Research Showcase Keynote Speakers

John Launchbury - 2017 Research Showcase Keynote Speaker

dr._john_launchbury_web.jpgDr. John Launchbury is chief scientist at Galois Inc., where he is working to leverage formal mathematical techniques to fundamentally improve cybersecurity. Dr. Launchbury was the original founder of Galois in 1999.

Prior to rejoining Galois in 2017, John was Director of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) at DARPA, where he led nation-scale investments in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

John received First Class Honors in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1985. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science from University of Glasgow and won the British Computer Society’s distinguished dissertation prize. In 2000 he became a full professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU. In 2010, John was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Mike Connly - 2015 Open House Keynote Speaker

Mike ConnlyAs Chief Information Officer for Optum, Mike Connly leads a team responsible for identifying trends, delivering disruptive technology, and increasing our speed to market to make the health care system work better for everyone.

Prior to his current role, Mike served as Chief Executive Officer for QSSI. Mike was accountable for managing federal and state program delivery.

Before this role, Mike served as Chief Technology Officer for UnitedHealth Group IT. Mike was accountable for the enterprise infrastructure agenda; driving stability, security, and delivery in technology solutions; and leading UnitedHealth Group’s foundational capabilities to support future technology innovation.

Mike served as Chief Information Officer for UnitedHealth Technologies. Shortly after he joined the company, Mike was also asked to lead the company’s Global Service Delivery organization.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Mike served as CIO for The St. Paul Companies and held other executive-level positions within the company (e.g., Vice President of Application Development). Mike joined The St. Paul Companies after a 14-year career with Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., where he served as Account Manager for Financial Services, as well as Business Sales and Marketing.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Ron Kohavi - 2013 Open House Keynote Speaker

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Ronny Kohavi is a partner architect in the Online Services Division at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 2005 and founded the Experimentation Platform team in 2006. He was previously the director of data mining and personalization at, and the Vice President of Business Intelligence at Blue Martini Software, which went public in 2000, and later acquired by Red Prairie. Prior to joining Blue Martini, Kohavi managed MineSet project, Silicon Graphics' award-winning product for data mining and visualization. He joined Silicon Graphics after getting a Ph.D. in Machine Learning from Stanford University, where he led the MLC++ project, the Machine Learning library in C++ used in MineSet and at Blue Martini Software. Kohavi received his BA from the Technion, Israel. He was the General Chair for KDD 2004, co-chair of KDD 99's industrial track with Jim Gray, and co-chair of the KDD Cup 2000 with Carla Brodley. He was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineering in 2000, a keynote speaker at PAKDD 2001, an invited speaker at KDD 2001's industrial track, a keynote speaker at EC 10 (2010) and at Recsys 2012. His papers have over 20,000 citations.

Kerrie Holley - 2011 Open House Keynote Speaker

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Mr. Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow, is the Global CTO for AIS responsible for executive technical leadership to AIS in client projects, strategic initiatives, assets, offerings, methods and tools. He is also CTO role for IBM SOA Center of Excellence. IBM’s CEO in 2006 appointed Kerrie to Fellow, IBM’s highest technical leadership position. It is the highest honor a scientist, engineer, or programmer at IBM (and perhaps 'in the industry') can achieve. The Fellows program was founded in 1962 by Thomas J. Watson, Jr., as a way to promote creativity among the company's "most exceptional" technical professionals. The criteria for appointment are stringent and take into account only the most significant technical achievements. Since 1963, 218 IBM Fellows have been appointed.

His expertise centers around software engineering, business architecture, service oriented architecture, cutting-edge distributed solutions. His responsibilities include technical leadership, oversight, strategy development, consulting and software architecture for a portfolio of projects around the world.

Mr. Holley is an author and IBM Master Inventor and holds several patents.

Mr. Holley has a BA in mathematics from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul School of Law.

Jamie Thingelstad - 2009 Open House Keynote Speaker

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Jamie Thingelstad is an entrepreneur-in-residence with Split Rock Partners. Previously he has served as the chief technology officer and vice president for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, the internet services division of Dow Jones & Company. He directed product and technology for The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barron’s. While at Dow Jones he also was chief technology officer for the Enterprise Media Group overseeing Dow Jones Newswires and Dow Jones Indexes among other groups.

Thingelstad has always been interested in technology and officially started his information technology career at the University of Minnesota in 1992, building a database-driven management system to help serve disabled students and faculty. In 1994, he started WebSpan, an internet services startup to help build websites and Internet-enable small businesses.

Thingelstad went on to be founding chief technology officer and vice president for BigCharts. After BigCharts was purchased by CBS MarketWatch Inc., Thingelstad became chief technology officer and vice president for CBS MarketWatch Inc. then Dow Jones and Company when it purchased MarketWatch. He has 15 years of experience creating, building and supporting the web platforms behind the most popular and high profile financial information websites.

Thingelstad attended the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, Thingelstad was named a "Forty under 40" winner by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. He lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota with his wife and daughter.

Stuart Feldman - 2007 Open House Keynote Speaker

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Stuart Feldman is world renowned for his strategy work with IBM. Now at Google, he oversees the engineering activities for the eastern American division. Before moving to Google in 2007, Feldman worked at IBM for the past 11 years, serving most recently as the Vice President for Internet Technology. In this role, he was responsible for implementing exploratory, long-term global science strategies within computer science and related fields. Feldman also led collaborative research programs with universities and influenced global computer science policies.

Prior to that high-level position, Feldman managed IBM’s policies, strategies, and standards for future Internet use, a department that created experimental Internet-based applications. They also ran the Extreme Blue Program. Before working his way to that position, Feldman served as the founding Director of IBM’s Institute for Advanced Commerce, focused on creating intellectual leadership in e-commerce environments.

In advance of life at IBM, Feldman worked as a computer science researcher at Bell Labs in the mid-1990s and at Bellcore as a research manager. Among his innovations, he created Make and served as the architect for a line of software from Bellcore.

Feldman earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.A. in mathematics and astrophysics at Princeton University. In addition to his degrees and innovations, he also serves as the President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Council and received the ACM Software System Award in 2003. He is also an IEEE and ACM Fellow and serves on a number of government committees.