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Distinguished Speaker Series

Verisign Labs Distinguished Speaker Series is a quarterly forum to bring together members of the technical community to network and listen to distinguished speakers about issues related to internet technology.

EXASCALE DATA AND INTERNATIONAL DOMAIN PHONETICS - TWO SWISS UNIVERSITY COLLABORATIONS AT VERISIGN EMEA

Event Description

This Verisign Labs Distinguished Speakers Series event will showcase innovative research from Verisign EMEA’s university collaborations. The event will be held in Verisign’s international headquarters in Fribourg, Switzerland, and broadcast live to remote attendees worldwide.

Hosted by Verisign's CTO, Dr. Burt Kaliski Jr., this June event will spotlight two of the collaborations that Verisign EMEA has developed with universities in Switzerland. Professor Philippe Cudré-Mauroux will describe several big data research projects that he has carried out in cooperation with the Verisign team in Fribourg. Professor Jean Hennebert will present research developed with Verisign EMEA on phonetic approaches to domain names for international users.

More information on the event’s presentations and presenters are provided below:

Internet Infrastructures for Big Data - Philippe Cudré-Mauroux

Abstract

In this talk, Professor Cudré-Mauroux will present the results of three big data research projects that were carried out in cooperation with Verisign:

  • Hadaps, a new system to efficiently distribute and load-balance data in very large-scale settings
  • StormCity, a stream data management infrastructure to effectively manage water in smarter cities
  • ERS, a data publishing platform supported by a Verisign research grant that allows semi-structured data to be shared flexibly in poorly-connected or ad-hoc environments.

About Philippe Cudré-Mauroux

About Philippe Cudré-Mauroux

Philippe Cudré-Mauroux is a Swiss-NSF Professor and the director of the eXascale Infolab at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate working in the Database Systems group at MIT. He received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, where he won both the Doctorate Award and the EPFL Press Mention in 2007. Before joining the University of Fribourg, he worked on distributed information and media management for HP, IBM Watson Research (NY), and Microsoft Research Asia. He was Program Chair of the International Semantic Web Conference in 2012 and General Chair of the International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis in 2012 and 2013. He recently won the MICS Swiss National Center in Research 2001-2012 CS Award and a Google Faculty Award. His research interests are in next-generation, Big Data management infrastructures for non-relational data. Webpage: http://exascale.info/phil

Phonetic Research applied to Internet and Domain Names: an International Perspective – Jean Hennebert

Abstract

In this talk, Professor Jean Hennebert will briefly describe a project developed in collaboration with Verisign EMEA about phonetic research to Domain Names. With the increasing availability of the Internet worldwide, more and more users have now the possibility to navigate the web in their language and scripts. In this context, it will be discussed the importance of new approaches and benefits of these techniques for International Internet Users in the context of Domain Name Suggestion and Brand Protection. Technical insights will be given on how to build scalable technologies in terms of language coverage and throughput.

About Jean Hennebert

About Jean Hennebert

Jean Hennebert is Professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Fribourg and co-Leader of iCoSys, an institute focusing on complex systems research. He gives lectures at the University of Fribourg and supervises PhD students in Machine Learning and Signal Processing.

Previously he was Director of Technology for UbiCall Communications in San Francisco and Brussels, in the Speech Recognition department. Before that, he was System Architect in the Innovation Lab of UBS, where he designed next generation phone banking systems and biometric security systems.

He received his Master in Engineering in the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium. He was Invited Researcher at ICSI Berkeley where he worked on advanced ANNs applied to speech technologies. He received his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL with a Thesis about Hidden Markov Models and Artificial Neural Networks for Speech and Speaker Recognition.


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