Big Data and the Cloud Phenomenon


May 24, 2012


Pedro Celis




Big data and cloud computing are two of the hottest areas in computer science research. In this talk, we cover the architecture design patterns and research challenges involved in building large, linearly scalable systems.


Pedro Celis

Pedro Celis, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft, currently works in the Bing organization and previously served as CTO of the Microsoft SQL Server group. Pedro was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, where he developed a lifelong passion for education and technology that has led to positions as a professor of computer science and as a software engineer for several companies. Pedro was appointed to the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) by President George W. Bush. He served as a member of from 2003 to 2005, advising the president on federal policies and investments that would maintain and enhance US pre-eminence in information technology. Pedro holds more than 15 US patents, and in 2009 he was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. He holds an engineering degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) and master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.