2012 Sessions


Jeff Hawkins Sm

Jeff Hawkins


Computing Like the Brain


Jeff Hawkins is a co-founder of Numenta. Numenta is creating a new computing platform designed on the principles of the neocortex. Previous to Numenta he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute and two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, where he was the architect of computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. In 2004 he wrote the book “On Intelligence” which describes progress in understanding the neocortex.

Jeff Hawkins earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Michael Stonebraker

Michael Stonebraker


In-memory Databases - the Future is Now!


Michael Stonebraker is a renowned researcher and pioneer of database technology. 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 25 years.

Dr. Stonebraker has authored scores of research on database technology, operating systems and the architecture of system software. He was awarded the ACM System Software Award for his work on INGRES. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 and is presently an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at M.I.T. Stonebraker is co-founder and CTO of VoltDB, Inc. (www.voltdb.com).

Brendan Eich Lo

Brendan Eich


The State of JavaScript


Brendan Eich is CTO of Mozilla and widely recognized for his enduring contributions to the Internet revolution. In 1995, Eich invented JavaScript (ECMAScript), the Internet’s most widely used programming language. He also co-founded the mozilla.org project in 1998, serving as chief architect. Eich helped launch the award winning Firefox Web browser in November 2004 and Thunderbird e-mail client in December 2004. Today, Eich’s central focus is guiding the future technical work to keep Mozilla vital and competitive. He holds a bachelor of science in math and computer science from Santa Clara University and a master of science in computer science from the University of Illinois. Eich and his wife have five children.


Lars Bak

Google Inc.

Pushing the Limits of Web Browsers


Lars Bak is a veteran virtual machinist. His passion for designing and implementing object-oriented virtual machines has left marks on several software systems: Beta, Self, Strongtalk, Sun’s HotSpot and CLDC HI, OOVM Smalltalk, V8, and Dart. Since joining Google in the fall of 2006, Lars has been responsible for the design and implementation of V8 & Dart. He graduated from Aarhus University in 1988 with a MS degree in computer science.


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