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Nedenfor følger profilerne på de talere, der deltog i symposiet Useful software celebration dayProgrammet med abstracts kan ses her.

Bios of keynote speakers at the symposium (partly in Danish):

Head of Dept. (DIKU)dr.scient. Martin Zachariasen

 

Martin har siden 1995 været fast tilknyttet Datalogisk Institut, som først ph.d.-studerende, dernæst adjunkt og siden 2001 som lektor. Han blev i 2008 udpeget som institutleder for DIKU. 

Martin Zachariasen har i godt 10 år forsket i at løse et optimerings-problem, i forskerkredse kaldet Steinerproblemet, der kort fortalt går ud på at udregne den korteste vej mellem en række faste forbindelses-punkter. Resultatet er udgivet som doktordisputats i juni 2010 med titlen "Fixed Orientation interconnction Problems: Theory, Algorithms and Applications" og finder anvendelse i chip-industrien.

Dr. Peter Naur, professor emeritus

 

Peter Naur har været professor emeritus fra DIKU siden 1998. Han er uddannet astronom og erhvervede doktorgraden fra Københavns Universitet i 1957. Snart efter sin ansættelse ved Regnecentralen i 1959 slog han sit navn fast i den internationalt gryende aktivitet omkring datamaskinerne ved sine bidrag til det internationale programmeringssprog ALGOL 60. I de følgende år førte hans overvejelser over Regnecentralens ALGOL-kompilatorer til, at han i 1966 formulerede en akademisk disciplin under betegnelsen datalogi, overvejelser som i 1972 blev publiceret under titlen "Concise Survey of Computer Methods". Dette førte til, at Københavns Universitet i 1970 oprettede Datalogisk Institut, hvortil han blev kaldt som professor. Som sådan fortsatte han i de følgende år sine
studier over programmeringens problemer med stigende opmærksomhed på at forstå den menneskelige tankevirksomhed i alle dens manifestationer. En lang række af hans arbejder på dette område blev i 1992 udgivet samlet under titlen "Computing - A Human Activity".

Peter Naur blev tildelt G.A. Hagemann Medaillen i 1963, Jens Rosenkjær Prisen i 1966 og Computer Pioneer Award of the IEEE Computer Society i 1986. I 2005 blev han tildelt computerverdenens mest prestigefyldte hæderspris, Association for Computing Machinerys A. M. Turing Award.

Dr. Charles Simonyi, CEO, Intentional Software

Charles Simonyi is chairman, CTO and founder of Intentional Software Corporation. The company accelerates innovation by integrating business domain experts into the software production process.

Simonyi was at Microsoft Corporation from 1981 to 2002, where he was Director of Application Development, Chief Architect, and Distinguished Engineer. While at Microsoft, Simonyi hired and managed teams that developed Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and other best selling software applications. Simonyi worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) from 1972-1980 where he created the first WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editor called Bravo. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Simonyi earned his B.S. in engineering mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University. He received a honorary doctorate from the University of Pecs in Hungary, in 2001. Simonyi has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1997, elected for his contributions to "widely used productivity software." He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008, and a Correspondent Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Simonyi has been serving on the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since 1998 and elected to be the Chairman of the Board starting in 2008. He has endowed a chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and a chair for Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, among numerous other educational and charitable contributions through the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences.

Simonyi is an avid collector of modern art, enjoys classical music and is an experienced pilot. He participated in the Soyuz TMA-10 mission in 2007 and the Soyuz TMA-14 mission in 2009 to the International Space Station.

Mads Tofte, Rector, IT University

Mads Tofte har en naturvidenskabelig embedseksamen (cand. scient.) i datalogi og matematik fra Københavns Universitet, 1984. PhD i Computer Science fra University of Edinburgh, 1988. Har undervist og forsket ved University of Edinburgh, University of Nigeria og Københavns Universitet. Direktør for IT-højskolen i København, 1999-2003. Rektor for IT-Universitetet i København siden 2003.

Mads blev udnævnt som æresdoktor ved Kingston University (2007)

Carsten Gomard, CEO, Netcompany 

Carsten er uddannet cand.scient i datalogi og matematik og har en Ph.D. i datalogi fra Københavns Universitet. Carsten har arbejdet hos Accenture i 5 år og før han startede hos Netcompany arbejdede han hos A.T. Kearney Strategic Consulting. Carsten er administrerende direktør i Netcompany.

Dr. Brian Randell, Professor Emeritus, School of Computing Science,  Newcastle University

My earliest work, during the period 1957-1964 while I was English Electric, was on compilers. This led to the book: Algol 60 Implementation. (Co-author L. J. Russell). Academic Press, London, 1964.

I then joined IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. where, with an intervening year during 1965-66 in California, I worked on high performance computer architectures (the ACS Project), then on operating systems and system design methodology. During this time, and shortly after I returned to the UK to became Professor of Computing Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, I was co-editor of the reports on the two NATO Software Engineering Conferences.

In 1971 I set up the project that initiated research into the possibility of software fault tolerance, and introduced the "recovery block" concept. Subsequent major developments included the Newcastle Connection, and the prototype distributed Secure System. I have been Principal Investigator on a succession of research projects on system dependability funded by the Science Research Council (now Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the Ministry of Defence, the European Strategic Programme of Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT), and the European Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme. Most recently I have performed the role of Project Director for CaberNet (the IST Network of Excellence on Distributed Computing Systems Architectures) and for two IST Research Projects, MAFTIA (Malicious- and Accidental-Fault Tolerance for Internet Applications) and DSoS (Dependable Systems of Systems). Subsequently I was involved with the RODIN IST project, and the ReSIST IST Network of Excellence.

My current computing science research continues to be focussed on Dependability (for example on failure analysis) and, to a lesser extent, on the History of Computing.

Brian Rakowski, Director of Product Management, Google 

Brian Rakowski is also referred to as "The brains behind Google Chrome." Brian grew up outside of Chicago, IL and moved to California in 1998 to attend Stanford University. There, he studied Symbolic Systems (BS, 2002) and Psychology (MS, 2002).

Brian started at Google in July of 2002 as Google's first Associate Product Manager and worked on Gmail through launch in 2004. Then, he temporarily relocated to Google's Zurich, Switzerland office before coming back to California to work on client software at Google. Brian has been the lead PM on Chrome for the last 4 years.

Read more about 2 years of Google Chrome in Brian Rakowski's recent Google Chrome blog dated September 2, 2010.