera calibration and modeling, and novel input devices for navigation.

Noshir Contractor
Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the School of Engineering, School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in communities. Specifically, his research team is developing and testing theories and methods of network science to map, understand and enable more effective networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, science and engineering communities, disaster response teams, public health networks, digital media and learning networks, and in virtual worlds, such as Second Life. His research program has been funded continuously for over a decade by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Contractor holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor�s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (Chennai). He was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for twenty years prior to joining Northwestern in 2007.

Jamie Cromack
Jamie Cromack is a member of the External Research (ER) group at Microsoft Research. Her focus at ER 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.

Lee Dirks
Lee Dirks is the director of Education & Scholarly Communication in Microsoft External Research, where he manages a variety of programs related to the application of technology to advance education, open access to research data, interoperability of archives and repositories, and the preservation of digital information. Dirks holds an M.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a post-masters degree in preservation administration from Columbia University. In addition to past positions at Columbia University and with OCLC, Inc. (Preservation Resources), Dirks held a variety of roles at Microsoft since joining the company in 1996, namely as the corporate archivist, then corporate librarian, and as a senior manager in the corporate market research organization. Dirks also teaches as adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Washington Libraries and the iSchool's Master of Science in Information Science program. Dirks was presented with the 2006 Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award for his work on a marketing and engineering partnership around a breakthrough market opportunity analysis process, which is now a standard operating procedure across Microsoft.

Prashant Doshi
Prashant Doshi is an assistant professor of computer science and a faculty member of the LSDIS lab at the University of Georgia ( He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests lie in the areas of semantic data integration, Web services, and multiagent decision making. His research is supported by grants from NIH, Microsoft as well as internal seed grants, and outcomes of his research have appeared in several prestigious conferences and journals.

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy is the development lead for the Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework project in the Parallel Computing Platform team at Microsoft. In addition to leading a team of developers, he spends a sizeable chunk of his time on long-term vision and strategy. Some specific pet projects include type system support for concurrency safety and abstractions for programming GPUs and SIMD-style processors. Past positions at Microsoft include developer for Parallel LINQ (PLINQ) and concurrency program manager in the Common Language Runtime (CLR) team. Prior to Microsoft, he had 7 years of professional programming experience, including 4 years at Massachusetts-based EMC. He just finished his second book, Concurrent Programming on Windows (Addison-Wesley), which will be available in late-Summer 2008. While not indulging in geeky excursions, Joe spends his time playing guitar, studying music theory, and listening to and writing music of all kinds.

Edward W. Felten
Edward W. Felten is a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University, and is the founding director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about eighty papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as Web security, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His Weblog, at, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law, and policy. He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified in other important lawsuits. He has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.

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.

Lise Getoor
Lise Getoor received her Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 2001. She is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is co-editor of the book, An Introduction to Statistical Relational Learning, and has published many articles in machine learning, data mining, reasoning under uncertainty, databases and information visualization. She has served on numerous program committees, was a past member of the AAAI Executive counsel, is an associate editor for JAIR and an action editor for the Machine Learning Journal. Her current research interests include statistical and visual analysis of graph and network data. For more information, see

Paul Ginsparg
Paul Ginsparg received a B.A. in physics from Harvard University (1977), and a doctorate in theoretical particle physics from Cornell University (1981). He was in the Society of Fellows at Harvard from 1981-1984, then faculty member in the physics department at Harvard University until 1990, a staff member in the theoretical division of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1990-2001, and professor of physics and computing & information science at Cornell University since 2001. He has authored papers in quantum field theory, string theory, conformal field theory, and quantum gravity. In 1991, he started the e-print archives (now He has served on many committees, including the U.S. National Committee for CODATA, other N.R.C., N.A.S., and AAAS committees, the NIH PubMedCentral national advisory board, and on the American Physical Society publications oversight committee. He currently serves on the Public Library of Science and Fedora Commons advisory boards, and on the Cornell University Library and Information Technology faculty advisory boards. In 1998, he received the P.A.M. (physics astronomy math) award from the Special Libraries Association, in 2000 was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, in 2002 was named a MacArthur Fellow, in 2005 received the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Award for Meritorious Achievement, in 2006 received the Paul Evans Peters Award from Educause, ARL, and CNI, and in 2008 was named a Radcliffe Institute Fellow.

Daron G. Green
Dr. Green�s initial research background was in molecular modeling and equations of state for fluid mixtures - his B.Sc. is in chemical physics (1989, Sheffield) and Ph.D. in molecular simulation of fluid mixtures (1992, Sheffield). He went on to do post doctoral research in simulation of polymer and protein folding (1993-4, UCD). This naturally led to application porting and optimization for large-scale parallel and distributed computing in a range of application domains including computational chemistry (molecular dynamics and quantum mechanical codes), radiography, CFD and FE. Dr. Green then moved more fully into HPC and was responsible for some of Europe�s largest HPC Framework V programs for the European Commission, major HPC procurements in the U.K. for the U.K. Research Councils and U.K. Defense clients, he also led detailed investigations into the maturity and adoption for European HPC Software tools (published). From there Dr. Green went to work for the SGI/Cray � helping to set up the European Professional Services organization from which he span out a small team out to establish the European Professional Services for Selectica Inc. � Selectica specialized in on-line configuration/logic-engine technologies offered via web services. Given an HPC/distributed computing background and familiarity with the then embryonic area of Web Services, IBM invited Dr. Green to help establish its early Grid strategy � this effort began in EMEA but quickly broadened to be Global and he moved to the US with IBM to form IBM�s Grid EBO. Dr. Green joined Microsoft Research from BT where he was responsible for all sector-based propositions in BT�s Global Services. As well as this, as Director for Global Sector propositions he led the strategy and business design activities across a range of business areas including healthcare, security, public sector engagement, energy management, and sustainability (published). Specifically in terms of Sustainability � in 2007 established and launched BT�s Sustainability practice - responsible for BT�s business offerings to commercial customers which help reduce their carbon footprints and establish business practices which are sustainable in terms of their social and economic impact (published). Dr. Green is the senior director of Microsoft External Research � a key part of Microsoft�s Research program working closely with Academia and Research institutions helping solve some of the world�s most challenging scientific and social problems.

Carlos Guestrin
Carlos Guestrin's current research spans the areas of planning, reasoning and learning in uncertain dynamic environments, focusing on applications in sensor networks. He is an assistant professor in the Machine Learning and in the Computer Science Departments at Carnegie Mellon University. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Intel Research Lab in Berkeley. Carlos received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and a Mechatronics Engineer degree from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1998. Carlos' work received awards at a number of conferences and a journal: KDD 2007, IPSN 2005 and 2006, VLDB 2004, NIPS 2003 and 2007, UAI 2005, ICML 2005, and JAIR in 2007. He is also a recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award, the NSF Career Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, the Siebel Scholarship and the Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. Carlos is currently a member of the Information Sciences and Technology (ISAT) advisory group for DARPA.

Mark Guzdial
Mark Guzdial is a professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in learning sciences and technologies (especially computer-supported collaborative learning) and computing education research. He directs the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance "Georgia Computes!" whose goal is to improve computing education from middle school through undergraduate across the state of Georgia. He is the developer of the Media Computation approach to introductory computing, and with his collaborator, Barbara Ericson, he has written three textbooks supporting the approach. Dr. Guzdial has a joint Ph.D. in Education and Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan. Before starting his Ph.D., he was a member of technical staff at Bellcore. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the ACM Education Board, and is a member of the leadership team for the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT).

James Hendler
Jim Hendler is the Tetherless World Chair of Computer and Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.�He is also the associate director of the Web Science Research Initiative headquartered at M.I.T.�One of the inventors of the �Semantic Web,� Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the British Computer Society. He is also the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002 and.�He is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems and is the first computer scientist to serve on the board of reviewing editors for Science.

Eric Horvitz
Eric Horvitz is a principal researcher and 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 now serving as the President of the organization. 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 Ph.D. and M.D. degrees at Stanford University. More information can be found at: /~horvitz/.

Harold Javid
Harold Javid is a director of Educational Research & Programs at External Research, 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 B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ashish Kapoor
Ashish Kapoor is a researcher within the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group. His research interests are centered around interactive machine learning and computer vision with applications in user modeling and human-computer interaction scenarios. His current research is focused on systems that often involve humans in the loop and have the ability to adapt and learn over long periods of time. His previous work focused on building new multi-modal machine learning algorithms for affect recognition in real life settings. A significant part of the research involved automatic analysis of non-verbal behavior and physiological responses and contributed to building an automatic learning companion that could recognize affective states of interest and boredom in users and respond appropriately. He received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. Media Laboratory in 2006 and a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Stephen T. Kerr
Stephen T. Kerr is a professor of education in the College of Education at the University of Washington; his appointments are in the Program in Educational Communication and Technology and the Program in Learning Sciences. He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty at UW in 1985, he taught at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and at Columbia University Teachers College in New York. At the UW, he served as Chair of Curriculum and Instruction (1987-1990, and 2000-2002), as Associate Dean for Teacher Education (1990-1992), and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2002-2006). He also chaired university committees dealing with educational technology and distance education. His research focuses on the ways new technologies shape and support the professional activity of teachers and other educators. He edited the NSSE yearbook on Technology and the Future of Schooling (1996), and has written widely on educational technology, human-computer interaction, instructional design, and the emergence of a new technologically enhanced educational system in Russia and the former Soviet Union. His current work focuses on the design of on-line educational experiences for teachers, the creation of large-scale virtual environments in support of teachers' professional development, and the emergence and implications of a culture of educational knowledge management.

Joseph A. Konstan
Joseph A. Konstan is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction issues, including personalization (particularly through recommender systems), eliciting participation in on-line communities, and designing computer systems to improve public health. He is probably best known for his work in collaborative filtering recommenders (the GroupLens project), and for his work in online HIV prevention. Dr. Konstan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, Past-President of ACM SIGCHI, and a past member of ACM's Executive Committee and Council. Dr. Konstan is an active consultant who has worked for more than 15 companies on issues related to human-computer interaction, personalization, and general software issues. He has traveled and lectured extensively, giving over 200 talks in more than 25 countries worldwide.

Elizabeth Lawley
Elizabeth Lane Lawley is the director of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is also an associate professor of information technology. Her current teaching and research interests focus on social computing technologies such as weblogs, wikis, virtual worlds, and collaborative information retrieval. She also conducts research and speaks on the topic of gender imbalances in technology and education. She received her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1987. In the early 1990s, she worked as a Government and Law Bibliographer at the Library of Congress and then as manager of customer support for Congressional Information Service. In 1992 she founded Internet Training & Consulting Services, which provided services to a number of clients in business, government, and education throughout the 1990s. She received her doctorate in Information Science from the University of Alabama in 1999. During the 2005-2006 academic year, Professor Lawley took a one-year sabbatical from R.I.T., during which she held a position as a visiting researcher in the Community Technologies group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, and she continues to do consulting work for MSR, as well as coordinating the annual MSR Social Computing Symposium. An active blogger, Liz maintains a personal blog at, founded and writes for the social software weblog Many-to-Many, and is a contributing author on the virtual worlds weblog Terra Nova.

Mark Lewin
Mark Lewin is a program manager in the External Research 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.

Sun Li
Sun Li graduated from the Beijing Film Academic School fine arts department in 1998. She is now the director of the CG group of the Animation school. Two years ago at a Microsoft Research Asia gaming and graphics event, she demonstrated a new concept for gamesanimating Chinese paintings. Professor Sun Li has won many awards for game design and film.

Liqian Luo
Liqian Luo is currently a post doctorate researcher in the Networked Embedded Computing Group at Microsoft Research. Her research interests are focused on wireless sensor networks, distributed embedded systems, and disruption tolerant networks. She got her Ph.D. degree in 2007 from the department of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Master's degree from the University of Virginia in May 2004 and her Bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University.

Sebastian Michel
Sebastian Michel is currently a researcher in the Distributed Systems Group (LSIR) at the Ecole Polytechnique F�d�rale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Prior to this, he worked in the Databases and Information Systems Group at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbr�cken, Germany, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in July 2007. Dr. Michel is part of the Swiss Experiment initiative (, a collaboration of environmental science and technology research projects. His research is focused on various aspects in distributed data management and information retrieval, in particular on Peer-to-Peer information systems, sensor networks, and Web 2.0 social communities. Sebastian Michel received the Max-Planck Society's award for the best dissertations of each year. He published a variety of papers on Peer-to-Peer information retrieval, distributed top-k aggregation queries, similarity search in high dimensions, semantic overlay networks, distributed ranking and statistics computation, and social search and other aspects of Web 2.0 communities. He regularly serves as reviewer for international journals and conferences. See also for more information about ongoing research and projects.

Natasa Milic-Frayling
Natasa Milic-Frayling is a researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, working on technology development and prototype design of advanced information management systems. Most of her recent work has been in information persistence, organization, and access in the Web environment. Prior to joining Microsoft Research, Cambridge in June 1998, Natasa was working at Claritech Corporation (currently Clairvoyance Corporation), a spin-off company from Carnegie Mellon University, focused on developing CLARIT System, a comprehensive toolkit for building commercial information management applications. There she served as Director of Research. Natasa has published and presented her work in Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, and Web related conferences. In collaboration with her fellow researchers, she has organized a number of Workshops that attracted experts in text mining, information retrieval, natural language processing, and related areas of research. Her published and on-going work spans a range of topics from algorithm design to complete prototype system development and usability studies, reflecting her versatile interest. Natasa obtained her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1984 and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 1988.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore is a principal researcher in the Natural Language Processing group at Microsoft Research. His previous positions include being director of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) at NASA Ames Research Center and Director of the Natural Language Research Program at SRI International. His research has ranged widely within artificial intelligence, natural-language processing, and computational linguistics. His current work focuses on applications of machine learning and statistical modeling to natural-language processing, particularly in the context of machine translation. Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from M.I.T., and he is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Peter Murray-Rust
Peter Murray-Rust is a contemporary chemist born in Guildford in 1941. He was educated at Bootham School and Balliol College. After obtaining a D.Phil, he became lecturer in chemistry at the (new) University of Stirling and was first warden of Andrew Stewart Hall of Residence. In 1982, he moved to Glaxo Group Research at Greenford to head Molecular Graphics, Computational Chemistry and later protein structure determination. He was Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Nottingham from 1996-2000, setting up the Virtual School of Molecular Sciences. He is now reader in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College. His interests have involved the automated analysis of data in scientific publications, creation of virtual communities e.g., The Virtual School of Natural Sciences in the Globewide Network Academy and the Semantic Web. With Henry Rzepa, he has extended this to chemistry through the development of Markup languages, especially Chemical Markup Language.

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 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.

Eyal Ofek
Dr. Eyal Ofek is currently a principal research lead at Microsoft Virtual Earth, Redmond, WA. Between 2004 and 2005, he was a researcher and project lead at the Platforms and Devices Center, Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) where he has worked since 2004. Eyal is also an affiliated member of the Visual Computing Group. Before joining Microsoft, Eyal was a member of many start-up companies (including 2 companies founded by him). His last position was managing the software R D at 3DV Systems LTD, developing real time depth cameras and their applications for areas such as TV broadcasting, special effects, and 3D environment reconstruction. Eyal's experience ranges between areas such as Photogrametry, vision, rendering, and graphic editing. His research interests are mainly in Computer vision, IBR, and rendering areas. He held a visiting lecture position at the school of computer science, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel. Eyal received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Eyal has also a background as a book cover illustrator and a comics strip artist.

Savas Parastatidis
Savas Parastatidis is an architect in Microsoft Research. He investigates the use of technology in eResearch and is particularly interested in Cloud Computing, knowledge representation and management, and social networking. Prior to joining Microsoft, Savas was an architect at the North-East Regional eScience Center in the U.K. and a principal researcher at the University of Newcastle from where he received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees. Savas enjoys blogging at:

Ken Perlin
Ken Perlin is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University. He was founding director of the Media Research Laboratory and also directed the NYU Center for Advanced Technology. His research interests include graphics, animation, user interfaces, science education, and multimedia. He received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television, as well as the 2008 ACM/SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the TrapCode award for achievement in computer graphics research, the NYC Mayor's award for excellence in Science and Technology and the Sokol award for outstanding Science faculty at NYU, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. He has also been a featured artist at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Dr. Perlin received his Ph.D. in computer science from New York University, and a B.A. in theoretical mathematics from Harvard University. Before working at NYU, he was Head of Software Development at R/GREENBERG Associates in New York, NY. Prior to that he was the system architect for computer generated animation at Mathematical Applications Group, Inc. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York chapter of ACM/SIGGRAPH, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Software Industry Association.

Andreas Polze
Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze is the Operating Systems and Middleware professor at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Software Engineering at University Potsdam, Germany. He received a doctoral degree from Freie University Berlin, Germany, in 1994 and a habilitation degree from Humboldt University Berlin in 2001, both in computer science. His habilitation thesis investigates Predictable Computing in Multicomputer-Systems. At HPI, his current teaching activities focus on architectures of operating systems, on component-based middleware, as well as on predictable distributed computing. Prof. Polze was a visiting scientist with the Dynamic Systems Unit at Software Engineering Institute, at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, were he worked on real-time computing on standard middleware (CORBA) and with the Real-Time Systems Laboratory at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His current research interests include Interconnecting Middleware and Embedded Systems, Mobility and Adaptive System Configuration, and End-to-End Service Availability for standard middleware platforms. Prof. Polze organizes the Net.ObjectDays conference and is currently member of the program committees of ISORC (Intl. Symp. On Object-Oriented Real-Time Computing), DCCS (Dependable Computing and Communication Symposium), and WORDS (Workshop on Real-Time Dependable Systems). Andreas Polze has (co-) authored more than 50 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has contributed to five books. Prof. Polze has acted as work component leader and member of scientific board in the 6th framework European Integration project �Adaptive Services Grid.� Work in ASG has strong links to the Web Services community and industrial standardization efforts. Previously, he was principal investigator on a number of projects founded by Microsoft, among them: �Windows CE/2000 in real-time robotics and process control,� �Object and Process Migration for Rotor/.NET,� and �The Grid-Occam Project.� He was recipient of the Microsoft 2007 Phoenix Direct Funding Award. Other industrial cooperations include Software AG, Hewlett-Packard, Beckhoff, Nokia Siemens Networks, Siemens Power Distribution and Transmission, and Deutsche Post IT-Solutions.

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.

Jaime Puente
Jaime Puente is a senior program manager at Microsoft Research in the External Research 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 Polit�cnica 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 he is still involved with the academic world through his work in External Research. 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 in 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 joining Microsoft Research in 2003, Jaime worked as a Technical Project Manager for Latin America in the Professional Services division of Commerce One Inc., an e-business company 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, a Masters of Business Administration, and an Electronics Engineering degree both from ESPOL in Ecuador. Jaime is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in computing technology in education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA.

Vijay Rajagopalan
Vijay Rajagopalan is a principal architect in the Microsoft Interoperability team with the Platform & Interoperability Strategy division at Microsoft. His team is chartered to create & drive Interoperability Initiative across the company. His team collaborates with the Standards & Competitive Strategy teams at Microsoft on a number of projectssome recent projects that were driven by his team include the OpenXML Interoperability intiative, CardSpace & Web Services. Vijay has about 15 years of experience in the enterprise space, has worked with customers and partners such as SAP, Siebel, Epicor, Hitachi, Intel, Fujitsu, Microfocus, Accenture among others; he has been at Microsoft for over 10 years, most of it in the enterprise space and spent 3 years as a architect for Microsoft Business Framework & Visual Studio. His areas of interest are broadly in SaaS, Protocol & Formats Interoperability, Identity, data management, Domain Specific Languages, management of metadata and operational management but most of all in driving business value from technology investments.

Sam Ramji
Sam Ramji directs the Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft doing primary research on various open source projects, and driving interoperability between Microsoft and key open source technologies. He leads Open Source Technology Strategy, including engaging with commercial Open Source companies like Novell, JBoss, Zend, and SugarCRM, to help Microsoft advance our support for and understanding of the open source development, community, and marketing models. Sam has led engineering teams building large-scale applications on Open Source software (at as well as hands-on development of client, client-server, and distributed applications on Unix, Windows, and Macintosh. Prior to his current role at Microsoft, Sam was a director of Emerging Business working on the Silicon Valley Campus where he managed relationships with Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs. Sam has held management and strategy positions at BEA Systems and and has worked with Fortune 500 CTOs and architects. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in cognitive science from the University of California at San Diego.

Daniel A. Reed
Daniel A. Reed is Microsoft�s Scalable and Multicore Computing strategist, responsible for re-envisioning the data center of the future. Previously, he was the Chancellor�s Eminent Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Chancellor�s Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Reed is a member of President Bush�s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and a former member of the President�s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). He recently chaired a review of the federal networking and IT research portfolio, and he is chair of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association. He was previously Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has also been Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC, where he also led National Computational Science Alliance. He was also one of the founding principal investigators and the chief architect for the NSF TeraGrid. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University.

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 D.Sc. in Computer Aided Design and Planning from the Technion Institute of Technology, from where he also has B.S. and M.S. 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.

Carla Schlatter Ellis
Carla Schlatter Ellis is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Duke University.�She received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1979. Before coming to Duke as an Associate Professor in 1986, she was a member of the Computer Science faculties at the University of Oregon, Eugene, from 1978 to 1980, and at the University of Rochester, Rochester NY, from 1980 to 1986.� She is on the board of the Computing Research Association (CRA), a member of the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), Co-Chair of the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT), and is Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Computing Systems.� Her research interests are in operating systems, mobile computing, and sensor networks.� She is married with a grown-up son and two dogs.

Alexander Schmidt
Dipl.-Inf. Alexander Schmidt studied computer science at the Chemnitz University of Technology where he graduated and received his diploma. In 2006, Alexander Schmidt joined the Operating Systems and Middleware group at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) as a Ph.D. student. His main research focus on the area of monitoring applications in the operating system context as well as operating system support for fault- tolerant distributed applications. At HPI, Alexander is involved in teaching operating systems courses as well as the Windows Research Kernel project. He contributes to the Windows Monitoring Kernel, an efficient event-logging infrastructure for monitoring arbitrary applications based on Windows systems, and he created the KStruct OS kernel inspection framework, which focuses on consistently accessing arbitrary kernel data structures while the OS is running.

Howard A. Schmidt
Howard A. Schmidt has had a long distinguished career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security spanning almost 40 years. He has served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for online auction giant eBay. He has served in the position of Chief Security Strategist for the US CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security. He retired from the White House after 31 years of public service in local and federal government. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the President�s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. He assumed the role as the Chair in January 2003 until his retirement in May 2003. Prior to the White House, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., where his duties included CISO, CSO and forming and directing the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group. Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. Before AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was a city police officer from 1983 to 1994 for the Chandler Police Department in Arizona. Mr. Schmidt served with the U.S. Air Force in various roles from 1967 to 1983, both in active duty and in the civil service. He had served in the Arizona Air National Guard from 1989 until 1998 when he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves as a Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division where he continues to serve. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and military courts in the areas of computer crime, computer forensics and Internet crime. Mr. Schmidt also serves as the international president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and was the first president of the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ITISAC). He is a former executive board member of the International Organization of Computer Evidence, and served as the co-chairman of the Federal Computer Investigations Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. He had served as a board member for the CyberCrime Advisory Board of the National White Collar Crime Center. He served as an augmented member to the President�s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology in the formation of an Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. He has testified before congressional committees on computer security and cyber crime, and has been instrumental in the creation of public and private partnerships and information-sharing initiatives. He is regularly featured on cable, broadcast and international media talking about cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection. He is a co-author of the Black Book on Corporate Security and author of �Patrolling CyberSpace, Lessons Learned from a Lifetime in Data Security�. Mr. Schmidt has been appointed to the Information Security Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) to advise the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security and privacy issues. He has also been appointed as a member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group (PSG) for the European Network Information Security Agency. (ENISA). Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor�s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master�s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard is a Professor of Practice at GA Tech, GTISC, Professor of Research at Idaho State University and Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon�s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.

Koushik Sen
Koushik Sen is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is best known for his work on directed automated random testing and concolic testing. His paper on concolic testing won the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ESEC/FSE�05. He received the C.L. and Jane W-S. Liu Award in 2004 for exceptional research promise, the C. W. Gear Outstanding Graduate Award in 2005, and the David J. Kuck Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award in 2007 from the UIUC Department of Computer Science. He has received an NSF CAREER Award in 2008.

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.

Devika Subramanian
Devika Subramanian obtained her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University in 1989. She is presently a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Rice University, where she has been on the faculty since 1995. Her research interests are in the design of statistical machine learning algorithms with probabilistic performance guarantees. Her approach is experimental; she designs new algorithms in the context of large-scale applications in science and engineering. Her work has appeared in premier conferences and journals in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer systems, compilers, networking, computational biology, protein crystallography, robotics, mechanical engineering design, computational neuroscience, cognitive science, and political science. 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 IJCAI 1993 and 2007. 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, the Doerr Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Texas Advanced Technology Program.

Steven L. Tanimoto
Steven L. Tanimoto is a professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, having joined the faculty in 1977. In image processing, his research has concentrated on pyramidal data structures and the languages, parallel architectures, and algorithms that work with them. Other projects are or have been concerned with the use of pictures and diagrams to program and use computers and with the use of image processing in mathematics education. He is currently investigating new ways in which computer technology can be applied to educational assessment, and to collaborative design activities. From 1975 to 1977 he served on the faculty of the University of Connecticut. During the 1982-83 academic year Tanimoto was a visiting professor at the Institut de Programmation, University of Paris, and a visiting scientist at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Linkoping University, Sweden. During the Spring of 1985 he was a Visiting Scientist at in Sensory-Interactive Robotics Group of the National Bureau of Standards. In 1989-90 he was a visiting scientist at Kobe University, Thinking Machines Corporation, and Linkoping University. In 1997-98 he was a visiting scientist and the University of Rome, and in 2006 he was a guest professor at the Center for Image Analysis, Uppsala University. Dr. Tanimoto served an an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, from 1983 to 1986, and as Editor-in-Chief from 1986-1990. He is a former member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing and CVGIP: Image Understanding, and he is currently a member of editorial board of Pattern Recognition. He served as treasurer of the International Association for Pattern Recognition from 1992 to 1994. He is the author of a textbook, The Elements of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction Using LISP, published in February, 1987 by Computer Science Press. Common Lisp editions were published in 1990 and 1995. Tanimoto received the Bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1971 and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1975. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition.

Stewart Tansley
Stewart Tansley is responsible for academic partnerships in Robotics and Sensor Networks research as part of External Research in Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he spent 13 years in the telecommunications industry in software research and development, focusing on technology transfer. Stewart has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence applied to Engineering from Loughborough University, U.K. He has published a variety of papers on robotics for education, artificial intelligence and network management, several patents, and has co-authored a book on software engineering for artificial intelligence applications (so long ago that he should really write a new one). For more information, see: /~stansley.

Genoveva Vargas-Solar
Genoveva Vargas-Solar is a senior researcher at the French Council of Scientific Research (CNRS). She is member of the HADAS group at the Informatics Laboratory of Grenoble, France. She is an invited research fellow at the Data and Knowledge Management Group of the Research Centre of Information and Automation Technologies at Universidad de las Am�ricas Puebla in Mexico. She is co-director of the Franco-Mexican Laboratory of Informatics and Automatic Control (LAFMIA). Dr. Vargas-Solar was recently elected President of the Mexican Computer Science Society. In 2000, she obtained her first Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at University Joseph Fourier, and in 2005 she obtained her second Ph.D. degree in Literature at University Stendhal. In 1997, she obtained her first master's degree in Computer Science at University Joseph Fourier, and in 1998 she obtained her second master's degree in Compared Literature at University Stendhal. She did her undergraduate studies in Computer Systems Engineering at Universidad de las Am�ricas in Puebla. Her research interests in Computer Science concern distributed and heterogeneous databases, reflexive systems and service based database systems. Her research interests in Literature concern middle age Literature, myth-critics, and myth-analysis applied to different myths of origins. She has coordinated several research projects in Europe and Latin America financed by governments and industrial partners. Dr. Vargas-Solar actively promotes the scientific cooperation in Computer Science between Latin America and Europe, particularly between France and Mexico.

Evelyne Viegas
Evelyne Viegas is responsible for the Online Technologies and Web Cultures initiative in the External Research 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.

Paul Viola
Paul is taking a hiatus from research to dive into the incredibly hard problems that arise from Internet search.�He recently took the position of  �Architect for Machine Learning� on the Live Search team.�There he is building a team of Applied Researchers and Developers that will build tools for document processing, query processing, and ranking. Before moving to Search, Paul and his team worked on numerous efforts to use machine learning in the analysis of documents, emails, and Web pages.�Results of this work can be seen in products like Windows, Live Search, and Microsoft Dynamics.�In collaboration with the Live Toolbar team, we built the technology behind �smart menus.� The Tablet PC team uses our technology to extract the structure in handwritten ink notes.�East Asian Office is using his technology to extract contact information from incoming emails.� Dynamics/CRM is using his technology to automatically route and analyze incoming faxes.�Live Search uses similar technology to classify and extract information from documents and queries. Paul has served on the program committees of conferences such as Neural Information Process Systems (NIPS), Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), and the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV).�He has received the Marr Prize for the best paper in computer vision (at ICCV 2003).�An earlier paper on medical image processing received an honorable mention for the Marr prize in 1995.�He received an honorable mention for best paper at AAAI 2004. While at M.I.T., he received the NSF Career award as one of the top junior faculty members in Computer Science.

Michael P. Wellman
Michael P. Wellman is professor and associate chair of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 for work in qualitative probabilistic reasoning and decision-theoretic planning. From 1988 to 1992, Wellman conducted research in these areas at the USAF's Wright Laboratory. For the past 15+ years, his research has focused on computational market mechanisms for distributed decision making and electronic commerce. As Chief Market Technologist for TradingDynamics, Inc. (now part of Ariba), he designed configurable auction technology for dynamic business-to-business commerce. Wellman previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), and as executive editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Elaine Weyuker
Elaine Weyuker is an AT&T Fellow doing software engineering research at AT&T Labs. Prior to moving to AT&T she was a professor of computer science at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Her research interests currently focus on software fault prediction, software testing, and software metrics and measurement. In an earlier life, Elaine did research in Theory of Computation and is the co-author of a book "Computability, Complexity, and Languages" with Martin Davis and Ron Sigal. Elaine is the recipient of the 2007 ACM/SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award. She is also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow and an AT&T Fellow. She received IEEE's Harlan Mills Award for outstanding software engineering research, Rutgers University 50th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award, and the AT&T Chairman's Diversity Award as well has having been named a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA. She is the chair of ACM's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Coalition to Diversify Computing.

Telle Whitney
Dr. Telle Whitney has served as president and CEO of ABI since 2003. Whitney has 20 years experience in semiconductor and telecommunications industries. She has held senior technical management positions with Malleable Technologies (now PMC-Sierra) and Actel Corporation, and is a co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. Dr. Whitney served as ACM Secretary/Treasurer in 2003-2004, and is currently co-chair of the ACM Distinguished member committee. She was a member of the National Science Foundation Committee for Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and is a co-founder of the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She serves on the advisory boards of MentorNet and the Professional Business Women�s Conference, and is a member of CRA-W. Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. from Caltech, and her Bachelor�s degree at the University of Utah both in computer science. Telle weaves her professional life with her personal passions. She is runner, and loves to hike, including occasionally in the Himalayas. She and her husband Bill live in the Los Gatos Mountains. She creates her own jewelry, in her not so spare time.

Jeannette Wing
Dr. Jeannette M. Wing is the President's Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1979 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 1983, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2004-2007, she was Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon. Currently on leave from CMU, she is the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Professor Wing's general research interests are in the areas of specification and verification, concurrent and distributed systems, and programming languages. Her current focus is on the foundations of trustworthy computing. Professor Wing was or is on the editorial board of eleven journals. She has been a member of many advisory boards, including: the Networking and Information Technology (NITRD) Technical Advisory Group to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Tecbnology(PCAST), the National Academies of Sciences's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, ACM Council, the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Board, NSF's CISE Advisory Committee, Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, and the Intel Research Pittsburgh's Advisory Board. She is a member of the Sloan Research Fellowships Program Committee. She is a member of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. Professor Wing is an AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, and IEEE Fellow.

Yan Xu
Yan Xu is a program manager in the External Research 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.

Mayana Zatz
Mayana Zatz, professor of genetics, directs the Human Genome Research Center and is currently the research dean at the University of S�o Paulo. She has authored almost 300 scientific papers on genetics and more recently on stem cells and was awarded several international prizes, among them the L�Or�al/Unesco as the best researcher in Latin America in 2001. Mayana has been actively involved in ethical and political issues regarding the Human Genome and more recently stem cells, particularly the recent approval of a bill allowing researches of embryonic stem cells in Brazil.

Zhengyou Zhang
Zhengyou Zhang is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA. His research interests include 3D computer vision, vision and graphics, dynamic scene analysis, audio signal processing, multi-sensory technology, and human-computer interaction. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the "IEEE Transactions on Multimedia", the "International Journal of Computer Vision" (IJCV), the "International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence" (IJPRAI), and the "Machine Vision and Applications" journal (MVA). He served on the Editorial Board of the "IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence" (PAMI), among others. He has published over 150 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, and has co-authored the following books: 3D Dynamic Scene Analysis: A Stereo Based Approach (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 1992); Epipolar Geometry in Stereo, Motion and Object Recognition (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996); Computer Vision (textbook in Chinese, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998). Before joining Microsoft Research in March 1998, he was a senior research scientist at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA). In 1996-1997, he spent one-year sabbatical as an Invited Researcher at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto, Japan. More information can be found at: /~zhang/.

Feng Zhao
Feng Zhao is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and manages the Networked Embedded Computing Group. His current research focuses on networked embedded systems, such as sensor networks, power and resource management in distributed systems, and mobility. He has also done work on parallel processing, fast N-body algorithms, machine recognition, qualitative reasoning, and diagnostics. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T, has taught at Stanford University and Ohio State University and currently also serves as an Affiliate Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington. He was a principal scientist at Xerox PARC and founded PARC�s research effort in sensor networks and distributed diagnostics. He serves as the founding editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, and has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers and books, including a recent book published by Morgan Kaufmann � Wireless Sensor Networks An Information Processing Approach. He received a Sloan Research Fellowship and NSF and ONR Young Investigator Awards, and was named as an ACM Distinguished Engineer in 2006. His work has been featured in news media, such as BBC World News, BusinessWeek, and Technology Review. More information can be found at: /~zhao/.