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2012 MIT Auto-ID Labs Big Data Conference

Big, Cloudy and Mobile Applications in omni-channel retail supply chain, smart transportation logistics and mobile retail commerce
October 9-10, 2012
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Sinan Aral
Assistant Professor and Microsoft Faculty Fellow
NYU, Stern School of Business; Affiliated Faculty, MIT Center for Digital Business
Sinan Aral is an expert on Social Networks, Social Media and Digital Strategy. He has worked closely with Facebook, Yahoo, the New York Times, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Oracle, SAP and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from social media and information technology investments. Sinan has been a Fulbright Scholar, served as Chief Scientist and on the board of directors of SocialAmp, a social commerce company that enables targeting and peer referral in social media networks (which was sold to Merkle in January, 2012), and is currently an organizer of the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN): http://www.winworkshop.net. He is a frequent speaker at such thought leading events as TEDxSiliconValley, TEDxColumbia Engineering, TEDxNYU, Wired?s ?Nextwork? and PopTech and has been the keynote speaker at executive gatherings such as Omnicom?s Global ?Emerge? Summit. His work is often featured in popular press outlets such as the Economist, the New York Times, Businessweek, Wired, Fast Company and CIO Magazine. Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, holds masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and received his PhD from MIT.
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Assaf Biderman
Research Scientist
Associate Director, SENSEable City Laboratory
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Assaf Biderman teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is the Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a research group that explores the "real- time city" by studying the increasing deployment of sensors and networked hand-held electronics, as well as their relationship to the built environment. At the 2006 Venice Biennale, the group revealed the world's first city-scale dynamic maps, describing the movement of pedestrians, busses, and taxis in real-time. In preparation for the 2009 U.N. Summit on Climate change in Copenhagen, the lab developed a hybrid bicycle wheel which captures the energy of braking to give riders an extra push. Biderman was the general co-chair of the First International Engaging Data Forum, a two-day conference on applications for and management of personal electronic information. Biderman has a background in physics and human-computer interaction. His work focuses on partnering with city administrations and industry members worldwide to explore how distributed technologies can be used to improve our understanding of cities and create a more sustainable future living in urban environments.
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Edgar Blanco PhD
Research Director
Executive Director, MIT SCALE Latin America
Dr. Edgar Blanco is a Research Director at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and is the Executive Director of the MIT SCALE Network in Latin America. His current research focus is the design of environmentally efficient supply chains. He also leads research initiatives on supply chain innovations in emerging markets, logistics operations in megacities and disruptive mobile technologies in value chains.

Dr. Blanco has over fifteen years of experience in designing and improving logistics and supply chain systems, including the application of operations research techniques, statistical methods, GIS technologies and software solutions to deliver significant savings in business operations.

Prior to joining MIT, he was leading the Inventory Optimization practice at Retek (now Oracle Retail). He received his Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background includes a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a M.S. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Matt Blumberg
Chairman & CEO
Return Path, Inc.
Matt Blumberg is Chairman & CEO of Return Path, Inc., the company he founded in 1999. Return Path is the market leader in email measurement, certification and deliverability services that help mailers make sure their email doesn?t get mistakenly caught in spam filters while helping ISPs fine tune the accuracy of their filters. Prior to founding Return Path, Matt was General Manager of the Internet division of MovieFone, Inc. (777-FILM) until the company?s acquisition by AOL, and had previously worked in venture capital and management consulting. Matt is the Chairman of the Direct Marketing Association, a member of various other corporate and non-profit boards, the author of a blog on entrepreneurship and online marketing (http://www.onlyonceblog.com) and co-author of Sign Me Up!: A marketer's guide to creating email newsletters that build relationships and boost sales.
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Abhi Dhar
Chief Technology Officer, eCommerce
Abhi Dhar leads the consumer facing mobile channel and also is responsible for engineering/technology leadership in Walgreens' e-commerce division as chief technology officer (CTO).
He is responsible for end-to-end delivery, development and innovation of the online and mobile technology platform and has responsibility for the associated technology organizations.
Dhar also provides business leadership to an extremely rapidly growing and award winning mobile product/services channel. For the last 18 months, Dhar led the due diligence leading up to the acquisition of Drugstore.com by Walgreens and then led the integration of the companies.
Previously, Dhar served as chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president at TravelCLICK since 2006, where he built an IT and product delivery organization by restructuring the team, recruiting talent and optimizing vendor relationships. From 2001 to 2006, he held various technology leadership roles with Cendant Corporation and its Travelport division. Dhar also worked in engineering consulting capacities with PricewaterhouseCoopers and AT&T.
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Oren J. Falkowitz
President / CEO and co-founder
Oren is President / CEO and co-founder of sqrrl. He previously worked within the Department of Defense at the National Security Agency where he held a number of positions focused on computer network operations and Big Data.
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Christian Floerkemeier, Ph.D.
CTO and Co-Founder - Scandit
Dr. Christian Floerkemeier is the CTO and Co-Founder of Scandit, a company specializing in product interaction technologies for mobile applications. With its leading mobile barcode scanning software in use by over a hundred companies in more than 25 countries, Scandit products enable, analyze and monetize mobile product interaction.

Before founding Scandit, Christian was the Associate Director of the Auto-ID Lab at MIT and a member of the MIT research team that developed the RFID technology which is today in use in major supply chains. He was the technical program chair of the Internet of Things Conference in 2008 and IEEE RFID 2009. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zurich and a Bachelor and M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

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Peter Goldmacher
Managing Director
Cowen and Company
Peter Goldmacher is a Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst. He joined Cowen in 2004 and has experience working in the computer industry as well as on Wall Street. He started his career at Oracle, working for six years in variety of departments including sales ops, consulting, marketing, and finance, and he has also worked at BMC Software as Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy. Mr. Goldmacher had a brief stint at a start-up company called Callidus Software before joining Merrill Lynch as a research analyst in 1999, where he covered core technology as well as backed up the lead analyst on the large cap, infrastructure and apps software names. Just prior to joining Cowen, Mr. Goldmacher was senior software analyst at IRG Research, a subsidiary of TheStreet.com. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado.
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Marta C. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Gilbert Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
Marta C. Gonzalez, PhD is the Gilbert Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT.joint with Engineering Systems (ESD) and the Operations Research Center (ORC). Before joining MIT, she was research associate at the Center for Complex Network Research (Barabási Lab) at Northeastern University, where she joined right after her PhD at Stuttgart Universität, Germany, in 2006.

Marta’s research interests and direction are mainly aimed at advancing the understanding of the laws and principles that characterize human behavior and result in collective social phenomena. More specifically her work falls into the category of complex networks and statistical physics applied to social dynamic systems. Current research explores human mobility patterns using mobile phone communication; data mining combined with geographic information systems (GIS), and urban transportation models (see details at: http://web.mit.edu/humnet/index.shtml).
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
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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Soundar Kumara
Allen E., and Allen, M., Pearce Professor of Industrial Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
Soundar Kumara is the Allen, E., and Allen, M., Pearce Chaired Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State. He also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science. He severs as an Adjunct Professor at the C.R. Rao Institute of Advanced Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Hyderabad, India. His research interests are in manufacturing process monitoring, IT in Manufacturing and Service, Network Mining and Large Scale Complex Networks. He is a Fellow of Institute of Industrial Engineers and Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP). He has won several awards including the Faculty Scholar Medal (highest research award at PSU), PSU Graduate Teaching Award, Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Advisor Award, Premier Research Award, and PSES Outstanding Research Award. He has more than 200 publications to his credit and several of his papers have won best paper awards. Dr. Kumara held visiting professorships at some of the leading institutions in the world including; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Tokyo, City University of Hong Kong and Korea Institute of Science and Technology.
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Chris Lynch
Technology Investment Team
Atlas Venture
Chris Lynch joined Atlas Venture in 2012 as a member of the Technology investment team.

Previously, Chris served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP’s Database Business Unit, a role he took after the HP’s acquisition of Vertica Systems, where he was CEO, in February 2011.

Chris was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Atlas before joining Vertica. Before that he was SVP of Data Solutions at F5 Networks and was responsible for building the company’s vision in the data management space — a role he took on after the acquisition of Acopia Networks where he was President & CEO. Prior to Acopia, Chris was VP of Sales and Marketing for Cisco’s Content Management business after Cisco’s $5.7B acquisition of Arrowpoint Communications where he led sales and marketing globally. Chris’ track record of success continues back through Lucent which acquired Prominet, Bay Networks which acquired Wellfleet Communications, and Digital.

Chris is an advisor to many Boston-area startups and is a mentor to many of the region’s entrepreneurs. He is currently on the Board of Hack/Reduce, a newly formed non-profit community space for developers in Cambridge; Chairman of Hadapt, a developer of Cloud-based adaptive analytical platform; and on the Board of Azuki Systems.

Chris earned his MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University and his bachelor’s degree in business management from Suffolk University. He received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree from Bentley University.
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Stephen Miles
Research Scientist – Moderator – MIT Auto-ID Labs
Stephen Miles is a Research Scientist at the MIT Auto-ID Labs, and a Principal Consultant in Auto-ID Serialization and Event Management Systems. His research interests include leveraging Automated Information Data Capture (AIDC) advanced wireless telemetry and web technologies to communicate about events in shared business processes. As a Research Scientist with the Senseable City Laboratory at MIT he led an interdisciplinary team in the Future ENEL project to design a Safety Event Management system for a $4B Euro (4000) worker plant construction project in Slovakia. Functionality demonstrated includes an open framework for integration of real-time telemetry data, generation of a stream of standardized metadata associated with the content source, and design and demonstration of an open scaleable system that supports queries and event/alert notification based on rule sets. The Future ENEL project is collaboration between the Senseable City Laboratory, the Media Laboratory and Aero-Astro at MIT.

He chairs the Auto ID & Sensing Solutions (RFID) Special Interest Group of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and is an active participant in a variety of start-ups and new business model ventures.

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Michael Olson
Chief Executive Officer
Mike was formerly CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine. Mike spent two years at Oracle Corporation as Vice President for Embedded Technologies after Oracle?s acquisition of Sleepycat in 2006. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies and Informix Software. Mike has Bachelor?s and Master?s degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Dimple Patel
Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture
Data Management Ahold USA
Dimple's professional experiences focus on developing and implementing enterprise-wide information management initiatives to drive ?one version of truth? which better enable operational and managerial decision making. She has been working in the retail industry for over 25 years. Her recent experiences have been working with clients to propose, implement and support global strategy programs for Master Data Management and Business Intelligence.
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Venk Reddy
Sr. Director - Connected Health
Walgreens Pharmacy, Health & Wellness Technology
Mr. Venk Reddy is Senior Director, Connected Health at Walgreens Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Division. He is responsible for Walgreens Connected Health strategy and building the Connected Health ecosystem to enable interoperability between internal and external stakeholders. Mr. Reddy is an experienced Health IT leader and is passionate about clinical interoperability and analytics. He has many years of experience in working with payers, providers and government agencies. He has a strong interest in the areas of mHealth, TeleHealth, remote patient monitoring, and clinical portals & mobile technology to empower patients to take control of their health conditions. Prior to joining Walgreens Mr. Reddy has held IT management positions with increasing responsibilities at UnitedHealth Group in support of various health services businesses in the areas of Telehealth & Telemedicine, ACO, Acute & Post Acute care etc. Prior to UnitedHealth Group, Mr. Reddy worked at Mayo Clinic where he was responsible for clinical IT for Mayo Clinic Reference Lab. Mr. Reddy has a Master Degree in the area of Systems and Design from Auburn University and Management Degree from the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota.
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Antonio Rodriguez
General Partner
Matrix Partners
Antonio is a general partner at Matrix Partners. Prior to Matrix, Antonio was CTO of HP?s consumer Imaging and Printing division where he led a wide array of projects in the areas of mass customization, e-reading, mobile platforms, and next generation web platforms for content consumption. Antonio joined HP through the acquisition of Tabblo, where he was founder and CEO. Tabblo, a Matrix-backed company, was a high-end photo site focused on bringing together the viral nature of online content publishing with the high margins of digital printing. Prior to Tabblo, Antonio held a variety of engineering, product, and business development roles at MyPublisher (currently the leading photo book manufacturer in the US), abuzz Technologies (acquired by the New York Times), and the Boston Consulting Group, Antonio graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard and received an MBA from Stanford. Antonio?s areas of investment include consumer Internet, mobile, software and Internet infrastructure.
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Sanjay Sarma
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, MIT/SUTD Collaboration Office
Former Chairman of Research and Co-Founder of The Auto-ID Center at MIT
In 1999, along with Dr. David Brock and Professor Sunny Siu, he co-founded The Auto-ID Center at MIT, which developed many of the technical concepts and standards prevalent in the RFID industry today.

Dr. Sarma currently serves on the Boards of Governors for EPCglobal. He is a board member for OATSystems, a software company he helped found during his leave of absence from MIT 2004-2006. Dr. Sarma is also a trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Initiation Grant, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Den Hartog Teaching Excellence Award, and the Joseph H. Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education.

Principal Fields of Interest:
Computer Aided Design; Computer Aided Manufacturing; Automatic Identification; Radio Frequency Identification; Integrated Circuit Packaging; Enterprise Software; Supply Chain Management
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Willard Simmons
Chief Technology Officer
Data Xu
Willard (Bill) Simmons developed the company’s core technology while earning his PhD at MIT. He came to DataXu with true rocket science credentials: he developed and tested real-time flight software for guidance, navigation, and control of the Atlas family of space launch vehicles. Simmons, a co-founder of DataXu, holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and is an expert in optimal system design and developing reliable real-time software.
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Art Smith
Founder and CEO
GS1 Canada
Art Smith is a well known international speaker; President, CEO and Founder of GS1 Canada , and EPCglobal Canada. Art is very proud of his engagement with EPCglobal starting with the MIT Auto Id Labs and then serving as the first Chair of the EPCglobal Business Advisory Committee and Chair of EPCglobal Strategic Planning Committee

Art has enjoyed several careers:
• Over twenty years in Canadian Retail in many roles including President & CEO for major retail chains in drug and discount department store channels.
• As an Entrepreneur, Art has founded, built, and sold several High Tech Companies.
• As a Consultant, Art spent many years with Accenture & A T Kearney

In addition to participating on seven Canadian Retail and Healthcare Boards, Art participates on several International Boards and Committees
• Co-Chair of VICS Item Level RFID Initiative Outreach Committee and VILRI Advisory Board Member
• Chair of GS1 Canada Standards & Services Board , Member of GS1 Board Standards Committee
• Chair of BladeNET – Amateur Hockey Network
• Member of Board of Governors of GS1 US and GS1 Global Management Board
• Member of the EPCglobal Board
• Member of Voluntary InterIndustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Board of Directors

Art has a number of firsts to share:
• Founding member of EDI Council of Canada
• Inventing and implementing CLUB Z , the first on-line frequent buyer program in North America (NA).
• Pioneered and managed the first interactive electronic home shopping pilot in NA
• Designed and implemented the first retailer ATM and Debit Card program in Canada
• Implemented the first Electronic Coupon network in Canada with Catalina Marketing

Art is a graduate of University of Western Ontario (MBA), University of Waterloo (Computer Science) and holds the designation of CMC, from Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

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Michael Stonebraker
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Michael Stonebraker has been a pioneer of data base research and technology for more than a quarter of a century. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES, and the federated data system, Mariposa. All three prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Stonebraker was a Professor of Computer Science for twenty five years. He is the founder of three successful Silicon Valley startups, whose objective was to commercialize these prototypes.

Professor Stonebraker is the author of scores of research papers on data base technology, operating systems and the architecture of system software services. He was awarded the prestigious ACM System Software Award in 1992, for his work on INGRES. Additionally, he was awarded the first annual Innovation award by the ACM SIGMOD special interest group in 1994, and has been recognized by Computer Reseller News as one of the top five software developers of the century. Moreover, Forbes magazine named him one of the 8 innovators driving the Silicon Valley wealth explosion during their 80th anniversary edition in 1998. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T.

Areas of special interest: Database systems, data warehouses, federated database systems, database systems for new application areas, operating systems

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Vijay Sundhar
Vice President, Enterprise Architecture
BJs Wholesale Club
Vijay Sundhar is the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture at BJs Wholesale Club, a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The Company currently operates over 190 Clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida and employs more than 24,000 Team Members. Prior to BJs, Vijay was a Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture at Ahold USA, a leading grocery retail brand in the US. He has been part of few startup ventures in the Enterprise Integration and RFID space, ERP Product Engineering and Supply Chain consulting in Retail and High-Tech Manufacturing. He co-chaired the Tag Data Specification and was a member of the EPCIS working group at EPCglobal. He was also part of GS1 Architecture Board and Java J2EE Connector Architecture Working group at Sun Microsystems.
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Bob Zurek
Vice President Products
Mr. Zurek is responsible for the strategic direction of Epsilon’s products as well as product marketing and product-specific client operations. The client operations teams will work closely with Epsilon’s industry vertical teams to provide specific product recommendations that help to better serve Epsilon’s vast global client base

Mr. Zurek has over twenty five years of proven professional software development, technology research and strategy, development and product management expertise along with a strong operational background. He has a proven track record in corporate and business development. Prior to Epsilon, Zurek was Vice President of Technical Product Strategy – BI/Analytics at Endeca (acquired by Oracle). He also served as Vice President of Products and CTO at both Infobright and EnterpriseDB as well as Ascential Software (acquired by IBM). Mr. Zurek has been a speaker and guest lecturer at a number of public conferences as well as institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Brigham Young University and Salem State.

Mr. Zurek is based in Epsilon’s Wakefield, MA office.
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