Distinguished Speakers

We are excited to announce the following speakers for the 2013 Conference:

Dr. Radia Perlman – Intel Fellow

Radia Perlman is a Fellow at Intel Labs, specializing in network protocols and security protocols.  Many of the technologies she designed have been deployed in the Internet for decades, including the IS-IS routing protocol, many of the ideas of which were also deployed in the OSPF routing protocol, and the spanning tree algorithm that has been the heart of Ethernet.  More recently she invented the concept of TRILL, which improves upon spanning tree while still “being Ethernet”. She has also made contributions to network security, including assured delete of data, design of the authentication handshake of IPSec, trust models for PKI, and network infrastructure robust against malicious trusted components.  She is the author of the textbook “Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols”, and coauthor of “Network Security”. She holds over 100 issued patents, has a PhD from MIT in computer science, and has received various industry awards including lifetime achievement awards from ACM’s SIGCOMM and Usenix, and an honorary doctorate from KTH.

Professor Valerie Barr – ACM-W Chair

Valerie Barr is Professor of Computer Science and Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at Union College, Schenectady, NY.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, a Masters in Computer Science from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.  Between receiving her Masters and Ph.D., Valerie worked in industry on applications such as automated blood analyzers, automated storage and retrieval machines, and banking back office operations.  Her current research is in the area of software testing, focusing on the development of verification and validation methods for natural language processing systems.  She is also involved in curriculum development, chiefly through the creation of interdisciplinary programs between CS and the humanities, science, and social sciences, with a goal of changing the demographics of and increasing enrollments in computer science.  Valerie is chair of ACM-W and on the board of the Computer Science Teachers Association.

Karl Koscher – University of Washington Security Lab

Karl Koscher is a PhD student studying computer security and privacy under Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering. While his research has covered many areas, his primary research involves security and privacy issues in ubiquitous and embedded computing, ranging from RFID to cars. He received a BS in Computer Engineering in 2006 and an MS in Computer Science and Engineering in 2009, both from the University of Washington. He has also received an NSF GRFP honorable mention and a Ford Motor Company fellowship.

Sidhant Gupta – University of Washington Ubiquitous Computing Lab

Sidhant Gupta is a PhD student at the University of Washington’s CSE department specializing in Ubiquitous Computing. His current research focuses on developing novel sensing technologies and supporting software for the home that use minimal sensors, are low cost and easy to deploy. A core part of his work is in developing sensing techniques and machine learning algorithms that leverage high frequency noise produced by modern consumer electronics for energy disaggregation. In addition he has developed numerous sensing techniques for novel interaction. He received his Masters from Georgia Tech in 2009 and was recently named a technology disrupter in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work on sustainability sensing. His website details his work: http://www.sidhantgupta.com/

Lilian de Greef – University of Washington Ubiquitous Computing Lab

Lilian de Greef is a first year PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, focusing in the area of Ubiquitous Computing. Her current research explores mobile phones as medical platforms, to help make health monitoring and diagnosis cheaper and more accessible. Lilian has also been mentoring high school and undergraduate students for the past few years, recently becoming a she++ and WitsOn mentor for young women in computer science. She received her B.S. from Harvey Mudd College in 2012.

Jamie McDonald – University of Colorado
Sit With Me Campaign

Jamie McDonald is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research focuses on issues surrounding cultural diversity at work with a particular emphasis on the under-representation of particular groups (such as women) in certain lines of work (such as computing and information technology). His dissertation is entitled “Changing the Face of Computing and IT Work: Re-branding Occupational Identities for Gender Diversity” and uses the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s “Sit With Me” campaign as a case study to theorize attempts to increase diversity in occupations that are currently segregated by gender and/or race

Dr. Maria Bezaitis – Intel
Interaction and Experience Research Lab

Maria Bezaitis is a Senior Research Scientist in the Interaction and Experience Research (IXR) group at Intel Labs. Maria’s primary focus is on security and control technologies for personal data and 2) new business models and development directions that enable more relating between people and technologies.

Maria directed Intel’s People and Practices Research (PaPR) from June 2006 through June 2010. As Director of PaPR, she was an advocate for the value of research that explores fundamental paradigms and phenomena of everyday life. Such research will help Intel to think critically about how people, practices, and institutions affect technological innovation and to conceptualize provocative experiences in the future.

Previously, Maria was a Vice President at Sapient Corporation, a business consulting and technology services firm. She co-led Sapient’s Experience Modeling Group and led its Advanced Research Team, reporting to the CEO, and chartered with applying research to the development of new service offerings. Maria started her post academic career as director of projects and managing partner at E-Lab, a firm that pioneered the use of ethnography and design planning for product and service development.

Maria is on the Advisory Board of TTI Vanguard, a global technology thought leadership organization and the Board for the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Dartmouth College and a PhD in French Literature and Cultural Studies at Duke University.

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