It is a long-standing tradition of the iConference to offer two engaging and dynamic keynote presentations. This year’s speakers are Tony Hey of Microsoft Research Connections and Melissa Terras of University College London. Details follow.
As Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections, a division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company’s efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities, spanning broad reach and in-depth engagements with academic and research institutions, related government agencies and industry partners. His responsibilities also include working with internal Microsoft groups to build future technologies and products that will transform computing for scientific and engineering research. Hey also oversees Microsoft Research’s efforts to enhance the quality of higher education around the world.
Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.’s e-Science Initiative, managing the government’s efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science; and, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England.
His research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components. With Jack Dongarra, Rolf Hempel and David Walker, he wrote the first draft of a specification for a new message-passing standard called MPI. This initiated the process that led to the successful MPI standard of today.
Hey is a fellow of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology. He was a member of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics.
Tony Hey also has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science to young people. He has written popular books on quantum mechanics and on relativity. Hey is a graduate of Oxford University, with both an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.
“The late Jim Gray, legendary pioneer in database processing and ACM Turing Award Winner, envisioned a world where all research literature and all research data were online and interoperable, which would increase “information velocity” and improve the scientific productivity of researchers. The last decade has seen significant progress in the move to open access to scholarly research publications, removing barriers to access and re-use. But barrier-free access to the literature alone only scratches the surface of what the revolution of data intensive science promises. More recently, in the US, the White House has called for federal agencies to make all research outputs (publications and data) openly available. But in order to make this effort effective, researchers need better tools to capture and curate their data, and iSchools have the opportunity and obligation role to cultivate the next regeneration of professionals who can help define, build, manage, and preserve the necessary data infrastructure. This talk will cover some of the recent progress made in open access and open data, and will discuss some of the opportunities ahead.”
Melissa Terras is Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), where she teaches Digitisation and supervises a range of Masters and Ph.D. students. Terras is also Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities.
Terras’s research interests involve applying computational technologies to Humanities problems, to allow research that would otherwise be impossible. She is interested and involved in a variety of research areas that span many areas of Digital Humanities. Current projects include QRator, Transcribe Bentham, Transcriptorium, The Great Parchment Book and Textal. Previous projects include Log Analysis of Internet Resources in the Arts and Humanities, Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology, eScience and Ancient Documents, and Researching eScience Analysis of Census Holdings.
Further information about Terras can be found on her research page.
Terras is general editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, is current Secretary of the European Association for Digital Humanities and also serves on the executive committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.
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