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10th LASER Summer School on Software Engineering

Software for the Cloud and Big Data

September 8-14, 2013 - Elba Island, Italy

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Roger Barga (Microsoft)
Karin Breitman (EMC)
Sebastian Burckhardt (Microsoft)
Adrian Cockcroft (Netflix)
Carlo Ghezzi (Politecnico di Milano)
Anthony Joseph (Berkeley)
Pere Mato Vila (CERN)
Bertrand Meyer (ETH Zurich)


  • Roger Barga, Microsoft

    Roger Barga currently works as an Architect and group lead in the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), a new organization in Microsoft Research established to push the boundaries of computing. Prior to joining XCG he worked as a Principal Architect for External Research (MSR), where he founded and led the Advanced Research Services and Tools (ARTS) team. Roger Barga joined Microsoft in 1997 as a Researcher in the Database Group of Microsoft Research, where he was involved in a number of systems research projects and product development efforts in database systems, application recovery, workflow and stream processing.

  • Karin Breitman, EMC

    Prior to joining EMC as the General Manager of the Brazil R&D Center, Dr. Breitman worked as a Computer Science Professor in the Informatics Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). She graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Rio de Janeiro State University, got his MSc. degree in Computing Science from Rio de Janeiro Federal University and her DSc. degree in Informatics from PUC-Rio. She is the Author of over 70 research papers in conference proceedings and journal papers, she received numerous research grants from public institutions and private industry, including NASA, CNRS, IBM, Hewlett Packard and, more recently, Microsoft. She recently published “Video Processing in the Cloud” and edited “Patterns, Programming and Everything”, both by Springer Verlag.

    Her research focuses on Software Engineering and its applications in Knowledge Representation, Linked Data, Semantic Web and Cloud Computing.

  • Sebastian Burckhardt, Microsoft

    Sebastian Burckhardt was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, where he studied Mathematics at the local University. During an exchange year at Brandeis University, he discovered his affinity to Computer Science and immigrated to the United States, where he completed a second Master's degree. After a few years of industry experience at IBM, he returned to academia and earned his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past 4 years, he has worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond. His research interests revolve around the general problem of programming concurrent, parallel, and distributed systems conveniently, efficiently, and correctly. More specific interests include consistency models, concurrency testing, self-adjusting computation, and the concurrent revisions programming model.

  • Adrian Cockroft, Netflix

    Adrian Cockcroft is the director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix. He is focused on availability, resilience, performance, and measurement of the Netflix cloud platform, and has presented at many conferences, including QCon San Francisco, Beijing and Tokyo. Adrian is also well known as the author of several books while a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems: Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services.

    From 2004-2007 he was a founding member of eBay Research Labs. He graduated with a BSc in Applied Physics from The City University, London.

  • Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano

    Carlo Ghezzi is a professor and Chair of Software Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and an Adjunct Professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland. At the Politecnico, he is the Rector's Delegate for research; he has been Department Chair, Head of the PhD Program, member of the Academic Senate and of the Board of Governors of Politecnico.

    His research has been constantly focused on different facets of software engineering and programming languages. Currently, he is active in the area of software architectures, especially evolvable and distributed software architectures for ubiquitous and pervasive computer applications. His long term goal has been to contribute to making software more and more dependable, basing it on solid and rigorous methodological and theoretical foundations.

  • Pere Mato Vila, CERN

    Pere Mato studied physics at University of Barcelona, Spain, where he obtained the Ph.D. in 1990. Since 1986 has been working at CERN in a number of projects. Started with the 3081/E emulator project at the DD division, and later moved to the Aleph experiment in the area of DAQ and slow controls. In 1994 he took the overall responsibility of the Aleph TPC detector until the end of LEP. Since 1998 he has been leading the development of the core software and framework for the LHCb experiment (Gaudi) and later the LCG Core Libraries and Services project (SEAL). In 2005 has been appointed Applications Area manager of the LCG project.

  • Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zürich and Eiffel Software (director)

    Bertrand Meyer is Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zürich and Chief Architect of Eiffel Software. His current research interests include object technology, proofs and tests of classes, object-oriented concurrency.

Chair of Software Engineering - ETH Zurich