Speakers


Adrian Trenaman
Tech Lead, gilt.com
@adrian_trenaman

Adrian Trenaman is a Tech Lead at gilt.com, America's leading flash-sale site, where he is responsible for the team that powers Gilt's Women, Men, Kids, Home and Taste stores. A programmer at heart, and a regular speaker at conferences, Ade loves to share his experiences with open source technology. When not happily programming in Scala at Gilt, Ade enjoys living with this young family in Dublin, Ireland. Previous lives include working as a consultant and committer on a number of Apache middleware projects (activemq, camel, servicemix, and cxf) and open-standards based technologies like CORBA and web-services across the US, Europe and middle-East.



Aleksey Shevchuk
Lead developer, odnoklassniki.ru
@AlekseyShevchuk

Aleksey is responsible for all search related decisions and implementations. He has made two presentations of their search systems in the past. In 2011 at big Java User Group event in Riga and in 2012 in Moscow at HighLoad++ 2012.



Amit Nithianandan
Lead Engineer Search/Analytics New Platforms, Zvents/Stubhub
@ANithian

Amit Nithianandan is the current lead engineer for search and analytics at Zvents, now a part of Stubhub (an eBay company). For more than four years, Amit has been working to improve the infrastructure and relevance of Zvents search engine most recently having completed a migration to Solr 4.0. His work has included integrating Hypertable with Solr to incorporate "real time" traffic statistics into the ranking formula. He has written about his experiences with Apache Solr on his personal blog at http://hokiesuns.blogspot.com.



Ben Brown
Software Architect, Cerner Corporation
@b_brown

Ben has been working with Solr and Lucene for more than 5 years. His first experiments were in highly portable on demand indexes stored in eventually consistent databases and has only grown since then. Ben currently helps to lead a team at Cerner building out indexes, services, and infrastructure for making EMRs and population health systems more searchable. His team also builds out infrastructure to do machine learning against clinical data to build out custom search data sets. Ben has spoken at internal Cerner tech talks and conferences but this is his first speaking event at a public conference. He hopes to not make too much of a mess of it, and if he does to at least make it entertaining.



Benson Margulies
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Basis Technology
@bimargulies

Benson provides technological leadership at Basis Technology. With the R&D team, he breaks ground in new technologies for the company’s core products and incubator projects. In custom solution projects, he works with customers, rapidly grasping their specific needs and then setting direction and strategy to meet those multilingual challenges. Prior to Basis Technology, Benson held technical and management positions at Kendall Square Research, Symbolics, Object Design, and Honeywell Information Systems. He is also an active contributor to the open source software community as a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a Project Management Committee member of Apache Mahout and Apache CXF. Benson holds a degree in computer science from MIT.



Brian Benz
Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.
@bbenz

Brian is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation. Brian is a frequent speaker and author for open source, big data and the cloud, including conferences and seminars for IBM, Deloitte, Microsoft and others. He has 20+ years IT and business experience, with a deep background in open source starting in the late 1980s. His prior experience includes developing , promoting and delivering big data solutions on open source and proprietary platforms for IBM, Deloitte and others.



Chandra Mouleeswaran
Machine Learning Scientist, ThreatMetrix.

Chandra is a Machine Learning Scientist at ThreatMetrix, Inc., a provider of integrated cybercrime prevention solutions, based in San Jose, CA, USA. He has worked in the Learning and Expert Systems group at Siemens Corporate Research, at Pershing - a BNY Mellon Company, and at several innovative start ups in the bay area: in the domains of product categorization, data security, compliance, anti-spam and web content monitoring. Prior to joining ThreatMetrix, he founded Symerica Systems LLC, a company focused on applying AI to financial engineering. He is presently Co-Chair of Developer Programs at Intellifest.org. He received a B.Tech (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Technology (BHU), India, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Lucene revolution Speaker
Chris Hostetter
Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member, LucidWorks
@_Hossman

Chris Hostetter is a Member of the Apache Software Foundation, and serves on the Lucene Project Management Committee. Prior to joining LucidWorks 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.



Christian Moen
Software Engineer, Atilika Inc.
@quizchan

Christian Moen is an Apache Lucene/Solr Committer and a software engineer at Atilika Inc., a Japanese corporation providing innovative products and services within search, natural language processing and big data to leading businesses world wide. Christian has 13+ years experience with search across a range of industries and holds an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Oslo, Norway.


Daniel Palmer, Ph.D
Professor of Computer Science, John Carroll University in Northeast Ohio

Daniel Palmer, Ph.D. is a professor of Computer Science at John Carroll University in Northeast Ohio. For the Spring semester of 2013, he is a visiting scientist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation investigating collaborative diagnosis of medical images.. He researches swarm intelligence and conducts human swarms to observe emergent behavior. He co-wrote a book on software engineering using extreme programming techniques after earning his doctorate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His software development career began as a Data Processing Engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland.


David Piraino, M.D.
Chief Imaging Information Officer, Imaging Institute Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic

David Piraino, MD, is Head of the Section of Computers in Radiology of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and is on Staff in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, where he was appointed in 1985.Dr. Piraino received his BS from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Piraino performed his radiology residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland and completed a bone and joint fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.His specialty interests include magnetic resonance imaging, musculoskeletal radiology, three-dimensional image processing and imaging informatics.


David Smiley
Software Systems Engineer, Lead, MITRE
David on g+

David Smiley is a lead software engineer at MITRE specializing in search, web development, and geospatial. He has been involved with the Lucene / Solr projects for some time and was recently made a committer for his contributions and involvement. He is largely responsible for Lucene 4's new spatial module. His most visible role in the community is as the principal author of "Apache Solr 3 Enterprise Search Server" published by PACKT in 2011, an update to the first edition published in 2009. He’s has presented at the first Lucene Revolution in 2010 and at Basis's Search conference in 2011 & 2012. Within MITRE, he occasionally develops and teaches short training classes on Solr.


Douglas Turnbull
Search and Big Data Architect,OpenSource Connections
@softwaredoug

Doug currently works as Search and Big Data Architect at OpenSource Connections in Charlottesville, VA where he crafts customer solutions using Apache Solr, Hadoop, and Mahout. His latest work has been helping to integrate search into State Decoded (current live version for VA: http://vacode.org) by integrating Apache Solr with a traditional LAMP application.


Dragan Milosevic
Senior Architect, Zanox
@DrDraganZanox

Dr. Dragan Milosevic is certified Solr/Lucene, Hadoop and HBase developer and currently works as senior architect at zanox in distributed computing team that uses various open-source projects to create world-class reporting framework. He is author of a book “Beyond Centralized Search Engines: An Agent-Based Filtering Framework” that describes the application of various machine-learning techniques for solving cooperation and coordination challenges in distributed systems. Those principles are nicely integrated in zanox reporting framework that represents one very successful application of various Apache open-source projects.


Erik Hatcher
Senior Solution Architect,CoFounder LucidWorks
@ErikHatcher

Erik Hatcher is the co-author of "Lucene in Action" as well as co-author of "Java Development with Ant". Erik has been an active member of the Lucene community, member of the Lucene Project Management Committee, member of the Apache Software Foundation as well as a frequent invited speaker at various industry events. Erik co-founded LucidWorks, and works as a Senior Solutions Architect helping some of the largest companies in the world with their search-based solutions.


Gaute Lambertsen
Software Engineer, Atilika Inc
@raspberry_jam

Gaute Lambertsen is working as a software engineer at Atilika Inc., a Japanese corporation providing innovative products and services within search, natural language processing and big data to leading businesses world wide. He has worked with research in mobile and ubiquitous computing at Ritsumeikan University, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and at Nokia Research Center. He also has experience developing software for consumer electronics at Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. before joining Atilika.


Grant Ingersoll
Chief Technology Officer, LucidWorks
@gsingers

Grant is a co-founder of LucidWorks 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. Grant’s prior experience includes work at the Center for Natural Language Processing at Syracuse University in natural language processing and information retrieval. Grant earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. Grant is also the co-author of the upcoming "Taming Text" from Manning Publications.


Gregg Donovan
Senior Software Engineer, Etsy.com
@greggdonovan

Gregg Donovan is a Senior Software Engineer at Etsy.com in Brooklyn, NY, working on the Solr and Lucene infrastructure that powers almost 100 million queries per day. Gregg spoke at Lucene Revolution 2011 in San Francisco and previously worked with Solr and Lucene at TheLadders.com.


Hideharu Hatayama
Rakuten, Inc.

I'm employed by Rakuten, Inc., the Japanese biggest E-commerce company with a headquarter in Tokyo, as an application engineer at Advertising Group - Targeting Section - Big Data Department. I've been involved in developments and operations of advertisement management and distribution systems for tree years which uses Solr as one of the advertisement data storage.My major issues are increasing the performance of the systems and maximize advertisement profit with 100.00% of system availability.



Ingo Renner
Software Engineer, Infield Design
@irnnr

Ingo originally came to Apache from another Open Source project, the TYPO3 CMS project. At TYPO3 he's a committer, Release Manager, Google Summer of Code Admin, and the lead developer for the integration with Apache Solr. Through Solr, and later also Tika and Nutch he has found the way into the Apache community and has since become a committer at Tika.Ingo has given talks and tutorials at ApacheCon, several TYPO3 specific conferences, and also other more general tech conferences.



James Atherton
Search Team Lead, 7digital
@mr_road

James Atherton is the Search Team Lead at 7digital, the worldwide digital music/digital media store. 7digital, is where his experience with Lucene/Solr began. Last year he ran an introductory Solr workshop at SPA2012 London, which was well received. He has has spoken at 7digitals Dev's in the Ditch event, and presented guest lectures at The University of Nottingham.



John Berryman
Search Architect, OpenSource Connections
@JnBrymn

John is an enterprise search consultant at Opensource Connections specializing in search relevancy issues and search syntax. Coming from a very disparate background (mostly Aerospace Engineering), John moved into full-time enterprise search consulting in early 2011. Highlights to this point have included prototyping the future of search with the US Patent and Trademark Office, implementing the search syntax used by patent examiners, and building a Solr search relevancy tuning framework called SolrPanl.



John Marc Imbrescia
Senior Software Engineer, Etsy.com
@thejohnmarc

John Marc Imbrescia is a Software Developer living in Brooklyn, NY. After spending over 4 years as an Engineer for OkCupid, during its biggest period of growth, he started working at Etsy in 2010. As the Lead Engineer on the Internationalization and Localization team John Marc has been instrumental in the creation of the tools Etsy built to aid in Etsy's international expansion.Mr. Imbrescia is a frequent speaker at Etsy's internal ""Lunch N' Learn"" events and at Brooklyn and New York City meet-ups about location services. He also routinely speaks with Etsy members and teams outside the US about the unique challenges they face selling to a global market and ways Etsy can help them expand their businesses.



Kathy Phillips
Enterprise Search Services Manager/VP, Wells Fargo & Co.

Kathlina (Kathy) Phillips is a Vice President/Manager for the Enterprise Search Services (ESS) team at Wells Fargo & Company providing enterprise-wide intranet search applications across both structured and unstructured content and a wide variety of data sources. The Enterprise Search Services team supports major search applications and hundreds of smaller applications. Prior to the ESS team, Kathy has worked for most of her career at Wells Fargo in the Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Emerging Technologies groups. Her 25+ years background includes work in a variety of internet and emerging technologies: unified communications, internet banking and security, search, content and document management, learning and development, multimedia and social technologies, publishing, online usability and web application development in addition to engineering work in high speed data analysis and acquisition systems. Kathy has a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. She is based out of sunny Chandler, Arizona.



Koorosh Vakhshoori
Software Architect, Synopsys Inc
@kooroshv

Koorosh Vakhshoori is a Software architect at Synopsys. He has been both leading and developing Enterprise Web applications for the past 15 years. In 2004, he introduced the company’s extranet web team to Lucene, and later led them in implementing the customer knowledgebase search application utilizing it. Most recently he guided the team in roll out of the second generation search based on Solr. He is often tapped as the “in house” search expert. Koorosh is an open source enthusiast and evangelist. He came to know about the movement when he first learned Perl scripting and started editing in Emacs.



Liang Shen
Developer, European Bioinformatics Institute
@shenzhuxi

Liang currently works at the web team of European Bioinformatics Institute. He has been working with Drupal and Solr for more than 5 years. He was an active contributor for Drupal, especially for Solr related modules, which were mainly from his works on the open source alternative of Google Books. As an open-source advocate, Liang has given talks at many conferences such as: DrupalCamp London 2013, DrupalCamp NW 2012, Cambridge Search Meetup, DrupalCon Munich 2012, BADCampUK April 2012.



Marc Sturlese
Backend engineer, Trovit
@sturlese

Marc Sturlese is a backend engineer at Trovit. He has been working with Lucene and Solr for more than four years and for two with Hadoop. He has spent his last months developing an architecture that allows Trovit to update indexes in a near real time fashion keeping optimal performance when serving queries.He has a degree in multimedia engineering by the Enginyeria i Arquitectura La Salle University, in Barcelona.



Mark Miller
Software Engineer, Cloudera
@heismark

Mark Miller is a Lucene/Solr committer, PMC member, and Apache Software Foundation member who has been dabbling with Lucene since 2006. He spent the last few years helping build SolrCloud and he currently works for Cloudera as an engineer solving all kinds of fun programming problems.



Mikhail Khludnev
Principal Engineer, Grid Dynamics
Mikhail on g+
 

Mikhail Khludnev works with eCommerce Search Platform team at GridDynamics. Beside of the search, his sphere of interests also includes software architecture and continuous delivery. Mikhail made few contributions to Solr, though most of them are still in progress: block join integration, commit-free ExternalFileField, multi-threading fix for DataImportHandler. He gave a short talk at Lucene Eurocon 2011, and two full time talks at Apache Con 2012.



Paul Nelson
Chief Architect, Search Technologies
@PaulLovesSearch

Paul is an early pioneer in the field of text retrieval and has worked on search engines for over 20 years. He was the architect and inventor of RetrievalWare, a ground-breaking natural-language based statistical text search engine which he started in 1989 and which eventually grew to $50 million in annual sales worldwide. RetrievalWare is now owned by Microsoft Corporation. At Search Technologies, Paul does design, technology research and training, and provides architectural oversight for clients' projects. He has been a presenter in the past at Enterprise Search Summit, KMWorld, Lucene Revolution and various other conferences across the US.



Rahul Jain
System Analyst (Software Engineer), IVY Comptech Pvt Ltd

I am Software Engineer at Ivy Comptech, Hyderabad, having 6 years of experience in development of Java and J2EE based applications with 1 year of experience in Lucene/Solr.I am part of Core technology team @ Ivy Comptech, where we are working on development of a Near Real-time Search Platform for logs.Before Ivy Comptech, I was associated with Aricent Technologies and Wipro Technologies Ltd, in Bangalore where I worked on development of multiple products for US clients. In this career span, I had given several talks/Presentation on trending topics like Hibernate, Lucene and Hadoop in these organizations.



Remi Mikalsen
Search Engineer, The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
@remimikalsen

Remi Mikalsen is the lead search engineer at the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education (http://iktsenteret.no) and has a Master degree in Management Informatics from the Minho University in Portugal. He is a Norwegian citizen, but speaks Portuguese fluently after having studied and later worked in Portugal. He has been central in re-inventing search and the system architecture at utdanning.no, working hands-on with the new search solution for the past year; from interaction design, via repetitive user testing to implementing the working solution. The most visible result is an end user search experience sporting a modern user interface with responsive design and very low latency.



Ricardo Merizalde
Software Development Manager, Backcountry.com

Ricardo Merizalde is the search lead engineer at Backcountry.com. He has worked with Microsoft FAST for over 3 years. Recently Ricardo started working on re-plotforming out from FAST to Solr. During this process he started an open source project called OpenCommerceSearch, which provides an Oracle ATG-Solr integration and tools to merchandise search results.



Roberto Masiero
Vice President ADP Innovation Lab, ADP

Roberto Masiero is the Vice President of ADP Innovation Lab. Roberto joined ADP in 2000 when B&M, his company in Brazil (a software company that provided HR/Payroll SaaS and consultancy for large latin-america corporations), was acquired by ADP Brazil. Over the last 12 years he lead several research and development teams on core ADP solutions. Today, Roberto is responsible for ADP’s Innovation Lab where new technologies are researched and new products are developed and incubated. Some recent projects are Mobile applications, Semantic Search, Big Data and Behavioral Intelligence.



Stephane Gamard
Chief Technology Officer, Searchbox
@sgamard

Stephane is a search expert who left the PhD Program at Rensselaer to co-found a Swiss Based Startup company, Searchbox, which strives to provide search as a service to the greater good. His role as CTO in this innovative company allows him to develop hands-on enterprise solutions which thrive in real-world situations. An expert in Java, Lucene and Solr, Stephane has provided consulting services for many Swiss based companies looking for expertise in the search domain while developing and maintain full-scale installations on a private cloud.



Stephen Murtagh
Data Scientist, Etsy.com

I am a data scientist at Etsy focused on building data-driven products, such as Etsy's advertising system. I am also a PhD candidate in computer science focusing on machine learning at UMass Amherst.I have spoken previously at an Advancing the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography conference, and was twice an invited speaker at a SCOR working group.



Ted Dunning
Chief Application Architect, MapR
@ted_dunning

Ted has been involved with a number of startups with the latest being MapR Technologies where he is Chief Application Architect working on advanced Hadoop-related technologies. He is also a PMC member for the Apache Zookeeper and Mahout projects. Opinionated about software and data-mining and passionate about open source, he is an active participant of Hadoop and related communities and loves helping projects get going with new technologies.



Timothy Potter
Architect, Dachis Group
@thelabdude

Timothy Potter is an architect on the Big Data team at Dachis Group, where he focuses on large-scale machine learning, text mining, and social data analysis. Mr. Potter is also the co-author of the forth-coming book Solr in Action by Manning Press. Recently at Dachis Group, Timothy designed and led migration off a legacy search engine to a large-scale Solr 4 cluster; responsibilities included dev-ops, cluster architecture, schema / text analysis design, custom sort functions, and performance analysis / tuning.



Tom Lutmer
eBusiness Systems Consultant, Enterprise Search Services team, Wells Fargo & Co.

Tom Lutmer is a Lead eBusiness Systems Consultant for the Enterprise Search Services (ESS) team providing enterprise-wide intranet search applications for a variety of Lines of Business. Prior to the ESS team, Tom most recently worked in the HR Systems team as the Technology Manager for the Teamworks corporate intranet site.  Previous jobs included application analysis, design and project management for IVR/VRU, application development of the Norwest Teller and Phone Bank applications and supporting the technical operations needs of the Wells Fargo phone bank.  His background includes work in a variety of emerging technologies over the years such as intranet, IVR/VRU, search and content management.  Tom has worked for Wells Fargo for 26 years, with 20+ years of experience in the full lifecycle of building, deploying and supporting systems.  Tom has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas. He is based out of Minneapolis, MN.



Trey Grainger
Search Technology Development Manager, CareerBuilder
@treygrainger

Trey Grainger leads the Search Technology Development group at CareerBuilder.com and is the co-author of Solr in Action, the upcoming book by Manning Publications. His search experience includes handling multi-lingual content across dozens of markets/languages, machine learning, genetic algorithm and user group based relevancy tuning, geo-spatial search and validation, and work on customized payload scoring models, data mining, clustering, and recommendations. His team operates a cloud search API handling hundreds of servers, thousands of queries per second, and over half a billion unique documents. Trey is also the founder of Celiaccess.com, a gluten-free search engine, and is a frequent speaker at Lucene and Solr-related conferences, including multiple prior presentations at Lucene Revolution.



Troy Thomas
Senior Manager, Internet Enabled Services, Synopsys
@tdthomas

Troy D. Thomas is a strong believer in open source and “Democratizing Information”. As a Product and Web Development Manager at Synopsys, he is responsible for SolvNet, the web-based support database solution used by the Synopsys customer base. In his free time, Troy enjoys studying the stock market. Twitter: @tdthomas Blog: www.troydthomas.com/blog



Tyler Tate
Cofounder, TwigKit
@tylertate

Tyler Tate is the cofounder of Twigkit - a London-based software company that provides tools for rapidly building search-based applications. He is also coauthor of Designing the Search Experience, a book recently published by Morgan Kaufmann, and has written articles for the likes of A List Apart, Boxes & Arrows, UX Matters, and UX Magazine. In the past Tyler lead design at Nutshell CRM, designed an enterprise content management system, ran a small design studio, and taught a university course on web design. He blogs at tylertate.com, tweets as @tylertate, and currently lives in Cambridgeshire, England.