Usama Fayyad is Yahoo!'s chief data officer and executive vice president of Research & Strategic Data Solutions. Fayyad is responsible for Yahoo!'s overall data strategy, architecting Yahoo!'s data policies and systems, prioritizing data investments, and managing the Company's data analytics and data processing infrastructure. He also founded and currently oversees the Yahoo! Research organization globally.
Tarek Najm is a Technical Fellow working in the Search, Portal and Advertising Division at Microsoft. Najm’s current areas of focus include Web Semantics, Data Mining and Knowledge Engineering. A visionary architect, Najm founded and led worldwide development of several large-scale Web initiatives including: Microsoft adCenter Advertising Platform, PubCenter Platform for Publishers, adCenter Labs, Audience Intelligence for Data mining and Data Warehousing.
Dr. Harry Shum
Former managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, Dr. Harry Shum, a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft now, has taken the new role of leading the Core Search Development of Microsoft.
Dr. Shum received a doctorate in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.Dr. Shum has published more than 100 papers in computer vision, computer graphics, pattern recognition, statistical learning, and robotics. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents.
Prof. Jian Pei
Jian Pei is currently an Associate Professor of Computing Science and an Associate Director at the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He joined the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University as a faculty member in 2004. In 2002 – 2004, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA. He received a Ph.D. degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada, in 2002, under Dr. Jiawei Han’s supervision. He also received a B. Eng. degree and a M. Eng. degree, both in Computer Science, from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He was a Ph.D. candidate in Peking University, China, in 1997-1999.
Search marketing influencer in China, organizer of SMX China and SES China
Investor, CEO of 5173, former CEO of Allyes, and former CFO of Focus Media,IDG