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Keynote Speakers


James Larus, EPFL
James Larus is Professor and Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Prior to joining IC in October 2013, Larus was a researcher, manager, and director at Microsoft Research for over 16 years and an assistant and associate professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Larus has been an active contributor to numerous communities. He has published over 100 papers (with 9 best and most influential paper awards) and received over 40 US patents. Larus received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator award in 1993 and became an ACM Fellow in 2006. Larus received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard in 1980.


Bill Bolosky, Microsoft Research
Bill Bolosky started his professional career working on the Mach Operating system at CMU in the mid-80s. Subsequently, he received a Computer Science Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and started working at Microsoft Research in 1992. His first quarter century of work involved various systems problems: virtual memory, NUMA, video file servers (when that was hard), storage, and distributed systems in general. Figuring that much time in one area was enough, a few years ago he started working on bioinformatics software, which turned out to be a gateway drug that led to doing hard-core cancer research. Recently he began studying the mechanisms that underlie acute myeloid leukemia, as well as the general underpinnings of all cancers.


James Bottomley, IBM Research
James Bottomley is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research where he works on cloud and container technology. Bottomley is also Linux Kernel maintainer of the SCSI subsystem. He has served as Director on the Board of the Linux Foundation and Chair of its Technical Advisory Board. He went to university at Cambridge for both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees after which he joined AT&T Bell labs to work on distributed lock manager technology for clustering. In 2000 he helped found SteelEye Technology, a high availability company for Linux and Windows, becoming Vice President and CTO.  He joined Novell in 2008 as a Distinguished Engineer at Novell's SUSE Labs, Parallels (later Odin) in 2011 as CTO of Server Virtualization and IBM Research in 2016.

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