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2012 MIT Information Technology Conference

April 24-25, 2012
 
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Anant Agarwal
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Carbon Research Group
Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Anant Agarwal holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He got his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras (1992).

Agarwal is currently a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where his teaching and research interests include VLSI, computer architecture, compilation, and software systems. He led a group that developed the MIT Alewife, a scalable shared-memory multiprocessor. He also led the VirtualWires project at MIT and was founder of Virtual Machine Works, Inc., which took the VirtualWires logic emulation technology to market. He currently leads the Raw project in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He founded Tilera, an embedded multicore chip company. He is also founder of InCert Software Corporation, which is applying a software agent technology to enterprise applications management.

Previous projects include Sparcle, a coarse-grain multithreaded (CGMT or switch-on-event SOE) microprocessor, LOUD, a beamforming microphone array, Oxygen, a pervasive human-centered computing project, and Fugu, a protected, multiuser multiprocessor.
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Bruce Arntzen
Research Associate
Executive Director, MIT Supply Chain Management Program
Research Director, Supply Chain Risk Visibility Initiative (HiViz)
Senior Research Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL)
Dr. Arntzen is a Senior Research Director at MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics. He is heading up MIT’s effort to establish a new center for supply chain excellence in Mexico. In addition, Dr. Arntzen is leading an international research project on supply chain risk management across multinational supply chains. He has taught classes, lead change teams, and advised clients on supply chain management for over 20 years. He has lectured in undergraduate and executive education programs at Northeastern University, MIT, Penn State, WPI, University of North Florida, and the University of Wisconsin. He has published key articles in Operations Research, Interfaces, CSCMP Proceedings, and Supply Chain Management Review. He has lead CEO-sponsored supply chain transformations in a wide variety of industries: Chemicals, Electronics, Industrial Equipment, Retail, and Consumer Goods Products. His clients include 3M, ExxonMobil, HP, Dell, Cisco, Pratt & Whitney, Siemens, Huntsman Chemical, Clark Shoe, and the Hard Rock Café.

Recent assignments have included conducting a major siting analysis for Logistics Parks in North America, converting manufacturing and planning processes to Build to Order (BTO), implementing a Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process, optimizing a global logistics network, and re-engineered an NPI (New Product Introduction) Process.

Dr. Arntzen founded a supply chain consulting firm, Avicon Partners, LLC., lead industrial engineering groups at Digital Equipment Corp., performed operations management consulting at Arthur D. Little, Inc., and served as an economic analyst at The World Bank in Washington, DC. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including CSCMP, WERC, and INFORMS. He is currently serving as the President of the New England Chapter of CSCMP.

Dr. Arntzen holds a Ph.D. from MIT, an M.S.E from Johns Hopkins, and a B.S. and B.A. from Bucknell University.
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William Aulet
Managing Director
Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
MIT Sloan School of Management
Bill Aulet is a highly accomplished business leader with a track record of success over 25 years. He has raised over $100 million in funding for his companies and directly created hundreds of millions of dollars of market value. He started his career with eleven years at IBM, culminating in being named a prestigious MIT Sloan Fellow in 1993.

Upon graduation in 1994, Aulet became a serial entrepreneur running two MIT spinouts as the President/CEO of both Cambridge Decision Dynamics and then SensAble Technologies. The latter became a 2 time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing Private Company. With a presence in over twenty countries, SensAble also won over two dozen awards and was featured in Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications for its innovative products and strong business foundation

In 2003, Aulet was recruited to help turn around Viisage Technology, a security technology company with a dual focus in the areas of drivers’ licenses and facial recognition, as the Chief Financial Officer. During his 2 1*2 year tenure, Viisage developed a new strategy, overhauled its operations, made three major acquisitions and executed two major fundraising rounds totaling over $55 million including a highly successful public offering. During this timeframe, the market value for Viisage increased from approximately $50 million to over $500 million.

In October of 2005, Aulet was appointed Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. In this capacity, he has been able to positively apply his knowledge and experience to assist students, new ventures and established firms associated with MIT to become more successful. He has also taught and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Aulet has also been engaged around the world to do onsite in depth work with a full spectrum of companies ranging from single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures to large corporations such as Danfoss, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Mobilink and Saudi Aramco to seeking to more effectively achieve their goals through effective use of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation.

Aulet also serves on the board directors or advisors of a number of highly innovative companies. He conceived, developed and teaches a new graduate level class called “Energy Ventures” at MIT exploring the new brand of entrepreneurship and innovation required to meet the energy challenge.

Aulet graduated in 1980 from Harvard University with honors in engineering. In 1994, Bill earned an MMS degree in business management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. He is a former professional basketball player who is married with four sons and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. Aulet is a regular featured speaker at management leadership programs around the world on topics such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial marketing, technology innovation, creating sustainable rapid profitable growth, financing strategies and operational excellence. He is also a contributor as an Xconomist on these subjects to the popular and respected blog www.xconomy.com. Aulet is also the Chairman of the MIT Clean Energy Prize (www.mitceep.com).
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Hari Balakrishnan
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Head, Networks and Mobile Systems Group (CSAIL)
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Hari Balakrishnan joined MIT as a faculty member in 1998 after receiving his PhD from UC Berkeley, and is now the Fujitsu Professor
of Computer Science. His research is in networked computer systems. His current interests include network architectures and software for a world of "truly mobile" wireless devices and cloud computing systems. Previous work includes the RON overlay network, the Chord DHT, the Cricket location system, the CarTel mobile sensing system, cross-layer wireless protocols such as snoop TCP and SoftPHY, and an accountable Internet architecture (AIP). He has also contributed to verifiable BGP routing, congestion control, mobility protocols, network security, and data stream processing. He is an ACM Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, an ACM dissertation award winner, a recipient of MIT's Harold Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, and has received several best-paper awards including the IEEE Bennett prize and the SIGCOMM "Test of Time" award. He is a co-founder of StreamBase Systems.
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Erik Brynjolfsson
Schussel Professor of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Director, MIT Center for Digital Business
Erik Brynjolfsson explores how advances in information technology contribute to business performance and organizational change. He directs the MIT Center for Digital Business, a research initiative that analyzes the business uses of the Internet and other digital Technologies. His projects include a study of information worker productivity, a valuation method for intangible organizational capital, calibration of increased product variety online (a.k.a. the "long tail") and an analysis of optimal pricing strategies for digital goods. In a related work, Brynjolfsson is assessing how investments in computers and networks alter economic growth, industry structure, and labor demand.
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Moderator: Michael Cusumano
Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the computer software industry, as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He teaches courses on The Software Business and Digital Platforms as well as Advanced Strategic Management.

Professor Cusumano received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School during 1984-86. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in Japan for seven years, and received two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. He has been a visiting professor at Imperial College, Tokyo University, Hitotsubashi University, the University of St. Gallen, and Ludwig Maximilians University. He has consulted for some 90 companies around the world, including Alcatel, Amadeus, AOL, AT&T, BMC Software, Business Objects/SAP, Cisco, Ericsson, Fiat, Ford, Fujitsu, GE, Fidelity, Verizon, Hitachi, Huawei, i2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Motorola, NASA, NEC, Nokia, NTT Data, Philips, Robert Bosch, Schlumberger, Siemens, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. He is a former director of Patni Computer Systems (NYSE: PTI, www.patni.com, sold to iGate-Apax in 2011 for $1.2 billion) as well as several other public and private companies. He is a director of Quantum Leap Innovations (www.quantumleapinnovations.com), a pattern-based analytics software company based in Delaware, and on the advisory board of Fixstars Corp. (www.fixstars.com), a Japanese developer of high-performance computing applications relying on video-game microprocessors and blade servers. He has served as editor-in-chief and chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review and writes a column on Technology Strategy and Management for Communications of the ACM. He was named one of the most influential people in technology and IT by Silicon.com in 2009.

Professor Cusumano has published 9 books and more than 70 articles. His latest book, Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World (2010, based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures), was named one of the top business books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine, with translations into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Italian. The Business of Software (2004) was named one of the best business books of the year by Steve Lohr of The New York Times and is translated into Japanese and Chinese. Microsoft Secrets (1995, with R. Selby), a landmark study of Microsoft’s strategy, organization, and approach to product development, has sold some 150,000 copies in 14 languages. Platform Leadership: How Intel, Microsoft & Cisco Drive Industry Innovation (2002, with A. Gawer) examines the emergence of industry-wide platforms and ecosystem-based competition. Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft (1998, with D. Yoffie), was named one of the top 10 business books of 1998 by Business Week and played a central role in the Microsoft anti-trust trial. Thinking Beyond Lean (1998, with K. Nobeoka) analyzes product development and platform strategies in the auto industry. He is also co-editor of Strategic Thinking for the Next Economy (2001) and author of Japan's Software Factories: a Challenge to U.S. Management (1991) and The Japanese Automobile Industry: Technology & Management at Nissan & Toyota (1985).
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Munther Dahleh
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Associate Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Associate Director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
Munther Dahleh, a professor of engineering and computer science, joined the faculty in 1987. He is internationally known for his fundamental contributions to robust control theory, computational methods for controller design, the interplay between information and control, the fundamental limits of learning and decision in networked systems, and the detection and mitigation of systemic risk in interconnected and networked systems. Dahleh has taught many courses in EECS both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and received the graduate students’ best teaching award. He was associate director of MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Science from 2007 to 2010 and acting director in 2010-11. He also served on many Institute and department committees and is currently a housemaster at MacGregor House.
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Simson Garfinkel
Associate Professor
Naval Postgraduate School
Contributing Editor, Technology Review
Ph.D., Computer Science, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Simson L. Garfinkel is an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His research interests include computer forensics, the emerging field of usability and security, personal information management, privacy, information policy and terrorism. He holds six US patents for his computer-related research and has published dozens of journal and conference papers in security and computer forensics.

Garfinkel is the author or co-author of fourteen books on computing. He is perhaps best known for his book Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century. Garfinkel's most successful book, Practical UNIX and Internet Security (co-authored with Gene Spafford), has sold more than 250,000 copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages since the first edition was published in 1991.

Garfinkel is also a journalist and has written more than a thousand articles about science, technology, and technology policy in the popular press since 1983. He started writing about identity theft in 1988. He has won numerous national journalism awards, including the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award two years in a row for his "Machine shop" series in CSO magazine. Today he mostly writes for Technology Review Magazine and the technologyreview.com website.

As an entrepreneur, Garfinkel founded five companies between 1989 and 2000. Two of the most successful were Vineyard.NET, which provided Internet service on Martha's Vineyard to more than a thousand customers from 1995 through 2005, and Sandstorm Enterprises, an early developer of commercial computer forensic tools.

Garfinkel received three Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT in 1987, a Master's of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2005.
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Joel Jacobs
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
MITRE
Mr. Joel Jacobs is vice president and chief information officer of The MITRE Corporation. He leads the Center for Information and Technology (CI&T), the organization providing comprehensive information technology, corporate communications, knowledge management and enterprise architecture services to the corporation. As CIO, Mr. Jacobs is responsible for advancing IT services, including technology adoption, infrastructure operations, and the use of information technologies that enable MITRE staff to effectively serve the company's government customers.

Under Mr. Jacobs' leadership as CIO, MITRE has been recognized for its innovative IT practices and for its outstanding work environment for technology professionals. In 2011, MITRE was named to the InformationWeek 500, the magazine's annual ranking of the nation's most innovative users of business technology; Computerworld has named MITRE one of the country's "100 Best Places to Work in IT" for seven consecutive years (2005-2011); and the company was named a North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award winner in 2009 and 2011. In addition, Mr. Jacobs was honored as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2011.

Mr. Jacobs has more than three decades of experience working both at MITRE and in industry on complex information technology topics. Since joining MITRE in 1981, he has held positions with steadily increasing levels of responsibility, managing internal information systems development efforts and directing a variety of network, security, and software engineering and research projects. He served as director of the MITRE Software Center, as department head of Advanced Information Systems Technology, as a principal investigator in information systems research, and as executive director of Information Technology and Services. He also led several projects in which the government adopted commercial open systems standards, including the first large-scale purchase of commercial Internet Protocol components. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Jacobs was deputy CIO.

In 1996, Mr. Jacobs left MITRE to serve as vice president at Concept Five Technologies, a software and professional services company. In 1998, he joined Onsett International Corporation, an IT management consulting firm, as practice director of Technology and Security and later served as the company's president and CEO. He rejoined MITRE in 2003.

He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and natural science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, he completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Opening Day 2
Day 2, 8:25 am
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 60 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2008.

In that capacity, he and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT in developing and implementing strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Mr. Koster has been involved with faculty leaders in identifying and designing a number of major international programs for MIT. Many of these programs focus on institutional development and are characterized by the establishment of strong, international, programmatic linkages between universities, industry, and governments.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant for seven years in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Marc Overhage
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Siemens Healthcare
Dr. Overhage is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Siemens Healthcare. Prior to joining Siemens he was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange and was Director of Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., and a Sam Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has spent over 25 years developing and implementing scientific and clinical systems and evaluating their value. With his colleagues from the Regenstrief Institute, he created a community wide electronic medical record (called the Indiana Network for Patient Care) containing data from many sources including laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals in central Indiana. The system currently connects a majority of acute care hospitals in central Indiana and includes inpatient and outpatient encounter data, laboratory results, immunization data and other selected data. In order to create a sustainable financial model, he helped create the Indiana Health Information Exchange, a not-for-profit corporation. In addition Dr. Overhage has developed and evaluated clinical decision support including inpatient and outpatient computerized physician order entry and the underlying knowledge bases to support them. He practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years including the ambulatory, inpatient and emergency care settings. Over the last decade, Dr Overhage has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. He serves on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and the Health Information Technology Standards Committee as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Form and being engaged in a number of national healthcare initiatives.
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Karl Pessinis
Senior Vice President
iSoftstone
Mr. Karl Pessinis is a Senior Vice President of iSoftStone Inc. (USA). Mr. Pessinis has over 20 years of experience providing consulting disciplines to global financial services institutions. In 2001, Mr. Pessinis co-founded Ascend Consulting, a US-based consulting firm which specialized in providing business transformation consulting to global financial institutions in New York, Boston and Europe. Ascend Consulting merged with iSoftStone in October 2010.

Prior to Ascend Consulting, Mr. Pessinis co-founded Business Technologies, a business and technology consultancy focused in the financial services vertical. During his time as Managing Partner at Business Technologies, Mr. Pessinis provided program and engagement management consulting to global financial clients. With the merger of Business Technologies and Cohesive Technology Solutions, Mr. Pessinis was responsible for all operations of the Boston office.

In 2008, Cohesive Technologies was acquired by Exodus Communications where Mr. Pessinis’ capacity included various senior management roles. During his time with Exodus Communications, Mr. Pessinis managed operations in Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Toronto. He later served as Vice President of North America Professional Services, an organization of over 700 consulting professionals.

Mr. Pessinis is a graduate of Salem State University with a degree in Business Management and MIS.
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Jeanne W. Ross
Principal Research Scientist
Director, Center for Information Systems Research
MIT Center for Information Systems Research
Jeanne W. Ross directs and conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's (Center for Information Systems Research) more than eighty global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. Her work has appeared in major practitioner and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, MISQ Executive, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, IBM Systems Journal, and CIO Magazine.

She is co-author of three books: IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain (2009), Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution (2006) through Harvard Business School Press, and IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results (2004). She has served on the faculty of customized courses for a number of major corporations, including PepsiCo, McKinsey, General Electric, TRW, Pfizer, News Corporation, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, IBM, and Credit Suisse. She regularly appears as a speaker at major conferences for IT executives.

Dr. Ross earned a B.A. at the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is a founding senior editor and former editor in chief of MIS Quarterly Executive.
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Nir Shavit
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Nir Shavit received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1990. Shavit is a co-author of the book The Art of Multiprocessor Programming, and is a winner of the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science for his work on applying tools from algebraic topology to model shared memory computability. He is a past program chair of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) and the ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA).

His research covers techniques for designing, implementing, and reasoning about multiprocessors, and in particular the design of concurrent data structures for multi-core machines.
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Anurag Srivastava
Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President
Wipro Global IT Business
Dr. Anurag Srivastava is the Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President for Wipro's Global IT Business. His responsibilities include technology strategy planning, technology incubation through Center's of Excellence, business Innovation using futuristic technologies, technical stream & IP management, technology alliances in advanced areas with industry and academic forums. Prior to this role, he was head of the Wipro Energy and Sustainability Services business. This business includes sustainability advisory, connected infrastructure & energy managed services to deliver comprehensive GHG reduction and energy cost optimization for our customers. He was also responsible for starting the Consulting business for Wipro Infotech and supported its scale to the current level. He additionally led key strategic business transformational initiatives for Telecom, Telecom Equipment, Infrastructure, and Government industry verticals to build newer services/business models. Dr. Anurag brings with him rich industry and business experience and depth of technology to Wipro. His areas of work experience are process & technology integration, data modeling & analytics, pattern recognition, distributed computing, Internet security and machine to machine collaboration. He has strong expertise in architectural frameworks, product life cycle management, incubation management and large transnational project management. Prior to Wipro he has worked in IBM, Novell, HP-Verifone, Indian Institute of Science & Ness Technologies (Apar) in various technology & business leadership positions. He completed his PhD in Computer Science in the area of artificial intelligence and pattern recognition. He has several publications in international conferences and journals (IEEE SMC, Pattern Recognition and CC-AI). He holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and Master's in Computer Science & Engineering. Dr. Anurag has been an invited speaker for various conferences by NASSCOM, Analysts fraternity, FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, Telematics, etc. and has several journal publications and articles.
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Devavrat Shah
Jamieson Career Development Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Devavrat Shah completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University in October 2004. His thesis focused on the development of novel design and analytic methods for network algorithms.

Before coming to LIDS in the fall of 2005, he spent a year at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California. During this year of study, he was introduced to message-passing algorithms and graphical statistical inference. At LIDS, his research areas include statistical inference, network algorithms, and stochastics.
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