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Our confirmed Keynote Speakers include the following:

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S. George Djorgovski
Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology

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Science in Cyberspace

S. George Djorgovski is a Professor of Astronomy and a Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech, and the Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics. After receiving his PhD from UC Berkeley, he was a Harvard Junior Fellow, before joining the Caltech faculty in 1987. He was a Presidential Young Investigator, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, among other honors and distinctions, and he is an author or coauthor of several hundred professional publications.

He was one of the founders of the Virtual Observatory concept, and was the Chairman of the US Nat'l Virtual Observatory Science Definition Team. He was or is the PI or a Co-PI of several major digital sky surveys. His e-Scientific interests include definition and development of the universal methodology, tools, and frameworks for data-intensive and computationally-enabled science, various aspects of data mining and virtual scientific organizations. His astrophysical interests include digital sky surveys, exploration of observable parameter spaces, formation and early evolution of quasars, galaxies, and other cosmic structures, time-domain astronomy, and the nature of the dark energy.  


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Thom Dunning
Director, National Centre for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

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Blue Waters: An Extraordinary Computer to Enable Extraordinary Research

Thom Dunning is the director of the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an endowed position as Distinguished Chair for Research Excellence in Chemistry and professor in the Department of Chemistry.

As leader of IACAT/NCSA, Dunning leads a staff of approximately 300 technologists and scientists who:

  • provide and support high-performance computing, data-intensive computing, and networking resources;
  • explore innovative computing architectures and techniques to achieve petascale (and beyond) science;
  • develop cyberenvironments tailored to the needs of research communities and software and tools to improve cybersecurity;
  • create artful visualizations of scientific phenomena;
  • and help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Dunning previously held leadership positions at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina System, the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was instrumental in creating DOE's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, the federal government's first comprehensive program aimed at developing the software infrastructure needed for leadership-class scientific computing.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a member of the American Chemical Society. Dunning received DOE's E. O. Lawrence Award in 1997 and its Distinguished Associate Award in 2001.  


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Ian Foster
Director, Computation Institute, Argonne National Laboratory

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Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, Chan Soon-Shiong Scholar and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science.

Ian received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.

Dr. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society. His awards include the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a co-founder of Univa UD, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions. 


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John Mattick
ARC Federation Fellow, University of Queensland

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Information and Data Challenges in Biology

John Mattick is the Professor of Molecular Biology and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. He undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Sydney and his PhD at Monash University. He has subsequently worked at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, the CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney, and at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cologne, Strasbourg and Queensland, where he has been based since 1988. He was the Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility, the ARC Special Research Centre for Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He has also served on the advisory councils of a number of research agencies and organizations, including the Human Frontier Science Program and Genome Canada.

Professor Mattick has worked in range of areas in molecular biology, including mitochondrial DNA replication, multifunctional enzymes, recombinant vaccine development, bacterial pathogenesis, and more recently the role of non-coding RNA in the evolution and development of complex organisms. He has published over 180 scientific papers. His work and ideas challenging the accepted dogma of genetics have received coverage in major scientific journals including Science, Nature, and Scientific American, as well as The New York Times, among others.

He has been awarded the Pharmacia-LKB Biotechnology Medal by the Australian Biochemical Society (1989), Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (2002), the Australian Government Centenary Medal (2003), the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science (2006) and the inaugural Gutenberg Professorship at the Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg (2008). He was elected as an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2007, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2008. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2001.  


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Guy Steele
Software Architect, Sun Labs, Oracle

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The Rise of Functional Programming Languages in Science,_Jr.  

Guy Steele is a Sun Fellow for Sun Microsystems Laboratories, working on the Programming Language Research project. His research interests include algorithms, compiler design, distributed systems, floating-point arithmetic, Fortress, functional programming, garbage collection, hardware/software codesign, high performance computing, high productivity computing, interval arithmetic, Java, Lisp, object-oriented programming, operating systems, parallel algorithms, parallel computer architectures, parallel processing, programming languages, Scheme, and supercomputer design.

He received his A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard College (1975), and his S.M. and Ph.D. in computer science and artificial intelligence from MIT (1977 and 1980). Prior to joining Sun Microsystems, he was an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University; a member of technical staff at Tartan Laboratories in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and a senior scientist at Thinking Machines Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1994 as a Distinguished Engineer and was named a Sun Fellow in 2003.

Steele is author or co-author of five highly regarded technical books - all of which are still in print - and dozens of papers, notably those on the implementation of the scheme programming language. The Association for Computing Machinery awarded him the 1988 Grace Murray Hopper Award and named him an ACM Fellow in 1994. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence in 1990. He led the team that received a 1990 Gordon Bell Prize honorable mention for achieving the fastest speed to that date for a production application: 14.182 Gigaflops. He was also awarded the 1996 ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award. In 2001 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States of America and in 2002 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 


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Jürgen P. Schulze
Research Scientist, CalIT2, University of California at San Diego

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Advanced Applications of Virtual Reality

Jürgen P. Schulze is a Research Scientist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and a Lecturer in the computer science department at the University of California San Diego. His research interests include scientific visualization in virtual environments, human-computer interaction, real-time volume rendering, and graphics algorithms on programmable graphics hardware. He holds an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After his graduation he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Brown University. 




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