Managing Director, MSR Outreach Academic Services, USA
Kuansan Wang is a Principal Researcher and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Outreach where he is responsible for engaging with the global academic community on jointly advancing the state-ofthe- art in the areas MSR conducts research. He is leading a team that conducts research on web-scale machine reading, intelligent inference, deep semantic analytics and user behavior modeling. In addition to contributing to the development of Microsoft Bing and Cortana, the technologies developed at his team can also be seen in Microsoft Academic services that include a search engine at academic.microsoft.com and the Academic Knowledge API available through Microsoft Cognitive Services. Dr. Wang joined MSR in 1998 as a researcher in speech technology group where he conducted research in language modeling and multimodal interactions. He then became a software architect for Microsoft speech product group, responsible for Microsoft Speech Server and Response Point, and represented Microsoft to W3C, ECMA and ISO to help author international standards in speech, language and communication areas. He returned to MSR to work on web search in 2007 and has been a key driving force to evolve web search from a keyword based to semantic based paradigm. Kuansan received his BS from National Taiwan University and MS and PhD as an NSF Fellow from University of Maryland, College Park, all in electrical engineering.
Scientific Director of arXiv, Professor in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at The Pennsylvania State University
Steinn Sigurðsson is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD in physics in 1991 from the California Institute of Technology, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Cambridge University. He does research in theoretical astrophysics. Dr. Sigurðsson is a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State; the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State; and, the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center. Dr. Sigurðsson is a Science Editor of the AAS Journals, a Trustee of the Open Center for Physics, and the Scientific Director of arΧiv at Cornell University.