Keynote Speakers

ACMSE will have at least 2 renowned keynote speakers currently working at Microsoft.


LINQ: Reconciling objects, relations and XML in the .NET framework (A Personal Perspective)
by Erik Meijer, Microsoft

Modern applications operate on data in several different forms: Relational tables, XML documents, and in-memory objects. Each of these domains can have profound differences in semantics, data types, and capabilities, and much of the complexity in today's applications is the result of these mismatches. The future release of Visual Studio aims to unify the programming models through integrated query capabilities in C# and Visual Basic, a strongly typed data access framework, and an innovative API for manipulating and querying XML. This talk explains the programming language theory roots (monads and monad comprehensions, lazy/co-inductive functional programming) behind language integrated queries (LINQ) and discusses the language enhancements behind them.

Erik Meijer is an architect/language pimper in the SQL Server division where he collaborates with the Visual Basic and C# teams on making programming against data radically simpler. In the past, he has worked on languages such as Haskell, Mondrian, and Comega.


An Overview of Data Mining Principles and the Data Mining Features of SQL Server 2005
by Juan Vargas, Microsoft

In recent years Microsoft has launched initiatives to strengthen relationships with the academic community. As an outreach of these initiatives, Dr. Juan Vargas, Academic Relations Manager at Microsoft, will talk about the new data mining features in SQL Server 2005. He will present a brief overview of data mining principles and common techniques, then discuss Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Services, and will demonstrate some of the data mining features of SQL Server 2005

Dr. Juan E. Vargas is Academic Relations Manager for Microsoft Co. He has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is a faculty of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of South Carolina, where he has taught data mining, Bayesian networks, embedded and distributed systems, data structures, algorithms, and OS. Dr. Vargas research interests include data mining, embedded systems, sensor networks and HPC. His research has attracted $9M+ in funding, resulting in more than 60 publications, several book chapters, and many conferences.


Governance and Financial Management of IT Projects : Key issues For IT to Really Matter by Marcelo Sant'Anna and Marcello Hazan, Advus Corporation

Compliance and governance issues have been a daunting pressure for IT executives during the last years. But the good news is that what initially was seen as a regulatory burden now is being used as a leverage for productivity. This talk provides a framework and details how public companies are turning a big compliance challenge into an important opportunity for business maturity through Information Technology.

This presentation will demonstrate how IT executives are leveraging their operations so business performance can benefit from all controls, processes and infra-structure that were put in place.

In particular, this presentation details how financial management of IT projects, tools for enterprise wide collaboration and a Enterprise Architecture can be key foundations for IT governance. Specific techniques and approaches are detailed and a short demo will show how automated tools can help IT executives make sound decisions when it comes to IT investments.

The audience will greatly benefit from this presentation by understanding that stakeholder involvement and financial management are key success factors for software projects. The audience will leave this presentation very confident that with proper management, tools and integrated processes it is possible to achieve better business performance as governance issues are addressed.