Invited Technical Speakers
- Lori Beer
- Lili Cheng
- Lori A. Clarke
- Jane Margolis
- Hilary Mason
- Judith Olson
- Vivek Wadhwa
- Caroline Watteeuw
Executive Vice President, WellPoint, Inc.
Transforming Health Care Through Data
Friday, October 5th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Abstract: In January 2011, as Lori Beer sat in the audience watching IBM Watson defeat Jeopardy’s top champions, a thought crossed her mind – how can WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, harness this technology to improve the health care system? Just nine months later, WellPoint and IBM announced an agreement making WellPoint the first company in any industry to create commercial applications utilizing the IBM Watson technology. In this inspiring session, Lori will discuss how WellPoint is tackling the challenges facing health care, and its vision to develop Watson-based applications that could one day create efficiencies in the health care system, improve access to quality care and ultimately transform health care for millions of Americans.
Biography: Lori Beer is executive vice president of Enterprise Business Services for Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Inc. In this role, Ms. Beer is responsible for driving the business, technology and service solutions to deliver innovative health care products and services to the more than 34 million members of the company’s affiliated health plans.
Leading Enterprise Business Services – which includes the company’s operations, technology, real estate, information management, vendor partnerships, and strategic project portfolio – Ms. Beer ensures that WellPoint leverages its size and scale to drive innovation, affordability and speed-to-market. Beer leads a diverse team of more than 30,000 employees, including global contractors and vendor partners, and manages a portfolio exceeding $3 billion.
Ms. Beer has more than 20 years of executive experience leading the delivery of strategic business solutions and has been recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal as one of the “Women Worth Watching,” by Insurance & Technology magazine as one of its “Elite Eight” (2009), as a Computerworld 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader and as the 2011 National Association for Female Executives Women of Excellence Health Care Champion.
General Manager, Microsoft Research
Creativity, Learning and Social Software
Thursday, October 4th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abstract: Inspired by today’s teens, we began by thinking about how young kids can be encouraged to be creative by making the kind of software they love to use: games, search, and social networking programs. Typically it is very challenging to build complex experiences. We’ve built several tools to simplify this experience. First, we designed a game making tool called Kodu- which teaches programming and design concepts to kids, which is used on over 200 countries around the world. Kodu lets kids build the kind of games they play, rich visual multiplayer games on the xbox or PC. We then built a tool called Montage, for creating rich documents by using the search metaphor- typing a word to begin the authoring process, and So.cl, a social network for sharing rich content and interests. We then allow students to reuse the data in so.cl to create their own versions of search and social networking tools.
It’s our hope that we can inspire more kids to code and design software, to imagine and create future versions of the tools they use every day.
Biography: Lili Cheng is General Manager of the Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs in Microsoft Research, FUSE. The focus of FUSE Labs is to work in partnership with product and research teams to ideate, develop, and deliver new social, real-time, and media-rich experiences for home and work. FUSE Labs experiences give users new ways to create, connect and collaborate with the people, information and ideas that matter to them.
At Microsoft since 1995, she has worked to make future visions a reality. She was previously the director of the Creative Systems Group within Microsoft Research. Lili was also director of user experience for Microsoft Windows from 2004 to 2006 where she oversaw design, user research, user assistance and advanced development for Windows Vista.
Prior to Microsoft, Lili worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group, on the User Interface research team, where she focused on Quicktime Conferencing and Quicktime VR.
Lili is also a registered architect; she worked in Tokyo and Los Angeles for Nihon Sekkei and Skidmore Owings and Merrill on commercial urban design and large-scale building projects. She has taught at NYU-Interactive Telecommunications as well as Harvard University. Lili was born in Tokyo, is married with three boys.
Lori A. Clarke
Chair, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts
Using Process Modeling and Analysis Techniques to Reduce Errors in Health Care
Thursday, October 4th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abstract: As has been widely reported in the news lately, heath care errors are a major cause of death and suffering. In the University of Massachusetts Medical Safety Project, we are exploring the use of process modeling and analysis technologies to help reduce medical errors and improve efficiency. Specifically, we are modeling health care processes using a process definition language and then analyzing these processes using model checking, fault-tree analysis, discrete event simulation, and other analysis techniques. Working with the UMASS School of Nursing and the Baystate Medical Center, we are undertaking in-depth case studies on error-prone and life-critical health care processes. In many ways, these processes are similar to complex, distributed systems with many interacting, concurrent threads and numerous exceptional conditions that must be handled carefully.
This talk describes the technologies we are using, discusses the case studies, and presents our observations and findings to date. Although presented in terms of the health care domain, the described approach could be applied to human-intensive processes in other domains to provide a technology-driven approach to process improvement
Biography: Lori A. Clarke is chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and co-director of the Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER). She is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and a board member of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). She is a former vice chair of the Computing Research Association (CRA), co-chair of CRA-W, IEEE Publication Board member, associate editor of ACM TOPLAS and IEEE TSE, member of the CCR NSF advisory board, and ACM SIGSOFT chair. Recent awards include the 2012 SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award, 2011 University of Massachusetts Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award, the 2009 College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Service Award, the 2004 University of Colorado, Boulder Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, and the 2002 SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Clarke’s research is in the area of software engineering. Recently she has been investigating applying software engineering technologies to detect errors and vulnerabilities in complex processes in domains such as healthcare, scientific workflow, and digital government. She is also involved in several efforts to increase participation of underrepresented groups in computing research.
Senior Researcher, School of Education and Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles
Unlocking the Clubhouse: A Decade Later and Now What?
Friday, October 5th, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Abstract: In the decade since Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing was published, educational institutions have coalesced around the mission of increasing women’s participation in computing. Yet, despite the uptick of interest in computer science majors and the surge of technology shaping all aspects of our lives, the numbers of women majoring in computer science are still abysmally small. In this talk, I will reflect on why this is the case, and make connections to the issues raised in Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing—the underrepresentation in computer science of students of color. As this talk is occurring one month before critical US national elections, I will examine how underrepresentation in computing relates to the larger issues we face as world citizens.
Biography: Jane Margolis, UCLA Senior Researcher at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, is the author of two award-winning books: Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing (MIT Press, 2002) which examines the gender gap in computer science at the college level, and Stuck in the Shallow End: Education Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008) which examines the disparities in computer science learning opportunities in Los Angeles public high schools. Her research consistently leads to innovative organizational reform. Margolis is the PI of two National Science Foundation supported grants, Into the Loop Alliance and Mobilize: Mobilizing for Innovation of Computer Science Teaching and Learning. Both have goals of increasing access and transforming computer science learning opportunities so that they are compelling and enhance the learning for traditionally underrepresented students. Margolis is one of the founding members of the National Center for Women in Technology.
Chief Scientist, bit.ly
Short URLs, Big Data: Learning about the World in Realtime
Friday, October 5th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Abstract: More people share content online now than ever before. By studying this behavior, we can build models of what people actually pay attention to online, in real-time. Bitly began as a simple URL shortener and has evolved into a content sharing and analytics platform. I’ll discuss the algorithms and infrastructure that we developed to understand attention on the internet, and the process of integrating them into new products.
Biography: Hilary Mason is the Chief Scientist at bit.ly, where she finds sense in vast data sets. Her work involves both pure research and development of product-focused features. She’s also a co-founder of HackNY (hackny.org), a non-profit organization that connects talented student hackers from around the world with startups in NYC.
Hilary recently started the data science blog Dataists (dataists.com) and is a member of hacker collective NYC Resistor.
Hilary studied computer science at Grinnell College and Brown University. Before bitly, she was Chief Scientist at Path101 and Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University. She speaks widely at academic and industry conferences, including PyCon 2011 (keynote), Strange Loop 2011 (keynote), and WSDM 2012 (keynote), and has been featured this year in publications as diverse as Glamour, Scientific American, and Fast Company
She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions.
Professor, Informatics Department, University of California, Irvine
Working Together Apart: Technology and Social Practices that make Distance Matter Less
Thursday, October 4th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Abstract: Although it is widely understood that working together when geographically distributed is difficult, such work is becoming increasingly prominent. We have been studying distributed work for 20 years, resulting in a rich body of cases and an emerging theory about the factors that should be in place to ensure success. In this talk I will offer a brief overview of these success followed by a description of an online assessment tool, the Collaboration Success Wizard, which embodies the theory and provides advice about how teams can mitigate the areas where they might be vulnerable. This tool provides a helpful (free) assessment with advice to those who take it, while providing data for us to verify and refine our theory of collaboration success.
Biography: Judith Olson is the Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences in the Informatics Department at the UC Irvine, with courtesy appointments in the School of Social Ecology and the Merage School of Business. She has researched teams whose members are not collocated for over 20 years, summaries of which are found in her most cited paper, “Distance Matters,” (Olson & Olson, 2000), and in her key theoretical contribution in the book Scientific Collaboration on the Internet (Olson, Zimerman, and Bos, Eds., 2008). Her current work focuses on ways to verify the theory’s components while at the same time helping new scientific collaborations succeed. She has recently been engaged in studying remote collaboration in an interesting form–telemedicine where a remote physician is connected via videoconferencing but seated atop a remote controlled robot, creating a sense of “presence.”
She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and with her husband and colleague, Gary Olson, holds the Lifetime Achievement award from the Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction. In 2011, she was awarded the ACM-W Athena Lecture, the equivalent of the Woman of the Year in Computer Science.
Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University
Where the next billion dollar opportunities lie: at the intersection of exponentially growing technologies
Thursday, October 4th, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Abstract: Many argue that innovation has peaked, that the best days are behind us. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This will be the most innovative decade in human history. And the next decades will be even more so.
A range of technologies are rapidly evolving and converging that will make it possible to solve some of humanity’s grand challenges. Advances in fields such as robotics, AI, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine and nanomaterials are allowing small teams to do what was only once possible by governments and large corporations.
Vivek Wadhwa will discuss why he believes that a world with abundant energy, food, and water is possible, detail some of the advances, and discuss the opportunities for you to help make this change happen.
Biography:Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Wadhwa oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.
In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
Global Chief Technology Officer,PepsiCo Inc.
The Game is changing
Friday, October 5th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Abstract: Being a CTO and defining Technology Strategy for a large corporation has never been as exciting and rewarding as in today’s environment. Innovations in the technology itself as well as the global accessibility to these very sophisticated platforms have changed the game for companies big and small. From consumerization of IT, social networking and digital consumer connections, to Big Data Analytics, mobility, self-healing networks or virtualization, wherever you turn, a CTO can make a fundamental contribution to the topline, through the creation of business technology programs that denote a competitive advantage or to the bottom line, through technology programs that provide game changing productivity levels. Technology Innovation talent is probably one of the most sought after disciplines in the Core Technology Organization.
In this talk, Caroline will illustrate that during her entire career, technology innovation was a constant objective and how in today’s environment, it is changing the impact technology people can make for our future.
Biography: Caroline is currently the Global Chief Technology Officer and SVP Business Information Solution Services of PepsiCo Inc., a 60+ Billion company operating in 120+ countries with more than 300,000 employees. Key responsibilities of the role are developing and executing a strategic agenda for technology programs that drive significant value, support the fast growth in operating capabilities, increase the value-contribution of IT, as well as the management of all infrastructure and enterprise services operations.
Previously, Caroline served as Managing Director of Technology and Chief Technology Officer for New York based iFormation Group, a joint venture between Boston Consulting Groups, General Atlantic Partners and Goldman Saks. Prior to that Caroline was the Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and at Bankers Trust.
Caroline has a master’s degree in chemical and biochemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she earned a number of master’s level academic credentials in computer science, as well as an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, from the State University of Ghent in Belgium.