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Margo Seltzer
Margo Seltzer is currently the Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science and the Faculty Director for the Center for Research on Computation and Society in Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In September 2018, she will assume a Canada 150 Research Chair and become the Director of the Computer Systems Laboratory at the University of British Columbia.
Her research interests are in systems, construed quite broadly: systems for capturing and accessing provenance, file systems, databases, transaction processing systems, storage and analysis of graph-structured data, new architectures for parallelizing execution, and systems that apply technology to problems in healthcare and the judicial system. Dr. Seltzer was a founder and CTO of Sleepycat Software, the makers of Berkeley DB, and is also an Architect at Oracle Corporation. She is a past President of the USENIX Association, a Sloan Foundation Fellow in Computer Science, and an ACM Fellow. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor, having received the Phi Beta Kappa teaching award in 1996, the Abrahmson Teaching Award in 1999, and the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising in 2010.
Dr. Seltzer received an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1983 and a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.


Radia Perlman
Radia Perlman is a Fellow at Dell EMC. Her specialties include network routing protocols, and network security. She developed the technology for making network routing self-stabilizing, largely self-managing, and scalable. She also invented the spanning tree algorithm, which transformed Ethernet from a technology that supported a few hundred nodes within a single building, to something that could support large networks. She also has made contributions in network security, including scalable data expiration, distributed algorithms despite malicious participants, DDOS prevention techniques, and user authentication. She is the author of the textbook “Interconnections” (about network layers 2 and 3) and coauthor of “Network Security” (applied cryptography). She has been recognized with many industry honors including induction into the National Academy of Engineering, the Inventor Hall of Fame, and lifetime achievement awards from Usenix and SIGCOMM. She has a PhD in computer science from MIT.


Ant Rowstron
Ant Rowstron is a Principal Researcher and Deputy Lab Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. His research interests are broad, covering the spectrum of systems, distributed systems, storage and networking. He has worked on many things in the last two decades, and most recently has been leading a team investigating how to build clean-slate storage technologies, from the media up, for the cloud. Currently, he is learning a lot about how to write and read data in glass! He received an MEng degree in Computer Systems and Software Engineering in 1993 and a DPhil degree in Computer Science in 1997 both from the University of York, UK. After his DPhil studies, he joined Cambridge University in 1996, and then moved in May 1999 to Microsoft Research in the UK, where he has worked since. He was awarded the 2016 ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award.

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