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NFIC 2010 Speaker List

Dr. Lotfi Zadeh

"Precisiation of Meaning--From Natural Language to Granular Computing" - GrC 2010 Keynote"

Lotfi Zadeh is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, ACM, AAAI, and IFSA. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He is a recipient of the IEEE Education Medal, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the IEEE Medal of Honor, the ASME Rufus Oldenburger Medal, the B. Bolzano Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Kampe de Feriet Medal, the AACC Richard E. Bellman Central Heritage Award, the Grigore Moisil Prize, the Honda Prize, the Okawa Prize, the AIM Information Science Award, the IEEE-SMC J. P. Wohl Career Acheivement Award, the SOFT Scietific Contribution Memorial Award of the Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory, the IEEE Millennium Medal, the ACM 2000 Allen Newell Award, and other awards and honorary doctorates. He has published extensively on a wide variety of subjects relating to the conception, design and analysis of information/intelligent systems, and is serving on the editorial boards of over fifty journals.

Dr. Benjamin Reed

"ZooKeeper" - CW 2010/NFIC Keynote

Dr. Reed has worked for two decades in industry. He started as an intern working on CAD/Cam systems. From there his career led him to Shipping and Receiving applications in OS/2, AIX, and CICS, to Operations, to System Admin Research and Java Frameworks at IBM Almaden Research (11 years), and finally to Yahoo! Research (3 years ago) working on the largest Distributed Computing Problems. His main interests now are large scale processing environments and highly available and scalable systems.

Mr. Pradeep Kathail

"Management of Large Networks"

Pradeep Kathail, 20+ year industry veteran, is the CTO for Network Software and Solutions technology Group of Cisco and is responsible for technology strategy and software architecture. Before his current assignment, he held the position of Cisco Distinguished Engineer and during his tenure at Cisco, Pradeep has developed large scale router and switch software for high-end platforms. Prior to Cisco, Pradeep held various technology management jobs at Apple, Novell, SITA and IBM designing, developing and maintaining large or ultra large scale systems. He holds a MS Computer Science degree from IIT Roorkee, India and is a member of ACM and IEEE.

Mr. Patrick Fu

"Energy Efficient Virtual Resource Management"

Director, Infrastructure Software Division Cloud Computing Center for Mobil Applications
Industrial Technology Research Institute

Patrick Fu has 20 years of Software industry experience. He has managed and successfully delivered multiple large-scale complex software development projects since 1988. Before joining ITRI, Patrick was the VP of Engineering for Interwoven Inc., responsible for their Web Content Management Engineering team, with annual revenue of US$80 million.
Prior to Interwoven, Patrick was a Senior Development Manager at Sun Microsystems Inc., where he managed multiple Networking related projects. Specifically, Patrick initiated the Solaris Clustering project, where he build a team that covers both Engineering and QA for Solaris Clustering development.
Patrick was also a development manager at Amdahl Inc. from 1988 through 1995, where he managed Macrocode development group, responsible for the delivery of Multiple Domain Feature on Amdahl machines.
Prior to entering Management, Patrick was a MVS design and TPF software developer with IBM Corp. Patrick received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from State University of New York. He received his BSEE degree from National Taiwan University.

Dr. Chen Li

"Scalable Interactive Search"

Chen Li is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2001, and his M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996 and 1994, respectively. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2003 and a few other NSF grants and industry gifts. He was once a part-time Visiting Research Scientist at Google. His research interests are in the fields of data management and information search, including text search, data cleansing, and data integration. He is a founder of BiMaple.com.

Dr. Felix Naumann

"Extreme Web Data Integration"

Felix Naumann studied mathematics, economy, and computer sciences at the University of Technology in Berlin. After receiving his diploma (MA) in 1997 he joined the graduate school "Distributed Information Systems" at Humboldt University of Berlin. He completed his PhD. thesis on "Quality-driven Query Answering" in 2000. In 2001 and 2002 he worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center on topics around data integration. From 2003 - 2006 he was assistant professor for information integration at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. Since 2006 he holds the chair for information systems at the Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Dr. Rajasekar Krishnamurthy

"Midas: Scalable Entity Integration for Unstructured Data Sources"

Dr. Rajasekar Krishnamurthy is a Research Staff Member in the Intelligent Information Integration group at IBM Research-Almaden. He received a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in 1998, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. His research interests are primarily in the integration of structured and unstructured data, with emphasis on information extraction, entity resolution and data cleansing.