Lucene Revolution 2012 speakers

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Andrew Urquhart

Principal Systems Engineer , Raytheon

Dr. Andrew Urquhart has 12 years experience in research, development, implementation, testing, fielding, and support of large software systems. He functions simultaneously in research and development, systems engineering, and software engineering roles. He is a veteran of presentations at the American Geophysical Union Fall and Spring Meetings; the National Science Foundation’s Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) and Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) workshops; and Raytheon internal symposia on a variety of topics. He earned his B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Space Physics from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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Andrzej Bialecki

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, Lucid Imagination Inc.

Andrzej Bialecki, Apache Lucene PMC Member, also is a committer in Apache Nutch and the Apache Hadoop projects. He's also the author of the popular Luke index inspection utility. He holds a master's degree in Electronics from Warsaw Technical University. He's currently working with Lucid's engineering team.

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C. Lee Giles

Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. C. Lee Giles is the David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University with appointments in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Supply Chain and Information Systems. Previously, he was at NEC Reseach Institute and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is or has been on the following program committees: KDD, SIGIR, WWW, JCDL, ICML, NIPS, AAAI. His research interests are in intelligent cyberinfrastructure, web tools, search engines and information retrieval, digital libraries, web services, knowledge and information extraction, data mining, name matching and disambiguation, and social networks. He has published over 300 papers in these areas. He was a cocreator of the popular search engines and tools: SeerSuite and CiteSeer (now CiteSeerX) for computer science. He also was a cocreater of an early metasearch engine, Inquirus; ChemXSeer, for chemistry, the first search engine for robots.txt, BotSeer; and the first for academic business, SmealSearch. He is fellow of the ACM, IEEE and INNS.

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Chris Hostetter

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, Lucid Imagination

Chris Hostetter is a Member of the Apache Software Foundation, and serves on the Lucene Project Management Committee. Prior to joining Lucid Imagination in 2010 to work full time on Solr development, he spent 11 years as a Principal Software Engineer for CNET Networks thinking about searching "structured data" that was never as structured as it should have been.

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Christian Moen

Founder, CEO and Software Engineer, Atilika Inc.

Christian Moen is the Founder, CEO and software engineer for Atilika Inc. and has 12+ years of experience with search -- from both R&D and applying it to leading worldwide organizations. He founded Atilika Inc. in October 2009 to help Japanese companies apply search and related technologies to their businesses. Atilika is proficient in the fields of search, recommendations, computational linguistics and big data, and has experience applying these technologies to business problems within news media, publishing, advertisement and e-commerce to leading businesses in Japan and elsewhere. He holds an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Oslo, Norway.

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David Giffin

Software Engineer, Etsy

David Giffin is a Software Engineer on the Search Team at etsy.com, the world's marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. Four years ago he transitioned Etsy from postgres t-search to Solr. At Etsy he focuses on Solr infrastructure, multi-language search and user-experience.

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David Hamson

Director of Engineering & IT, NetDocuments

David Hamson has been writing document management software since 1987. He was a principal creator of SoftSolutions, the industry leading LAN document management software of the 90s. He participated in the creation of DMA, Document Management Alliance, a standard sponsored by AIIM that was a merger to two competing standards: DEN and Shamrock. He now works for NetDocuments, the leading provider of SaaS Document Management to the legal industry. David is responsible for the search technologies implemented in SoftSolutions and NetDocuments. In addition to his software engineering duties, he also fills the role of Director of IT.

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Engy Ali

Software Project Manager, The Library of Alexandria

Engy Ali is a Software Project Manager with Bibliotheca Alexandrina and has 8 years of experience in computer software. Previously, he worked for different multinational companies as a software computer engineer between web and enterprise application. He attended last year's Solr revolution sessions and conference. He presented a new generic open source solution for cataloging, and searching manuscript using Solr at the DLF Forum 2011.

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Eric Pugh

Principal, OpenSource Connections

Fascinated by the “craft” of software development, Eric Pugh has been heavily involved in the open source world as a developer, committer, and user for the past 8 years. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and lately has been mulling over how we move from the read/write web to the read/write/share web. In commercial, intel, and government IT, he has helped European and American companies develop coherent strategies for embracing open source software. Eric co-authored Apache Solr 3 Enterprise Search Server, the book on Solr and is currently implementing Solr in a big data environment.

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Erick Erickson

Lucene/Solr Committer, Lucid Imagination

Erick Erickson developed code for almost 30 years and companies ranging in size from less than 15 to 1,500 prior to joining Lucid in its Professional Services group. While at Lucid, Erick has helped various Lucid clients implement Lucene/Solr based solutions for a variety of problems and at a variety of scales. He's been amazed by the number of different problems "search" is being applied to, and how different the definition of "good search" is in different domains. Erick is a Lucene/Solr committer (Yaaaa, he still gets to program!) and regular contributor to the user's list. Erick received his MS from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

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Glenn Engstrand

Senior Software Engineer, Zoosk, Inc

Glenn Engstrand is senior software engineer in charge of search and real-time communications on the platform team at Zoosk. Prior to that, he worked to deliver applications at Hubbard Systems, Epicentric, One Media Place, and Walker Interactive. He was on the adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and has presented at the 2010 IASA ITARC E-Summit called The Age of Collaboration. In 2009, he was a guest lecturer at Brooklyn College.

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Grant Ingersoll

Chief Scientist, Lucid Imagination

Grant Ingersoll is a co-founder of Lucid Imagination as well as an active member of the Lucene community – a Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning project and a long standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. His prior experience includes work at the Center for Natural Language Processing at Syracuse University in natural language processing and information retrieval. He earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He is also the co-author of the upcoming "Taming Text" from Manning Publications.

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Jeremy Bently

CEO and Founder, Smartlogic

Jeremy Bentley is Founder and CEO of Smartlogic, a software company that specializes in Content Intelligence. Smartlogic's Semaphore is a Content Intelligence Platform that complements an organization’s investments in Enterprise Search, Business Intelligence and Content Management to provide effective, rapid and accurate control of, and access to, unstructured content with a speed, accuracy and intelligence not achievable today through existing systems that are strained from soaring information volumes. Semaphore endows these systems with capabilities, such as taxonomy & ontology management, automatic classification and contextual navigation, so that organizations can better find, organize, process, monetize, control and govern unstructured content. Prior to Smartlogic, he was Managing Director of Microbank Software, a US software company that was acquired by SunGard Data Systems.

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Joel Westberg

Findwise AB

Joel Westberg is a consultant in enteprise search at Findwise, a leading vendor-independent consultancy firm headquartered in Sweden, with offices in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland and UAE. At Findwise, he has been part of search projects using Solr at half a dozen customers, both as a developer and as technical lead and architect. Aside from these projects, he has also been the lead developer and architect of the Hydra project, described in the presentation. Internally at Findwise, he is also responsible for our Innovation Process, tasked with ensuring that we always deliver innovative and cutting-edge solutions for our customers.

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Kai Chan

Instructional Technology and Database Developer, Social Sciences Computing

Kai Chan is the lead programmer for the Communication Studies Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has extensive experience programming with Lucene, Java, PHP, and MySQL. He has been especially involved with the development and programming of the closed captioning search engine for the archive. Other projects that he has worked on are ClassWeb, Moodle, and Video Annotation Tool. He has given numerous presentations regarding his work to faculty and researchers at the university. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA.

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M.C. Srivas

CTO, Founder, MapR

Mou Nandi is the Principal Search Engineer/Architect at NetDocuments. She is leading the implementation of Solr at NetDocuments as it replaces FAST as the serach engine. She has almost a decade of experience architecting and implementing search technologies in a variety of industries. Mou holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science with her thesis focused on indexing spatial data in the database environment.

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Mark Davis

CTO, Kitenga

Mark Davis has 20 years experience in search, computational linguistics, intelligent systems, and related areas. With Ted Dunning he presented at the first TREC (Text Retrieval Evaluation Conference) when search was of interest only to librarians and secret agents. Since that time, he has been involved in academic R&D, with big firms (program manager for enterprise search at Microsoft), with spin-out startups (Inxight), and, currently, as founder of Kitenga, specializing in "big data" analytics with a focus on unstructured information and search. Mark likes kittens and the color orange.

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Mark Miller

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, Lucid Imagination

Mark Miller is a Lucene/Solr committer, PMC member, and Apache Software Foundation member who has been dabbling with Lucene since 2006. He currently works for Lucid Imagination as an engineer/manager solving all kinds of fun programming problems.

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Martijn van Groningen

Software Developer & Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC Member, SearchWorkings

Martijn van Groningen is a comitter and PMC member of Apache Lucene and Solr. He has made a significant contribution to the community with his involvement in Solr's grouping / field collapsing functionality (Solr-236) and recently with his involvement with query time joining in Lucene. He works at SearchWorkings as a software developer and search consultant. Working extensively with the technologies for the past 4 years, he has helped many companies resolve their Solr challenges.

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Michael Mccandless


Michael McCandless loves building software; he's been building search engines for more than a decade, and has been working on Lucene as a committer, PMC member and Apache member, for the past few years. He's co-author of Lucene in Action, 2nd edition. In his spare time he enjoys building his own computers, writing software to control his house (mostly in Python), encoding videos and tinkering with all sorts of other things.

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Paddy Mullen

Independent Contractor

Paddy Mullen is a software engineer living in New York City. He has built various systems including a commercial competitor to the Wayback Machine, a terminal emulator in javascript, and lisp demos. Paddy is a regular at New York tech events inlcuding LispNYC. He enjoys working as a consultant on various projects.

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Patrick Beaucamp

CEO, Bpm-Conseil

Patrick Beaucamp is founder of the Vanilla project, the only true Open Source Business Intelligence Platform, and CEO of Bpm-Conseil, the company behind the Vanilla project. With almost 20 years of experience in the BI area, with participation in the early'90s to Cognos PowerPlay & Impromptu launch in West Europe, Patrick is leading the Vanilla project to success and recognition. The Vanilla project was recently rewarded by independant analysts as one of the Top 10 successful French Open Source Projects (April 09), and as major competitor of SAP Business Object, IBM Cognos and Microstrategy platform (november 09), while Bpm-Conseil was rewarder as one of the 3 major French innovative player in IT and one of the 100 companies to watch in Europe by RedHerring in June 2010. Recently, Patrick was a co-writer for Best selling Book "Bpm HandBook 2010", with a specific chapter on Open Source BI & Bpm integration

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Paul Doscher

CEO, Lucid Imagination

Paul Doscher is passionate about his belief that enterprise search is the enabling technology that will allow companies to realize the true value from their Big Data (both structured and unstructured). As CEO, Paul is responsible for Lucid Imagination’s vision and success in the enterprise-wide search, discovery and analytics market. He comes to Lucid with 30 years of sales, marketing and business management experience within high-tech enterprise software. Prior to Lucid, Paul held the position of CEO for Exalead Inc, a global provider of enterprise search, where he led the company from 2008 through 2011. In 2003, Paul became CEO and one of the principal founders for JasperSoft, one of the top commercial open source business intelligence platforms in the market. In 2000, Paul joined Vmware as the company’s EVP of world-wide field operations where he defined and executed the distribution strategy that formed the basis of the company’s world-wide success. Earlier in his career, Paul held positions within companies including General Manager of Americas for Business Objects(Now SAP), Vice President of world-wide Marketing and Business Development for Entrust and Vice President of US channels for Oracle.

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Peter Wolanin

Momentum Specialist, Acquia, Inc

Peter Wolanin, Ph.D. hass ben a noted contributor to Drupal 5, 6 and 7, a member of the Drupal documentation team, joined the Drupal Security Team, and was elected in 2010 as a Permanent Member of the Drupal Association. He joined the Acquia engineering team in 2008. In that capacity he was part of a small team that built and maintained a hosted Apache Solr (Acquia Search) offering that is available to all Acquia subscribers, and has worked extensively on the Drupal integration modules to improve their utilization of Apache Solr features. Peter graduated cum laude from Princeton University, received a doctoral degree in Physics from the University of Michigan, and conducted post-doctoral and industrial research in Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

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Petr Pleshachkov

Principal Software Engineer, EMC

Petr Pleshachkov Principal Software Engineer at EMC. He is a leading developer of XML database called EMC Documentum xDB. The areas of expertise include memory management, transaction management, full-text search, query optimization. He has published a number of research papers in scientific journals and proceedings of database conferences (SIGMOD 2010, VLDB 2007, BNCOD 2005, SEBD 2005, etc). He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Institute for System Programming of Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Robert Muir

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, Lucid Imagination

Robert Muir is both a Lucene/Solr PMC Member as well as a Lucene/Solr Committer. He earned his BS in Computer Science from Radford University and a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Lucid Imagination, he worked for Ntrepid Corporation.

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Scott Stults

Solutions Architect, Open Source Connections

Scott has led Lucene and Solr projects since 2006 for both commercial and governmental organizations. His particular talents are centered around the intersection of search and big data, where off-the-shelf solutions tend to break down.

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Seshu Simhadri

CTO, Global Computer Enterprises

As CTO of GCE, Seshu Simhadri ensures the company is positioned at the center of the Federal financial management space with GCE’s technical innovations. As part of his role as CTO, he and his team have served as technical leads for several major Federal financial management and acquisition system implementations, including the United States Department of Labor onto the GCE Cloud and two major Department of Homeland Security components, the Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Coast Guard. He has two Master of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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Simon Willnauer

Apache Lucene PMC Chair, Lucene core committer & Apache Software Foundation Member

Simon Willnauer is the Apache Lucene PMC Chair, a Lucene core committer and Apache Software Foundation Member. He has been involved with Lucene and Solr since 2006 and has contributed to several other open source projects within and without the Apache Software Foundation. During the last couple of years he worked on design and implementation of scalable software systems and search infrastructure. His main interests are performance optimizations and concurrency. He studied Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciene Berlin. He is a member of technical staff at SearchWorkings and a co-founder of the BerlinBuzzwords conference on Scalability in June 2012 in Berlin (Germany).

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Steve Kearns

Director of Product Management, Basis Technology

Steve Kearns has been working with search and multilingual text analytics for over 6 years. As the Director of Product Management at Basis Technology, Steve is responsible for the product management team, pre-sales engineering, and developing the product roadmap. He works closely with customers, partners, and market analysts to gather requirements and define the product strategy. Prior to Basis Technology, he worked at BBN Technologies where he was a software engineer and team lead for the Broadcast and Web Monitoring Systems, which capture and extract Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) from live television and Internet news websites. He received his B.S. in computer information systems and M.S. in information technology from Bentley University.