Latin American Faculty Summit 2009


puerto_madero_ls2009.jpgWith a theme focused on creative innovation, the 2009 summit presentations addressed current research in information and communications technologies for development, computing research in Latin America, computing technology in education, bioinformatics, and eScience.

President of Argentina and Head of Microsoft External Research Address Research Capacity and Opportunities in Latin America >

About the Summit

The fifth annual Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit 2009 was held in Buenos Aires on May 13–15, 2009 and hosted by Microsoft Research and Microsoft Argentina. Attendees included more than 200 academic leaders from around the world, as well as representatives from multilateral and inter-governmental organizations.

The summit theme, “Creative Innovation through Research and Development,” drew attention to the collaboration among computer scientists across disciplines, a worldwide trend that is broadening the impact of Computer Science to academia and society. It also highlighted the successful collaboration between Microsoft Research and Latin American universities.

Panels, presentations, and discussions at the conference addressed subjects such as current research in information and communications technologies for development, computing research in Latin America, computing technology in education, bioinformatics, and eScience.

The event presented a unique opportunity for leading faculty members and Microsoft researchers, architects, and executives to collectively discuss a vision of the state of the art in computer science and team up to help develop further collaboration. Together, we will continue to pursue new research frontiers that will transform computing and create a better future.

Goals and objectives of the summit included:

  • Collaboration: Foster and strengthening partnerships and collaborative relationships between Microsoft researchers and top academic researchers from the Academic Community in Argentina and in the rest of Latin America.
  • Research
    • Stimulate discussion of key computing problems through presentations of important research projects ongoing at Microsoft Research.
    • Expose key Microsoft researchers and program managers to current academic research ideas in areas of interest for the Argentinean and Latin American academic and government ecosystem.
    • Encourage a direct dialogue on topics of importance with leading academic researchers from a broad range of technical fields in order to foster future research and innovation.
  • Curriculum Innovation: Implement a curriculum track to explore best practices and examples in higher education curriculum.


Tuesday, May 12

Time Session
Welcome and Registration
LACCIR Joint Steering Committee Meeting (By invitation only)
Group Dinner

Wednesday, May 13

Time Session
Welcoming Words

Sandra Yacheline – General Manager, Microsoft Argentina

Data Intensive Research: The Fourth Paradigm

Tony Hey – Corporate Vice President, External Research, Microsoft

Refreshment Break (Transition time before the arrival of government authorities)

Event Opening Presentations:

  • H.E. Daniel Scioli – Governor, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Tony Hey – Corporate Vice President, External Research, Microsoft
  • Sandra Yachelini – General Manager, Microsoft Argentina
  • H. E. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – President, Argentina
Group Photo
Science, Technology and Innovation as drivers for social and economical development in Argentina and Latin America
Panel Discussion Facilitator: Daron Green – Senior Director, External Research, Microsoft

Panelist Speakers:

  • Alejandro Ceccatto – Vice Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Argentina (TBC)
  • 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, United States (TBC)
  • Clovis Baptista – Director of Science and Technology, Organization of American States, United States
Innovation Policies in the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation

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

Refreshment Break
Computer Security: From Art to Science (and Back)

Martin Abadi – Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Visualization Research at Microsoft

George Robertson – Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research


Thursday, May 14

Time Session
Research Track
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

Curriculum Innovation Track
Introducing Computing with Personal Robots

Keith O’Hara – PhD Candidate,School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States; Affiliated also with the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE)

e-Science Track
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, United States

Research Track
New Tools for Enabling Collaborative Web Search

Merrie Ringel Morris – Researcher, Microsoft Research

Curriculum Innovation Track
The Gaming and Computer Science: A Successful Experiment
John Nordlinger – Senior Research Program Manager, External Research, Microsoft

Games and XNA in the RIT Game Design and Development Curriculum

e-Science Track
The Health and Wellbeing Initiative in Microsoft External Research
Daron Green – Senior Director, External Research, Microsoft
.NET-based Clients and Services in the Cancer Bioinformatics Grid (caBIG)

Marty Humphrey – Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia, United States

Refreshment Break
Research Track
Partial Behaviour Modelling of Software Intensive Systems

Sebastian Uchitel – Assistant Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Curriculum Innovation Track
Active Learning Using Tablet PCs

Joseph Tront – Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, United States

e-Science Track
Tools and Services for Data Intensive Research
Roger Barga – Principal Architect, External Research, Microsoft

Christophe Poulain – Senior Research Software Developer, External Research, Microsoft

Research Track
Tools for Researchers: The Scholarly Communication Lifecycle

Alex Wade – Senior Research Program Manager, External Research, Microsoft Research

Curriculum Innovation Track
15 Years of Research in Technology for the Classroom

Miguel Nussbaum – Professor, Department of Computer Science, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile

e-Science Track
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
WWT and the Argentinean Virtual Observatory

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

Ensuring Microsoft’s Future: An Overview of Microsoft Research

Alex Acero – Research Area Manager, Microsoft Research

The Uses of Computers: What is Past is Merely Prologue

Butler W. Lampson – Technical Fellow, Microsoft Research

Free Time
Assemble for Departure to the Social Event
Social Event and Dinner Show

Friday, May 15

Time Session
DemoFest (Onsite Research Demos)
Refreshment Break
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”
13:30–15:00 Farewell Lunch and Closing Ceremony
The Event Ends


Featured Speakers

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is a lawyer, graduated from the School of Law at National University of La Plata in 1973, where she started her political militant career. President Fernandez de Kirchner has a vast political career and held legislative positions both at provincial and national levels. She started as a legislator in Santa Cruz province from 1989 to 1995, and later as a legislator of the National House of Representatives and Senators until she was elected national president. On October 28, 2007, she was elected president with the political party called “Alianza Frente para la Victoria.” She is the second woman to occupy this position; however, she is the first woman elected by the people.

Daniel O. Scioli, Governor of Buenos Aires Province

Daniel O. Scioli graduated with a bachelor degree in Marketing from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE). Before getting into the political arena, he was devoted to sports. In 1986, he began to compete in water motorsports. After a serious sports accident, Scioli quickly returned to his professional career and then devoted his time to entrepreneurial activities. Scioli’s political career started in 1997 when he was elected National Representative for the City of Buenos Aires and was reelected in 2001. In the presidential elections of 2003, he was elected Vice-President of Argentina, along with President Néstor Kirchner, being the president of the Chamber of Senators until 2007. In 2007, he was elected governor of the Province of Buenos Aires.

Jose Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation

José Lino Barañao obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (1976) and a PhD in Chemistry (1981) from the School of Exact and Natural Sciences (FCEN) at University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Dr. Barañao is a Principal Researcher of the Argentine Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry of the School of Exact and Natural Sciences (FCEN) at UBA. He is also the Director of the Biotechnology and Animal Reproduction Laboratory at the Experimental Medicine and Biology Institute (IBYME), a center reporting to CONICET and associated to FCEN. Dr. Barañao holds a post graduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and antoher from Max Planck Institute from Germany. From 2003 to 2007, he was the President of the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion, national body that currently resides within the Ministry of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. His basic work centers in the study of the factors that control ovary follicular development, ovulation and early embryo development in species of a zoo-technical interest. He developed a bio-test for the activity of gonadotrophic hormones and obtained the only bovine ovary cells line that currently exists. He was an advisor to several companies in the field of animal biotechnology such as Embryo In Vitro Production, Cloning, and so on. Currently, he is the Head of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Productive Innovation.

Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President of External Research, Microsoft Research

As Corporate Vice President of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft. He leads the company’s efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities, spanning broad reach and in-depth engagements with academic and research institutions, related government agencies and industry partners. His responsibilities also include working with internal Microsoft groups to build future technologies and products that will transform computing for scientific and engineering research. Hey also oversees Microsoft Research’s efforts to enhance the quality of higher education around the world. Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.’s e-Science Initiative, managing the government’s efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the pre-eminent computer science research institutions in England. Hey is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the European Union’s Information Society Technology Advisory Group. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. For his service to science, Hey received the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2005 U.K. New Year’s Honours List. Hey is a graduate of Oxford University, with both an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.

Sandra Yachelini, General Manager of Microsoft Argentina

Sandra has a rich professional background and leadership experience of more than 20 years in some of the most respected firms of our industry. She has held top-level positions at SAP, following her very successful tenure as Managing Director for their South Region, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia. In this position, she was in charge of all Business Operations, Services, Human Resources, Finances, Sales, Business Development, Business Partners, Marketing, and Citizenship activities for the company. Previous to SAP, she was General Manager for the Central & South America Hispanic organization at EDS. Her professional career started in Siemens Argentina, and continued at IBM, where she held several sales and business leadership positions. Sandra was born in the city of Rafaela, in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina. She graduated from Universidad Nacional of Rosario and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering. She attended an Intensive post-graduate Strategy Program at London Business School and is now a member of Young President Organization (YPO) and the International Women Forum (IWF). She sits in the Advisory Committee of the IAE School of Business and serves as a Member of the Board of the IDEA Enterprise Development Institute in Argentina. Sandra, who is married to Gabriel, is the proud mother of 19-year old Sofía and a caring aunt of five nephews and nieces. She shares a lot of time with her big Italian-rooted family. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, plays golf as a hobby—with a handicap of 6—and is fond of cooking and reading.

Plenary Speakers

Daron G. Green, Senior Director of External Research, Microsoft Research

Dr. Green is the Senior Director of Microsoft External Research and is responsible for Microsoft Research’s external engagement and investment strategy. Microsoft’s External Research is a key part of Microsoft’s Research program and works closely with Academia and Research institutions in helping solve some of the world’s most challenging scientific and social problems. His team and global portfolio includes diverse topics such as Health and Wellbeing, Education and Scholarly Communications, Computer Science and the Environment. Dr Green’s initial research background was in molecular modeling and equations of state for fluid mixtures—his BSc is in Chemical Physics (1989, Sheffield) and his Phd 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 UK for the UK Research Councils and UK 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 Europe, the Middle East, and Africa but quickly broadened to be global and he moved to the United States 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).

Alejandro Ceccatto, Vice Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation

Alejandro Ceccatto graduated in Physics from the University of Rosarioin 1979 and obtained his PhD from the University of La Plata in 1985 working on Quantum Field Theory. During the 80’s, he held research positions at Stanford University in the United States and at the University of Cologne in Germany. During his stay in the United States he became a XEROX Corporation Consultant at XEROX Palo Alto Research Center. Back in Argentina, in 1994 he was appointed Director of the Institute of Physics at the University of Rosario while working with his group in Condensed Matter and, lately, Complex Systems. Since 2001, he was the mastermind behind the reorganization of CERIDER (Regional Center for R&D of CONICET, the National Research Council). In the intervening years and in parallel with his scientific endeavors, he acted as Vice-president of the Argentine Society for Informatics (SADIO), Director of the France-Argentina International Center for Information and Systems Sciences (CIFASIS)—a joint research center University of Marseille/University of Rosario/CONICET—and Executive Director of InnovaRed, the National Research & Education Network of Argentina. He was also associate member of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP – UNESCO/IAEA/Government of Italy) for fifteen years. He has published more than 100 papers in international refereed journals and directed twelve doctoral theses. Since 2003 he is Associate Editor of “Computers and Electronics in Agriculture” (Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdan, The Netherlands). In January 2008, he was appointed State Secretary for S&T Co-ordination (acting as Deputy Minister) of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation. Among his responsibilities, he is in charge of the co-ordination of research activities in Argentina’s S&T organisms and universities and their institutional evaluation.

Jorge Aliaga, University of Buenos Aires

Jorge Aliaga was born in San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1959. He graduated in Physics from the School of Exact and Natural Sciences (FCEN) at University of Buenos Aires (UBA). in 1985. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the same University in 1988. Since 1982, he has been teaching at university level, starting as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant to reach the position of Full Professor in 1993. He was member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics from 1991 to 1997. He has made contributions in applications of the maximum entropy principle to quantum optics, dynamics of semiconductor lasers with feedback, and dynamics of electronic neurons. Dr. Aliaga has published more than thirty papers in peer review international journals and has been the advisor of two PhD theses. He served as Member of the Directory Council of FCEN-UBA (1992-1996), Member of the Council of the University of Buenos Aires (1999), General Secretary FCEN-UBA (2000-2001 and 2004-2006) and since 2006 as Dean of FCEN-UBA.

Flora Montealegre Painter, Inter-American Development Bank

Ms. Painter has more than 20 years of experience in the field of economic development, particularly private sector development. She joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2000 after working as a Senior Manager in the Washington Consulting Practice of one of the leading global consulting firms, Coopers & Lybrand (C&L), later PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). During more than 10 years at C&L and PwC, and earlier at Ernst and Young, Ms. Painter led private sector development projects in countries as diverse as Poland and Bulgaria, the Philippines and Indonesia, Nicaragua and Guinea-Bissau. Since joining the Bank, she has worked on numerous projects throughout Latin America in the areas of productivity and competitiveness policies; technology and innovation; small and medium enterprise (SME) development (credit access, business development services, export promotion, internationalization); promotion of clusters and value chains; business climate; and local/territorial development, including regional innovation systems. At the Bank, Ms. Painter has also served as Senior Advisor for operations in the Southern Cone and since October, 2008 serves as Chief of the Bank’s Science and Technology Division. Ms. Painter received a Master in Business Administration (MBA), Beta Gamma Sigma, from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park; a Master of Arts from Georgetown University, where she studied economic development in the Latin American Studies Program; and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Swarthmore College. In addition, she has a Certificate in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Clovis Baptista, Organization of American States

Mr. Baptista holds an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications (1972) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, with advanced studies in Software Engineering and Data Communication Networks. He began his career as a microwave radio engineer at Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. and then went on to work for 21 years for EMBRATEL, a major telecommunications operator in Brazil, where he held important managerial posts. Prior to becoming Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) in March 2000, Mr. Baptista was Special Advisor to the Minister of Communications of Brazil and, subsequently, Head of the Office of International Affairs of ANATEL, Brazil’s telecommunications regulatory agency. He has been an active participant in international conferences and meetings, having represented Brazil on the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and in the WTO negotiations on basic telecommunications services, which led to the Fourth Protocol to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in 1997. Mr. Baptista also served as the OAS representative on the Hemispheric Advisory Board of the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA), established in the framework of the Third Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City in 2001 with the aim to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help overcome barriers to socioeconomic development in Latin American and the Caribbean. On May 1, 2008, he was appointed Director of the OAS Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, a post he will fill while continuing to perform his functions as head of the CITEL Secretariat. He was recently invited and accepted to join the Joint Steering Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research Federation (LACCIR), which oversees and directs the LACCIR’s long term development and objectives, geared towards providing LAC Universities with a sustainable virtual collaborative environment to promote cross-country research and education solutions.

Martin Abadi, Microsoft Research

Martín Abadi is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, since 2006. He obtained his PhD at Stanford University in 1987, worked at Digital’s System Research Center and other industrial labs till 2001, then became Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research is mainly on computer and network security, programming languages, and specification and verification methods. He has contributed, for example, to the design and analysis of security protocols and to the foundations of object-oriented languages. His research on security has been recognized with the Outstanding Innovation Award of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control, and with the Hall of Fame Award of the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems. He is a Fellow of the ACM.

George Robertson, Microsoft Research

George Robertson is an ACM Fellow, a member of the CHI Academy, and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, where he leads an information visualization research group. Before coming to Microsoft, he was a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC, working on 3D interactive animation interfaces for intelligent information access. He was the architect of the Information Visualizer. He has also been a Senior Scientist at Thinking Machines, a Senior Scientist at Bolt Beranek and Newman, and a faculty member of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie-Mellon University. In the past, he has made significant contributions to machine learning, multimedia message systems, hypertext systems, operating systems, and programming languages. Robertson serves on the Advisory Board of the Department of Homeland Security National Visualization and Analytics Center. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Information Visualization. He has served on the Information Visualization Steering Committee since 1995. He chaired UIST’97 and InfoVis 2004.

Alex Acero, Microsoft Research

Alex Acero received an M.S. degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 1985, an M.S. degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1987, and a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1990, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Acero worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group in 1990-1991. In 1992, he joined Telefonica I+D, Madrid, Spain, as Manager of the speech technology group. Since 1994 he has been with Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, where he is presently a Research Area Manager directing an organization with more than 70 engineers conducting research in audio, speech, multimedia, communication, natural language, and information retrieval. He is also an affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Acero is author of the books Acoustical and Environmental Robustness in Automatic Speech Recognition (Kluwer, 1993) and Spoken Language Processing (Prentice Hall, 2001), has written invited chapters in 4 edited books and more than 200 technical papers. He holds 53 U.S. patents. Dr. Acero is a Fellow of IEEE. He has served the IEEE Signal Processing Society as Vice President Technical Directions (2007-2009), 2006 Distinguished Lecturer, member of the Board of Governors (2004-2005), Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2003-2005) and IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2005-2007), and member of the editorial board of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (2006-2008) and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2008-2010). He also served as member (1996–2000) and Chair (2000-2002) of the Speech Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was Publications Chair of ICASSP98, Sponsorship Chair of the 1999 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding, and General Co-Chair of the 2001 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding. Since 2004, Dr. Acero, along with co-authors Drs. Huang and Hon, has been using proceeds from their textbook, Spoken Language Processing to fund the “IEEE Spoken Language Processing Student Travel Grant” for the best ICASSP student papers in the speech area. Dr. Acero is member of the editorial board of Computer Speech and Language and he served as member of Carnegie Mellon University Dean’s Leadership Council for College of Engineering.

Butler W. Lampson, Turing Award Winner, Microsoft Research

People have been inventing new ideas in computer systems for nearly four decades, usually driven by Moore’s Law. Many of them have been spectacularly successful: networks and the Web, relational databases, and graphical user interfaces are just a few examples. The fate of other promising ideas is still in doubt: parallel computing, formal methods, and software reuse. But great opportunities also lie before us: highly dependable and highly adaptable systems, and embodied machines that integrate with the physical world, such as cars that drive themselves or sensor networks that monitor the health of our environment and the safety of our streets. Broadly viewed, computers can be used for simulation, for communication, and for embodiment. The last is the newest and the most exciting. Butler Lampson is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft Corporation and an Adjunct Professor at MIT. He has worked on computer architecture, local area networks, raster printers, page description languages, operating systems, remote procedure call, programming languages and their semantics, programming in the large, fault-tolerant computing, transaction processing, computer security, WYSIWYG editors, and tablet computers. He was one of the designers of the SDS 940 time-sharing system, the Alto personal distributed computing system, the Xerox 9700 laser printer, two-phase commit protocols, the Autonet LAN, the SPKI system for network security, the Microsoft Tablet PC software, the Microsoft Palladium high-assurance stack, and several programming languages. He received the ACM Software Systems Award in 1984 for his work on the Alto, the IEEE Computer Pioneer award in 1996 and von Neumann Medal in 2001, the Turing Award in 1992, and the NAE’s Draper Prize in 2004.

Jaime Puente, Microsoft Research

Jaime Puente is a Senior Research Program Manager of Microsoft External Research and is responsible for Microsoft Research’s external engagement in Latin America. Jaime spent 13 years as a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador. 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 Master’s of Business Administration, and an Electronics Engineering degree both from ESPOL in Ecuador. Jaime is currently a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at NOVA Southeastern University in Florida, United States. His main research interest are in computing for the developing world and educational technology.

Ignacio Casas, Catholic University of Chile & LACCIR

Ignacio Casas is a full-time professor of information technologies at the Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) Chile. He graduated in 1976 as a Civil Electrical Enginner from PUC Chile and has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. (1986) in Computer Science from University of Toronto, Canada. His main research interests are in the areas of ICT management and TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) environments and tools. He served as CIO at PUC Chile from 1995 to 2005 and is responsible of introducing TEL systems in his university. Ignacio is the co-founder and co-director of the 12-years-old RELATED network for the advancement of TEL in Latin America and is actually the executive director of the LACCIR Federation Virtual Institute. He is an active member of IEEE and Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile.

Sergio Ochoa, University of Chile & LACCIR

Sergio F. Ochoa is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chile. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Catholic University of Chile (2002). He did post-doctoral studies in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2003-2004). His research interests include Computer-Supported Collaborative Work, Educational Technology and Software Engineering. Dr. Ochoa is an active member of IEEE and Chilean Computer Society. He is also member of the joint steering committee of LACCIR (Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ITC Research federation) and Chilean representative in CLEI (Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios en Informática). In addition, he is IT consultant of some Chilean public and private organizations.

Javier Baliosian, University of La Republica

Javier Baliosian received the degree of Computer Engineer from the University of the Republic (Uruguay) in 1998, and his PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) in 2005. Dr. Baliosian has been working professionally since 1994 as a developer, designer, architect, and leader of diverse distributed systems developments, with a particular focus on network management applications since 1999. He has been involved in several collaborative research projects with different research groups such as the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and the Laboratory of Communication Networks at KTH (Sweden). In 2005, Dr. Baliosian obtained a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission for a post-doctoral position at Ericsson Ireland where he worked as a researcher and project coordinator. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Republic in Uruguay. Dr. Baliosian’s research interests include networks in general, and policy-based management and autonomic communications in particular.

Rosa Alarcon, Catholic University of Chile

Rosa A. Alarcon is an assistant professor at PUC, she obtained her MsC and PhD degrees from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in 2004. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Universidad de Chile and joined PUC in 2005 in the area of software engineering. Her research interests are related to distributed systems such as multi-agent platforms and service-oriented computing, as well as knowledge base representation—particularly ontologies. Currently she is focused on the convergence of Web technology, semantics, and semantic Web services. Rosa is part of SIGSE (Special Interest Group on Software Engineering).

Claudia Pons, National University of La Plata

Claudia Pons is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science College (UNLP) and a researcher at CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) (National Bureau of Scientific and Technical Research) developing her activities at LIFIA of UNLP. She obtained her PhD in 2000, in the area of Formal Semantics for software modeling languages. She is currently leading R&D projects related to this field of knowledge. Claudia’s research interests are placed in the area of software engineering, in particular software modeling and formal methods.

Genoveva Vargas-Solar, University of Las Americas

Genoveva Vargas-Solar is senior researcher of the Data and Knowledge Management Group of the Research Centre of Information and Automation Technologies at Universidad de las Américas Puebla. She is also senior researcher of the French Council of Scientific Research (CNRS) and she is member of the HADAS group of the Informatics Laboratory of Grenoble, France. She is deputy director the Franco-Mexican Laboratory of Informatics and Automatic Control (LAFMIA). She is elected president of the Mexican Society of Computer Science. In 2000, she obtained her first PhD degree in Computer Science at University Joseph Fourier and in 2005 she obtained her second PhD degree in Literature at University Stendhal. In 1997 she obtained her first Master Degree in Computer Science at University Joseph Fourier and in 1998 she obtained her second Master Degree in Compared Literature at University Stendhal. She did her undergraduate studies on Computer Systems Engineering at Universidad de las Américas 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, myths’ critics and myths’ analysis applied to different myths of origins. She has coordinated several research projects in Europe and Latin America financed by governments and industrial partners. She actively promotes the scientific cooperation in Computer Science between Latin America and Europe particularly between France and Mexico.

Alvaro Soto, Catholic University of Chile

Alvaro Soto received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002; and a M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1997. He joined the Computer Science Department at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, where he became Associate Professor in 2007. His main research interests are in Statistical Machine Learning and Mobile Robotics.

Parallel Track Session Speakers

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros, State University of Campinas

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros is full professor of Computer Science at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, having received awards for research, teaching, and work concerning women and IT. Her research is centered on design and development of scientific databases, with emphasis on agro-environmental planning and biodiversity. She was the President of the Brazilian Computer Society for four years. In 2008, she was awarded the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit (grade Commander).

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Flavio Soares Correa da Silva, University of São Paulo

Flavio Soares Correa da Silva completed his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering in 1984 at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), his MSc in logistics and transportation planning in 1989 at the same university, and his PhD in artificial intelligence in 1992 at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Since 1992 he has been a full time lecturer and researcher at the University of São Paulo. In 1999 Flavio was awarded the title of “livre- docente”. Flavio has published more than 60 technical papers in international journals and conferences, as well as 6 technical books. Since 2005, Flavio has received support from Microsoft Research to develop research projects.

Merrie Ringel Morris, Microsoft Research

Meredith Ringel Morris is a researcher in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research. She is also an affiliate assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. Merrie’s main research areas are human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. Her current research focus is on developing and evaluating systems that support collaborative Web search. She earned her SB in computer science from Brown University and her MS and PhD in computer science from Stanford University, where her dissertation introduced interaction techniques for supporting cooperative work around tabletop displays. She was named one of 2008’s “35 technology innovators under age 35” by Technology Review magazine.

Sebastian Uchitel, University of Buenos Aires

Sebastian Uchitel is a Professor at the Department of Computing, FCEN, University of Buenos Aires and researcher of CONICET, Argentina. He also holds a Readership at Imperial College London. His research interests are in behavior modeling and analysis of requirements and design for complex software-intensive systems. His research focuses on partial behaviour modelling, including scenario-based specifications, behaviour model synthesis and modal transition systems. His research also includes goal-oriented requirements engineering, reliability, software architectures and service-oriented architectures. Dr. Uchitel is currently associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and the Requirements Engineering Journal, he was program co-chair of the 21st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2006) held in Tokyo and is the program co-chair of the 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2010). Dr Uchitel has recently been distinguished with the Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Alex Wade, Microsoft Research

Alex Wade is Director for Scholarly Communication within Microsoft External Research, where he oversees several projects related to researcher productivity tools, semantic information capture, and the interoperability of information systems. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master’s of Librarianship degree from the University of Washington. During his career at Microsoft, Alex has managed the corporate search and taxonomy management services; has shipped a SharePoint-based document and workflow management solution for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; and served as Program Manager for search within Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Keith O’Hara, Georgia Institute of Technology & Institute for Personal Robots in Education

Keith O’Hara is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His research interests include autonomous robotics, distributed robot systems, and computer science education. He will start this coming September an assistant professor at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

John Nordlinger, Microsoft Research

John Nordlinger has a Philosophy degree from Northeastern University. Now at Microsoft Research; John addresses enhancing computer science with gaming themes. He produces The Microsoft Research gaming kit, manages an initiative on gaming in computer science, and works on related assets and events. John has co-authored three papers at ACM SIGCSE 08. John has written, directed, and produced his first short film, “Allegory of the Game” a MMORPG interpretation to Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” which was selected at the 2008 Chicago Short Film Festival. John is co-editing a new book, WoW and Philosophy – Wrath of the Philosopher King, and contributed to Karen Schrier’s Ethics and Game Design Compendium. John is also the Captain for the Game Design track in Imagine Cup.

Joseph Tront, Virginia Tech

Dr. Joe Tront is a professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Bradley ECE Department at Virginia Tech. He is an international thought leader in the deployment and use of tablet PCs in learning environments. He has responsibility for developing techniques for the appropriate use and assessment of mobile learning technology across the university. In addition to the faculty and student training he provides at Virginia Tech, Joe has delivered over 50 workshops world-wide where he has introduced people to the new technology and has provided them with methods to enhance the way they teach and the way they perform their daily work using mobile devices such as tablet PCs. Dr. Tront received his Ph.D. from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and has worked in a variety of technical fields including integrated circuit design, space-based systems, computer and network security as well as learning psychology as applied to engineering education. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and has published numerous papers in professional society journals and conferences. He has received several awards for his leadership in the use of technology in the learning environment including the Computerworld Laureate medal. Outside of the office he enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, biking, and officiating college football on most fall weekends.

Miguel Nussbaum, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Miguel Nussbaum, Electrical Engineer, Universidad Católica de Chile, 1980, Master of Science in ‘Information and Computer Science’, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States, 1984, Doktor der Technischen Wissenschaften, ‘Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule’ (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, 1988. Is full professor for Computer Science at the School of Engineering of the Catholic University of Chile, has been or is member of the board of the Chilean National Science Foundation, FONDECYT, member of the Education committee of the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development of Chile, FONDEF, member of the “Interim Scientific Advisory Board of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge”, winner of the Innovation in Education for the Americas of the Organization of American States in 2004, and considered one of the 50 innovative Chileans of 2007. He has more than 50 publications in journals of the ISI catalog. His pedagogical methodology supported by collaborative technology for transforming the classroom experience is used in more than 70 schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, England, and the United States.

Alex Szalay, John Hopkins University

Alexander Szalay is the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a cosmologist, working on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He was born and educated in Hungary. After graduation, he spent postdoctoral periods at UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago, before accepting a faculty position at Johns Hopkins. In 1990, he has been elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a Corresponding Member. He is the architect for the Science Archive of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. He is Project Director of the NSF-funded National Virtual Observatory. He has written more than 450 papers in various scientific journals, covering areas from theoretical cosmology to observational astronomy, spatial statistics, and computer science. In 2003, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004, he received an Alexander Von Humboldt Award in Physical Sciences, in 2008 a Microsoft Award for Technical Computing. In 2008, he became Doctor Honoris Clausa of the Eötvös University, Budapest.

Marty Humphrey, University of Virginia

Marty Humphrey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. He received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver. From 1998 to 2002, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia working on Legion project, primarily working on aspects of usability, performance, and security. From 2002 to 2008, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

Roger Barga, Microsoft Research

Roger Barga is Principal Architect of External Research in Microsoft Research, where he leads the Advanced Research Services and Tools (ARTS) team. The ARTS team is responsible for developing innovative tools and services using Microsoft products and technology to revolutionize and accelerate research, and it provides strategic and tactical hands-on technological leadership to projects across External Research. Roger joined Microsoft in 1997 as a Researcher in the Database Group of Microsoft Research, where he directed both systems research and product development efforts in database, workflow, and stream processing systems. He has developed ideas from basic research, through proof of concept prototypes to incubation efforts in product groups. Roger has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, filed more than 30 patent applications, and served more than 70 times on program committees for more than 30 different international conferences and workshops.

Christophe Poulain, Microsoft Research

Christophe Poulain is a Senior Research Software Developer in the Advanced Research Tools and Services team of External Research. He enjoys producing innovative software systems that can advance scientific research or can solve difficult engineering problems. His current interests include using cloud-based tools and services to facilitate data-intensive and compute-intensive scientific research. He has more than 14 years of experience developing commercial software for a variety of applications ranging from process simulation and real-time plant optimization (Aspen Technology; NeuCo) to systems-biology and drug discovery (Teranode). He has a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Yan Xu, Microsoft Research

Yan joined Microsoft Research in March 2006. Her research has been focused on exploring technologies and pedagogical strategies that facilitate and enhance interdisciplinary computational research and education. She is responsible for the WorldWide Telescope Academic Program, which enables collaborations with academic researchers and educators in computer science and astronomy; and the Transform Science–Computational Education for Scientists initiative, which enables collaborations with academia for infusing computational thinking into science education to create tomorrow’s scientists.

Jonathan Fay, Microsoft Research

Jonathan is a fifteen-year Microsoft veteran. He is an avid amateur astronomer who designed and built his own automated domed observatory where he shows his five children the beauty of the universe.

Guillermo Bosch, National University of La Plata

Guillermo Bosch graduated with a degree in Astronomy at National University of La Plata in 1994 and obtained his PhD degree at University of Cambridge (U.K.) in 1999. Back in the city of La Plata since 2000, he is working as a Scientific Researcher in the Argentine Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) since 2002 and also as a Professor at the Faculty of Astronomy from National University of La Plata. Dr. Bosch enjoys playing any sport he can learn and turning his two kids into sport fans too.

DemoFest Session Presenters

Federico Lois, University of Buenos Aires

Federico Lois has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Since his early university days, he has been fascinated by fractals and computer graphics—especially 3D technology. His current research focus is in High Performance Computing on Graphical Processing Units. He also works as a consultant on software and products development, systems optimization, and human process design. He also likes to ride the academic research body of knowledge and create demos of published research work just for the fun of it.

Simone Barbosa, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

Simone Diniz Junqueira Barbosa has a degree in Electronics Engineering from PUC-Rio, where she also obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Her professional experience includes several years of consultancy in human-computer interaction (HCI) and software design and development of commercial applications and Web sites, as well as training and education. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as Associate Researcher at Tecgraf/PUC-Rio, in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. In 2001, she joined the Informatics Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) as Assistant Professor, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and does research in the field of HCI, as seen from a semiotic engineering perspective. Level 2 researcher in CNPq, her current research interests involve model-based interactive systems design; bridging HCI and software engineering; increasing the quality of use (for example, usability, communicability, and accessibility) of interactive systems in diverse domains, by means of adaptation, analogy-making mechanisms, and other artificial intelligence techniques; using Tablet PCs in education; and HCI applied to interactive digital TV. Since 2005, Prof. Barbosa is also the head of the Semiotic Engineering Research Group laboratory. She was program co-chair of the first Latin-American Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CLIHC 2003, late-breaking results co-chair for the main ACM conference on HCI, CHI 2005, and general co-chair of IFIP TC 13’s HCI conference, INTERACT 2007, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nicolas Kicillof, Microsoft

Nico Kicillof is a Lead Program Manager in Microsoft’s Protocol Engineering Team in Redmond, Washington. He manages the definition of protocol documentation quality assurance process and the development of software tools for protocol specification and quality assurance by using lightweight formal methods. Before his current position, he was Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of the Computer Science Department at University of Buenos Aires.

Permanand Mohan, University of West Indies

Permanand Mohan is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Dr. Mohan is currently pursuing research on a mobile telemedicine project for patients suffering from diabetes and cardio-vascular disease in the Caribbean. This project was funded by Microsoft Research as part of its “Cellular Phone as a Platform for Healthcare” RFP. Dr. Mohan also conducts research on the use of mobile technology to provide on-going education to patients with diabetes and cardio-vascular disease and on using mobile phones to support the learning of mathematics at the secondary level. He presently supervises several postgraduate students in the areas of mobile health, mobile learning, e-learning, and games for learning.

Robison Rivas-Suarez, Central University of Venezuela

Professor Robinson Rivas-Suarez obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Universidad del Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1994 and his master’s degree in Computer Science from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1999. He worked as network engineer in the Okinawa International Center in Naha, Japan, in 1999. Prof. Rivas-Suares became a PhD Candidate at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in 2008. He is also a certified CCNA, CCIE, and JAVA developer.


DemoFest Booths

Booth #1: Realtime Collaborative Editing

Presenter: Federico Lois, PhD student, Department of Computer Science, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

This demonstration implements an intentional preserving Operational Transformation (OT) algorithm that supports optimistic replication in collaborative and mobile systems. The original research was done by Abdessamad Imine. We are aiming to incorporate ideas about transparent adaptation from Sun et al. in this OT Framework, in order to research usability issues and improvements on consumer type applications like Microsoft Office Outlook, collaborative reviewing, programming, photographic, and 3-D editing/sculpting. We also have ideas for several other possible domains that may benefit from this approach.

Booth #2: UISKEI: User Interface Sketching and Evaluation Instrument

Presenter: Simone Barbosa, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil

USKEI is a tool for sketching user interfaces (UIs) and running “paperless prototyping” sessions with end users. Developed in C#, it makes use of polyline simplification algorithms and a predefined gesture vocabulary to help recognize the shapes users draw and turn them into user interface widgets. The user-designer can define several UIs and hold paperless prototyping sessions with end users about the HCI solution being designed. The user can interact with the prototype in a presentation mode, where each UI snapshot is presented with the associated actions the user may take. Depending on the action chosen, a different UI snapshot are presented, simulating the user-system interaction and thus allowing an observer to gather invaluable feedback very early in the design process.

Booth #3: Machine Translation

Presenter: Alex Acero, Research Area Manager, Microsoft Research

We present exciting new applications of our translation technology, showing how machine translation, integrated into Microsoft’s products, can help eliminate barriers to worldwide communication and bring users of diverse cultures closer together. Our demo covers interesting user scenarios and presents viable solutions for making cross-language hurdles disappear.

Booth #4: The JamSession Project – Service Oriented Intelligent Virtual Worlds

Presenter: Flávio Soares Correa Da Silva, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of São Paulo, Brazil

JamSession is an experimental architecture to build decentralized virtual worlds, populated by intelligent autonomous agents as well as human controlled avatars, and enable with specialized resources so that specific services can be provided to users through these worlds. The project itself is being developed “bottom-up,” based on specific services that are desired to be offered in specialized virtual worlds and on how these specific services can be implemented in a general-purpose architecture. Among these services, we highlight TimeSaver, a self-contained project (developed in cooperation with the Catholic University of Chile) whose aim is to simulate human interactions in virtual worlds to facilitate the provision of services for e-Gov. JamSession has received financial support from FAPESP and Microsoft Research. TimeSaver has received financial support from LACCIR.

Booth #5: Empowering Researchers with Innovative Tools and Technologies

Presenter: Alex Wade, Director, Scholarly Communication, External Research, Microsoft Research

Collecting and analyzing data and authoring, publishing, and preserving information are essential components of researchers’ daily work. Our vision is to enrich educational technologies and the scholarly communication lifecycle with software and services, so that data and information flow in a coordinated and seamless fashion.

Booth #6: Multiple MiceCollaborative Learning

Presenter: Miguel Nussbaum, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Different Single Display Groupware applications for teaching basic skills will be shown.

Booth #7: Introducing Computing with Personal Robots

Presenter: Keith O’Hara, PhD Candidate, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE)

The Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) has developed a curriculum, along with hardware and software platforms, for introducing students to computing within the context of personal robots. Students use their own personal robots to explore singing, dancing, sensing, reacting, movie making, and live performance, while learning a considerable amount of computer science along the way. Moreover, educators are supported by open instructional materials, assessment instruments, and an active community.

Booth #8: SkyServer – the Cosmic Genome Project

Presenter: Alex Szalay, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy and Department of Computer Science, John Hopkins University

SkyServer is the world’s largest astronomy database with an interactive on-line capabilities and a multilingual interface. The target audience is high school students who are interested in science, but the site is also heavily used by the professional astronomy community. Over the last few years, the SkyServer archive became the world’s most used astronomy facility.

Booth #9: Spec Explorer: A Behavioral Modeling and Model-Based Testing Tool

Presenter: Nico Kicillof, Senior Program Manager Lead, Microsoft

Spec explorer is a tool originally developed at Microsoft Research and later extended by Microsoft’s Protocol Engineering team. It enables users to (1) model software behavior; (2) analyze behavior by graphical visualization; (3) check models for expected and invalid properties; (4) generate standalone test code from models; and (5) model behavior in two ways: (a) by writing state machines in C# (with dynamic data-defined state spaces) and (b) by defining scenarios as action patterns in a regular-expression style. Spec Explorer was used as part of the quality assurance of Microsoft’s open interoperability documentation, possibly the largest documentation verification effort to date. More than 24,000 pages of technical documents that Microsoft made publicly available have been tested for conformance with actual implementations.

Booth #10: Visualization Research at Microsoft

Presenter: George Robertson, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research has been involved in a variety of visualization research efforts over the last twelve years. This talk summarizes the various threads of research, which include task management, personal information management, software visualization, business visualization, community visualization, graph and tree visualization, entertainment, and visual analytics for homeland security. We demo key prototypes that have been built. One of the key challenges throughout this work has been developing effective means of evaluation of visualization techniques. This talk summarizes what we have learned about evaluation methods and some basic lessons learned about what visualization techniques are most effective across all of these research efforts.

Booth #11: The WorldWide Telescope (WWT)

Presenter: Jonathan Fay, Principal Research Software Developer, External Research, Microsoft Research

WWT enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope. It is built on the imagery and data from major ground-based and space-based telescopes. It also provides you with a knowledge base of the images. This demo shows you how to use WWT to enhance your astronomical research, science education, and entertainment at home. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.

Booth #12: Microsoft Research Game Kit and Imagine Cup 09 Winner

Presenter: John Nordlinger, Senior Research Program Manager, External Research, Microsoft Research

John Nordlinger demos the Microsoft Research gaming kit and also some projects from the Imagine Cup competition. Topics include everything in the context of how to enhance computer science with gaming themes.

Booth #13: Eye Robot

Presenter: Alvaro Soto, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Catholic University of Chile

At PUC, we are developing a social robot based on a body that has an eye on its upper part. This eye has an eyeball with a pan-tilt system and stereo cameras. The stereo cameras can detect and track people. Furthermore, by moving the eyelid the robot can express emotions such as happiness, tiredness, and so on.

Booth #14: SearchTogether: Collaborative Web Search

Presenter: Merrie Morris, Researcher, Microsoft Research

SearchTogether is a browser plug-in that provides awareness and division of labor support for groups of people working together on Web search tasks.

Booth #15: Presenting MediNet: A Mobile Telemedicine System for Patients in the Caribbean with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Presenter: Permanand Mohan, Professor, University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

In this demo, the key components of the MediNet system are described and demonstrated. Live readings are taken from health monitoring devices and sent to an HTC Touch smart phone running Windows Mobile 6. The readings are sent to a Web server (if GPRS connectivity is available) and feedback returned to the phone. Some of the challenging issues of the project are also highlighted.

Booth #16: DryadLINQ for Data Intensive Research

Presenter: Roger Barga, Principal Architect, External Research, Microsoft Research

In this demo, we display efforts in Microsoft Research to collaborate with external researchers to explore the application of new technologies, specifically Dryad and DryadLINQ, to big data research problems in science. We also highlight our efforts to provide software and services to academics across the world, through the binary release of Dryad with associated programming user documentation prepared by Microsoft Research, as well as our efforts to provide researchers with access to both computational resources and dryad as a service on Azure.

Booth #17: Effective Use of ConferenceXP in Engineering and CS Education

Presenter: Sergio F. Ochoa, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Chile

Engineering and Computer Science education currently require more interesting support tools to deliver lectures in an efficient way. ConferenceXP (CXP) is one of these tools. CXP helps instructors to deliver lectures in synchronous and asynchronous manner and it encourages the students’ participation during classes. The tool also allows distributed presentations and videoconferences; therefore, it provides support to collocated and distributed audiences. In addition, CXP takes advantage of the electronic ink and tablet PC technologies, which are particularly attractive to computer science and computer engineering students. These technologies are used to support collaboration during lectures among the instructor and the students, and to improve the quality of the instructional process.

Booth #18: NET-based Clients and Services in the Cancer Bioinformatics Grid (caBIG)

Presenter: Marty Humprey, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia

The cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) is revolutionizing the way medical researchers share information and collaborate. As the underlying service-oriented infrastructure of caBIG, caGrid is the foundation upon which to connect such researchers with the information they need. We believe that interoperability will be a key to caGrid’s continued success. However, to date, while a comprehensive set of tools and run-time services have been designed and implemented (e.g., for caGrid 1.2), there has been little investigation into the use of the Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio for caGrid. There is a substantial opportunity to more precisely investigate the issues and challenges of using Microsoft’s comprehensive set of developer tools and frameworks to support the Web services technologies used by caGrid. We have recently begun an exploratory project supported by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Bioinformatics (which itself is supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health) to provide alternative platforms, tools, and development environments. The overall goal of this project is not merely to provide a “second source” of existing technology/functionality, with identical functionality, but rather to potentially revisit a broad set of design decisions made to date in caBIG to determine if there are unique capabilities that can be facilitated in caBIG via the wide range of technologies based on .NET. In this demo, we show how easy it is to create relatively simple .NET-based clients to existing caBIG services. We also show how to create more caBIG services by focusing on a particular type called caBIG Data Services, in which particular sets of data are exposed via a canonical service interface, with a particular query language called the caBIG Query Language (CQL), using a single underlying meta-model with common data elements. We show how we take advantage of Microsoft ADO.NET Data Services as the foundation for caBIG Data Services, in particular for the caBIO data set.

Booth #19: EasyGrid: a .NET approach for easy access to Grid Platforms

Presenter: Robison Rivas-Suarez, Professor, Central University of Venezuela

Grid infrastructures are becoming very important tools for scientific research—in the so-called E-Science. However, access to Grid infrastructures is quite difficult for most users, since they must dominate as well their own field (chemistry, physics, and so on) and the complexity of several commands to register, send jobs, administer resources, retrieve results, monitor, and other complex operations.