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OAA 2009 Award Citations and Recipient Biographies


P. Anandan: Outstanding Achievement in Management
For promoting the growth of computer science research in India by establishing a world-class research lab and developing numerous and diverse Indian research partnerships

Carol A. Broverman: Outstanding Achievement in Technology Development
For leadership in medical informatics and for innovative applications of computer science and artificial intelligence to healthcare

Michael J. Franklin: Outstanding Achievement in Research
For ground-breaking research in distributed information management, including data caching, data dissemination, data stream systems, and sensor data management

Joyce L. Plotkin: Outstanding Support for the Department
For long-term support of computer science education at UMass and statewide through her leadership of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council

Debra J. Richardson: Outstanding Achievement in Education
Her vision and leadership have created a strong foundation for a strong academic unit that will serve generations of students to come

Tuomas Sandholm: Outstanding Achievement in Research
For path-breaking research in electronic commerce, AI, and game theory, involving combinatorial auctions, mechanism design, negotiation, and game-solving techniques

Steven Willis: Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship
For pioneering entrepreneurship in commercializing network router technologies and for philanthropy that is enriching society

Bryant W. York: Outstanding Contributions to Society
For his leadership in computer science education, commitment to diversity in computing disciplines and continuing service to computing research nationally and internationally

2009 OAA Recipient Biographies

P. Anandan

P. Anandan, Managing Director of Microsoft Research India

P. Anandan has been the Managing Director of Microsoft Research India, since its inception in January 2005. Prior to accepting this position, he was a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research headquarters in Redmond, Wash., where he built one of the world's strongest research teams in computer vision and video processing. During that time, he also served as an Ambassador for the Microsoft Research University Relations program in India. Before joining Microsoft in 1987, Dr. Anandan was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science for four years at Yale University where he founded the computer vision group. Subsequently he became a Research Manager at Sarnoff Corp., where his group developed state-of-the-art video stabilization technology and systems for ground and airborne video surveillance. Over two decades, his research has resulted in numerous patents, academic papers and recognition in the form of several awards in computer vision. Dr. Anandan has done pioneering research in video motion analysis and is recognized for his fundamental contributions in the area of optical flow, motion estimation, video mosaicking, and 3-D scene analysis.

Dr. Anandan earned his undergraduate and masters degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1987. The UMass Alumni Association presented him with a Distinguished Alumni award in 2006.


Carol A. Broverman

Carol A. Broverman, Senior Corporate Manager, Enterprise Medication Informatics and Decision Support, Clinical Informatics Research and Development, Partners Healthcare Systems, Inc., Boston, MA

Carol A. Broverman directs and manages enterprise programs in medication knowledge base development, usage, and clinical decision support at Partners Healthcare Systems in Boston, Massachusetts, a leader in development and use of computerized provider order entry systems. She directs research and concentrates on deploying knowledge-based content in a services-oriented architecture to achieve patient safety and medication management goals across heterogeneous systems. She chairs a high-performance committee on Patient Safety medication interventions across Partners. Previously she was Director of Clinical Informatics at Fast Track Systems, Inc., from where she holds a patent in Clinical Trial Protocol Design. Prior to that, Dr. Broverman was Director of Healthcare Informatics for First Databank, Inc., held senior informatics positions at several healthcare technology companies, and has served on the advisory boards for Micromedex, Inc., and First Databank, Inc. She has lectured on Medical Informatics at Stanford University and currently is a faculty member for the Summer Informatics Course at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Broverman has been active in healthcare standards: as a co-chair for the HL7 (Health Level Seven) Decision Support Technical Committee, a founding member of HL7-RCRIM's (Regulatory Clinical Research Information Management) Protocol Representation subcommittee, an active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, and an elected member of the Interoperability Committee for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, a national certification organization.

Dr. Broverman received a B.S. in Psychology in 1979 from Tufts University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1986 and 1991, respectively, with a special concentration in artificial intelligence and planning.

Michael J. Franklin

Michael J. Franklin, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Computer Science Division, University of California Berkeley, and co-Founder of Truviso, Inc.

Michael J. Franklin is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and the co-Founder and CTO of Truviso, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation continuous data analytics. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park. At Berkeley, where he has been on the faculty since 1999, Dr. Franklin's research focuses on the architecture and performance of distributed data management and information systems. His recent projects cover the areas of wireless sensor networks, XML message brokers, data stream processing, scientific grid computing, and data management for the digital home. Earlier in his career, he spent five years as a database systems developer. Dr. Franklin has held consulting and advisory roles at a number of leading companies, including Intel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, The Mayfield Fund, and Bell Laboratories, and has served on Technical Advisory Boards for technology start ups including: Business Signatures, DATAllegro, Appstream, RightOrder, and WiseNut. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and he received the National Science Foundation Career Award and the ACM SIGMOD "Test of Time" award.

Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1993, an M.S.E. from Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in 1986, and a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983.


Joyce L. Plotkin

Joyce L. Plotkin, President Emerita, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council

Joyce L. Plotkin managed the trade association that represents the software/Internet/technology industry in Massachusetts for the past 22 years, recently moving to the part-time role of President Emerita. Under her leadership as President, the Council received national recognition for several innovative workforce development projects that focused on effectively implementing technology into the schools and preparing workers for the software industry.

Currently, Joyce Plotkin is the chair of a STEM Pipeline Grant, from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, to increase middle school students' awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Joyce Plotkin has been the driving force behind several important initiatives to improve computer science education, support technology in the schools, enhance the climate for entrepreneurship, and promote effective computer crime legislation in the Commonwealth. She has also been involved with the National Science Foundation on several computer science-related efforts. In addition, she has been a strong supporter of the UMass Amherst CS Department and was present at the birth of and chaired the Advisory Board for the Department's Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative. She has represented the Council on local, state, national and international technology and workforce committees and has established global partnerships with the software communities in Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Korea, and Russia. She is a co-founder of the predecessor organization of TECNA, the Technology Councils of North America.

She currently serves on a number of boards and councils, including the Boston Museum of Science, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern University's College of Business Administration, United Nations Association of Greater Boston and the Goddard Council, a state commission which advises the Legislature on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) policy and priorities.

Debra J. Richardson

Debra J. Richardson, Professor of Informatics and the Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine

Debra J. Richardson is Professor of Informatics and Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine, which she joined in 1987. She was appointed Chair of the then-department of Information and Computer Science in 2000. Under her leadership, the department was reconstituted in 2002 to become a school, becoming the first such school in the history of the University of California. She was named the Ted and Janice Smith Dean of the new school in 2003. Dr. Richardson was instrumental in securing a $20 million endowment for the school, which named the school after philanthropist Donald Bren. Committed to increasing the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in computing and information technology, Dr. Richardson serves as director of the Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology (ABRC), a hub of the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She sits on the boards of numerous community service organizations. A leader in her research field, Dr. Richardson pioneered research in "specification-based testing," whereby formal methods are employed to guide software testing. Her current work focuses on enabling specification-based testing technology throughout the software lifecycle.

She received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at San Diego in 1976 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Tuomas Sandholm

Tuomas Sandholm, Professor of Computer Science and Director, Agent-Mediated Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, and Founder of CombineNet, Inc.

Tuomas Sandholm is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), which he joined in 2001, and Director of CMU's Agent-Mediated Electronic Marketplaces Laboratory. Prior to CMU, Dr. Sandholm spent four years as a member of the Computer Science faculty at Washington University, St. Louis. He has published over 350 papers on electronic commerce; game theory; artificial intelligence; multiagent systems; auctions and exchanges; automated negotiation and contracting; coalition formation; voting; safe exchange; normative models of bounded rationality; resource-bounded reasoning; machine learning; networks; and combinatorial optimization. He is also the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of CombineNet, Inc., which has commercialized over 600 large-scale generalized combinatorial auctions. Founded in 2000, the company has conducted over $40 billion in trading volume and generated over $5 billion in savings via more efficient markets. Dr. Sandholm is a recipient of an NSF Career Award, the inaugural Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Autonomous Agents Research Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Computers and Thought Award, presented by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). He is a Fellow of the ACM and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Dr. Sandholm received an M.S. (B.S. included) with distinction in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 1991 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

Steven Willis

Steven Willis, Founder of Wellfleet Communications

Steven Willis began his career as a Software Engineer at BTU Engineering designing microprocessor based furnace controllers for the semiconductor industry. In 1982, he joined Interlan and developed software and operating systems internals for Ethernet based controllers for early Internet applications. In 1986, he co-founded Wellfleet Communications, a pioneering Internet router company, and became the Director of Software Development. In 1989, he started Wellfleet's Advanced Engineering Group, which developed Internet and ATM standards and technology, such as the silicon based forwarding engine, for the next generation of Wellfleet technology. In 1997, he co-founded Argon Networks, a maker of Internet core switch/routers. He led the architecture effort to build a large, hardware based IP router and ATM switch supporting OC48c interfaces. In 1999, Argon was purchased by Siemens. In early 2001 he joined Datapower as the Vice President of Advanced Technology and drove the development of a hardware based XML processor. Datapower develops high performance XML processing and transformation engines for web based services.

Mr. Willis received a B.S. in BDIC/Computer Science in 1978 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and sits on the Advisory Board of the UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He is a member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and sits on an advisory board within Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds ten patents in the field of computer networking.

Bryant W. York

Bryant W. York, Professor, Computer Science Department and Co-Director, Laboratory for Learning and Adaptive Systems, Portland State University

Bryant W. York is Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University and a long-term contributor to education, to increasing diversity, and to promoting research. Dr. York is on the Computer Research Association (CRA) Board of Directors, is the chair of the Coalition to Diversify Computing, and is a founding director of the Institute for African American eCulture. In addition, he is a member of the NSF Advisory Committee for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, having previously served on the NSF Computer Information Science and Engineering advisory board. He received the first African American Researchers in Computer Science (AARCS) Footprints Award, the CRA Habermann Award, and the first Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship. York's research focuses on the design of parallel and distributed algorithms for large-scale scientific computations. In his Adaptive Learning Lab, he and his students are integrating machine learning, data mining and traditional AI techniques to improve aspects of human cognition. Dr. York is an ACM Fellow. He was a researcher at IBM Research Labs and Digital Equipment Corporation for several years.
Dr. York received an A.B. in Mathematics from Brandeis University in 1967, and M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1976 and 1981, respectively.