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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2009 in Argentina 


The agenda for the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Argentina is currently scheduled as follows, but may change as circumstances dictate. Please check back at this website for updates and further information.

Wednesday, May 13 – Friday, May 15, 2009.
Sofitel Hotel - La Reserva Cardales.
Cardales, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Throughout the day

Arrival of International Attendees and Speakers

11:00 - 19:00

Welcome and Registration


16:00 - 19:00

LACCIR Joint Steering Committee Meeting (By invitation only)

Louis Pasteur

20:00 - 22:00

Group Dinner

La Butaca



Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Research Track



10:15 - 10:30

Welcoming words

Welcoming Words
Sandra Yacheline • General Manager • Microsoft Argentina

Bernardo Houssay I

10:30 - 11:30

“Data Intensive Research: The Fourth Paradigm”

Tony Hey - Corporate Vicepresident - External Research - Microsoft Research

Bernardo Houssay I

11:30 - 12:00

(Transition time before the arrival of government authorities)

Foyer Bernardo
Houssay I & II

12:00 - 12:45

 opening ceremony

Event Opening Presentations:

H.E. Daniel Scioli • Governor • Province of Buenos Aires • Argentina

Tony Hey • Corporate Vice President • External Research • Microsoft Research

Sandra Yachelini • General Manager • Microsoft Argentina

H. E. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner • President • Argentina

Bernardo Houssay I

12:45 - 13:15

Group Photo

Pool Area

13:15 - 14:30


La Butaca / Bernabé

14:30 - 15:30

 Keynote Panel Session

"Science, Technology and Innovation as drivers for social and economical development in Argentina and Latin America"

Panel Discussion:

Daron Green • Senior Director • External Research – Microsoft Research

Panelist Speakers:
• Alejandro Ceccatto • Vice Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation • Argentina (TBC)

• Faustino Siñeriz • Vice President of Technical Affairs • National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) • Argentina

• Jorge Aliaga • Dean • Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences • University of Buenos Aires • Argentina

• Flora Montealegre Painter • Chief, Division of Science and Technology • Inter American Development Bank • USA (TBC)

Clovis Baptista • Director of Science and Technology • Organization of American States • USA

Bernardo Houssay I

15:30 - 16:30

“Innovation Policies in the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation”

Lino Barañao, Ph.D • Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation • Argentina

Bernardo Houssay I

16:30 - 17:00

Refreshment break

Foyer Bernardo
Houssay I & II

17:00 - 18:00

“Computer Security: From Art to Science (and Back)”

Martin Abadi – Principal Researcher – Microsoft Research

Bernardo Houssay I

18:00 - 19:00

“Visualization Research at Microsoft”

George Robertson • Principal Researcher • Microsoft Research

Bernardo Houssay I

21:00 - 21:30


Foyer Bernardo
Houssay I & II

21:30 - 23:00


Bernardo Houssay I & II



Thursday, 14 May, 2009

9:00 - 13:30

Parallel Track Sessions


Research Track

Curriculum Innovation Track

e-Science Track

Bernardo Houssay I
Luis Leloir I
Luis Leloir III

9:00 - 10:00

FAPESP-MSR Institute for ICT Research Institute Presentations

"E-Farms, a two-way road for small farms to the networked world"
Claudia Bauzer Medeiros •  Professor •  Institute  of Computing •  Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) • Brazil

"JAM Session – A Descentralized Architecture for Specialized Virtual Worlds and the Web 3.0"
Flavio Soares Correa da Silva •  Professor •  Universidade de São Paulo • Brazil

"Introducing Computing with Personal Robots"

Keith O’Hara •  PhD Candidate •  School of Interactive Computing •  Georgia Institute of Technology • USA

Affiliated also with the Institute for Personal Robots in Education

"From Galaxies to Sensor Networks: Science in an Exponential World"

Alex Szalay •  Professor •  Department of Physics & Astronomy and Department of Computer Science •  John Hopkins University • USA

10:00 - 11:00

"New Tools for Enabling Collaborative Web Search"

Merrie Ringel Morris •  Researcher •  Microsoft Research

More information about Merrie here

"The Gaming and Computer Science: A Successfully Experiment"

John Nordlinger •  Senior Research Program Manager •  External Research •  Microsoft Research

"Games and XNA in the RIT Game Design and Development Curriculum"

"The Health and Wellbeing Initiative in Microsoft External Research"

Daron Green • Senior Director • External Research • Microsoft Research

".NET-based Clients and Services in the Cancer Bioinformatics Grid (caBIG)"

Marty Humphrey • Associate Professor • Department of Computer Science • University of Virginia

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshment Break (Pre Function Area)

11:30 - 12:30

"Partial Behaviour Modelling of Software Intensive Systems”"

Sebastian Uchitel •  Assistant Professor •  University of Buenos Aires • Argentina

"Active Learning Using Tablet PCs"

Joseph Tront •  Professor •  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering •  Virginia Tech • USA


"Tools and Services for Data Intensive Research"

Roger Barga •  Principal Architect •  External Research •  Microsoft Research

Christophe Poulain • Senior Research Software Developer • External Research • Microsoft Research


12:30 - 13:30

"Tools for Researchers: The Scholarly Communication Lifecycle"

Alex Wade • Senior Research Program Manager • External Research • Microsoft Research

"15 Years of Research in Technology for the Classroom

Miguel Nussbaum •  Professor •  Department of Computer Science •  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile • Chile

Enhance Astronomincal Research and Science Education with "World Wide Telescope"

Yan Xu •  Senior Research Program Manager & Jonathan Fay Principal Research Software Developer • External Research •  Microsoft Research

“WWT and the Argentinean Virtual Observatory”

Guillermo Bosch • Researcher •  School of Astronomy and Geophysics •  University of La Plata •  Argentina

13:30 - 15:00


La Butaca / Bernabé

15:00 - 16:00

"Ensuring Microsoft’s future: An overview of Microsoft Research”

Alex Acero • Research Area Manager • Microsoft Research

Bernardo Houssay I

16:00 - 17:00


“The Uses of Computers: What is Past is Merely Prologue”
Butler W. Lampson • Technical Fellow • Microsoft Research

Bernardo  Houssay I

17:00 - 18:00

Free Time

18:00 - 18.30


Hotel Lobby

18:30 - 23.00


La Rural - Tango Palace


Friday, 15 May, 2009 - DemoFest and Closing Talks


8:30 – 11:30


Luis Leloir I & II & III

10:30 - 11.00

Refreshment Break

Foyer Luis Leloir I & II & III

12:00 - 13:30


Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research Federation (LACCIR)

Topic Introduction:

Jaime Puente • Senior Research Program Manager, External Research, Microsoft Research

Ignacio  Casas  •  Executive Director  •  LACCIR
Sergio Ochoa  •  Executive Board Member  •  LACCIR

Principal Investigators (New Awarded Projects)

Javier Baliosian  •  Professor  •  Universiy of La Republica, Uruguay: "Domestic Environment Monitoring with Oportunistic Sensor Networks (DEMOS)"

Rosa Alarcon  •  Professor Department of Computer Science  •  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile: "TimeSaver Decentralized Virtual Words for the Provision and Integration of Public Services in Latin America"

Claudia Pons  •  Professor  •  National University of La Plata, Argentina: "Low Cost Computer Based System for Quality Evaluation and Preservation of Grains Stored in Polymer Bags"

Genoveva Vargas-Solar  •  Researcher •  Department of Computer Science  •  University of Las Americas at Puebla, Mexico: "ECLOUDSS: Building E-government Clouds using Distributed Semantic Services"

Alvaro Soto  •  Associate Professor •  Department of Computer Science  •  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile: "A Real Time System Based on Computer Vision Techniques To Supervise and Allocate Cash Registers at Grocery Stores"

Bernardo Houssay I

13:30 - 15:00

Farewell Lunch & Closing Ceremony

La Butaca / Bernabé




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