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Tech Sessions: Wednesday, June 17 | Thursday, June 18 | Friday, June 19 | Invited Talk Speakers

David Brin, Third Millennium Problem-Solving: Can New Visualization and Collaboration Tools Make a Difference?
David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant, and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

James Hamilton, Where Does the Power Go in High-Scale Data Centers?
James is a Vice President and Distinguished Engineer on the Amazon Web Services team where he is focused on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to AWS, James was architect on the Microsoft Data Center Futures team and before that he was architect on the Live Platform Services team. He has a Master of Math in computer Science from the University of Waterloo and Bachelors of Science in computer science from the University of Victoria. In the late 70's and early 80's he worked as a licensed auto mechanic first at a Chevrolet dealer and later at Eurocar, an Alfa Romeo dealership where they serviced Maseratti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and, just to keep the bills paid, Fiats.

Matthew Jadud, Towards Designing Usable Languages
Matthew Jadud is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Allegheny College, a liberal arts institution of 2100 students in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and probably became a father within days of writing this.

Randy H. Katz, A Computer Scientist Looks at the Energy Problem
Randy H. Katz received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1983, where since 1996 he has been the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki. He has published over 250 refereed technical papers, book chapters, and books. His textbook, Contemporary Logic Design, has sold over 100,000 copies in two editions and has been used at over 200 colleges and universities.

David J. Malan, Teaching Computer Science in the Cloud
David J. Malan is a Lecturer at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D., S.M., and A.B. and now teaches Harvard College's 300-student introductory course in computer science as well as "Building Dynamic, Scalable Websites" at Harvard Extension School. He also serves as Chief Information Officer for Mindset Media, LLC, where he designed Web-based infrastructure capable of 500M hits per day with peaks of 10K per second. His research background ranges from cybersecurity and forensics to pedagogy.

Roger Meike, Project SunSPOT
Roger Meike is Senior Research Director, Area 51, and Director of Operations, Sun Microsystems Laboratories. His background is in cognitive science and his career has led him back and forth between new start companies and large research organizations. While his background is mostly in software, he also enjoys consorting with hardware folks. He has been accused of being many things including photo enthusiast, sailor, ham radio operator, musician, and techno-geek/nerd.

Diomidis Spinellis, The Antikythera Mechanism: Hacking with Gears
Diomidis Spinellis is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. His research interests include software engineering, computer security, and programming languages. He has written the two "Open Source Perspective" books: Code Reading (Software Development Productivity Award 2004) and Code Quality (Software Development Productivity Award 2007), as well as dozens of scientific papers. He is a member of the IEEE Software Editorial Board, authoring the regular "Tools of the Trade" column. Diomidis is a FreeBSD committer and the developer of UMLGraph and other open-source software packages, libraries, and tools. He holds an MEng in Software Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science, both from Imperial College London, and he is a four-times winner of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest.

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