Lecturer Biographies

Lorenzo Alvisi is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on building scalable and dependable distributed systems. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, and has received a Humboldt Research Award, an NSF Career Award, and several “best paper” and teaching awards. In addition to distributed systems, Lorenzo is passionate about classical music and red Italian motorcycles.

Hal Daumé III is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary research interest is in developing new learning algorithms for prototypical problems that arise in the context of language processing and artificial intelligence. He doesn’t like shoes, but does like activities that are hard on your feet: skiing, badminton, Aikido, and rock climbing.

Derek Dreyer is a tenured faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS).  His research runs the gamut from the type theory of high-level functional languages, down to verification of compilers and concurrent programs under relaxed memory models.  He is currently leading the RustBelt project, which focuses on building the first formal foundations for the Rust programming language.  He also knows a thing or two about Scotch whisky

Krishna Gummadi is a tenured faculty at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS). Krishna’s research interests are in social computing systems. His recent works focus on (a) assessing trustworthiness of anonymous online crowds, (b) assessing privacy risks for online users, (c) understanding, predicting, and influencing human behaviour on social media sites, and (d) enhancing fairness and transparency of machine (data-driven) decision making.

Michael Hicks is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on using programming languages and analyses to improve the security, reliability, and availability of software. He is the current Chair of ACM SIGPLAN and blogs for a general computer science audience, both researchers and practitioners, at http://www.pl-enthusiast.net/

Vitaly Shmatikov is a Professor at Cornell Tech, where he works on computer security and privacy.  Vitaly received the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies twice, in 2008 and 2014, and was a runner-up in 2013.  Vitaly’s research group won many “best paper” awards and the CCS 2011 Test-of-Time Award.