T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University
Leslie Valiant,was educated at King's College, Cambridge; Imperial College, London; and at Warwick University where he received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1974. He is currently T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1982. Before coming to Harvard he had taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Leeds University, and the University of Edinburgh.
His work has ranged over several areas of theoretical computer science, particularly complexity theory, learning, and parallel computation. He also has interests in computational neuroscience, evolution and artificial intelligence and is the author of two books, Circuits of the Mind, and Probably Approximately Correct.
He received the Nevanlinna Prize at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1986, the Knuth Award in 1997, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science EATCS Award in 2008, and the 2010 A. M. Turing Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).
Michael J. Franklin
Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley
Michael J. Franklin, is the Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 30 years of experience in the database, data analytics, and data management fields as an academic and industrial researcher, teacher, lab director, faculty member, entrepreneur, and software developer. Prof. Franklin is also the Director of the Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMPLab) at UC Berkeley, a leading academic Big Data analytics research center. The AMPLab has 27 industrial partners including founding sponsors Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, and SAP, and received a National Science Foundation CISE "Expeditions in Computing" award, which was announced as part of the White House Big Data Research initiative in March 2012. AMPLab has produced industry-changing open source software including Apache Spark and BDAS, the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack. Prof. Franklin is a co-PI and Executive Committee member for the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, a campus-wide initiative to advance Data Science Environments. He was founder and CTO of Truviso, a data analytics company that was subsequently purchased by Cisco Systems. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of a number of data-driven technology companies, including Databricks, an AMPLab spinout. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a two-time winner of the ACM SIGMOD "Test of Time" award, and received the outstanding Advisor Award from the Computer Science Graduate Student Association at Berkeley. He received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in 1986, and the B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1983.
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo
Aidong Zhang, is a full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Principal Investigator and Program Director of the Buffalo Center for Biomedical Computing (BCBC). After receiving a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1994, Zhang came to the University at Buffalo as Associate Professor.
She is the author of over one hundred research publications pertaining to her research in such areas as bioinformatics, geographic information systems, content-based image retrieval, distributed database systems, multimedia database systems, digital libraries, and database mining.
Since coming to UB, Zhang has received a number of very prestigious grants and awards for her work. She was the recipient of an National Science Foundation (NSF) "Early Career Development" (CAREER) award in 1998.
Selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education, the CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.
In March of 2003, Zhang received a $1.6 million NSF grant for bioinformatics research and in August 2003, she received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to establish a pre-Center for Biomedical Computing.
Zhang received the SUNY Chancellor's Research Recognition award in 2002 and an "Exceptional Scholar" award from UB in April 2003.
President, International Prevention Research Institute
Peter Boyle,’s appointment as President of the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France follows immediately on his tenure as Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO). From 1991-2004 he was Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy. Prior to that he held posts as Senior Scientist at IARC, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, United States), the West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit (Glasgow, United Kingdom) and the Department of Medicine at Glasgow University.
Professor Boyle is the inaugural Director of the University of Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health at iPRI, which is situated in Lyon and Glasgow. He is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde and currently holds Honorary or Visiting Professorships at Glasgow University and Yale University. He is founder and President of the World Prevention Alliance, a non-governmental organisation committed to prevention research and actions in lower income countries.
Peter Boyle’s research interests lie in disease prevention and translational research in its broadest sense, from translating cutting-edge scientific discovery into new approaches to treatment to translating information about risk factors into changes in population behaviour. He led the EUROCAN+PLUS project which developed priorities for coordination of cancer research in Europe and was Editor of the World Cancer Report 2008 and the State of Oncology 2013 which highlighted the growing global cancer crisis. The recent publication of State of Oncology in Africa 2015 and the accompanying film Cancer is … Attacking Africa, highlight the need for action against chronic disease in low-resource countries.
Peter Boyle has previously been a Member of the European Cancer Advisory Board and worked as the scientific advisor to the European Commission on the European Tobacco Contents Directive which was voted into law in 2002. He was also responsible for the revisions of the European Code Against Cancer.
Peter Boyle has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Honorary Membership in the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), the Hungarian Oncological Association and the Argentine Medical Association; Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow); Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh); Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (United Kingdom); Membership of the European Cancer Academy; Membership of Academia Europea; and Honorary Membership of the Hungarian Academy of Science. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Aberdeen (DSc) and Dundee (LlD).