Andy Rindos is the head of the Research Triangle Park (RTP) Center for Advanced Studies (CAS), which coordinates university relations for the IBM community in North Carolina. He is also the co-leader of the IBM Cloud Academy, and is working very closely with universities all across the world interested in deploying cloud computing. Most recently, Andy was the World Wide CAS Leader, coordinating the activities of 29 centers across the globe. Previously, Andy has headed Tivoli performance, as well as the WebSphere Technology Institute. Andy is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM), an executive technical resource, as well as an adjunct professor at NC State. He joined IBM in 1988, after receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Theory) from the University of Maryland (College Park). Prior to IBM, he was a neurophyisologist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda MD.
Born and raised in Italy, Dante is the co-founder and CEO of Embrane, where he leads and inspires the team to turn the company’s vision into execution, drives the values and the culture that define the company, and sometimes stocks the break-room. His professional life before that is pretty simple: a little over 10 years at Cisco. He was part of one of the most successful teams at Cisco, building the Catalyst 6500 family of switches. He later became part of the founding team of Andiamo, a spin-off that Cisco created to enter and disrupt the storage networking market. More recently, he led the worldwide marketing campaign for Cisco’s Data Center 3.0 strategy. While at Cisco he wore several hats: engineer, product manager, marketing manager and sales manager. He even spent three years in Europe, evangelizing Cisco’s Data Center story to the market. Dante holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and several patents in the areas of networking, storage and data center infrastructure. He also has experience as spokesperson with press, analysts and investors and he represented Cisco in several official industry organizations, such as SNIA Europe. When he is not thinking about how to power the agile network, Dante enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and cooking homemade pizza from scratch.
Laurent Lefevre obtained his Ph.D in Computer Science in January 1997 at LIP Laboratory (Laboratoire Informatique du Parallelisme) in ENS-Lyon (Ecole Normale Superieure), France. From 1997 to 2001, he was assistant professor in computer science in Lyon 1 University and in the RESAM Laboratory (High Performance Networks and Multimedia Application Support Lab.). Since 2001, he is permanent researcher in computer science at INRIA (The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control). He is member of the RESO team (High performance networks, protocols and services) from LIP laboratory in Lyon, France. He has organized several conferences in high performance networking and computing and he is member of several program committees. He has co-authored more than 30 papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is member of IEEE and takes part in several research projects. His research interests include: high performance active networks, active services, Grid and Cluster computing network support, Active Grid, Distributed Shared Memory systems and Data consistency.
Dr. Masum Z. Hasan is currently a Technology Director at the Cloud CTO office of Cisco Systems, San Jose, USA. He currently leads R&D work in Cloud networking, Network Virtualization and Programmable Networking (aka SDN: Software-defined Networking). His work focus also has been in the area of Grid/High-performance Computing, Healthcare Computing and Networking, Network Analytics, Traffic Engineering, Application and Network resource access control, and Network Management. Masum’s prior job experiences include Principal Investigator at the Bell Labs, USA, Research Scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada and software engineer / computer scientist positions in a number of companies / institutions in Canada and Bangladesh. Masum obtained his MMath and PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Canada and combined BEng-MEng in Computer Engineering from Odessa National Polytechnic University in Ukraine. Masum has been serving on the organizing and technical program committees of a number of IEEE/IFIP International Conferences and co-editor of a number of journals and magazines. He also serves as the Chair for the IEEE Communications Society's Ad hoc Committee on Cloud Communications and Networking Committee.