Keynote Speakers

Anastasia Ailamaki, École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne

Bio:Anastasia Ailamaki is a Professor of Computer Sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Her research interests are in database systems and applications, and in particular (a) in strengthening the interaction between the database software and emerging hardware and I/O devices, and (b) in automating database management to support computationally-demanding and demanding data-intensive scientific applications. She has received a Finmeccanica endowed chair from the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon (2007), a European Young Investigator Award from the European Science Foundation (2007), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2005), seven best-paper awards at top conferences (2001-2011), and an NSF CAREER award (2002). She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She is a member of IEEE and ACM, and has also been a CRA-W mentor.

Evolving the Architecture of SQL Server for Modern Hardware
Paul (Per-Ake) Larson, Microsoft Research

Bio:Paul Larson has conducted research in the database field for over 30 years. He served as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo for 15 years and joined Microsoft Research in 1996 where he is a Principal Researcher. Paul has worked in a variety of areas: file structures, materialized views, query processing, and query optimization among others. During the last few years he has collaborated closely with the SQL Server team on drastically improving system performance by adding column store indexes and a new main-memory database engine.