Keynotes and Interviews

Keynote: Chris Lattner (SiFive)

Hosted by: Christos Kozyrakis (Stanford)
Monday April 19th 8am PDT

The Golden Age of Compiler Design in an Era of HW/SW Co-design

Chris Lattner cofounded the LLVM Compiler infrastructure project, the Clang compiler, the Swift programming language, the MLIR compiler infrastructure, the CIRCT project, and has contributed to many other commercial and open source projects at Apple and Google. He now leads the Engineering and Product teams at SiFive, which is a leading vendor of RISC-V processors and other IP.

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An Interview with Timothy Pinkston (USC)

Hosted by: Russ Joseph (Northwestern)
Monday April 19th 5pm PDT

Timothy Pinkston will engage in a conversation, moderated by Russ Joseph, in which he reflects on his professional career arc, his research and service contributions, and his lived experiences and personal views on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in computing and engineering.  As useful background for this conversation, he welcomes attendees to read a recent People of ACM article, view a recent DEI panel discussion video, and hear a very personal podcast interview taken during the aftermath of disturbing racial injustices that occurred last year.  He encourages questions and thoughts from attendees on any of these conversation topics. Timothy M. Pinkston is holder of the George Pfleger Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, former holder of the Louise L. Dunn Endowed Professorship in Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He also is the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He earned a B.S.E.E. degree from The Ohio State University in 1985, and he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1986 and 1993, respectively. Prior to joining USC in 1993, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, a Hughes Doctoral Fellow at Hughes Research Laboratory, and a visiting researcher at IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory. He founded the SMART Interconnects Group at USC where he conducts research on computer systems architecture. With over a hundred peer-reviewed technical publications, he has made key research contributions to deadlock-free adaptive routing, router microarchitecture and interconnection networks (both distributed and on-chip networks) that achieve high-performance and energy-efficient data movement in multicore and multiprocessor computer systems–from embedded processors to compute servers to large-scale datacenters. He has received numerous prominent national awards, including the NSF Minority Research Initiation Award and NSF CAREER Award, and is the proud recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award for Academic Excellence from The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. He served three years (2005-2008) as an NSF Program Director in the CISE Directorate, serving the last year of his stint as the inaugural Lead Program Director for the newly established Expeditions in Computing Program.  Dr. Pinkston is a AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, and IEEE Fellow.

Keynote: Dongmei Zhang (Microsoft)

Hosted by: Tao Xie (Peking University)
Tuesday April 20th 5pm PDT

From Software Analytics to Cloud Intelligence – Reflection and Path Forward

Abstract: Software Analytics focuses on utilizing data-driven approaches to help improve the quality of software systems, the user experience of interacting with software systems, and the productivity of software development processes. Software Analytics is an important research area in the software engineering community for more than a decade. It has already made a broad impact in the software industry. As the computing paradigm was shifting towards cloud computing, we started to focus our Software Analytics research on cloud computing and created the research topic Cloud Intelligence. Cloud Intelligence targets at utilizing AI/ML technologies to help design, build, and operate high-quality and high-efficiency cloud systems at scale. Due to the distributed nature, great complexity, and enormous scale of cloud systems, Cloud Intelligence presents unique challenges and opportunities to Software Analytics research. In this talk, I will first introduce the research landscape of software analytics and Cloud Intelligence. Then using a couple of projects as examples, I will talk about our research on Cloud Intelligence and its impact, as well as our experiences working with product teams on joint innovations across Microsoft. I will also discuss the research challenges and opportunities in Cloud Intelligence moving forward.

Bio: Dr. Dongmei Zhang is a Distinguished Scientist in Microsoft. She is also the Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), leading the research areas of data intelligence, knowledge computing, information visualization, and software engineering. Dr. Zhang founded the Software Analytics Group in MSRA in 2009. Since then she has been leading the group to research software analytics technologies. Her group collaborates closely with multiple product teams in Microsoft and has developed and deployed software analytics tools that have created high business impact. In recent years, Dr. Zhang and her teams have expanded the research and impact into the business intelligence area, and helped Microsoft products establish technology leadership in the direction of Smart Data Discovery. Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D. degree in Robotics from the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

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An Interview with Kathryn McKinley (Google)

Hosted by: Steve Blackburn (ANU)
Wednesday April 21st 5pm

Kathryn S. McKinley, Principle Research Scientist at Google, will give a brief introduction and then take audience questions, moderated by ANU Professor Steve Blackburn, her collaborator for over 20 years.  She welcomes technical questions on the future and past of cloud, parallel computing, benchmarking, performance analysis, garbage collection, and how to build an inclusive welcoming community. 

Kathryn S McKinley is a Principal Research Scientist at Google. She was previously a Principal Researcher at Microsoft and held an Endowed Professorship at The University of Texas at Austin.  Her research interests span programming languages, compilers, runtime systems, and architecture. She and her collaborators have produced several widely used technologies: the DaCapo Java Benchmarks (30,000+ downloads),the Hoard memory manager, the MMTk memory management toolkit, Jikes RVM, and the Immix garbage collector. Her awards include the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award; ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award; and numerous test-of-time paper and best paper awards.  She served as program chair for ASPLOS, PACT, PLDI, ISMM, and CGO.  She is a former Darpa ISAT and CRA-WP co-chair and Board member, and is currently a CRA Board member.  She is founding co-chair of SIGPLAN CARES and SIGARCH/SIGMICRO CARES. Dr. McKinley was honored to testify to the House Science Committee in 2013. She is an IEEE Fellow and ACM Fellow, and has graduated 23 PhD students.

Keynote: Nuria Oliver (Co-founder and Vice President of The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems, Chief Data Scientist of the Data-Pop Alliance, and Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Government on AI and Data Science against COVID-19)

Hosted by: Emery Berger (UMass Amherst)
Thursday April 22nd 8am PDT

Data Science to fight against COVID-19

Abstract: In my talk, I will describe the work that we have done as Commissioner on AI and COVID-19 for the President of the Valencian Region. Since March 2020, I have been leading a multi-disciplinary team of 20+ volunteer scientists been working on 4 large areas: (1) human mobility modeling; (2) computational epidemiological models (both metapopulation, individual and LSTM-based models); (3) predictive models; and (4) citizen surveys via the COVID19impactsurvey ( with over 500,000 answers worldwide. I will describe the results that we have produced in each of these areas and will share the lessons learned in this very special initiative of collaboration between the civil society at large (through the survey), the scientific community (through the Expert Group) and a public administration (through the Commissioner at the Presidency level)

Bio: Nuria Oliver is a computer scientist with over 25 years of research experience in Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction and Mobile Computing at MIT (1995-2000), Microsoft Research (2000-2007), and as the first female Scientific Director at Telefonica R&D (2007-2016), the first Chief Data Scientist at DataPop Alliance (2015-present) and the first Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone (2017-2019). Since March 2020, she was named Commissioner for the President of the Valencian Region on AI Strategy and Data Science to fight COVID-19.   She is passionate about the power of technology to improve our quality of life, both individually and collectively, and invests significant effort in outreach efforts to make technology more accessible to non technical audiences and to inspire young people –and particularly girls– to pursue careers in technology.   Dr. Oliver has received a number of awards, including the European Data Scientist of the Year (2019), the Spanish Angela Robles National Computer Science Award (2016), European Digital Woman of the Year (2016), the Gaudi Gresol Award to the Excellence in Science and Technology (2016), the Spanish Ada Byron Award by the University of Deusto (2016), ACM ICMI 2014 10-year Technical Impact Award (2014), a Rising Talent Award by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (2009), MIT’s ‘TR100 Young Innovators Award’ (2004) and the First Spanish Award of EECS graduates (1994). She is honored to be the first female computer scientist in Spain named both a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM and an ACM Fellow. She is also a Fellow of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence (eurAI) and an IEEE Fellow.

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